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2010 Chevrolet Camaro interior – Click above for high-res image gallery of interior award winners from Ward's Auto

Do you own a Lamborghini Miura? If not, we're going to presume that you spend way more time looking at the interior of your car than the exterior. If you do happen to have a Miura parked in your garage, we suggest you stop reading immediately and go gaze upon its sensuous exterior lines for a few hours.

Still here? Great, that means you don't own a Miura and the interior of your car is an extremely important consideration. Which begs the question: What car has the best interior in any given class? Attempting to answer that query is none other than Wards Auto, which has just released its annual Auto Interior of the Year Awards for 2010 after analyzing the innards of 40 vehicles that are either brand new for 2010 or at least significantly updated.

Somewhat surprisingly, the only automaker to take home more than one trophy was Chevrolet. The new Equinox won for popular-priced truck under $39,999 and the Camaro took top honors in the sportscar category. Other winners include the Subaru Outback in the popular-priced car under $29,999 category and the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo for "Design Versatility."

Want to see the rest? Check out our high-res image gallery below for a visual listing of all the winners and click past the break for the official press release.



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Ward's Announces Auto Interior of the Year Awards For 2010

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ward's Auto Interior of the Year Awards, North America's only honors for excellence in automotive interiors, have been announced for 2010. The list features winners in pricing and vehicle type categories, as well as special award winners for design, versatility and brand expression.

The 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year winners are:
  • Subaru Outback (Popular-priced car under $29,999)
  • Infiniti M56 (Premium-priced car)
  • Lexus HS 250h (Hybrid car)
  • Chevrolet Camaro (Sports car)
  • Chevrolet Equinox (Popular-priced truck under $39,999)
  • Volvo XC60 (Premium-priced truck)
  • Acura ZDX (Design Breakthrough)
  • Mazdaspeed3 (Brand Expression)
  • BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (Design Versatility)
  • Porsche Panamera (Inspired Design)

"For years, the focus on safety and functionality has given us drab, uninspired vehicle interiors," said Ward's AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "This year's winners show style and original design is becoming as important inside the vehicle as it already is to the sheet metal outside."

A team of eight Ward's editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new or significantly upgraded interiors this year. The vehicles – both car and truck – were divided into segments, with one winner named in each category. In addition, Ward's bestowed special awards for outstanding achievements in key areas. Having both designations allowed judges to rank vehicles against the entire field, regardless of segment and price. Judging criteria included aesthetics and design harmony, comfort, driver information, ergonomics, fit and finish, materials, safety and overall value.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony held as part of the Ward's Auto Interiors Conference on May 19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, MI. Registration details can be found online at www.autointeriors.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't like the Acura ZDX that much, but of those pictured, I think it's interior wins hands down. WOW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Camaro SS? Seriously?

      I love the Camaro SS, but Ward just lost all their credibility with me if they even considered it for such an award.
      I noticed the Equinox was up there too for most "popular-priced"(whatever they mean by that)SUV under $40K. LoL, ok guys...whatever you say.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I love the Camaro's interior.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I duuno about you guys, but the HS's interior isn't that nice. Nor was the interior for the BMW 5 series GT. Mazda and Acura both look like they are moving towards the right track. And I am surprised I didn't see any Audi, or VW, but did see a Porsche. Odd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Miura is perfection.
      The Infinite and Porsche has great interiors, alot of the cars are questionable.
      Really, Equinox, someone must have taken a bribe.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since when did the WH get someone on the Ward's staff? OK I'm kidding. But still, the Camaro interior is terrible. I wish it wasn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Challengers interior is boring but at least it's good materials and great fit. The Camaro is stylish looking but the second you touch and look closer -- its pretty bad. Why the Mustang isn't taking top-honors in the segment is puzzling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Chevy Camaro dash in that picture looks horrible......

      Did they take visibility into account with these interiors?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think the Camaro interior is poor at all. It has a decent layout and nicely bolstered seats. For the style of a muscle car it is actually quite sporty. That being said, yes a major piece of the dash is covered in cheap feeling plastic. Same thing goes for the Hyundai genesis coupe, it looks great and is laid out well but the plastics feel cheap. Layout is the key aspect to an interior above all others so that is what should be focused upon. One thing I don't understand is why they don't replace that plastic with equally cheap but rubberized feeling plastic similar to that on the dashs of scions. They look and feel great for their price.

      I'm surprised the 370z isn't on the list: great layout, and excellent quality of materials for a $30K car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the only one i disagree with is the Volvo, and the Panamera is acceptable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Panamera is totally unacceptable! Way too many buttons around the center stack area.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not even like they could claim the Camaro has good ergonomics but chintzy materials. The Equinox deserves that win I don't think theirs currently anything non-luxury in it's class that can top it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm vaguely familiar with Wards but I will forever remember them as giving the top award to what is the worst interior in a current sports car, right up there with the Corvette's.
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