Not only are premium features working their way down from luxury cars into mainstream models, but comfort and refinement are, too.
Kelley Blue Books' KBB.com car-shopping and industry tracking site says, "Today's mainstream money can buy some of the quietest cabins on the road, along with many of the comfort-oriented features that debuted upmarket just a few years ago."
The site selected 10 more-or-less mainstream models priced less than $30,000 that it judges to be extraordinarily comfortable. "Mainstream" in this case includes two brands generally considered premium, if not outright luxury — Volvo and Buick — but all hew to the $30,000 cap.
"For many car shoppers, comfort is among the top factors in their choice of a new vehicle, especially with so many Americans spending countless hours commuting," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley's KBB.com. "Totally redesigned for 2014, our No. 1 pick on this list — the Chevrolet Impala — proves that the big, comfortable, affordable American sedan is alive and well, and now it is stylish and modern, too."