Ward's, an automotive-data provider for over 80 years, has revealed the 2011 list of 10 vehicles with the best interiors.
Ward's recognized the Audi A8 for its features like the high-gloss wood on seat backs, the suede inserts on the door panels and the gear shifter in the center console that "serves as a 'clever lever'" for resting the heel of the right hand while operating the Multimedia Interface central controller.
For the recently-launched all-new Grand Cherokee Overland Summit, it's the boldly stitched deep-grain tan leather seats that, according to Ward's, "instantly conjure images of a highly crafted saddle from the wild west." The fact that the material carries over seamlessly to the instrument panel and door trim didn't hurt its chances either.
The Volvo S60, meanwhile, was noted not only for its angular door panels and the Swedish carmaker's trademark floating center stack. With its sleek head restraints, Ward's was prompted to call it as a "sexy safety device."
"We've never evaluated so many vehicles for any awards competition in the past, which tells us every auto maker wants the freshest, highest-quality interior possible for all the vehicles they sell," said Ward's AutoWorld's editor-in-chief Drew Winter. "Auto makers are so focused on the smallest details that it’s hard to find a bad interior these days. Still, some are better than others, and we’re recognizing the best of the best."
Although four more vehicle models in the list are sold here, the specific trim level that earned Ward's recognition are not locally available. These are the BMW X3 xDrive 35i, the Chevrolet Cruze 2LT RS, the Dodge Charger Rallye Plus and the Ford Focus Titanium.
The rest of the vehicles on Ward's list of 10 best interiors are the Honda Odyssey Elite, the Hyundai Elantra Limited and the Kia Optima EX.