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WardsAuto picks the top 10 car interiors

Seven slots go to Asian brands, and a pickup makes the cut for the first time.

By Douglas Newcomb Apr 17, 2013 1:02PM

From the luxury segment all the way down to subcompacts, car and truck interiors are getting better every year.

The annual Ward's 10 Best Interiors list highlights some of the best cabins in the business, and since MSN Autos has spent plenty of time in these 2013 models, we're apt to agree.

WardsAuto World editors picked their favorite vehicle interiors after evaluating 46 vehicles that were either all-new or received interiors that were extensively upgraded.

Seven of the 10 spots on the list were claimed by Asian automakers, and two entry-class cars made the cut. This year is also the first time WardsAuto editors picked a truck.

The top vehicles WardsAuto picked out are below (click each car to see interior photos and more car details on MSN Autos):

WardsAuto editors selected the winners after driving the vehicles on their daily commutes, then scoring each interior based on materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design. Interiors were also graded on the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface, access to vehicle information and how easy it was to connect a mobile phone.

“It wasn't uncommon all that long ago for automakers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle,”  WardsAuto World editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said in a statement. “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.”

Not counting the sister company wins by Hyundai for the Santa Fe Sport and Kia for the Forte, General Motors scored a twofer with the Cadillac XTS (pictured above) and the Chevrolet Spark, which represent opposite ends of the U.S. automaker’s offerings. Along with the ATS, the XTS was one of two big introductions for GM’s luxury division for 2013. The Spark, on the other hand, is a South Korean-produced entry-level car priced under $16,000 and designed to appeal to younger buyers.

2013 Chevy Spark Interior. Photo by GM.

The redesigned Ram 1500 is the first pickup to make the WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors list. The truck was tested with its upscale Western-themed Laramie Longhorn trim. WardsAuto gushed that "if Bentley made a pickup truck, its cabin would look like this.”

Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn interior. Photo by Chrysler.[Source: WardsAuto]

Apr 18, 2013 5:42AM
For the ever increasing price tags on the majority of these vehicles, it's about time the manufacturers begin to dress up the cheap looking plastic interiors.
Apr 21, 2013 2:37AM
I still like my chrome & color seats like the 50s & 60s. I don't like black & gray.
Apr 17, 2013 9:20PM
The ATS keeps proving a well made project by Cadillac. My kind of car.
Apr 24, 2013 5:08AM
Seems strange that there are no Audi's on this list. Audi is pretty much the king of car interiors.
Dec 23, 2013 5:14PM
None of them are better than pecan pie.
Dec 23, 2013 7:46PM

Ford is not on the list because it has very poor interior. Ugly. Chevy makes better looking cars.

Apr 18, 2013 5:48AM
Surprising list. Cushy interiors and sleek exteriors were the only thing the domestics had left to claim that they were better at in cars and now they are losing in one of those categories as well? Kia and Hyundai made it? Where's Ford, their Lincoln brand couldn't even get it?
  Damn, so what you are telling us is that Wards is now also on the foreign payroll along with most other auto rating organizations?
Apr 21, 2013 6:18AM
I'm really tired of bucket seats. I wish for the double "rolled and pleated" leather seats that fold down separately. Also, as I use my car primarily, I wish there were some way to incorporate a "fold up table" in the front seat with raised sides so that items don't fall down if you turn or make a sudden stop. I  guess I'm wishing for "gimbals" as on a boat.
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