Interior Nominee Quick Hits
In 10 words or less, Ward’s summarizes this year’s Interior of the Year entries. Many of these comments come direct from editor scoresheets.
Acura ZDX ($56,855)
Roominess abounds; kudos to Honda/Acura for interior styling risk-taking.
Audi Q5 ($45,225)
Beautiful matte-finish wood trim, but overall predictable.
BMW 550i Gran Turismo ($80,375)
Lovely materials, great flexibility; but power liftgate should be standard.
Buick LaCrosse ($36,190)
Can go head-to-head with Lexus, but Buick needs more style.
Buick Regal ($26,995)
Still too much down-market plastic, especially on instrument panel.
Cadillac SRX ($47,010)
Materials blended beautifully; Cadillac has achieved edgy elegance.
Chevrolet Camaro ($29,175)
Right mix of retro, modern styling; cool ambient lighting.
Chevrolet Equinox ($33,435)
Highly crafted details, ambient lighting make great first impression.
Dodge Caliber ($26,955)
Disappointing, and expensive to boot. Awful second-row ergonomics.
Ford Taurus SHO ($44,480)
Heated and cooled seats are nice, but fans are too loud.
Honda Accord Crosstour ($36,930)
Beautifully stitched leather and good use of wood accents.
Honda Insight ($23,810)
Suffers from overwhelming “greige” tone; backseats lack adult headroom.
Hyundai Genesis coupe ($32,925)
Not much pizzazz; too much like sedate sedan.
Hyundai Sonata ($28,215)
Likable enough, but where’s unique personality?
Hyundai Tucson ($28,090)
Exceptional layout; lovely tan leather makes for bold color scheme.
Infiniti M56 ($67,715)
Who else puts silver flecks together with ash-wood trim? Bravo!
Jeep Patriot ($30,510)
Chrome on dash seems out of place; too much black.
Kia Forte ($19,290)
Excellent execution for inexpensive car; youthful, sporty, fun.
Kia Sorento ($30,290)
Two-tone leather, panoramic roof, flat load floor are nice features.
Land Rover LR4 ($58,415)
Gorgeous wood, aluminum trim; third row actually useful.
Lexus GX ($65,754)
Elegant but rugged styling; third-row accessibility poor.
Lexus HS 250h ($46,547)
Feels less like a hybrid, more like luxury car.
Lexus IS 250C ($48,200)
Fine droptop execution, but power sliding seat slows second-row access.
Lincoln MKT ($55,085)
Unique gold-ish metallic trim; third row ridiculous.
Back seat cramped, disappointing; lacks fifth head restraint.
Mazda CX-9 ($39,265)
Wood trim obviously fake; old-school navigation system.
Shimmering red fabric very distinctive; no USB jack?
Mercedes E350 coupe ($58,295)
Great attention to detail; beautiful high-resolution nav-traffic system.
Nissan Altima hybrid ($34,810)
A step up from bare-bones hybrids; Lacks fifth head restraint.
Nissan Maxima ($38,660)
Rough door-trim edges; shows excessive wear after 3,900 miles.
Nissan Z roadster ($44,355)
Cabin loud from road and wind noise; Bluetooth connection balky.
Porsche Panamera ($153,640)
Enough technology and decadent luxury to satisfy Russian billionaire.
Ram Heavy Duty pickup ($39,955)
Fold-up second-row seats first-rate; plastics well done.
Subaru Outback ($28,295)
Good storage, driver feedback; excellent fit-and-finish.
Suzuki Kizashi ($27,484)
Definitely takes Suzuki upmarket; stylish brushed aluminum IP trim.
Toyota 4Runner ($36,634)
Too much plastic, but retracting cargo package tray a bonus.
Toyota Prius ($25,750)
Instrumentation brands vehicle nicely, but needs more soft surfaces.
Toyota Sienna ($42,211)
Hard-plastic IP feels like sandpaper; all seating positions comfortable.
Volkswagen Golf ($21,364)
Child seat access superb; kudos for five head restraints.
Volvo XC60 ($44,240)
Oak center stack is visually stunning, bargain priced at $295.