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Comfort is the most subjective of automotive traits. Dimensions can inform it, but comfort can't be measured by numbers alone. Your comfort can be measured by elapsed times and distances traveled, but the squish in the seat foam and the suppleness of an interior's leather upholstery is much harder to define.
Our list of the Top 10 most comfortable cars starts with a base of larger sedans with spacious cabins. We've included brands like Buick, Dodge, Hyundai, and even Mercedes-Benz. But, you'll notice we haven’t included Rolls Royce, Maybach, or Bentley because we also think that the most comfortable cars are ones you can afford.
The ultra-comfortable Mercedes-Benz E-Class has set the standard since 1993 and enters its fifth generation for the 2017 model year. The E-Class is available as both a sedan (MSRP $52,150) and a wagon (MSRP $62,300). With unique options like massaging front seats and aromatherapy, it's in a class by itself.
The E400 4Matic Wagon is a luxurious family hauler, with all-wheel-drive and three rows of seating to whisk your crew to their destination in total comfort, no matter the weather. The top-of-the-line AMG E36 S Sedan (MSRP $104,400) delivers blistering acceleration, with a 0-60 MPH time of just 3.3 seconds.
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The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is the value buy among our list of comfortable sedans, with a library-quiet cabin and a starting MSRP of just $32,065. We recommend stepping up to the LaCrosse Essence trim level ($39,590) to get leather upholstery and heated front seats, with driver’s seat memory. Buick’s “QuietTuning” uses advanced ultra-dissipative acoustic materials and active noise cancellation to ensure a peaceful environment for all. Buick is offering substantial discounts on the LaCrosse Essence as of this writing, and the bottom line numbers look to be especially enticing.
The top-of-the-line LaCrosse Premium ($41,990) adds massaging seats and four-way adjustable lumbar support in the front, along with a heated steering wheel.
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The 2017 Jaguar XJR is a worthy alternative to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG and Audi S8. The big cat has a starting MSRP of $74,400 for the standard wheelbase and $83,200 for the extended wheelbase. With five more inches of rear seat legroom over the standard model, the extended wheelbase model gets our vote when it comes to comfort. The soft grain leather seats feature standard heating and cooling in both the front and rear.
The 550 horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V8 will set you back $121,000 while covering the 0-60 MPH sprint in a mere 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 174 miles per hour. All in total comfort, of course. Consider it executive transport with a growl.
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The V8-powered 2017 Lexus LS sedan starts at $72,520 and is available in three trim levels with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The extended wheelbase LS 460 L sedan delivers legendary comfort, reliability, and value. The elegant leather-upholstered interiors are available in three different trims: Shimamoku Espresso, Matte Bamboo, or Dark Brown Walnut.
Adding the Ultra Luxury option package gains a host of features, including front and rear climate comfort seats, along with four-zone climate control. 2017 marks the last year that the Lexus LS sedan will be equipped with a V8 engine. The Lexus flagship will carry a V6 engine between the fenders when it enters its fifth generation in the 2018 model year.
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The 2017 Kia K900 offers a high level of comfort and luxury at a remarkable price, with an exceptional warranty. There are three trim levels, starting with the V6 Premium at $49,900. All K900s feature leather upholstery with front and rear heated seats. Front seat ventilation is standard, as well.
The V6 Luxury takes it up a notch with Nappa leather, while the V8 Luxury features unique quilted Nappa leather. Both of the Luxury models can are available with optional rear reclining seats that feature ventilation and power lumbar support. These are comfort features you’d otherwise expect to find in a high-end large luxury sedan from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW.
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The Volvo V90 is brand new for the 2017 model year. It’s one of only two station wagons on our list of comfortable cars and is a variant of Volvo’s flagship S90 sedan. The cabin is an absolute delight, with ergonomically designed seats that are both comfortable and supportive.
Attention to detail and superb materials deliver an interior like no other, with perforated Nappa leather upholstery and textured wood trim. The V90 is also offered in an all-wheel-drive Cross Country version that features a slightly raised suspension. With 53.9 cubic feet of cargo space, it’s a high-style alternative to a mundane crossover or boxy SUV.
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The Lincoln Continental returns triumphantly for 2017 after a fifteen-year hiatus. When fully decked out at its top-of-the-line Black Label trim (MSRP: $63,075), the Continental battles against the Cadillac CT6 Platinum for the most comfortable American sedan crown.
The Continental Black Label offers three delightful interior themes - Chalet, Rhapsody in Blue, and Thoroughbred - with distinctive diamond-perforated leather and Alcantara upholstery. Opting for the Rear Seat option package ($4,300) includes a host of comfort features: heated and cooled rear seats with power recline and adjustable lumbar support, and a front passenger seat back switch to deliver a bounty of legroom. Adding the 30-Way Power Multicontour front seat option ($1,500) delivers infinite adjustability, including thigh support.
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The 2017 Azera is the largest and most comfortable sedan in the Hyundai lineup, with a $34,100 starting MSRP for the base model. This one’s built to soak up the miles on the long haul. The exceptionally spacious cabin features leather upholstery, with heated seats fore and aft, along with ventilation in the front buckets and a thigh extender in the driver’s seat.
The Azera Limited ($39,300) adds a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, power rear and manual side sunshades, and runs the gamut of advanced safety technology. Hyundai’s exceptional warranty program - 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain, 5-year/60,000 limited, 7-year/unlimited mile anti-perforation - delivers peace of mind.
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The Dodge Charger offers the widest lineup of vehicles in our list of comfortable cars, starting with the base Charger SE at $27,995. Large affordable rear-wheel-drive American sedans were once commonplace. Now the Charger stands alone. All-wheel-drive is offered, as well, but only in the V6-powered SE and SXT.
Stepping up to the HEMI V8 brings the reassurance of American muscle with an exhaust note that’s bound to bring back comforting memories of summers past. Families will find the cabin to be spacious and well appointed when properly optioned, with Nappa leather standard in the high-end models. Heated front and rear seats are available on all models, with the exception of the base SE. The Charger delivers bang (and comfort) for the buck.
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The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is one of the most interesting entries on our list of comfortable cars. Lincoln’s new mantra is “quiet luxury,” and the MKZ delivers with both conventional and hybrid versions sharing identical MSRPs.
Four trim levels are offered: Premiere ($35,170), Select ($36,920), Reserve ($39,670), and Black Label ($47,830). The top-of-the-line Black Label features Venetian leather upholstery with Alcantara accents. The MKZ is available with a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Adding the Driver’s option package adds continuously controlled damping and dynamic torque vectoring, for the ultimate comfort and control in all conditions.
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