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The Ten Best Car Interiors
When was the last time your car showed you the stars? Or gave you a hot-stone massage? New cars are built with astounding features that make every commute a magical ride. Americans drove 224 billion miles last month, according to the Federal Highway Administration. If you're going to spend your time contributing to those billions of miles traveled, shouldn't you do it in style and comfort? We think so.
Ward's Autos put together a list of the top ten best interiors that can be found in 2014-2015 model year vehicles. These vehicles represent the very best in design and range from funky yet frugal options like the Kia Soul to stately kings of the road like the Rolls-Royce Wraith. Each is jam-packed with features that make a car feel even better than home.
Click through to see the sweetest car cabins on the road.
Sticker Price: $25,095 - $29,695
Invoice Price: $24,091 - $28,507
Fuel Economy: 21 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Volkswagens aren't just zippy and efficient, they can also be cushy to drive. The heated supportive sport seats in this hot hatch hug occupants through turns and are upholstered in a slick plaid. Inside, it's comfortable, with a businesslike cabin. It's nicely trimmed and well-assembled. The level of fit and finish better than you might expect for the price, especially since plenty of money was also spent on the engineering.
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Sticker Price: $284,9002014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
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Fuel Economy: 13 mpg City, 21 mpg Highway
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith has, well, the Rolls-Royce of interiors. From its leather headliner, perforated with 1,340 hand-sewn fiber-optic stars to give the cabin a warm glow, to its one-inch-thick plush, natural lamb's wool floor mats, this car has had luxury hand-stitched into every detail. Drivers are greeted by analog circular instruments on the dash and the open-pore, un-lacquered wood which gives the airy greenhouse an almost nautical feel. Occupants sink into sumptuous seats draped in fine grain leather. There's more lightly dyed cow leather coating the dash and ostrich leather covers the center console.
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Sticker Price: $96,9002014 Mercedes-Benz S550
Invoice Price: $27,056
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 25 mpg Highway
If a Roman Emperor could buy a car, this would be it. This interior takes luxury to incredible, and at times ridiculous heights. Nero would certainly have delighted in seats that give hot-stone massages with the press of a button. If you pick up a S550, be sure to have a chauffeur handy, because the back seats offer a whole new world of features. The rear seats recline, and the passenger side rear seat includes a power foot rest. Back-seat passengers also enjoy private DVD entertainment and internet access, airline-style folding tray tables, heated arm rests and heated/cooled cupholders. And did we mention the Air Balance package? This option includes an ionizing and perfuming feature for the heating and ventilation system.
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Sticker Price: $16,945 - $26,4952014 Mazda3
Invoice Price: $16,464-$25,335
Fuel Economy: 29 mpg City, 41 mpg Highway
Mazdas are generally known as zippy cars with lackluster interiors. The new generation Mazda3 should change all of that. The chunky two-tier instrument panel of the outgoing 3 has been supplanted by one with a smoother, more cohesive look. Its new navigation system is displayed on a sizeable touchscreen, which allows users to navigate through the various screens like a smart phone. Passengers in the back will find less leg and head room than in the previous Mazda3, but those in the front seats will be set for a pleasant ride in cushier seats that offer everyday driving comfort.
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Sticker Price: $14,900 - $20,5002014 Kia Soul
Invoice Price: $14,585 - $19,521
Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The Kia Soul was already a hit, selling 112,000 units in the U.S. last year. They should see even better sales after the colossal improvements made to the interior. The Soul's cabin is more fun and functional than ever before. The updated interior sports speaker grilles that bookend the dashboard and a new steering wheel that offers a well-sorted switchgear for cruise control and audio. The new instrument panel is well-grained and soft to the touch. Materials look and feel better and the dual-density seat foam is now thicker and kinder to your backside. Overall the cabin now has a much more mature feel. Even the carpets are more sound absorbent.
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Sticker Price: $68,5002014 Hyundai Equus
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Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 30 mpg Highway
The exterior might be a little bland, but inside the Hyundai Equus is impressive. The dashboard is elegant, with high quality wood and other materials. The digital instrument panel and expanded infotaiment console screen are all greatly improved. The spacious and well appointed greenhouse is more in-step with the Equus' luxury car rivals such as the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.
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Sticker Price: $51,4652014 GMC Sierra Denali
Invoice Price: $47,862
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 22 mpg Highway
GMC's Denali-specific interior turns a hard working truck into a luxury vehicle. Details include script on the bright door sills and embossed into the front seats and real aluminum trim. The leather seats have both heated and cooled settings and the steering wheel is leather-clad, as well. The cabin itself is whisper quiet, which is unusual for such a big truck. Drivers are greeted by a high tech interior that contains a completely customizable, 8-inch digital display sits just behind the steering wheel. It can include any information a driver could want, from navigation to audio settings to your basic instrument panel. This is an excellent option for drivers who want a little more refinement and a little less cowboy in their trucks.
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Sticker Price: $53,000 - $62,0002014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Invoice Price: $48,230 - $56,420
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 29 mpg Highway
Corvettes are better known for the power under their hoods than for the luxury inside their cabins. Past models have suffered from cheap materials and uncomfortable seats. Thankfully, the Stingray doesn't suffer from these issues. The standard seats are much improved, framed in magnesium and equipped with eight-way power adjustability and wrapped in very nice full Nappa leather. They're worlds more supportive than the outgoing lumps. The instrument panel has also been enhanced for driver visibility, by turning the display slightly towards the driver.
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Sticker Price: $25,995 - $30,195
Invoice Price: $25,166 - $29,072
Fuel Economy: N/A
The Chrysler 200C is an ugly duckling that reached swan status this year, and not just with its exterior. There are three color schemes to choose from with the cabin, inspired by the city skylines of Detroit, New York and Sausalito, Calif. There's also a Premium Group available for the 200C that adds a heated, two-tone steering wheel, as well as stylish, real wood accents. Those veneer trims, in particular, look quite intriguing, with the bluish-silver wood having an almost metallic appearance. The five-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster comes standard and can be totally reconfigured to fit the needs of the driver.
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Sticker Price: $27,9952014 Jeep Cherokee Limited
Invoice Price: $27,056
Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 31 mpg Highway
Everything inside the newly redesigned Jeep Cherokee has seen a rise in quality. Though the tough SUV doesn't come with lamb's wool floor mats, the plastics and vinyl are soft and smooth. The steering wheel in the Limited edition comes wrapped in thick leather, and the plastic door pulls are made from heavy duty plastic and feels close to real metal. Even the cloth seats, usually a sure sign of a cheaper car, are made from high quality fabric inspired by the thick outer coverings worn by Scandinavians. The Icelandic-themed material is laid over firm, thick foam. This Jeep crams as much storage as possible, giving this interior function as well as form.
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