Ward’s Picks Best Interiors of 2013

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 24th, 2013

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - Wards 10 Best Interiors 2013

WardsAuto has announced its picks for the 10 best OEM interiors of 2013. This year’s winners – which largely consist of Asian brands – will be recognized during a special ceremony at next month’s WardsAuto Interiors Conference.

According to WardsAuto, there was a total of 46 nominees that required careful vetting by judges:

Editors drive the vehicles during their routine commutes and submit score sheets ranking each interior based on several criteria, including materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design. Scores also are applied based on the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface and the ability to link mobile phones and access vehicle information.

While WardsAuto names the top 10 scorers to its list of best interiors, the vehicles are not ranked.

Commenting on this year’s winners, WardsAuto‘s man-in-charge said that the list is reflective of automakers’ newfound appreciation for car interiors:

“This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that interiors are a vital part of the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds,” says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter.

“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. 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.” [more]

Take a look at WardsAuto‘s picks for best interiors of 2013 and judge for yourself:

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Acura RDX Interior

2013 Acura RDX

2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum

2013 Cadillac XTS

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Chevrolet Spark Interior

2013 Chevrolet Spark

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Interior

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Kia Forte Interior

2013 Kia Forte

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Lexus GS 450h Interior

2013 Lexus GS 450h

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Mazda 6 Interior

2013 Mazda 6

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Offers 26 MPG Combined Fuel Econom

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Ram 1500

2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

The Hog Ring - Auto Upholstery Community - 2013 Toyota Avalon Interior 2

2013 Toyota Avalon

You be the judge: Let us know in the comments section (1) which cabin you like the best; and (2) if you’re able to discern any prominent trends in interior design among the winners.

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3 Responses

  1. DaneDobrinska says:

    My vote is for the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. I’m noticing not necessarily twotone seats, but rather two tone interiors are starting to be utilized more often. The caramel on charcoal is very pleasing asthetically.

  2. The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn is beautiful!

  3. Mike Wade says:

    The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn has the best looking interior. And considering that it’s a truck makes it even more astounding. Truck interiors can be just as luxurious as any luxury sedan – if not nicer. Congrats to the design team at Chrysler-Ram Division. I would love to own one of those trucks just for its gorgeous interior, but I cannot afford one. My mode of transportation is city bus. Blah! By the way, most of the Top 10 picks are pretty nice. My runner up would be the Hyundai Santa Fe.

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