List: Top Ten American Cars On The Comfort Index

By Brandon Turkus

October 13, 2011


10. Ford Focus (69): A ton of optional equipment and the nicest interior to ever grace a Focus. Loses points for a noisy engine and a so-so ride.


9. Dodge Avenger (70): While there’s nothing terribly wrong with the Avenger, and it does a decent Camry imitation, there’s also not much to stand out here either. The handling and driveline are rather mushy.


8. Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (71): A quiet hybrid drivetrain combined with a banging THX stereo and an upscale cabin make the MKZ Hybrid a great choice for affordable hybrid luxury.


7. Cadillac CTS-V Sedan (71): Despite the manic speed, the CTS-V doesn’t skimp on luxury. The adjustable suspension softens the ride well enough, and there is plenty of sound deadening to limit acoustic interference.


6. Chevrolet Volt (71): Near-silent electric drive makes for a quiet cabin, but a short wheelbase results in a choppy ride. Obstructed view out the rear and lack of backseat space hurt the electric Chevy.


5. Cadillac SRX (75): All the things that are good about the Lexus RX350, only a little bit better. Nice interior, comfortable ride, and plenty of optional gear make this Caddy a real contender.


4. Buick Regal GS (76): Really smooth ride, linear power, and excellent noise suppression give the GS a great comfort/sport balance.


3. Cadillac Escalade Platinum (77): The pinnacle of GM luxury, the Escalade Platinum features excellent sight lines, and a lavishly equipped interior. It can’t, however, hide a ride that is still too truck like to be truly luxurious.


2. Chrysler Town & Country (80): Tight front quarters for the driver and a ride that’s just a tad too firm don’t do the T&C any favors. Easy-to-use controls and good visibility are the comfort plusses here.


1. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 (80): Can be driven smoothly and gracefully, with good stability. Nice materials, good infotainment interface, lots of standard and optional comfort features. Engine note and other sounds are civilized for so much power.

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In case you haven’t heard, we are in the process of ramping up for our inaugural Comfort Index Awards. These awards will highlight the most comfortable vehicles in a variety of categories. So to whet your appetite for the awards, here’s a list of the most comfortable American cars on the Winding Road Comfort Index.