Ward's Names Top 10 Car Interiors
From cheap to pricey, we have to agree these interiors are fine places to spend time.
We can't vouch for all of these winners -- three of them aren't yet on sale -- but we can't disagree, either. Note one thing: fancy touch-sensitive dashboards like on the upcoming Cadillac XTS and Lincoln MKZ are not mentioned here.
Read on for the full list, and then compare our shorter list of new and used vehicles with similarly great interiors.
The A7's interior "manages to be every bit as dramatic and inviting as the sheet metal," Ward's said. When fitted with matte finish wood and live traffic maps from the pop-up LCD, it's superb.
The new Sonic is out to brush away the rancid flavors of the old Aveo. "In the old days, when you drove an inexpensive Chevrolet, you felt as if the entire car was giving you the finger," said Craig Fitzgerald of The Boston Globe. Not this one.
Chrysler 300 Luxury
This top-end 300 (pictured in the lead image, above left) features two-tone leathers and plenty of soft touch points. "If Bentley sold an affordable family sedan, it would look like the 300 Luxury," Ward's said.
Ward's sums up this new Dodge compact nicely: "All for $21,485, the Dart includes a heated steering wheel, aggressively bolstered front seats, Nappa leather, navigation, dual-zone climate control and a 7-in. (18-cm) display."
"The Accent arrived with a $15,925 sticker, which we double-checked for a typo because this interior shows incredible attention to detail," Ward's said.
The Azera is Hyundai's Toyota Avalon. It's just a smidgen bigger than the Sonata and a little bit nicer on the inside. It's "proof there is no substitute for premium materials."
Infiniti, with its glittery woods and wavy stitching, designs some very unique interiors these days. There is plenty of that in the new JX.
The CX-5 is Mazda's smaller replacement for the CX-7, and editors at Ward's liked the "restrained, straightforward interior."
Range Rover Evoque
Inside or out, the Evoque has won more than 100 awards since it came out late last year. The standard glass roof and soft leathers don't shortchange the Range Rover feel, despite a price that's thousands less than the bigger Sport.
Simple and cute. Oh, we're not supposed to use that word around the 2012 Beetle. Well, it's not manly, either, but it's one of the easiest -- and roomiest -- interiors around.
I see the HVAC controls at the bottom, but it appears that the radio is controlled entirely through the touchscreen. For me, that is a no go.
I'm with you. I don't like this trend in automobiles at all. Just wait until these cars are 5 or more years old and the electronics fail. I've heard some systems with navigation are as much as $5,000 to replace and it's hard to do without them when a lot of the vehicle's systems are co-dependent on them....including a simple radio. I'm not even thrilled with any of the drive-by-wire technologies nor the move to electric power steering. There are some things that just don't need to be automated and a simple analog/mechanic solution will do.
in 1969 my mom said go to college and we will buy you a new car ..........i asked for a camaro........they agreed........i snuck in the Z-28 option while they were looking around the dealership.......sweet memories.
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