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Old 04-06-10, 07:01 AM   #31
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Even that gives it more credit than due. That also applies to its brother, the Jeep Compass.

While I don't necessarily share this opinion myself, from previous chats, I suspect we are also going to get some disagreements on the Camaro interior.
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The Kia Forte is a finalist? Are they kidding?


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it's not that bad, but definitely not an award winning worthy.
maybe this award is pure 'design' award. not quality of materials award. not sure.

i don't like Forte's interior either, but every article i read about Forte said how easy it is to use. honestly in this segment, i like the futuristic civic's interior the most. it's cool and funky.
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Volkswagen GTI and Lexus RX should be on the list.
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this interior owns them all

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 12 -- Ward's Auto Interior of the Year Awards, North America's only honors for excellence in automotive interiors, have been announced for 2010. The list features winners in pricing and vehicle type categories, as well as special award winners for design, versatility and brand expression.

The 2010 Ward's Auto Interior of the Year winners are:

-- Subaru Outback (Popular-priced car under $29,999)
-- Infiniti M56 (Premium-priced car)
-- Lexus HS 250h (Hybrid car)
-- Chevrolet Camaro (Sports car)
-- Chevrolet Equinox (Popular-priced truck under $39,999)
-- Volvo XC60 (Premium-priced truck)
-- Acura ZDX (Design Breakthrough)
-- Mazdaspeed3 (Brand Expression)
-- BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (Design Versatility)
-- Porsche Panamera (Inspired Design)
"For years, the focus on safety and functionality has given us drab, uninspired vehicle interiors," said Ward's AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "This year's winners show style and original design is becoming as important inside the vehicle as it already is to the sheet metal outside."

A team of eight Ward's editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new or significantly upgraded interiors this year. The vehicles - both car and truck - were divided into segments, with one winner named in each category. In addition, Ward's bestowed special awards for outstanding achievements in key areas. Having both designations allowed judges to rank vehicles against the entire field, regardless of segment and price. Judging criteria included aesthetics and design harmony, comfort, driver information, ergonomics, fit and finish, materials, safety and overall value.

The awards will be presented during a ceremony held as part of the Ward's Auto Interiors Conference on May 19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, MI. Registration details can be found online at www.autointeriors.com.

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Ward's Automotive Group is a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data and analysis, having served the industry's information needs for nearly 80 years. Ward's AutoWorld is a monthly magazine serving more than 68,000 automotive professionals. The twice-monthly newsletter Ward's Engine & Vehicle Technology Update provides analysis of engineering advancements and technical issues. WardsAuto.com is an online subscription service delivering virtually all the industry news, data and analysis compiled by Ward's Automotive Group, the world's leader in automotive industry information. A Southfield, MI - based division of Penton Media, Inc., Ward's Automotive Group also publishes the weekly industry newsletter Ward's Automotive Reports, the monthly magazine Ward's Dealer Business, and offers a wealth of other automotive information services including reference annuals, online databases, and customized data reports.

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My reaction to some of the winners is .
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Has anyone here ever considered that material quality is perhaps not all that important in these rankings?

I'm pretty sure that interior ergonomics also are part of the equation. The Caliber, for instance, might excel in that criteria despite the relatively disappointing build quality.

At any rate, Wards and their judges have their subjective opinions. My point is: who cares? Arguing about interiors to me is pretty childish. To me, an interior needs to look and feel good as well as being ergonomically acceptable. Most modern interiors fulfill that requirement. Case closed.
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Entire list is meh...but congrats
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This list is a joke! Dodge caliber? The crappiest interior on earth?
There's a lot of other questionables on that list as well.
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camaro has terrible interior
plastics are horrible in that thing

none of the chevy and dodge should be on that list
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This list is a joke! Dodge caliber? The crappiest interior on earth?
There's a lot of other questionables on that list as well.
yeah I know. Once I read that it kind of takes all of the steam out of any of the rankings
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Has anyone here ever considered that material quality is perhaps not all that important in these rankings?

I'm pretty sure that interior ergonomics also are part of the equation. The Caliber, for instance, might excel in that criteria despite the relatively disappointing build quality.

At any rate, Wards and their judges have their subjective opinions. My point is: who cares? Arguing about interiors to me is pretty childish. To me, an interior needs to look and feel good as well as being ergonomically acceptable. Most modern interiors fulfill that requirement. Case closed.


I've personally considered different areas and criteria they might be ranking on, and I still don't understand their methodology.

Have you sat inside a Caliber interior? I have and it's not very ergonomic IMHO.
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Has anyone here ever considered that material quality is perhaps not all that important in these rankings?

I'm pretty sure that interior ergonomics also are part of the equation. The Caliber, for instance, might excel in that criteria despite the relatively disappointing build quality.

At any rate, Wards and their judges have their subjective opinions. My point is: who cares? Arguing about interiors to me is pretty childish. To me, an interior needs to look and feel good as well as being ergonomically acceptable. Most modern interiors fulfill that requirement. Case closed.
I think most here have different standards in regards to interiors since this is a Lexus forum. Lexus has been known for their interiors since day one and it is a selling point.
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I've personally considered different areas and criteria they might be ranking on, and I still don't understand their methodology.

Have you sat inside a Caliber interior? I have and it's not very ergonomic IMHO.
The Caliber was introduced when I was already in Europe, but I have seen a few around. I've never sat in one or experienced the interior, but from the pictures it is quite obvious that the cabin isn't anything special in terms of materials or build quality.

I can't comment on the ergonomics of this particular dashboard but perhaps, just perhaps, the ergonomics of the Caliber's cabin are favorable to most people. I don't know.

At the end of the day the fact of the matter remains that everything is subjective.
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Then why isn't it called "Wards 2010 Best Ergonomic Interior Awards" ??
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Then why isn't it called "Wards 2010 Best Ergonomic Interior Awards" ??
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