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.
Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus Maserati
Jaguar F-Type ($100,370)
Gorgeous ambient lighting, but overall probably needs more pizzazz. ’Vette better value.
Jeep Cherokee ($37,525)
Bold interior colors and styling should make this Jeep popular at the next Jamboree.
Kia Cadenza ($41,900)
Another well-done Korean interior, but price creeps too high and middle backseat is laughably cramped.
Kia K900 ($66,400)
Same as above. Also, Mercedes called. They want their door-mounted seat controls back.
Kia Soul ($24,010)
What Kia does really well: edgy styling and lots of content, all at a good price.
Lexus IS 250 ($44,140)
Cool instrument cluster slides mechanically at touch of a button. Red leather with black stitching really pops.
Maserati Ghibli ($94,470)
Flame-red leather pulls you in, but some egregious fit-and-finish issues turn you off.
Maserati Quattroporte ($119,150)
Brown leather is distinctive, but wood trim looks dated and hard-plastic center cupholders scream cheap.