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Old 03-30-10, 06:28 AM   #1
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Most everyone is familiar with the Ward's Auto 10 Best Engines award where BMW, Audi and Ford took several honors for 2010, but a less prominent, though perhaps more eye-catching, award given by the magazine is the Ward's Interior of the Year awards.

The award recipients are chosen through a process that examines all new vehicles for the given model year. For 2010, Ward's had 40 vehicles, considered finalists meeting the requirements. Vehicles are placed in several different classes and judged based upon interior ergonomics, quality and feel of materials, comfort, fit and finish and overall value.

The winners in each class will be announced in mid-April, but you can continue after the jump to view the list of competitors in each class. It could be argued that many of the vehicles are deserving, but only one per class will be selected. The Buick Regal interior pictured above caught our eye, but tell us your own in the comments below.
WARD'S 2010 INTERIOR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

POPULAR-PRICED CARS
(-$29,999)
Buick Regal
Dodge Caliber
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Forte
Mazda3
Subaru Outback
Suzuki Kizashi
Volkswagen Golf

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BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
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Porsche Panamera
Mercedes E350 coupe

HYBRID-ELECTRIC VEHICLES (no cap)
Honda Insight
Lexus HS 250H
Nissan Altima Hybrid
Toyota Prius

SPORTS CARS (no cap)
Chevrolet Camaro
Hyundai Genesis coupe
Mazdaspeed3
Nissan Z roadster

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Chevrolet Equinox
Honda Accord Crosstour
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Ram Heavy Duty pickup
Toyota 4Runner

PREMIUM-PRICED TRUCKS (no cap)
Acura ZDX
Audi Q5
Cadillac SRX
Land Rover LR4
Lexus GX 460
Lincoln MKT
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Volvo XC60
Toyota Sienna
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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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Wards had the twin turbo BMW 3.0L top rated engine.
It is when there isn't high pressure fuel pump and injectors issues.
Camaro interior among other posted? Please!
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Lightbulb Well ...

To be fair ... they only nominate new vehicles so that narrows the pool from which they can pick ...
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To be fair ... they only nominate new vehicles so that narrows the pool from which they can pick ...
The Dodge Caliber is hardly all new. The interior of the Caliber is the cheapest, shoddiest, coldest, hardest, and in my opinion, the worst interior of any car built today. Interiors simply don't get any worse.
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This list is a joke! Dodge caliber? The crappiest interior on earth?
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 Dodge Caliber is hardly all new. The interior of the Caliber is the cheapest, shoddiest, coldest, hardest, and in my opinion, the worst interior of any car built today. Interiors simply don't get any worse.
Yes they do........its own brother, the Jeep Compass (see my post just above).

The Smart-for-Two's interior is starker than the Caliber's, but, IMO, has better-quality hardware.
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As far as the best overall interior goes, asssuming one does not include the Maybach/Rolls/Bentley/Aston Martin (which are in a class by themselves) and stays strictly in the mass-produced class, I'd give it to the Audi A8, though the Lexus LS, Acura RL, and Jaguar XF are close. The more-expensive Jaguar XJ's new interior, IMO, is a disappointment.

Here's the 2010 A8:

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Red face Caliber

I am not that familiar w/ the Dodge Caliber but according to this, it did get a redesigned interior.

Now that I look @ it ... I can see where the dismay for the nomination is coming from:

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The plastics even look cheap in the pics:
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Disagree with some of this or just don't care, in short a non-event of an awards ceremony.
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I am not that familiar w/ the Dodge Caliber but according to this, it did get a redesigned interior.

Now that I look @ it ... I can see where the dismay for the nomination is coming from:

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The plastics even look cheap in the pics:
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But--doesn't it have illuminated cup holders? That alone would put it on top, right?
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The award recipients are chosen through a process that examines all new vehicles for the given model year. For 2010, Ward's had 40 vehicles, considered finalists meeting the requirements.
Well keep in mind that this award is only given to models that are all-new for the 2010 model year, so there will be lots of cars with what are generally considered the best-in-class interiors missing from the list.

In other words, this award is pretty much meaningless.

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Well keep in mind that this award is only given to models that are all-new for the 2010 model year, so there will be lots of cars with what are generally considered the best-in-class interiors missing from the list.

In other words, this award is pretty much meaningless.
I doubt it, 2010's were out in 09 and now we have 2011's rolling in.
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As far as the best overall interior goes, asssuming one does not include the Maybach/Rolls/Bentley/Aston Martin (which are in a class by themselves) and stays strictly in the mass-produced class, I'd give it to the Audi A8, though the Lexus LS, Acura RL, and Jaguar XF are close. The more-expensive Jaguar XJ's new interior, IMO, is a disappointment.

Here's the 2010 A8:

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No offense to you at all, but I really don't understand how anyone could like that interior. Its just so plain and the layout is ugly and awkward. Not a fan of audi interiors at all

I mean just compare that to the S class
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Looks way better...in my opinion.
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The LS looks way nicer too. More luxurious and expensive looking
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