If you enjoy the thrill of carving canyons, it makes sense to drive a hardcore sports car. If the majority of your time behind the wheel is spent traveling or commuting though, that Lotus Elise you’ve had your eye on is probably not the best choice. When comfort is your priority, you’re going to be much better off in a car with a smooth, quiet ride and a comfortable, supportive seat.
To make finding a truly comfortable car less difficult, Consumer Reports compiled a list of 10 cars that stood out in its tests as some of the best. Their price points vary greatly, but every car on this list will have comfortable seats, a quiet cabin, and an enjoyable ride.
1. Audi A6 Premium Plus
The Audi A6 received praise for its exceptionally comfortable ride that isn’t too firm at low speeds. The front seats are designed to be comfortable and supportive no matter how long you sit in them. You’ll also enjoy a drive that’s nearly free of wind, road, or engine noise thanks to its well-insulated cabin.
2. Buick LaCrosse CSX
Buick may be trying to shed its reputation as a brand for the elderly, but at least with the LaCrosse, it hasn’t completely abandoned the comfort it’s been known for. The engine isn’t the most refined, but other than that, it’s a true modern luxury car. It’s quiet and comfortable with seats that are well-padded and offer excellent lower back support.
3. Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
The current Chevrolet Impala shares almost nothing with the bland sedan it replaces. Instead, it’s now a remarkably competitive near-luxury car. Its seats are both supportive and soft, and it’s roomy enough that two adults will be almost as comfortably in the back seats as they are in the front seats.
4. Chrysler 300 V6
The Chrysler 300 is may have the look of an old school American sedan, but inside, it’s as modern as they come. Its interior is quiet and luxurious, with plenty of features and amenities to make your drive more enjoyable. It’s the kind of car that’s built for cruising down the highway, and it does a great job of doing exactly that.
5. Ford Fusion Titanium
Even several years after its introduction, the Ford Fusion is still a great-looking sedan. Even though it’s a family car, if you order it in top-level Titanium trim, you’ll be quite comfortable. It’s quiet, with a smooth ride, and the seats are supportive and well-padded.
6. Lexus ES 350
It should come as not surprise that the Lexus ES is on this list. The ES has had a reputation for comfort for years. The cabin keeps the driver isolated from bumps and road imperfections, wind noise, and anything else that might intrude. The seats themselves are quite comfortable, and the engine is smooth and refined.
7. Lexus LS 460L
While the Lexus ES is comfortable, if you want the ultimate in Lexus luxury, you have to go with the LS. It’s significantly more expensive, but you also get quite a bit more car. As Consumer Reports put it, “the LS glides silently and nonchalantly over just about any road surface with excellent isolation and absorption.” If you can’t sit up front, the back seats are spacious and comfortable enough to give limousines a run for their money.
8. Mercedes-Benz E350
Even though there’s a new E-Class sedan coming soon, the current version is still extremely comfortable. The E-Class has always been a luxurious car, but it’s exceptionally so in its current form. It doesn’t have a lot of glitz or flash, but it does offer a quiet, isolated, incredibly comfortable ride for the driver that a lot of its flashier competition can’t match.
9. Mercedes-Benz GL350
If you prioritize comfort but also want the added ride height of an SUV, the one to go for the the Mercedes-Benz GL. It will seat seven passengers, and the third row is actually large enough for people to fit in it. No matter which row you’re in, the seats are spectacular, and the drivers seat’s adjustable lumbar support will keep your back feeling great.
10. Mercedes-Benz S550
Lexus has done a great job making sure its cars are comfortable, and the LS is spectacular, but when it comes to comfort, the S-Class may as well be in a completely different league. Its suspension practically erases road imperfections, riding like you’re always driving down a perfectly smooth highway even when the road you’re on is far from it. If comfort is your goal, you aren’t going to find a better car than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.