• Mar 30, 2010
Most everyone is familiar with the Ward's Auto 10 Best Engines award where BMW, Audi and Ford took several honors for 2010, but a less prominent, though perhaps more eye-catching, award given by the magazine is the Ward's Interior of the Year awards.

The award recipients are chosen through a process that examines all new vehicles for the given model year. For 2010, Ward's had 40 vehicles, considered finalists meeting the requirements. Vehicles are placed in several different classes and judged based upon interior ergonomics, quality and feel of materials, comfort, fit and finish and overall value.

The winners in each class will be announced in mid-April, but you can continue after the jump to view the list of competitors in each class. It could be argued that many of the vehicles are deserving, but only one per class will be selected. The Buick Regal interior pictured above caught our eye, but tell us your own in the comments below.

[Source: Ward's Auto - Sub. Req.]

WARD'S 2010 INTERIOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

POPULAR-PRICED CARS (-$29,999)
Buick Regal
Dodge Caliber
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Forte
Mazda3
Subaru Outback
Suzuki Kizashi
Volkswagen Golf

PREMIUM-PRICED CARS (no cap)
BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
Buick LaCrosse
Ford Taurus SHO
Infiniti M56
Lexus IS 250C
Nissan Maxima
Porsche Panamera
Mercedes E350 coupe

HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLES (no cap)
Honda Insight
Lexus HS 250H
Nissan Altima Hybrid
Toyota Prius

SPORTS CARS (no cap)
Chevrolet Camaro
Hyundai Genesis coupe
Mazdaspeed3
Nissan Z roadster

POPULAR-PRICED TRUCKS (-$39,999)
Chevrolet Equinox
Honda Accord Crosstour
Hyundai Tucson
Jeep Patriot
Kia Sorento
Ram Heavy Duty pickup
Toyota 4Runner

PREMIUM-PRICED TRUCKS (no cap)
Acura ZDX
Audi Q5
Cadillac SRX
Land Rover LR4
Lexus GX 460
Lincoln MKT
Mazda CX-9
Volvo XC60
Toyota Sienna


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      • 4 Years Ago
      @why not the LS2LS7?,

      Exactly, which goes to show why I had such a hard time choosing one...Now if a certain car from the blu oval was in that group...............................................
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick Regal/Opel Insignia interior looks awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm coming to grips with the fact that these awards are for "new" car interiors, not new car interiors. So, that being the case, drum roll please...

      Golf
      Panamera
      HS 250H
      Z Roadster
      Equinox
      LR4
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yea Caliber, and Patriot, instead of the Patriot, i dunno.. maybe the GMC Acadia Denali, or the Mazda CX-7 thos stand out more in those categories than the previously listed to me. I've been in an SRT-4 interior, and aside from the top spec touches on the package, it was Little Tikes Plastic.
      Phyllis
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have you seen the interior of the 2010 Dodge Charger RT, 29R package????????Really NICE!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe the Chevy Malibu didn't make the list. Their brown and camel two toned interior is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. It has woodgrain also. Are they blind?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Buick Regal GS interior FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, that interior is pretty gorgeous and really beautiful. Wow, Buick should win this one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe I'm just getting old BUT, took a look at the new Camaro, the interior was incredibly plain, dull, boring, like a rental car. I wouldn't waste my time bending in to examine closer the Caliber as it's the single ugliest car made in America today. The new Buick is indeed lovely, but pricey as well, for a fancy Malibu. I think that overall, my favorite interiors have always been Jags, even when the car itself didn't always measure up they were hard to hate.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mazdaspeed3 isn't a sports car, there's no reason to list the same car twice.

      Unless the Kizashi is a ton better than I think it is, there's only two cars that can win in the popular section, the Regal or the Sonata.

      Some of these selections are weird. The Caliber and Patriot obviously, but the Tuscon too. It's a functional interior but it's not top of its class by far. It's just not even notable.

      Also, why list the Taurus under the SHO? You can get a Taurus with a good interior for under $30K, why can't it be in the popular category?

      There are a lot of cheap cars sold every year, and a lot of new ones that hit the streets. Like the Fiesta, Fit, and upcoming Focus, Cruze, etc. There should be a category for cheap cars.
        Eric
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why isn't the Mazdaspeed 3 a "sports car"? It performs better than a lot of RWD 2dr coupes and is just as capable / more capable in some areas vs. the Genesis coupe. Sports is as sports car does. The Genesis coupe has an awful interior by the way, looks way too cheap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW Passat CC is one of the best automotive interiors I've ever experienced, and it's not on the list, while the Camaro is...what is going on here???
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Passat CC came out in 2009 and hasn't changed since. The Camaro is 2010. That's why it is on the list. The list is for cars with newly designed interiors for 2010, than their predecessors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The fact that there are even a handful of American cars nominated for "Best Interior" is very encouraging.

      I think both the Buick LaCrosse and Regal have phenomenal interiors.
        • 4 Years Ago
        VW Passat CC and Cadillac CTS aren't 'new' cars according to Wards.
        Heck, they probably wouldn't even count the CTS-V station wagon (avant?) as 'new' since the interior is basically the same as the CTS-V.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ David

        NEWSFLASH:
        Opel has been a subsidiary of GM for over 8 decades now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        WTF? No 2010 Mustang?

        The interior in the 2010 Mustangs is WORLD CLASS!

        Well....NEAR WORLD CLASS!

        Wards: you are a bunch of idiots.

        Camaro? Are you effing kidding me?!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's Opel's doing, technically
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ironically, the Lacrosse interior was designed in China.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looking at the list again, I am surprised that the VW Passat CC and the Cadillac CTS were not on the list.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF??? Camaro, but no Mustang? Who the heck made this list up? Helen Keller?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ummm...the 2010 Mustang was a redesign, so yes, it was new.
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