Acura RDX ($43,520)

We asked Acura for this last year and need to ask again for one central display screen, not two. It’s twice the distraction.

Audi A4 ($54,275)

Audi is back on its A-game with outstanding interiors. A4 was in the hunt along with Audi Q7 and TTS.

Audi A6 ($55,775)

Layered walnut wood decorative inlays still lovely, but without Virtual Cockpit theA6 lagged behind others.

Audi Q7 ($72,875)

Good visibility, easy management of systems; everything in rightful place; finger-writing scratchpad pretty cool.

Audi S7 ($95,525)

Features excellent materials, but even at this price point the S7 can’t compete with newer Audi interiors.

Audi TTS ($58,500) WINNER

Checks all our boxes for functionality, connectivity, fit-and-finish, style and comfort. This is the interior of tomorrow.

BMW 340i ($58,420)

Bluetooth pairing is fast and user-friendly; no trouble linking to Pandora; can read text messages to driver.

BMW 650i ($91,500)

Interesting and adventurous butterscotch leather, but lack of driver-assistance features knocks it from contention.

BMW 750i ($129,245) WINNER

All first-rate, from rich leather and touch-sensitive controls to second-row executive lounge seating and innovative gesture controls.

Buick Cascada ($37,385)

Not a bad second row for 2-door convertible, but human-machine interface is outdated relative to newer GM models.

Cadillac CT6 ($88,960)

Expensive, yes, until factoring in cost of two great massages daily, for four occupants; voice activation works great.

Cadillac XT5 ($63,845) WINNER

Understated wood inlays, combined with microsuede and Maple Sugar leather, make for a sweet combination.

Chevrolet, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai

Chevrolet Camaro ($46,095) WINNER

What’s black and white, and red all over? This high-contrast Camaro interior, with crimson ambient lighting. Stunning.

Chevrolet Malibu ($34,285)

Difficult to like a black interior with oddly complex lines, but 2-tone gray color scheme is slightly better.

Chevrolet Volt ($39,850)

Boldly black-and-tan, like a good beer, but manual seat adjustments seem out of place in Premium trim package.

Chrysler Pacifica ($48,455) WINNER

Gorgeous colors, wonderfully trimmed, loaded with safety electronics, active noise control. It doesn’t suck, but Stow ’n Vac does.

Fiat 500X ($31,800)

Well-executed finishes and textures, but navigation screen is tiny and hard to manage, with slow touch-response time.

Ford Focus ($28,045)

Third-generation Sync connectivity represents massive improvement; but rest of interior mostly carries over.

Honda Accord ($35,400)

Competitive interior that needs to push more boundaries; we’re warming to right-sideblindspot camera.

Honda Civic ($27,335) WINNER

Excellent seats, great design, with hints of performance and luxury; Civic has really grown up.

Honda HR-V ($26,720)

Cramped second row and cheap dark plastic in center console; certainly not a materials showcase.

Honda Pilot ($47,300)

Excellent access to third row, and adults fit OK back there; good interior that meets most buyer needs.

Hyundai Elantra ($27,710)

Great ADAS and electronics but overall can’t hold a candle to Civic interior. Why are Hyundai interiors going downhill?

Hyundai Tucson ($31,110)

Not inventive or particularly stylish. This could be any CUV from any automaker – not much of a brand statement.

Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes, Mini, Mitsubishi

Kia Optima ($36,615)

Lots of backseat head and leg room, except for adults in middle seat; diamond-quilt leather makes up for it.

Lexus ES ($39,853)

Lacks blindspot detection, which should be standard in luxury cars.Aesthetically dull, even with black and cream color combo.

Lexus LX ($96,905)

Fetching burgundy leather with white stitching; Second-row footwell and third-row seats are oddly cramped for such a big vehicle.

Lexus RX ($52,968) WINNER

This black-and-white cabin works well and other wood-and-color offerings are even better; it raises bar for Lexus interiors.

Lincoln MKX ($67,020)

Revel Ultima audio system rocks, as dodual storage bins under center stack, but adaptive cruise control quits at low speed.

Mazda CX-3 ($29,890)

Bold colors can’t compensate for several fit-and-finish problems; flimsy armrest blocks center cupholders and access to controller.

Mazda MX-5 Miata ($33,120)

Red stitching and door trim are sharp accents; people buy Miata for driving, don’t need a dazzling interior.

Mercedes GLC ($54,360) WINNER

Competitively price but heated steering wheel would be nice; slick animation when cycling through digital owner’s manual.

Mercedes AMG GLE63 S ($123,835)

Tremendous balance between comfort and sportiness, but it feels dated without Mercedes’ new multimedia interface.

Mini Cooper S Clubman ($39,550)

Chesterfield Indigo leather is stunning, especially with diamond quilting and burgundy piping; seats heat up quickly.

Mitsubishi Outlander ($33,095)

Clever fold-flat second row, but this CUV isn’t big enough for seven; third-row head restraints dangerously close to rear glass.

Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, Toyota, VW, Volvo

Nissan Altima ($32,595)

Staff divided on whether creamy decorative plastic trim is handsome or cheap; front edge of headliner is frayed.

Nissan Maxima ($38,750) WINNER

Wonderful attention to detail, innovative thinking, bold colors and knurled metallic trim truly stand out.

Nissan Titan XD ($63,270)

Extra points for nicely finished seatbacks and remotelight check for trailering, but faux woodgrain film is disappointing.

Porsche Macan S ($73,320)

Artistic use of carbon-fiber trim on IP and doors, but Porsche’s next-generation interior needs fewer buttons.

Ram Rebel ($53,275)

Cabin for buyer who considers himself a rebel; tire-tread textured seat fabric enhances off-road image; hot red accents very cool.

Scion iA ($16,470)

Sophisticated interface makes this a well-connected car; Toyota does good job dressing up a budget-minded compact.

Scion iM ($20,334)

Good-looking interior at great-looking price; would have been in contention if Scion brand weren’t on death row.

Toyota Prius Four ($33,125)

Risky play sandwiching porcelain-white center console between black fabric seats; please pass the Oreos.

Toyota RAV4 ($35,245)

Roomy second row and cavernous cargo hold; butterscotch and black a fine combo; seat comfort on par with Lexus RX.

Toyota Tacoma ($36,630)

Poor fit-and-finish and cheap plastic manual gear shifter looks ancient; orange trim on IP is cool but out of place.

VW Passat ($37,655)

Spacious, well-executed interior for five in this German car, built in America; high-quality materials throughout.

Volvo XC90 Hybrid ($84,005) WINNER

Top-notch materials: leather, aluminum, crystal, even high-grade plastics; same interior available in less-expensive non-hybrid.

tmurphy@wardsauto.com