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2016 Classy Cabins: Top 10 Best Interiors

Darrek Olson
Volvo XC90

2016 is winding down, and if you’re one of those savvy shoppers who love to wait for clearance tags before buying a new vehicle, now is your time to buy. While a lot of focus and decision making is placed on the styling of the exterior of a vehicle, we spend most of our time on the inside. After all, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? To help you make this important decision, we look back to WardAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List.

Every year, WardsAuto ranks the 10 Best Vehicle Interiors. To qualify, the interior has to be either all-new or have undergone a significant redesign. WardsAuto scores the vehicle based on aesthetics, quality of material, comfort, safety, ergonomics, value, usability of tech, and fit-and-finish. For 2016’s list, a total of 47 vehicles were evaluated and narrowed down their top ten. Today we’ll take a look at Ward’s summations from Wards 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits, as well as pricing on Carsforsale.com and which features are our favorites.

Audi TTS

2016 Audi TTS

Body Style           Luxury Coupe

Price Range        Averaging $58,700 on Carsforsale.com

Wards Summation        Checks all our boxes for functionality, connectivity, fit-and-finish, style and comfort. This is the interior of tomorrow.

Carsforsale.com’s Favorite Features

  • Ventilation controls integrated into the design of the vents are clever and functional.
  • The 12.3-inch LCD fully digital and customizable in dash display.
  • Controls are all pivoted toward the driver, making it a driver-centric experience.

 Note: Audi had multiple vehicles evaluated for the 2016 awards but missing the cut were the A4, A6, Q7 and S7.

BMW 7-Series

BMW 7-Series

Body Style           Luxury Sedan

Price Range        The 7-Series is currently available on Carsforsale.com, averaging around $96,000.

Wards Summation        All first-rate, from rich leather and touch-sensitive controls to second-row executive lounge seating and innovative gesture controls.

Carsforsale.com’s Favorite Features

  • Heated armrests are nice in the winter months.
  • Chestnut trim inlays compliment the leather perfectly.
  • Lighted speaker grates for the Bowers & Wilkins sound system create a unique experience when you enter the cabin.

Note: The BMW also had the 340i and 650i in the running, but neither made the Top 10.

Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5

Body Style           Luxury Crossover

Price Range        The XT5 is averaging a $51,000 price tag on Carsforsale.com.

Wards Summation        Understated wood inlays, combined with microsuede and Maple Sugar leather, make for a sweet combination.

Carsforsale.com’s Favorite Features

  • The bright heads-up display is crisp and convenient.
  • An ultraview, panoramic sunroof is something that any passenger will fall in love with.
  • Ergonomic seating throughout makes this a comfortable ride, particularly for road trips.

 Note: Cadillac’s CT6 was also evaluated and did well, but did not make the final cut.

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Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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