- Jul 31, 2013
The Top 10 Best Car Interiors
Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars. Between commuting to work, driving on vacation and running errands, we're often behind the wheel for hours on a given day.
Because of this, it's important to think about a car's interior when you're shopping -- not just its engine or how it looks on the outside -- as the seats, infotainment, noise level and other features are major factors in the overall ownership experience.
Ward's Auto, a Southfield, Mich.-based company that offers industry analysis, selected the Top 10 interiors on the market right now based on extensive testing and evaluation. There were some surprises in the results, most notably the fact that not a single European car made the list.
Click through to see Ward's picks for the best vehicle interiors that you can buy, from compact cars to luxury sedans. Spoiler alert: It seems the Asian automakers are definitely doing some things correctly.
MSRP: $34,320 - $35,720
Invoice: $32,245 - $33,541
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
Roomy and comfortable, Ward's picked the Acura RDX as one of the top interiors for 2013. Lots of cargo space and a pleasant back seat are a couple of this luxury SUV's many interior strengths.
MSRP: $44,075 - $60,385
Invoice: $41,651 - $56,460
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
Cadillac CUE, which is the automaker's infotainment system, is both loved and hated industry-wide. Regardless of its polarizing tech, the XTS still has a remarkably plush interior, with wood accents, comfortable seats and minimal road and wind noise.
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MSRP: $12,185 - $16,010
Invoice: $11,819 - $15,370
Fuel Economy: 32 mpg City, 38 mpg Highway
The Chevrolet Spark has a remarkably well-equipped interior for a vehicle that starts at $12,000. Ward's noted that the Spark comes with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, smartphone connectivity, heated seats and a solid audio system. All in all, it's a pretty great value.
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Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
MSRP: $24,450 - $29,450
Invoice: $23,492 - $27,948
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
The practical Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks good both inside and out. This is a great example of what Hyundai does best: Creating a premium feel with great quality materials and features for an affordable price.
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MSRP: $15,900 - $19,400
Invoice: $15,590 - $18,400
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
Compact cars aren't usually lauded for having great interiors. After all, their purpose is generally to just get you from A to B. The Kia Forte bucks this trend with its excellent materials and infotainment system. Ward's said that many interior features on the Forte are good enough to go in luxury vehicles.
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Lexus GS 450h
Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 34 mpg Highway
Not only do you get a great-looking car, sporty driving dynamics and solid fuel economy with the Lexus GS 450h, but you're also treated to a fantastic interior. The interior aesthetics and premium materials had Ward's claiming that this sedan raised the bar for luxury cars in general.
MSRP: $20,880 - $29,495
Invoice: $19,929 - $27,849
Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 37 mpg Highway
The redesigned Mazda6 is a beautiful vehicle both inside and out. Ward's was especially impressed with the color balance inside, where sharp interior accents that give the whole cabin a very premium look and feel.
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MSRP: $28,650 - $41,150
Invoice: $26,127 - $37,505
Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 26 mpg Highway
The Nissan Pathfinder comes with one of the best new tech features in years: The Around View park aid, which gives the driver a bird's eye view of the car, making parking this big SUV a breeze. The Pathfinder also has tons of room, comfortable seats and lots of storage capacity.
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Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
MSRP: $44,585 - $48,030
Invoice: $40,913 - $44,026
Fuel Economy: 14 mpg City, 20 mpg Highway
Though the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is a pricey truck, its interior simply can't be matched right now with its quality leather seats and wood finish "If Bentley made a pickup truck, its cabin would look like this," Ward's said.
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MSRP: $30,990 - $39,650
Invoice: $27,892 - $35,686
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Ward's called the redesigned Toyota Avalon the most luxurious non-luxury car on the market. Its great materials, connectivity and interior aesthetics are a great compliment to its vastly improved exterior design.
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