The Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendliness of displays and controls, according to its quirky but oh so knowledgeable editors. Eight of them based in soul-less, car clogged Southfield, MI, selected the best interiors from a list of 32 nominated vehicles with all-new or significantly improved cabins available in the U.S. There is no price cap for 10 Best Interiors it’s claimed, but the list shows that value – or money does play a role.
“Utility vehicles represent the biggest growth in vehicle sales, and automakers aren’t launching as many coupes, sedans and wagons as they have in the past, which makes it remarkable that half the list this year is conventional cars,” says Wards Senior Content Director (aka editor) Drew Winter.
This year’s honorees in alphabetical order are as follows with price as tested:
- Bentley Continental GT ($276,730)
- BMW M850i ($119,295)
- Genesis G70 ($44,895)
- Hyundai Santa Fe ($39,905)
- Jeep Gladiator ($51,245)
- Lincoln Nautilus ($67,630)
- Mercedes-Benz A220 ($51,935)
- Nissan Kicks ($23,330)
- Toyota RAV4 ($39,565)
- Volvo V60 ($54,690)
CUVs and SUVs are the dominate conveyances in the U.S. market, but the 2018 Best Interiors has several automakers with “beautifully executed sedans and coupes with passenger compartments that are sleek, stylish and alluring.” Cleverly designed speaker grilles, as well as multicolor ambient lighting are found in this year’s winners.
“We’re proud of a list that includes a $23,330 compact CUV and an ultra-luxury coupe that is 10 times more expensive,” Winter says. “They both make the list because they represent meaningful achievement in their respective segments.”