It’s easy to get caught up in a vehicle’s appearance. After all, that’s how a car makes its first impression. But when it comes down to it, the interior is just as important, since that’s where you spend your time whenever you’re on the road.
That makes it all the more meaningful that the 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, Mazda3 and Kia Soul+ were recently named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list, which evaluated more than 40 new vehicles with significantly redesigned interiors.
After spending about two months evaluating cars ranging from the luxury to utility segments, the WardsAuto editors were able to narrow it down to what they described as “the most diverse list we’ve ever had.” All three models were lauded for offering tremendous value to their owners.
The 2014 Equus Ultimate stood out to the eight editors “for its surprising value quotient,” providing a “limousine-like experience to passengers” that can go toe-to-toe with six-figure luxury cars … all for an MSRP below $70,000. The new Hyundai Equus Ultimate earned praise for its comfort features – for instance, a “Relax” button allows for seats to fully recline – as well as for having a number of modern electronic and safety features.
The Kia Soul nameplate returned to the Ward’s list for the first time in five years, with the 2014 Soul+ receiving honors this time around. In addition to an appearance unlike anything else on the market, Wards pointed out that the “car’s redesigned cabin continues to fit the bill while offering outstanding comfort, space, ergonomics and value.” Add in a number of upscale technological features and a panoramic roof, and the “$24,010 Soul+ is a stylish bargain that’s hard to resist.”
Meanwhile, the 2014 Mazda3 helped Mazda earn a spot on the 10 Best Interiors list for the second year in a row, with the Mazda6 receiving the designation in 2013. From an entry-level model standpoint, the WardsAuto editors noted how the “aesthetics put the Mazda3 in a category by itself.” The advanced central controller and safety features also helped the all-new Mazda3 stand out.