WardsAuto names 2013’s best car interiors

Apr 17, 2013

WardsAuto, a provider of auto industry news, data and analysis, released its list of the 10 Best Interiors of 2013. The list features a wide range of automobile types and sticker prices with Japanese and South Korean models dominating the list.

This year’s winners include:

Acura RDX (Honda Motor Co.)
Cadillac XTS (General Motors Co.)
Chevrolet Spark (General Motors Co.)
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Hyundai Motor Co.)
Kia Forte (Kia Motors Corp.)
Lexus GS 450h (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Mazda6 (Mazda Motor Corp.)
Nissan Pathfinder (Nissan Motor Co.)
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn (Chrysler Group)
Toyota Avalon (Toyota Motor Corp.)

WardsAuto editors selected the top passenger compartments after spending February and March evaluating 46 vehicles with all-new or sported interiors that have been significantly upgraded. The interiors were judged based on criteria such as materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.

“This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that auto interiors are vital in the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds,” said Drew Winter, WardsAuto World editor-in-chief. “It wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for automakers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle program. 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.”

Models were ranked based on the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface and the ability to link mobile phones and access vehicle information.

The winning vehicles will be displayed and recognized at the May 22 WardsAuto Interiors Conference in Dearborn, Mich.