Tom Murphy

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

Subaru Taking STI to New Level
With a corporate initiative to establish STI as Subaru’s performance division, the automaker demonstrates how the right chassis and suspension components can make a world of difference. It’s not all about horsepower.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: BMW i8
The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid is not cheap, starting at $136,650, but the cabin sees the automaker taking chances like never before with sleek seat designs, bold blue seatbelts and ambient lighting that seems fitting for a space shuttle. Test vehicle includes $2,000 Giga package plus optional blue seatbelts.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Lincoln Black Label MKZ
Lincoln is trying to boost its sagging brand image by launching Black Label versions of new vehicles as they arrive. For $6,000, customers can pick from four main design themes named Indulgence, Oasis, Modern Heritage and Center Stage, all emphasizing premium materials and build quality. The Lincoln Black Label MKZ, priced at $58,165, was judged as part of this year's Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Volkswagen Touareg
The Volkswagen Touareg has been a laggard in Ward's burgeoning Middle Luxury CUV segment, selling only 6,961 units in 2014. Yes, VW is a mainstream brand, but the Touareg has skewed near-luxury based on price and premium content. The refreshed Touareg sticks with that formula and is much improved. Our AWD V-6 diesel test vehicle stickers for $60,080.
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
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.
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