Asian Brands Dominate Ward’s 10 Best Interiors
April 15, 2013
by Tom Murphy
With finely executed sedans and cross/utility vehicles that are new to the market this year, Asian auto makers secure seven spots among this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Interiors.
WardsAuto editors selected the top passenger compartments after spending February and March evaluating 46 vehicles that are all-new or feature significantly upgraded interiors. The winners will be recognized during a special ceremony at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference to be held May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI.
This year’s winners:
- Acura RDX ($40,315)
- Cadillac XTS ($64,695)
- Chevrolet Spark ($15,795)
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport ($35,925)
- Kia Forte ($25,515)
- Lexus GS 450h ($68,139)
- Mazda6 ($31,490)
- Nissan Pathfinder ($44,395)
- Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn ($55,390)
- Toyota Avalon ($42,449)
The Cadillac XTS fullsize sedan earns its place with a thoroughly modern and intuitive HMI, the Cadillac User Experience, which can be voice-activated and integrates an adjustable head-up display that encourages drivers to keep their eyes on the road. CUE is being applied across the Cadillac range, with good reason.
All this state-of-the-art communications technology hardly overshadows the sumptuous 2-tone “Jet Black with Light Wheat” color scheme, punctuated by delightfully original accent stitching and beautiful ambient lighting that reaches out to younger buyers who are crucial to Cadillac’s ongoing success.
General Motors’ other award-winner this year stands as a polar opposite to the XTS. The Chevrolet Spark, developed in South Korea, is all about fun and function. Decked out in unforgettable “Jalapeno Green” inside and out, the Spark is bound to be that first new car for a lot of young buyers – one they will remember fondly.
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