Ward’s Auto Announces 10 Best Interiors for 2015
Mainstream cars outnumbered luxury brands this year.
This year's list of 10 Best Interiors selected by Ward's Auto is surprisingly mainstream. Devoid of high-buck winners of years past like the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the 2015 picks only include two vehicles from luxury brands, and not a single car that costs over $70,000.
To pick these standout cabins, Ward's examined 42 interiors from all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles and selected the top 10 based on scores in various categories. Criteria included material quality, ergonomics, comfort, fit-and-finish, and value. Testers also used the various infotainment interfaces to gauge the user-friendliness of these driver information systems. Finally, the most heavily weighted category was aesthetics and design harmony, which accounts for one fifth of the overall score.
The most expensive car that made the cut this year is the $65,000 Mercedes-Benz C400, while the cheapest is the $21,590 Honda Fit EX-L. Ward's said it was excited to find a wide range of exemplary interiors across price ranges. "In this year's competition, we saw a lot of evidence that automakers are thinking creatively about interiors and putting a lot of design horsepower into not just luxury vehicles, but pickups, minivans and family sedans," said editor-in-chief Drew Winter.
Check out the full list below with as-tested prices for the winners.
2014 BMW i3 ($52,550)
2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum ($51,175)
2015 Ford F-150 King Ranch ($60,675)
2015 GMC Canyon SLT ($40,465)
2015 Honda Fit EX-L ($21,590)
2015 Jeep Renegade Limited ($33,205)
2015 Kia Sedona SXL ($43,295)
2016 Mazda6 Grand Touring ($33,395)
2015 Mercedes-Benz C400 ($65,000)
2015 Nissan Murano SL ($41,905)