When you spend so much time inside a car, driving to and from work, school and assorted family or other errands, you definitely know what works well for you, as well as what begins to irk you after a while. When a car’s interior has that perfect balance of form and function, and everything just sort of flows, it can make all the difference in the world.
Keeping tabs on the best new car interiors each year, Ward’s releases its annual listing showcasing the standout winners. For the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2012, there is no ranking, meaning there’s no number one through 10. Editors began with a field of 40 nominated interiors and narrowed it down by evaluating each vehicle’s interior, focusing on ergonomics, safety, and selection of materials, overall value, and aesthetics. Editors also looked at the human-machine interface to see how well they communicated vehicle information to the driver.
Here are this year’s winners, listed in alphabetical order:
2012 Audi A7 3.0TEnlarge Photo
2012 Audi A7 – As a top-notch luxury car, it’s understandable that the all-new 2012 Audi A7 would boast an equally impressive interior. For WardsAuto editors, won over by the A7’s “dramatic and inviting” interior, the “four-passenger luxury liftback tilts toward the exotic and looks much more expensive than its $67,430 sticker price.” Meanwhile, our colleagues at TheCarConnection rate the A7’s interior a 10 out of 10. Read the entire review here.
2012 Chevrolet Sonic, road test, Catskills Mountains, October 2011Enlarge Photo
2012 Chevrolet Sonic – Well-equipped at $18,745, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic that editors evaluated “proves an inexpensive car doesn’t have to look cheap.” Editors also hailed Sonic’s “new level of style” to the subcompact segment, remarking that it maximizes limited space with three cupholders between the front seats, front door bottle holders, and two gloveboxes. See why TheCarConnection gives the 2012 Chevy Aveo an overall 8 (out of 10) rating in this review.
2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury SeriesEnlarge Photo
2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury – Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of Ward’sAuto World magazine, sums up the appeal of the 2012 Chrysler 300 luxury sedan this way: “If Bentley made an affordable family car, its interior would look like the Chrysler 300 Luxury.” Wait, there’s more. Winter went on to say, “It’s smart and modern with a generous helping of over-the-top lavishness.”
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2013 Dodge Dart – An all-new compact (replacing the outgoing Dodge Caliber), the 2013 Dodge Dart, says WardsAuto editors, “gives Chrysler a legitimate shot at gaining market share in the compact-car segment, and a stylish, well-conceived and heavily contented interior boosts prospects for success.” TheCarConnection finds the interior “roomy,” while other “snazzy appearance features” include optional LED ambient lighting, and 14 color and fabric combinations.
2012 Hyundai AccentEnlarge Photo
2012 Hyundai Accent – Noting that the $15,925 sticker price on the test 2012 Hyundai Accent seemed hard to believe, WardsAuto editors lauded the subcompact car’s “incredible attention to detail,” which included leather-wrapped steering wheel and other appealing interior features. Our own TheCarConnection review highlights the car’s “vast interior [which], by subcompact standards, elevates the Accent into the compact class.”