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WardsAuto Names 10 Best Interiors for 2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/11/2014 Karla Sanchez

The Kia Soul and the Rolls-Royce Wraith are from complete opposite sides of the track, but much to our surprise, these cars do share something in common. Both appear on WardsAuto's 2014 " 10 Best Interiors" list, which features a wide variety of vehicles from all segments and all price ranges. To be eligible for the list, the cars must sport a new or significantly redesigned interior. This year, 41 vehicles were ranked on features such as ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort and design harmony.

One of the major improvements for the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was its upgraded interior, which featured higher quality materials and new technology. "Taking no chances, the team changed nearly every single thing you see and touch in the interior, from the frameless, compact inside rearview mirror to the loop pile carpet," we said in our First Test. This caught the attention of WardsAuto, which names the as-tested $71,960 sports car as one of the winners.

Another car that also took a major leap forward was the 2015 Chrysler 200C. The tester, priced at $31,470, stood out to Wards thanks to its ambient lighting, contrast piping on the leather seats, and driver-centric center console, but what really stood out was the fact that drivers can't lock the key fob inside the trunk, as it will pop open in the event that it's left in there. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The 2014 GMC Sierra Denali, with an as-tested of $56,685, scored slightly higher than its cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado High Country. The truck demonstrated excellent build quality and Wards appreciated the generous amount of electrical sockets and USB plugs. The Hyundai Equus charmed Wards with its roomy rear seats and the "Relax" button that fully reclines the seat and pushes the empty front passenger seat forward. The Korean car beat out "several entrenched luxury brands in the competition," said Wards. The Jeep Cherokee was slammed for its polarizing appearance when it first debuted, but like they said, it's what's on the inside that matters. The Cherokee Limited's big controls and easy-to-use display screen were its winning factors. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The lowest-priced winner on the list with an as-tested price of $24,010 was the Kia Soul, which was praised for its two-tone scheme and "outstanding comfort." The Soul, by far, also had the "grooviest interior." Also on the list is the 2014 Mazda 3, which Wards even compared to an Audi because of its new central controller. The 3 is the second-most affordable car on the list with an as-tested price of $30,415 and Wards particularly liked the compact car's carbon-fiber trim, contrast stitching, and head-up display. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Climbing up into six-figure territory is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which boasted tons of new features include an active perfuming system for 2014. Wards was in awe over the car's hot-stone massage treatment and built-in pillows in the rear seats, as well as the car's ability to steer itself. Even more expensive than the S-Class is the Rolls-Royce Wraith, which boasts an as-tested price of $372,800. What's not to love about this interior? The Wraith features a fiber-optic headliner that mimics a starry sky, luscious leather seats, and meticulous craftsmanship all throughout the cabin.

The 2015 Volkswagen GTI also makes it onto the list, thanks to its well-appointed and sporty cabin. Wards loved the hatchback's stylish interior which also looked classy thanks to brush metallic trim on certain elements.

Check out all the winners below. Which interior is your favorite?

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ($71,960)
Chrysler 200C ($31,470)
GMC Sierra Denali ($56,685)
Hyundai Equus Ultimate ($68,920)
Jeep Cherokee Limited ($37,525)
Kia Soul ($24,010)
Mazda3 ($30,415)
Mercedes-Benz S550 ($122,895)
Rolls-Royce Wraith ($372,800)
Volkswagen GTI (est. $30,695)

Source: WardsAuto

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