When did the day come that interiors designed by our own domestic automakers were being celebrated as the best in the biz? After decades of dull designs, cheap materials and poor fit and finish, that day would be today. Ward's Auto has released the results of its 2007 Interior of the Year Competition, in which both its own editors and members of the auto industry at large choose the best inner sanctums in seven vehicle classes ranging from Economy-Priced Car to Premium-Priced Truck. Shocker: Domestics cleaned up, being awarded 11 out of 14 class awards between the editors' choices and the popular vote (and that's not including the
's editor award for Premium-Priced Car). The
Silverado, in particular, were singled out for their fine furnishings by both judging bodies in their respective classes, just like they were in the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards last January.
Ward's also awarded prized for Best Brand Expression to the
, Best Interior Trim to the Infiniti
, Best Cup Holder to the
and Best Overall Comfort to the
460L. Check out all the award winners after the jump, and pontificate on the state of affairs that led us to this day when domestic interiors are getting props aplenty.
[Source: The Auto Channel]
Award Category Ward's Editorial Staff Industry At-Large Vote
Economy-Priced Car Honda Fit
Popular-Priced Car Saturn Aura Saturn Aura
Premium-Priced Car Volvo S80
Popular-Priced Truck Chevy Silverado Chevy Silverado
Best Brand Expression: Jeep Wrangler
Best Interior Trim: Infiniti G35
Best Cup Holder: Chrysler Sebring
Best Overall Comfort: Lexus LS 460L.