Everyone can determine on horsepower since numbers are facts. But automobile pattern is many some-more subjective. With a 8th best interior awards, Wards Auto is perplexing to make opinion some-more like fact. The awards are bestowed on automakers stretching a pouch with designs that would’ve been indifferent for nonproduction judgment cars a few years ago, Wards handling editor Tom Murphy said.
Criteria for 2018 models embody value, creativity, comfort, fit and finish, ergonomics, pattern harmony, materials and record in a 40 new interiors evaluated this year.
$29,775 as tested
At 164 inches long, a Kona is scarcely 8 inches shorter than a Ford Focus hatchback. It plays in a price-sensitive dilemma of a marketplace where competitors like a Honda HR-V and Toyota C-HR have unequivocally elementary interiors, though Hyundai dressed a Kona adult with a dash of color.
“Hyundai tastefully practical orange immature around a vents and other places in a approach that unequivocally spices adult a bare-bones interior,” Murphy said.
$36,375 as tested
The Equinox is one of Chevy’s tip sellers, though designers took some chances with a new model’s interior. “You can tell they had fun with swooping lines on a doorway trim and form atmosphere condition vents,” Murphy said. “And GM’s infotainment complement is great: discerning and easy to use.” The Equinox competes with vehicles like a Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V in what’s turn America’s top-selling segment.
As sedan sales fall, Toyota speedy a designers to pitch for a fences with a new Camry. The result: once eminent for a conservativeness, America’s best-selling sedan offers a splendid red interior and an avant garde line that snakes from a left of a core stack, down a console past a shifter and to a newcomer seat.
“It’s not what you’d pattern to see from Toyota,” Murphy said. “They’re stretching a boundaries.”
$48,350 as tested
Kia gambled vast when it grown a Stinger, a sporty oppulance automobile that offers hatchback room and carrying ability in a physique that looks like a risque sedan. The interior is equally effective, with copiousness of room, appealing materials, and easy to use controls.
“This is what it’ll take to get consumers behind into vast cars,” Murphy said.
$58,195 as tested
Infiniti’s new compress oppulance SUV got early courtesy for an innovative engine, though Murphy says a interior is riveting.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “I non-stop a doorway and saw cream and brownish-red and blue Ultrasuede open-pore maple timber trim that is so pointed it indeed looks metallic.”
It’s a confidant pattern automakers would once have used in a judgment and toned down over all approval for a prolongation model. “It totally works,” Murphy said.
$64,945 as tested
Long left are a days when pickups were elementary work trucks with vinyl seats and minimal quadruped comforts. The new Ram Wards evaluated had navy leather with cream contrariety stitching, and an innovative storage cell underneath a floor. In one of several dainty touches, a compartment — designed so fishers could accumulate their locate for a expostulate home — has a built-in ruler to magnitude a trophies.
The timber trim “looks roughly like denim,” Murphy said, with white pinstripes on a dim background.
Lexus LS 500
$89,780 as tested
Lexus’s vast new flagship sedan is installed with exuberant touches like hand-folded pleats and cut-glass in a doorway trim. It also creates confidant choices with abounding colors a distant cry from a gloomy hues German oppulance brands prefer.
“The designers got a prolonged leash, and they did good work,” Murphy said. “The accumulation of tone schemes is spectacular.”
Lexus total those confidant touches with a artistic fit and finish that have always been a job card.
$91,830 as tested
“This is enchanting stuff. This is what a destiny looks like,” Murphy pronounced of a Velar’s control panel, that includes dual vast hold screeavant-gardeir of multipurpose dials. The outcome is a set of controls that allot with scarcely all buttons and provides quick, easy entrance to all from meridian to audio to navigation.
Fine leather covers scarcely each aspect in a lush SUV.
$96,570 as tested
The new Navigator’s wealthy Black Label package was a impact dunk.
“It done a list with frequency any discussion,” Murphy said. “The Black Label is monumental and monochromatic, with a tone ideally matched on each material.
“The courtesy to fact is outstanding, with pleasing mahogany timber that compliments a tone scheme. Even a second-row grab-handles in a roof have good small pieces of chrome on a end.”
Porsche Panamera SE plug-in hybrid
A lot of a Panamera’s impracticable cost owes to a 680-hp drivetrain, though a interior got acclamation for an all-new infotainment system, “the best massaging seats on a planet,” and a purify new pattern that eliminates a buttons that used to uproar opposite Porsche interiors like ants during a picnic.