What is in this article?:
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.
Matte-finish wood accents very handsome on Volvo XC60.
Acura MDX ($56,505)
Faux-wood trim a turn-off, but build quality is excellent and third row is reasonably comfortable.
Audi A3 ($43,540)
Probably the nicest of Germany’s new entry-lux cars. Dash-mounted vents resembling jet engines a nice touch.
Audi SQ5 ($61,420)
Carbon-fiber trim on center console and instrument panel shine as if plugged in. Beautiful high-def nav map, too.
Bentley Flying Spur ($230,665)
The kind of interior you should bring home to meet your mother.
A blast to drive, for sure. But it’s expensive, and interior doesn’t sell the car.
Fabulous ambient lighting a selling point, but third-row seat should deploy electrically at this price.
Cadillac CTS Vsport ($59,995)
Compelling black-and-blue color scheme, but three backseat occupants need three head restraints.
Cadillac ELR ($82,135)
Handsome instrumentation and carbon-fiber, metallic and suede-like trim, but price is problematic.
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ($71,960)
Clearly the best ’Vette interior yet, and did anyone notice the brow shaped like a stingray atop instrument cluster?
Chevrolet Silverado High Country ($53,470)
Comfortable, functional, ergonomic and well-appointed, but faux-wood trim could be more convincing.
Chevrolet SS ($45,770)
Really nice work from land Down Under, with sporty feel, lots of room and suede-like instrument panel.