Top 10 Lists: KBB.com & “Most Comfortable Under $30K”
Comfortable, quiet and cheap. I mean economical. That’s what the folks at kbb.com went for in their listing of the “Most Comfortable New Cars.”
It isn’t clear whether they used themselves as test subjects or used one of those robots that are used by Johnson Controls to measure the pressures of a derriere in a seat.
The one they named the most comfortable is the Chevrolet Impala.
Which is, I will agree, a nice car. But it should be noted that the MSRP for the base trim level, the LS, is $27,885, so they’re squeaking under that $30,000 mark, especially when you take into account that the next higher trim, the 1LT, is $30,135, and it only goes up from there.
The other nine:
2014 Volvo S60
2014 Chrysler 300
2014 Buick Regal
2014 Toyota Avalon
2014 Nissan Altima
2014 Honda Accord
2014 Volkswagen Passat
2014 Buick Verano
2015 Volkswagen Golf
1. When it comes to comfort, the Buick Regal and Verano don’t hold a candle to Buicks of not-too-distant memory, so there ought to be a disqualification for that.
2. The Golf is one of the most enjoyable cars I’ve had the opportunity to drive this year, but how that makes it even into 10th place is an utter mystery. It is not that it isn’t comfortable for the type of car that it is—which is a car that is meant to be driven, not, in effect, to have a La-Z-Boy experience in.
This is not a piece of modern art: Rather, it is an image from Blackmore Sensors and Analytics of Bozeman, Montana, micro-Doppler signatures of pedestrians (or maybe that’s a pedestrian, singular) walking (see it now?). Blackmore is a company that is developing FMCW lidar.
While you are probably familiar with origami, the classic art of paper folding that results in things like birds that flap their wings when you pull the tail, or plot devices in one of the Blade Runner films.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.