Ward's Automotive announces its annual 10 Best Interiors list. For 2012, the magazine's editorial staff evaluated 40 vehicles with new or significantly improved interiors for the 2012 or 2013 model years and came up with 10 winners regardless of price. In alphabetical order, the 10 winners for 2012 are:
Ward's Auto editors found that the A7 Sportback's interior "looks much more expensive" than its $67,430 sticker price suggests while also giving it extra points for its lavish trim and "intuitive human-machine interface".
Chrysler 300 Luxury
The Luxury edition of the Chrysler 300 sedan borrows its refined interior design from theEuropean market Lancia Thema adding a tan-and-brown color scheme with Poltrona Frau leather and bespoke trim accents such as the satin-finish wood. "If Bentley sold an affordable family sedan, it would look like the 300 Luxury," said Drew Winter, editor-in-chief, WardsAutoWorld magazine.
The second Chrysler Group model to make it in Ward's list is the 2013 Dodge Dart sedan. The magazine said that the firm's new compact model sports "a stylish, well-conceived and heavily contented interior."
The only GM model featured in Ward's Auto Top 10 Interiors this year is the new Chevrolet Sonic subcompact. The editorial staff found that the Sonic's interior maximizes its limited space with well-placed storage areas and that it proves that "an inexpensive car does not have to look cheap".
The cheapest car in the list with a $15,925 sticker is the Hyundai Accent. Ward's Auto says that the subcompact model's interior "shows incredible attention to detail" with highlights including the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the swooping lines of the instrument panel and the "appealing" center stack elements.
Hyundai's second entry in the list is the mid-size Azera sedan. According to the magazine's editors, the Azera's interior has "flash, sizzle and substance" at an affordable price for the segment.
Ward's Auto gave points to the new Mazda CX-5 for its functional interior highlighting the easily foldable rear seats and the upscale feel of the dashboard trim.
The magazine has plenty of good words to say about the Infiniti JX crossover. For starters, Wards claims that the "entire interior feels meticulously crafted" and that its editors found the JX to be "an ideal blend of premium wood, sumptuous leather and judiciously applied brushed aluminum trim". It adds that at $54,800, it’s also "tremendous value proposition".
Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque won the magazine's editors with its "5-passenger versatility and no-nonsense premium appointments" while Ward's Auto notes that the British model's designers succeeded in making the crossover "both luxurious and rugged".
The last model in the list (in terms of alphabetical order) is the second generation of the New Beetle. The magazine says that it may have lost the flower vase, but it will gain more customers thanks to "the right mix of contemporary technology and familiar aspects pay tribute to decades of the iconic Bug". It adds that the Beetle features some unique touches such as the "elastic-band map pocket on the lower door panel" and the "vinyl loop hanging from the B-pillar".