Whether your drive is in stop-and-go traffic or a long, highway-speed exurban commute, a car — not an SUV or truck — that offers a comfortable ride, silent cabin, great seats and a powerful audio system can spell the difference between daily-drive pleasure or pain. Alphabetically, here are our picks for the Top 10 Most Comfortable Cars with Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices under $33,000 CDN as of April 2020.
2020 Chevrolet Malibu
With the demise of the Impala, the mid-size 2020 Chevrolet Malibu is now the brand’s largest sedan. The $25,248 CDN Malibu sports a contemporary yet understated exterior style to go along with its comfortable interior. The well-sorted suspension, with a multilink rear, absorbs bumps just as easily as it tackles tight corners and rapid lane changes.
2020 Buick Regal Sportback
General Motors’ Buick straddles the premium and entry-level luxury segments with its $32,248 CDN Regal Sportback mid-size 4-door. In addition to its upscale feel, the Sportback offers an additional measure of utility thanks to its hatchback body configuration and all-wheel-drive as standard equipment.
2020 Honda Accord
A perennial favourite in the comfortable car class, the Accord mid-size sedan’s recent redesign also brings more of an upscale aura to this Honda mainstay. Solid handling, low ownership costs and high resale value all add up to a winning formula in the $30,276 CDN Accord.
2020 Hyundai Sonata
All-new for 2020, the $26,999 CDN Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan brings loads of safety equipment in even its least expensive form and unexpected technology and amenities in its highest trim. Furthermore, the goods come at a price that still undercuts competitors and a ride and handling package tuned for comfort.
2020 Kia Optima
Kia takes a page from the Euro sport sedan playbook with this tautly sprung mid-size Optima. The smart-looking $28,495 CDN 4-door also offers a dash of high style inside and out to go along with its spacious cabin. With a redesigned Optima coming for 2021, the 2020 version comes with a suite of driver assists as standard equipment.
2020 Nissan Altima
Nissan has answered critics of bland styling with an all-new $28,098 CDN Altima mid-size sedan that has the same distinctive looks as the larger Maxima. In addition to its bold V-Motion grille and floating roof design, the interior has been upgraded and would be at home in a class-above model. Canadian bonus feature: all-wheel-drive is now standard on all Altimas.
2020 Subaru Legacy
The mid-size sedan version of the recently redesigned 2020 Subaru Outback has bowed in the form of the all-new 2020 Subaru Legacy. The all-wheel-drive $26,395 CDN Legacy boasts more interior room and a more luxurious interior with high-grade materials and much-improved sound insulation, which dramatically lowers noise, vibration and harshness.
2020 Toyota Camry
Following its latest redesign, the $26,620 CDN Camry’s sharper exterior is wrapped around a new chassis that provides unexpected driving thrills. Excellent resale and dependability also make this comfortable 4-door a must-consider in the mid-size sedan segment.
2020 Volkswagen Jetta
A “compact” sedan that’s almost as spacious as a mid-size, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta offers excellent driving manners blending comfort and composure with a low starting price of only $21,245 CDN. The VW balances handling agility with a smooth ride quality, a trait often attributed to European marques.
2020 Volkswagen Passat
If you were to look at the redesigned-for-2020 Volkswagen Passat side by side with its 2019 predecessor, you would instantly notice the sharper, more aggressive styling. The $27,145 CDN Passat is somewhat sporty, but its strong suit is its quiet, roomy, comfortable cabin. If you want a midsize sedan with a backseat for adults, the Passat should be one of the cars you gravitate to.