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While the exterior of a vehicle initially draws your the attention, the interior is where you spend most of your time with the car. Once seated, you can barely even make out those muscular arches, flowing lines and other attributes that make a car's outward appearance so appealing. It's the interior that coddles you and can make you feel like your hard-earned money was well spent. An often overused phrase applies here: it's what's inside that counts.

The Ward's Interior of the Year awards are selected from several categories, including an individual grouping for hybrids. Eligibility is limited to new or significantly updated models thus limiting competition in the hybrid category, but the winner deserves recognition nonetheless.

This year's award in the hybrid segment goes to the Lexus HS250h. Ward's remarked that the Lexus goes against the grain of other hybrids with an interior that is handsomely appointed, offering a luxury car feel unlike hybrids that purposely call attention to their futuristic designs. Ward's added that the Lexus offers a unique "human/machine interface." We're not sure what this implies, but it sounds good. Take a look at all of the winners and tell us what you think.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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