We have already established in this issue that, thanks to the increased population and the construction being done on some of metro Denver’s major roads, traffic congestion will be a part of our lives for some time to come.?W
We’re going to be forced to sit in our cars, barely moving, for hours and hours of every month. It’s inevitable – we might as well get used to it. With that in mind, it’s worth considering how comfortable the car that we will spending so much time in is. From the heat and air con to the seats, from the sound system to the space – all of these factors and more affect how enjoyable our stand-still time in the vehicle can be. Here are some of our top picks.
Buick knows how to make a comfortable car, and the LaCrosse, costing under $30,000, is a gem. The interior is spacious, the lightning is an ambient light blue, and the QuietTuning system blocks noise. Extras include a 384-watt Harman/Kardon sound system, eight-way power adjustable front seats and remote vehicle start.
While this car isn’t exactly dynamic and it has dated not-too-well, the seats are soft and the interior is quiet. For the price, it’s far from a bad car and, though old-fashioned, still looks great.
It’s all in the poise. The design is such that you just feel like you’re sitting perfectly in this car. It’s a speedy vehicle too.
Comfortable, a good size and the price is right. This car cruises on the open road, but will also serve you well when at a stand-still on a freeway.
Heated front seats, leather interior, bluetooth – the Malibu is packed with those little toys that can make all the difference.
This car’s high-tech system features like infrared sensors to monitor conditions in four separate zones of the car, then independently adjusts the temperature of the front and rear seats, the steering wheel, and the flow of air from the climate system to ensure optimum comfort levels throughout the vehicle.
With reclining rear seats, the Avalon offers a floaty feel that would be very nice when trapped in a fume-filled freeway.
The suspension and soft seats make slow traffic tolerable, and the climate control could be a life-saver in a Colorado summer or extreme winter.
Audi A8 L W12:
Over at the high end, this car has a pair of 22-way power-adjustable seats that are heated, and ventilated, and offer a relaxing massage, and feature high-comfort headrests.
With the Executive Rear Seat Comfort package they offer a reclining passenger-side seat, with foot rest, in addition to seat ventilation, massaging functionality, their own comfort headrests, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment setup with dual 10-inch screens. Jeez.
Roomy, sporty and equipped with techy treats like SYNC to make the use of cell phones safer and easier.
For a relatively unspectacular vehicle, the Azera’s interior is remarkably reminiscent of a limo. There can be no greated compliment than that.
Four-way lumbar support, BMW’s Active Head Restraints and two memory settings. Designed to provide added comfort on longer drives and creates an ongoing, barely noticeable up-and-down motion in the seat bottoms, “keeping your spine in motion and exercising various support muscles,” according to BMW.
Mercedes-Benz S Class:
This beauty comes with an “active perfuming system” that temporarily delivers a “discreet and mild” scent environment (which will quickly dissipate with no lasting traces). Let’s not forget the heated and cooled seats, improved air filtration, and, electrically heated armrests and center consoles. And while a number of vehicles here offer massage seats, the S Class raises ye olde bar with multiple massage programs that leverage 14 separately controlled air cushions, as well as the seats’ heating function, to introduce hot-stone-style massage to the auto industry – for front and rear seats.
Rolls Royce Phantom:
Cashmere wool to rear seating in which the back passengers are angled slightly toward each other, to create a lounge-like atmosphere. You have to feature a Rolls Royce in an article about comfortable cars.
Due to personal experience, we unfortunately can’t recommend the Dodge Dart to readers at this time…