Step inside just about any new car these days and you'll quickly see that vehicle interiors have become a pretty nice place to spend some time in. For the third consecutive year, WardsAuto sat in each and every new vehicle that had received redesigned or updated interiors, and it has now named its 10 Best Interiors.

Judges look at everything from design and fit-and-finish to comfort, safety and technology. Some of the standout selections include budget cars like the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Forte all the way up to more expensive sedans like the $60,000+ Cadillac XTS and Lexus GS450h. An interesting note here is that WardsAuto praises Cadillac for its CUE infotainment system while Consumer Reports generally lambasts the system. Asian automakers definitely won the contest for nicest interiors as the list is comprised of five Japanese automakers and two South Korean, with Toyota and General Motors in a dead heat with the most number of cars on the list with two each.

Scroll down for the full list (in alphabetical order) and press release from WardsAuto for its 10 Best Interiors of 2013.
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WardsAuto Announces 10 Best Interiors Of 2013

Penton's leading automotive brand unveils annual list of best car interiors; to be celebrated at upcoming WardsAuto Interiors Conference

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2013 "Ward's 10 Best Interiors" list was announced today, and it features a wide range of automobile types and sticker prices, including several models that prove a buyer doesn't have to break the bank to drive in luxury and style.

WardsAuto editors selected the top passenger compartments after spending February and March evaluating 46 vehicles that were all-new or sported interiors that have been significantly upgraded. The winners will be recognized during a special ceremony at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference being held May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI.

This year's winners:

Acura RDX (Honda Motor Co. Ltd.)
Cadillac XTS (General Motors Co.)
Chevrolet Spark (General Motors Co.)
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.)
Kia Forte (Kia Motors Corp.)
Lexus GS 450h (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Mazda6 (Mazda Motor Corp.)
Nissan Pathfinder (Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.)
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn (Chrysler Group LLC)
Toyota Avalon (Toyota Motor Corp.)

To determine the winners, editors drive the vehicles during their routine commutes and submit score sheets ranking each auto interior based on several criteria, including materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design. Scores also are applied based on the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface and the ability to link mobile phones and access vehicle information. Video reviews and photo galleries of evaluated vehicles may be found at http://wardsauto.com, and full write-ups on each winner will post on April 29.

"This year's batch of winners really drives home the point that auto interiors are vital in the battle for consumers' hearts and minds," says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief, Drew Winter. "It wasn't uncommon all that long ago for auto makers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle program. They eventually figured out that's a big mistake because people spend a lot more time looking at the inside of their car than the outside."

In addition to the awards being presented in a ceremony during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, Ward's expects to have all ten winning vehicles on display at the event for attendees to experience and judge the interiors for themselves. The ceremony will include a live video review inside each vehicle, highlighting the key features that earned each interior its honor. Registration information for the conference is at http://autointeriors.com.

About Ward's Automotive Group
Ward's Automotive Group is a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data, and analysis, having served the industry's information needs for more than 80 years. WardsAuto World is a monthly magazine serving automotive professionals. WardsAuto.com is an online subscription service delivering virtually all the industry news, data, and analysis compiled by WardsAuto. Ward's also manages the annual WardsAuto Interiors Conference, to be held May 22, 2013 in Dearborn, MI. WardsAuto is a Penton business.

About Penton
For millions of business owners and decision-makers, Penton makes the difference every day. We engage our professional users by providing actionable ideas and insights, data and workflow tools, community and networking, both in person and virtually, all with deep relevance to their specific industries. We then activate this engagement by connecting users with tens of thousands of targeted providers of products and services to help drive business growth. Learn more about our company at www.penton.com.

Penton is a privately held company owned by MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP.


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      Haelphadreous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Keep in mind that this is limited to cars that received major updates, makes this list kind of disingenuous if you ask me, how many cars on this list would be there if all the other cars in their categories were counted? Ward's should really rename this something like Ward's 10 best new interiors for 2013 or something.
      GOSCH
      • 1 Year Ago
      The point is that the holy German maker`s dashboard design or quality is similar to the American or the Asian contenders. German brands has lost its own special traits when it comes to the interior. Much more cheaper brands from Asia or America can do similar job. German contenders should raise its own identity or characteristics. Autoblog`s economic brand haters have missed this point. And seriously, 1-3-5-7-X1-X3-X5-X6, A4-A5-A6-A7-A8`s dashboards looks soooooooo same!! Average people cannot find the difference. Even SLK has exactly same dash design with that of SLS AMG. Shame on European premium brands!
      Randy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry but I don't agree with this list AT ALL!
      miketim1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loving the Avalon and Lexus GS. The acuras seem very dull with the black plastic colors. The Cadi looks nice too
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe people are complaining about the Spark. This list considers innovation and packaging across the entire automotive landscape - not just beauty and quality. Everyone knows that Audi/Mercedes/BMW interiors are beautiful and high-quality, but are they fresh and innovative? Are they really doing anything new? Any true auto enthusiast knows that the Spark's interior, particularly the gauge cluster - was inspired by the interior of the Chevrolet Beat Concept, which was inspired by motorcycle aesthetics. It's completely stylish and fresh - especially for the micro-car class!
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        I find BMW's and Audi's treatment of the navi screens on their latest models to be quite innovative. They have evolved beyond the huge shrouds and high cowl dashboards with their implementation of slim freestanding or retracting screens, taking a cue from iPad design. This solution makes the cabins feel more open, compared to the massive dash of the GS and RDX, but still places the screen in the line of sight, compared to the compromised lower position in the XTS and Avalon.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised, why no Infiniti instead of the Pathfinder.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Andrew TheBoss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mmhh.. Really?.... really realy reallyy??? Ok, as Italian my choice is probably different from American taste about interiors. But i can assure that some racing interiors from recent Maserati and Ferrari, the XJ, The new Land Rover, Audi, Mercedes and so on are better for me. Maybe i don't like the cockpits (hope is the right work for italian "plancia") with too many waves, mouvements, ornaments, faux woods, allu frames (usually plastic). As Volvo's owner i like the scandinavian design
      wickedme91
      • 1 Year Ago
      anybody tell why the Mazda is my favorite? It got something to do with the gearing
      Shotgunner
      • 1 Year Ago
      I may be in the minority, but I'm kinda glad to see the Spark on this list. I sat in one at the NY auto show and was impressed at what you can get for as little as $13k. Sure it's cheap plastic, but they clearly put effort into designing thoughtful and attractive ways to get the most out of what little space it has. Nobody would confuse it for high-end or luxurious, but it's so much more than the gray parts-bin crap I'd expect from one of the cheapest cars on the market.
      Jenz
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mazda6 interior makes me puke, so does the Kia Forte interior. Btw WardsAuto says it's a "global" blog... So where's the 2013 Peugeot 308's interior? Or anything else European for that sake...
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