The 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list was just released and it looks as if the Asian automakers get to do the Happy, Happy Joy dance for building what it takes to make the Top Ten. General Motors also seems to know what will keep drivers and passengers comfy and cozy for their drives as well in order to make the list. For drivers, it gives us something to keep in mind when we are wondering what the next best commuter vehicle will be to plant our butts in.
WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief, Drew Winter, comments, “This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that auto interiors are vital in the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds. It wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for auto makers 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.”
The winners are determined by being time tested and driven during routine commutes and scored for “materials, ergonomics, comfort safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design.” According to Ward’s Auto, they are also scored for how driver friendly they are to use in regard to using the technology and accessing vehicle information.
This year’s 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners:
- Acura RDX – Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
- Cadillac XTS – General Motors Co.
- Chevrolet Spark – General Motors Co.
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport – Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.
- Kia Forte – Kia Motors Corp.
- Lexus GS 450h – Toyota Motor Corp.
- Mazda6 – Mazda Motor Corp.
- Nissan Pathfinder – Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
- Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn – Chrysler Group LLC
- Toyota Avalon – Toyota Motor Corp.