Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

Tom writes about suppliers, automotive technology and other wide-ranging topics.

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2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Subaru WRX
Subaru's redesigned AWD turbocharged WRX sedan, always popular among rally-car enthusiasts, arrives for interior evaluation with stylish carbon-fiber trim, gray and red stitching, a flat-bottom steering wheel and an updated central display that includes a boost gauge. Test vehicle sticker price, including $795 destination charges, is $29,639.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Acura TLX
Acura's new TLX sedan represents a cross between two vehicles no longer available: the smaller TSX and more stately TL. The interior carries on Honda/Acura's excellent reputation for fit-and-finish, as well as a deep-rooted reluctance to take stylistic chances. Our TLX 2.4L Tech carries a sticker price of $35,920, including $895 in destination charges.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Mazda6

The redesigned Mazda6 won a Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy two years ago, and this mid-cycle refresh delivers a new display screen and multimedia interface, as well as more premium materials. Our Grand Touring test vehicle stickered for $33,395.

2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Chevrolet Trax
Assembled in South Korea, Chevrolet Trax enters the compact CUV segment loaded with features popular among young buyers. Test vehicle equipped with front-wheel drive and 1.4L turbo-4 is priced at $23,815, including $875 destination charges.
Ford GT Interior Leverages Biometric Research
The 2-seat supercar launching next year is among the first in the Ford stable drawing from a new research project that quantifies a driver’s emotional attachment to a vehicle interior and even tracks brainwaves and eye movements.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Ram Promaster City Wagon
No question, Ram's Promaster City Wagon, hailing from Europe as part of the Fiat linkup, is a compact cargo van in a growing segment. But this vehicle offers second-row seating for three occupants, making it a viable alternative for small-business owners who occasionally need to cart around the kids. Base price of $24,130 makes it compelling.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Nissan Murano
Inside and out, Nissan's all-new Murano makes a bold design statement by injecting stylistic drama into the high-volume midsize CUV segment.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Kia Sedona
Kia continues taking its Sedona minivan more upscale to compete with Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The redesigned '15 model, fully loaded, carries a premium price, too: $43,295, including destination and handling.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Mercedes S550 Coupe 1
The Mercedes S550 sedan earned a 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy, and this year the coupe is vying for contention, delivering the same jaw-dropping features as the 4-door while amping up style with bold red leather inside.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Ford F-150 King Ranch
The innovative aluminum body gets most of the attention, but the interior of the all-new '15 Ford F-150 also has been completely redesigned. Evaluated for the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition was a top-of-the-line F-150 4x4 Supercrew King Ranch stickering at $60,675, including nearly $8,000 worth of optional equipment.
Ford Conquesting Young Enthusiasts  2
The new Ford Performance Group unites several previously independent teams into one organization focused on the lucrative (and growing) sector of high-output sports cars.
Honda CR-V: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors 1
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the Honda CR-V, a nominee in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
Subaru Legacy: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the Subaru Legacy, a nominee in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
Corvette Z06 Tutorial: Know Your Limits 9
The 650-hp super car is capable of sprinting to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and traversing a quarter-mile (0.4 km) in less than 11 seconds. If you don’t know your limitations as a driver, or passenger, the Z06 will.
Canyon vs. Colorado: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, both nominees in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
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