It really is what’s on the inside that counts. After evaluating 41 vehicles with all-new or seriously upgraded interiors, WardsAuto editors recently named the “10 Best Interiors” winners.
To determine the winners, the editors drove the vehicles for two months during their routine commutes and ranked each interior based on several criteria, including materials, ergonomics, fit-and-finish, comfort, safety, value, and overall design. The winners will be recognized during a special ceremony at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 21 in Dearborn, Michigan.
Here are the winners in alphabetical order. Next
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
As-tested sticker price: $71,960
The Corvette Stingray is one of those vehicles that gets so much attention for its slick exterior that it’s easy to forget what the car boasts on the inside.
The Stingray has optional interior accents such as carbon-fiber trim (available for $995), a microfiber headliner (also available for $995), and contrasting white stitching in the bucket seats. Wards says these features make the Corvette’s interior “competitive with more-expensive rivals from Porsche and Jaguar, securing its status as a sports car for the ages.” Next
2015 Chrysler 200C
As-tested sticker price: $31,470
Ward judges call the 200 Chrysler’s best midsize sedan offering in decades, in no small part to the interior and price tag.
Highlights of the 200c’s interior include “lovely ambient lighting, contrast piping on leather-trimmed seats, attractive brightwork, an ergonomically ideal angled center console, a clever sliding cupholder and a standout 1-piece matte-finish wood veneer that frames the steering column, instrument cluster and center stack and also dresses up the door panel.”
2014 GMC Sierra Denali
As-tested sticker price: $56,685
The GMC Sierra Denali outpaced the Chevrolet Silverado High Country, although both offer first-class interior. The Sierra Denali’s interior offers a brushed metallic trim and several electrical sockets and USB slots. This combined with plenty of storage cubbies, a massive center console, and weather-fighting features like heated and cooled seats and a heated steering wheel make it ideal for active worksites.
2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate
As-tested sticker price: $68,920
Judges said the Equus is “for a billionaire with a strong sense of value.” The Equus is available for less than $70,000 and delivers the same experience to passengers as a six-figured limousine. The second row features reclining seats that snap into action when the “Relax” button is pushed. Next
2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
As-tested sticker price: $37,525
The Jeep Cherokee Limited advances the styling cues of its older brother, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and “manages to feel right at home both on city streets and deep in the backwoods.” The interior of the Cherokee features big and accessible controls, a heated steering wheel, and Bluetooth technology. Next
2014 Kia Soul
As-tested sticker price: $24,010
The Kia Soul previously dazzled Ward’s editors five years ago with the “grooviest interior.” This year, the redesigned Soul continued to impress by offering “outstanding comfort, space, ergonomics, and value.”
Even with a gray interior, the Soul’s 2-tone scheme mixes well with neon-green accent stitching and the door trim. Next
2014 Mazda Mazda3
As-tested sticker price: $30,415
Wards editors say its easy to see why the Mazda3 is the automaker’s best-selling car. According to Wards, “It’s not every day an entry-level model can be had with beautiful interior styling, a sophisticated central controller that resembles that of an Audi and advanced safety features such as radar-based adaptive cruise control, forward-obstruction warning and lane-departure warning.”
Meanwhile, the Mazda3’s carbon-fiber trim, contrasting stitching in red, white, and black, a heads-up display, and upscale metallic accents, including the instrument cluster, put the Mazda3 in a category by itself. Next
2014 Mercedes-Benz S550
As-tested sticker price: $122,895
According to Wards, the S-Class boasts a cabin that “exudes richness and style for the tech-savvy driver without being intimidating.”
After dark falls, hundreds of LEDs light up the cabin with seven colors of ambient light. TheS-Class interior features a hot-stone massage treatment, built-in pillows for reclining rear seats, and in stop-and-go traffic the car can steer itself and lock on to the speed of the vehicle ahead, allowing the driver to relax until things speed up. Next
2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
As-tested sticker price: $372,800
Wards says the Rolls-Royce Wraith “[celebrates] elegance in much the same way the brand has been doing so for 110 years: with handcraftsmanship.” The Wraith’s interior has matte-finish Canadel paneling made of Brazilian rosewood and a fiber-optic headliner that offers a view of a starry sky even on a cloudy night.
2015 Volkswagen GTI
As-tested sticker price: $30,695 (estimated)
Judges said the GTI’s “bright red stitching binds the deep-gray shifter boot, steering-wheel wrap and heavily bolstered leather seats and, in the process, ties together the entire cabin in a way that captures the straightforward and purposeful design that punctuates great European interiors.” Brushed metallic trim framing the vents, instrument clusters, pedals, climate controls, doors, and steering wheel give the GTI a hint of elegance. Back to the beginning
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