Asian automakers fill majority of list, with Ram, Cadillac, Chevrolet getting domestic nods.

Wards has just released their top 10 best interiors for 2013 and there is a mix of obvious and surprise in the list.

Asian automakers absolutely dominated the spots, with five mentions going to Japanese automakers and South Korea getting two. However, the domestic automakers stick out, namely the Cadillac XTS and Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.

The XTS was picked mainly for its CUE infotainment system which has come under criticism from many an automotive journo over the past few months. While it may look pretty, many writers have reported the system is slow to respond to touches and can be generally infuriating to use.

On the other side, if this were 2008 and a Ram (née Dodge) truck were on this list, we would all be laughing. But ChryCo has really upped their game with interiors over the last couple years and this result is no longer surprising. It does show the company is identifying its problems and making good on their promises to be the best, even if it is just in certain areas.

Acura RDX (Honda Motor Co. Ltd.)
Cadillac XTS (General Motors Co.)
Chevrolet Spark (General Motors Co.)
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.)
Kia Forte (Kia Motors Corp.)
Lexus GS 450h (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Mazda6 (Mazda Motor Corp.)
Nissan Pathfinder (Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.)
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn (Chrysler Group LLC)
Toyota Avalon (Toyota Motor Corp.)

Full release below.

WardsAuto Announces 10 Best Interiors Of 2013

Penton’s leading automotive brand unveils annual list of best car interiors; to be celebrated at upcoming WardsAuto Interiors Conference

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The 2013 “Ward’s 10 Best Interiors” list was announced today, and it features a wide range of automobile types and sticker prices, including several models that prove a buyer doesn’t have to break the bank to drive in luxury and style.

WardsAuto editors selected the top passenger compartments after spending February and March evaluating 46 vehicles that were all-new or sported interiors that have been significantly upgraded. The winners will be recognized during a special ceremony at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference being held May 22 at The Henry hotel in Dearborn, MI.

This year’s winners:

Acura RDX (Honda Motor Co. Ltd.)
Cadillac XTS (General Motors Co.)
Chevrolet Spark (General Motors Co.)
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.)
Kia Forte (Kia Motors Corp.)
Lexus GS 450h (Toyota Motor Corp.)
Mazda6 (Mazda Motor Corp.)
Nissan Pathfinder (Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.)
Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn (Chrysler Group LLC)
Toyota Avalon (Toyota Motor Corp.)

To determine the winners, editors drive the vehicles during their routine commutes and submit score sheets ranking each auto interior based on several criteria, including materials, ergonomics, comfort, safety, value, fit-and-finish and overall design. Scores also are applied based on the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface and the ability to link mobile phones and access vehicle information. Video reviews and photo galleries of evaluated vehicles may be found at http://wardsauto.com, and full write-ups on each winner will post on April 29.

“This year’s batch of winners really drives home the point that auto interiors are vital in the battle for consumers’ hearts and minds,” says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief, Drew Winter. “It wasn’t uncommon all that long ago for auto makers to view interiors as the best place to take cost out of a vehicle program. They eventually figured out that’s a big mistake because people spend a lot more time looking at the inside of their car than the outside.”

In addition to the awards being presented in a ceremony during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, Ward’s expects to have all ten winning vehicles on display at the event for attendees to experience and judge the interiors for themselves. The ceremony will include a live video review inside each vehicle, highlighting the key features that earned each interior its honor. Registration information for the conference is at http://autointeriors.com.

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