These Are The 10 Best Interiors Of 2018, According To Wards Auto

For a driver, a car’s interior is their sanctuary. It’s where you need to be able to relax, yet stay engaged, and not be completely put off by cheap materials or poor built quality.

Luckily, there is such a thing as premium or otherwise well put together cars, and according to Wards Auto, after thoroughly reviewing 40 nominated models that were either all-new or significantly improved from last year, 10 interiors stood out from the competition.

One of the things that Wards’ reviewers highlighted in this year’s competition, was that automakers were more adventurous with color options .

“Thank you to all the interior designers who have been urging their bosses to take chances and try colors that are less predictable,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “We know a lot of consumers end up buying black, gray or beige interiors, but there are also a lot of shoppers who want more excitement. This year’s class of winners will make those folks happy.”

The Top 10 list, which is in alphabetical order, holds five premium and five budget-friendly brands, priced as tested.


Chevrolet Equinox ($36,375)

The all-new Equinox was pegged as having a “stylish, well-built interior”, proving once again why this model remains one of America’s most popular midsize crossovers. The overall design was lauded for having abundant curves, tilted oblong air vents and angular door trim.

At the same time, the soft materials, massive center console, excellent infotainment system and overall built quality played a huge role in helping the Equinox secure its position among the top 10. Wards even claims that they could barely find a seam out of place after looking long and hard at the crossover’s fit and finish.


Hyundai Kona ($29,775)

The Kona, another budget-friendly nameplate, relies on “brilliant splashes of color” that make the cabin stand out and give it a more premium feel. The neon lime trim is a nice touch, while the head-up display and 8-inch color touchscreen are two standout features.

It may not be what we’d call luxurious, but then again, the Kona does have an entry-level price of just $19,500.


Infiniti QX50 ($58,195)

Unlike the previous two models, the QX50 is undoubtedly premium – something reflected in its price tag as well as its interior quality. Wards really enjoyed the brown Ultrasuede headliner and navy blue Ultrasuede accents on the center armrest, while the white leather trim provided some delicious contrast.

The Infiniti QX50 also impressed with its large center console, spacious second row and strong value. It starts from just $36,550 in the U.S.


Kia Stinger ($48,350)

Kia is a five-time Wards’ 10 Best Interiors trophy winner, and its all-new Stinger just happens to have really strong build quality, not to mention brushed aluminum trim, comfortable seats and even an award-winning twin turbocharged V6 engine – the latter also helps make your time behind the wheel more pleasant.

Wards Auto editors described the Stinger’s cabin as “splendidly executed”, being both elegant as well as athletic/sporty.


Lexus LS ($89,780)

The all-new Lexus LS follows in the footsteps of the LC Coupe, which last year was also present on this list. Of course, the LS is a luxury saloon, so no matter how nice the LC Coupe’s cabin was, the LS definitely kicked things up a notch.

Wards mentioned things like the hand-pleated door trim, cut-crystal trim, knurled knobs, huge infotainment display and reconfigurable gauges as deciding factors for this award.


Lincoln Navigator ($96,570)

The word has been spreading about the all-new Navigator’s interior and from what we’ve seen, gosh it looks good. Taken into account here was the posh Black Label version, boasting Venetial leather, Dinamica faux suede and lacquered wood trim.

To top it all off, Lincoln’s full-size SUV also comes with an ultra high-res touchscreen infotainment display, loads of passenger and cargo room, and excellent overall build quality.


Porsche Panamera ($201,540)

Since we’re on the subject of luxurious car interiors, the all-new Porsche Panamera definitely qualifies.

While the interior is impeccably executed, Wards says that the automaker’s high-performance pedigree will definitely not be lost on you, thanks to the fixed head restraints, firm seats and intuitive commands.


RAM 1500 ($65,945)

In case you thought a pickup couldn’t impress its occupants with a nicely put-together interior, here’s the Limited-grade Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4×4 for your viewing pleasure.

Among its fortes are the indigo/frost color combo, cloth-mimicking film, contrast stitching, Harman/Kardon speaker grilles and metal trim. Wards editors were also impressed with the large, easy to use portrait-style 12-inch infotainment display, which features “bold hues and graphics.”


Range Rover Velar ($91,830)

The fact that the Range Rover Velar is on this list comes as no surprise. You can easily make a case against some of the other nameplates here, but the Velar is a true tech fest, and its interior almost seems years ahead of the competition.

To hear Wards put it, the Velar’s cabin is “beautifully done and strikes the right balance of luxury, sport and technology.”


Toyota Camry ($39,253)

While the all-new Camry may seem like a weird addition to this group of cars, keep in mind that this model represents a considerable improvement over its predecessor.

Among the things you might like about its interior are the overall built quality, the asymmetrical center stack, great head-up display and “nice” gauge-cluster screen.

“Stylish, futuristic – I think it’s really sharp and raises the level on midsize sedan interiors,” stated one Wards editor.

But what about you? Do you have any issues with some of these models making a Top 10 best interiors list? We reckon you could argue against the Kona, maybe the Equinox too – then again, what would you replace them with?

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  • 2sfhim

    Most of these interiors are boring and do not stand out at all. Nothing beats the new 508.

  • caddy45

    The only ones that I agree with are: Navigator, RR Velar, and Panamera. Others are all kind of boring or too funky.

  • Shahul Usman

    yea most of those are awful.. or all of them less the velar and Lincoln

  • Dennis Scipio

    Why do I feel like the Navigator’s head unit is gonna snap off at any moment.

    • Nordschleife

      See the previous article about freestanding screens.

    • Moveon Libtards

      No different than BMW, AUDI, MAZDA units. Funny how their is never a complaint about those.

  • bd0007

    While some of these interiors may be “underwhelming” – Ward’s just can’t pick interiors from lux models and has to include models from all price-points.

    Going to disagree on the Camry, the new Accord has the better interior.

    • willhaven

      New Camry interior just looks cheap.

      • getoffme

        The new Accord looks cheap in general.

        • Moveon Libtards

          All Japanese cars have lost their game in interior design. Cheap plastics, limited features unless you pay crazy money. Dated nav and entertainment systems. Just compare to their cars in the 1990s and you will see.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Camry interior is plastic garbage. They only chose it to appeal to the masses for ad dollars. Clickbait.

  • ErnieB

    Nav, stinger (although looks very MB), and Velar for me..

  • Six_Tymes

    All look good, except for the Hyundai, it looks OLD

  • ctse

    Peugeot 3008, 5008 and the 508 should be on that list imo.

  • Charles Lane

    Go home wards you drunk….(mine Pcar)

  • cbATL

    The Camary is just f’en repulsive.

    • TB


  • TheBelltower

    Porsche and Range Rover, I get. But the rest of them, GTFOH. That Infiniti the Ram are on the list is laughable.

  • Autoexperte

    complet approval

  • Nordschleife

    Thus far no one voted for the QX50. I think it’s my favorite. It looks expensive and I love the break between the screens. Plus blue, brown and white/beige is a fantastic color contrast. I think that interior looks better than even the LS. No fears Infiniti. I see what you’ve done. I pick you.

  • ctk4949

    The ram 1500 looks too busy, geez. Looks like it has 100 buttons!! The Navigator, looks ridiculous with that huge tablet in the middle of the dash. Is that leather purple?? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

    • Nordschleife

      Agreed this is the only I take most issue with.

  • Porsche and Range Rover are good, but only the Navigator came up with something new and good looking that works. Huge touch sreens, doubles screens, complicated designs, stupid shapes… awful plastics… I’m not folowing this selection.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    How the Equinox got on that list, I’ll never know. Every review in Australia bags the interior design and build quality.

    • Matt

      At the same time, the Stinger has been criticized for using many less-than-great materials by Australian media, yet in this list it is praised for its quality.

      Americans must have a different view in interior quality…

      • willhaven

        We don’t, but Ward’s makes money from automakers and dealers so someone probably commissioned them to include these shitty cars.

      • Captain Nemo®™

        Mat Watson of UK website Carwow had to do a reply video because the Kia fanboys went all butt-hurt in the comments when he showed how much movement the Stinger had in it’s console. In the reply video every other car he tested had no movement in their console.

  • Erzhik

    I’m sorry, but Camry over Volvo S90?

  • Carenthusiast

    Where’s S Class or E Class for that matter? S has had a facelift so should be here!

  • Harry_Wild

    Mazda CX-5 and Mazda 6 should be included in the $300K category!

    • Matt

      Nothing special about the Mazda 6 interior.

      • Matthijs

        Atleast it doesn’t look cheap

  • Honda NSX-R

    I’m not surprised to see the Kia Stinger on this list, that car seems to get a lot of praise from the press.

  • Alter Ego

    Holy shit I disagree with almost all of these

  • PK

    No Mercedes Benz? Are you kidding me????

  • An Existing Person

    This list is very reasonable. I could see the appeal in each one except for perhaps the Equinox.

  • Bash

    The Navigator interior is my favorite.

  • Bonni Gari Leksmana

    Why there is no any Mazda here?

    • Kate E

      Because their interior materials are not durable

  • Autoexperte
    • Nordschleife

      Oh you just posted this. I was like why hasn’t anyone replied to this. Looks cool in its Lexus overwroughtness.

      • Kate E

        Wow that doesn’t look like a grandpa mobile

    • paulgdeaton

      Who put the snowplow on the front of that thing?

  • Kate E

    Hyundai Kona… LOL plastic fantastic

  • Matthijs

    lol the Camry and Kona!?

  • Noor Aiman Sani
    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      Almost identical to the MG6’s interior!

  • smartacus

    the ULTIMATE best interior is the
    FORGED CARBON interior of the
    Lamborghini Huracán Performante

  • dumblikeyou2

    Japanese. They have the most bizarre idea of what looks luxurious or expensive. That’s not even breaking a mold, it’s just uncomfortable looking.

  • Callanish

    Scrolling down and seeing a $100,000 Lincoln Navigator takes me back a bit, until I scroll down one more spot to see a $200,000 Panamera. The world has gone mad.

  • Daniela Wolf

    Wtf – where is Audi??

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