DETROIT, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WardsAuto has unveiled the annual Wards 10 Best Interiors list for 2017, spotlighting seven brands making the list for the first time, while three returning winners introduce groundbreaking designs and features that promise to win over new customers. The awards will be presented to winning automakers during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 9 in Detroit, MI.
Now in its seventh year, the Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendly electronics. There is no price cap, and each year's field of nominees consists of interiors that are all-new or have been significantly improved from the prior year.
This year, 31 interiors were eligible, and WardsAuto editors evaluated and scored them during February and March. Based on automaker product cycles, the nominee pool tilted heavily toward the luxury side of the market. In past years, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz have populated the list, but this year only Lexus finds its way back to the winners' circle. Honda and Mazda are the only other winners this year to have made the list previously.
This year's winners:
- Alfa Romeo Giulia ($50,490 as tested)
- Bentley Bentayga ($278,730)
- Buick LaCrosse ($50,270)
- Honda CR-V ($34,635)
- Lexus LC 500 ($102,995)
- Lincoln Continental ($72,870)
- Maserati Levante ($90,000)
- Mazda CX-9 ($45,855)
- Mini Countryman ($38,450)
- Subaru Impreza ($29,260)
"We strive every year to compile a list that is diverse, representing as many segments and price points as possible," says Drew Winter, senior content director at WardsAuto.
"The fact that seven brands are receiving their first Wards 10 Best Interiors trophies is a testament to the advances made across the entire auto industry. Prospective buyers in all vehicle segments want and deserve functional and beautiful interiors."
The winning vehicles will be on display during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 9 in Detroit's Cobo Center. To learn more about this day-long event focused on advancements in auto interior design and technologies, visit http://autointeriors.com.
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