A concise summation of every interior evaluated as part of the 2012 competition.
Associate Editor Byron Pope reviews Honda CR-V door trim during video shoot.
Audi A6 ($67,430)
Fastidious fit-and-finish, but some models priced too close to A7.
Audi A7 Sportback ($67,430)
Lovely confluence of wood and metal make this liftback another Ingolstadt homerun.
Thanks for listening to our pleas for more variety and styling in BMW interiors.
Buick Verano ($27,345)
This interior sets Buick on a sound path to brand redefining its target audience.
Chevrolet Sonic ($18,745)
Flexible, fun and funky interior can be had for under $20k. Bravo Chevy.
Chevrolet Malibu Eco ($29,380)
Cool horizontal slats connect IP and door, but there’s too much brightwork, faux wood.
We loved the 300 last year, but Lancia designers made it even better.
Dodge Dart ($21,485)
Two sophisticated display screens, sport seats, heated seats and nav for $21k? Really?
Dodge Grand Caravan R/T ($34,360)
Come on, guys, driving a minivan really isn’t all that bad.
Bright red seats, door trim draw you in, but only if you don’t need the back seat.
Has all the functionality of a minivan but is slightly cooler; excellent third row.
Still a benchmark for its segment, and the Recaros are worth the price.
Ford Taurus SHO ($46,275)
Interior is slightly improved, but does a sport sedan need massaging seats?
Badly lapped by several competitors. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
This new CUV was in the hunt with clean styling, expertly designed folding second row.
Leaves us wondering how a car priced under $16k can look so good, feel so right.
Unless you need RWD, Azera could become the more stylish alternative to Genesis sedan.
Hyundai Genesis coupe ($25,125)
A lot of content for the money, but color accents needed to break up black-on-black.
Hyundai Veloster ($21,395)
Gorgeous color and bold styling inside. But interior writes a check the engine can’t cash.
Infiniti JX35 ($54,800)
Excellent value and feature content for a stylish 7-passenger CUV.
Kia Rio ($18,345)
Truly raises bar for subcompact interiors, but sibling Hyundai Accent does so with more flair.
Lincoln MKS ($58,265)
Egregious trim fits surrounding backlight. At this price, Lincoln must do better.
Lincoln MKT ($58,045)
Panoramic roof is an asset, but gray and brown color combination does not work.
Bland, basic interior in a segment filling with superstars; backseat cramped.
Clean, straightforward design makes for excellent ergonomics; narrowly edges out Honda CR-V.
Mercedes C250 coupe ($43,790)
Prepared to duke it out with all-new 3-Series; love the power head restraints.
Mercedes ML350 Bluetec ($77,025)
Beautiful, comfortable luxury package, but is it really worth $77k?
Mercedes SLK350 ($65,265)
An owner could feel right at home in this interior for years. Air Scarf rocks!
Mini Cooper S Coupe ($33,150)
Mini has struck gold with unmistakable styling, but fan base is limited.
Porsche 911 S ($122,925)
Fitting design for high-end sports car, but interior doesn’t sell it.
Range Rover Evoque ($49,745)
There’s nothing wrong with making iconic British off-road vehicles accessible to more buyers.
Scion iQ ($17,068)
3+1 seating is extremely clever, but interior is noisy and package isn’t worth $17,000.
Subaru Impreza ($25,714)
White stitching, metallic accents work well, but rivals in this segment are more stylish.
Toyota making progress with Camry interior, but it’s time to take some risks.
An attempt to be funky results in an interior that feels schizophrenic; grays are mismatched.
Toyota Prius V ($36,330)
Offers cavernous backseat, but interior generally reveals cost-cutting strategy.
Wolfsburg turns loose its best interior designers in recasting Bug for a new generation.
Not a bad design, but a little too monochromatic; red stitching helps as accent.
Volkswagen Passat ($29,895)
Very comfortable and spacious, but interior overall is too spartan.
Volvo S60 R-Design ($46,875)
A well-done interior, but a bit too predictable.