The new 2017 Impreza is a great looking car inside and out, I'm glad to see it land on the list.
Seven brands earn spots on the Wards 10 Best Interiors list for the first time, while three returning winners introduce groundbreaking designs and features that promise to win over new customers.
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, in alphabetical order:
http://wardsauto.com/interiors/subar...eriors-honoredSubaru also lands its first Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy with, ironically, the least-expensive vehicle in its lineup. The fully re-engineered Impreza achieves a level of interior excellence never before seen from the Japanese brand, and the design team was urged to create a new styling language that could extend to other vehicles as they are refreshed.
Anchoring the Impreza’s clean interior is an all-new crisp, easy-to-use telematics screen bookended by angular vertical vents on a gently sloping instrument panel distinguished by judiciously applied contrast stitching and metallic trim. Buttons are very few but ergonomically placed.
Seats are well-bolstered and artfully sewn, and doors are finished with high-luster simulated carbon-fiber trim. We haven’t seen a compact car improve this dramatically since last year, when the Honda Civic earned a 10 Best Interiors nod.
Customers can get into an Impreza for under $19,000, and we tested two versions: the $23,615 Sport model with fabric seats and simulated carbon-fiber gauges and the $29,260 Limited edition with leather. Both interiors were well equipped with a secondary upper information screen, driver-assistance features and enough premium trim and soft surfaces to suggest the Impreza is much more than an entry-level car.
The 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors winners will be honored in a special ceremony during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 9 at Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. Winning vehicles will be on display.