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Best 2011 Car Interiors: Ward’s Picks The 10 Best


2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Imagine having to sit in and drive 51 all-new cars or those with significantly upgraded interiors. Editors at Ward’s took to the assignment during February and March and ultimately determined the list of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors.

Employing the same methodology as they use on the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines program, each vehicle driven was scored based on materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, the human-machine interface, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics. Once editors had the scores, extensive discussions took place to arrive at the winners’ list. The tally includes three each economy cars and luxury brands, and one each of sport sedan, minivan, family sedan and upscale off-road SUV.

2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

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2011 Audi A8

2011 Audi A8

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2011 Audi A8 – Its interior “dazzles” editors, and the 2011 Audi A8, priced at $93,525, “further cements Audi’s status as the design-leader for luxury car interiors.” Consider: high-gloss wood on seat backs, suede inserts on the door panels, and the center console-mounted gear shifter that “serves as a ‘clever lever’ [to rest the heel of the driver’s] right hand while working the Multimedia Interface central controller.”

2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

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2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3

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2011 BMW x3 xDrive35i – With its black-and-cream color scheme, wood trim on dash, center console and door panels, superb fit-and-finish, fold-flat seating and plenty of room for five, the 2011 BMW x3 xDrive35i, at $52,025, is a “worthy contender in the luxury cross/utility segment,” say Ward’s editors. They also comment that the iDrive controller is now more intuitive and easier to use.

2011 Volvo S60

2011 Volvo S60

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2011 Volvo S60

2011 Volvo S60

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2011 Volvo S60 – Calling the 2011 Volvo S60 a “study in Scandinavian serenity,” Ward’s editors found the $46,200 S60 “an undiscovered gem in the heart of the luxury market.” It’s all about balance, from the “beautifully angular” door panels to the floating center stack. But the best feature, say editors, are the S60’s sleek head restraints for front-seat occupants. TheCarConnection says “the new [Volvo] S60 is a stylish and well-designed sport sedan that’s very enjoyable to drive – even if it trades off a bit of edginess for comfort and refinement.”

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT RS – Proving that you can have an economy car without cutting corners, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze 2LT RS, say Ward’s editors, “is a wonderful value at $22,910.” Editors call out the Cruze’s “properly-bolstered” leather-appointed seats, “great attention” to noise reduction, high-quality plastics and surfaces that are soft to the touch. Check out Bengt Halvorson’s review of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze in TheCarConnection to see why it’s considered a “good value for the money.”

2011 Ford Focus

2011 Ford Focus

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2011 Ford Focus interior

2011 Ford Focus interior

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2011 Ford Focus Titanium – The five-door hatchback 2011 Ford Focus Titanium, at $27,520, is fully loaded with navigation, moonroof and ability to self-park. Focus Titanium also has an “engaging combination” of leather seats, doors and center console in deep-gray and cranberry-red. Altogether, Ward’s editors find the vehicle a worthy sporty competitor in the larger mid-size segment.


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