published Monday, August 18th, 2014

Chattanooga-made VW Passat named one of ‘most comfortable” cars under $30,000

Chattanooga Passat
Chattanooga Passat
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat sedan has made another top 10 list, picked one of KBB.Com’s 10 most confortable cars under $30,000.

The midsize Passat ranked No. 8 on the list, and it was the least expensive car at $19,325, according to KBB.Com.

The Chevrolet Impala topped the rankings, selling for $26,605.

The Kelley Blue Book Internet site said that new-car buyers don’t necessarily have to shop a luxury brand to get an extremely comfortable car, noting that mainstream money can buy some of the quietest cabins on the road, along with many of the comfort-oriented features that debuted upmarket just a few years ago.

“For many car shoppers, comfort is among the top factors in their choice of a new vehicle, especially with so many Americans spending countless hours commuting,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for, in a statement.

Assembly of the Passat in Chattanooga will in 2016 be joined by a new sport utility vehicle.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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