Most Comfortable Seats
Seat comfort is a subjective topic. To put it delicately, we’re all shaped differently. We all have our own opinion as to which seat is more comfortable, based on personal preferences We all like it our own way and there’s no arguing the point. When it comes to comfort, it’s not about how the car’s suspension handles a curvy road, but how its seats handle the unique curves of our spines. A tight set of Recaro sport bucket seats may be comfortable for a thin person, but torture for someone with more ample proportions.
That cabin also uses high-quality materials and features lots of technology features, all of which are integrated cleanly into the modern-looking dashboard. If you want to keep the price under the $40,000 mark, you’ll have to pass on the optional Quattro all-wheel-drive system and stick with the front-drive A4.
Redesigned last year, the Volvo XC90 luxury midsize SUV pairs an elegant interior with comfortable seats and ample cargo space. The XC90 was named a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money and 2017 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families awards.
The XC90 comes in four trims: Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence. Each of these trims are split up into three configurations: T5, T6, and T8. The T5 seats five passengers, and the T6 and T8 seat seven. The T8 Excellence seats four, replacing the back row’s middle seat with a refrigerated compartment.
The Outback garners praise for its substantial passenger and cargo space, and its great traction. The traction results from all-wheel drive — standard on all Subarus.
The base four-cylinder engine comes with a continuously variable transmission and is rated for 25 MPG in city driving and 33 on the highway. These qualities combine for a U.S. News ranking of best wagon for the money.
Toyota’s largest sedan is luxurious enough to make us wonder why you’d pony up the extra cash to buy the closely related Lexus ES. With a nicely trimmed interior and enough space in the rear seat to cross your legs, the Avalon is more premium than its badge and price suggest.
Big American rear-wheel-drive sedans are a dying breed, especially at non-luxury price points. In fact, the Chrysler 300 and its Dodge Charger stablemate are the only such cars on sale today for less than $40,000. It’s hard to beat the old-school cool of the 300, which has aged gracefully and still goes down the road with an unbeatable sort of swagger and solidity. Its rear seat is expansive as well.
The Nissan Murano comes in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Bluetooth, satellite radio, and the brand’s easy-to-use NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch display come standard. The SV trim is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Cadillac CT6 Platinum:
The top-of-the-range 2016 Cadillac CT6 Platinum offers unparalleled domestic luxury sedan seating comfort, with Semi-Aniline Opus perforated leather upholstery and front seats that feature 20-way adjustment, complete with split-cushion heating capability and ventilation. The rear seats in the CT6 Platinum are an absolute delight, as Cadillac borrows a page from the high-end luxury imports. Seat heating and cooling, a recline function, and adjustable lumbar support are just the start, with over a dozen different massage settings to sooth a sore back. Ready for a new executive transport option? This is your office on wheels.
Redesigned for 2017, the 3-row Audi Q7 luxury midsize SUV is offered in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. Each model is outfitted in premium leather; soft-touch, upscale materials; and comfortable seating for seven.
However, the SUV also offers one of the smallest cargo areas in its class, with only 14.8 cubic feet behind the third row and 37.5 cubic feet when the third row is flattened.
Back in the day, big American cars weren’t just big, they were huge. Get ready to go back to the future: the 2016 Impala LTZ benefits from the most luxurious interior to ever grace a Chevrolet, with a back seat that’s spacious and comfortable. Step up to the Impala 2LTZ to gain perforated leather upholstery with heated front bucket seats (ventilation is optional). Think you need to climb into an SUV to gain a set of comfy seats? Take a nice long ride in the Impala, and you just might change your mind.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas:
All-new for 2018, the Volkswagen Atlas is our top-ranked midsize SUV. With ample cargo space and a spacious third row, the Atlas features supportive seats and ample head- and legroom throughout.
The cabin uses soft-touch materials with wood and metal accents for an upscale look. Heated and ventilated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather upholstery are available.
The Atlas is offered in five trims: Launch Edition, SE, SE with Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium, with a sixth model, the Atlas S, coming later this year.
Open the door to the 2016 MINI Clubman and you’ll be transported to a different world. The Clubman’s interior is remarkably exquisite and spacious for a tiny car, with optional diamond-stitched Chesterfield leather upholstery that’s positively stunning and like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The Clubman’s comfortable front bucket seats feature adjustable thigh support, along with seat heating. The rear seat is far more accomodating than you expect. This one’s an eye opener.
Redesigned for 2017, the Honda CR-V has garnered a slew of distinctions. In addition to being our top-ranked SUV in three categories (compact SUVs, SUVs with 2 rows, and crossover SUVs), the CR-V won our 2017 Best Compact SUV for the Money and 2017 Best Compact SUV for Families awards.
The cabin features class-leading cargo space, ample legroom in the back seat, and an exemplary interior with soft-touch surfaces.