The industry’s current focus on superior interior design has upped the overall level of cabin quality to new heights with the newest generation of vehicles, as all automakers now seem to recognize just how important the driving environment has become for consumers. And as made clear by Ward’s 2012 10 Best Interiors list—from the same team behind the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines rankings—this emphasis extends from the upper reaches of the marketplace to even the latest crop of mainstream subcompacts.
In fact, according to Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of WardsAuto World: “We saw a tremendously diverse group of interiors this year, and it’s obvious to us that automakers are pushing their design staffs harder than ever for interiors that are beautifully appointed, well-equipped and extremely comfortable.”
Judging for the 10 Best Interiors program looks to criteria such as ergonomics, safety, materials, overall value and aesthetics, as well as the “human-machine interface”—a vital issue in today’s often tech-heavy cars and trucks.
Your Ward’s 2012 10 Best Interior winners, in alphabetical order, are as follows. (Just note that the prices mentioned here are “as tested” and can include optional interior content.)