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Top 10 Best Car Interiors for 2018

March 1, 2018

AutoTrader named the winners of its 10 Best Interiors for 2018. Editors at AutoTrader evaluated the interiors of vehicles priced under $50,000, and determined the 10 winners based on ergonomics, comfort, design, and other attributes.

Here are the winners for 2018 along with AutoTrader's comments:

2018 Audi Q5
The recently updated Audi Q5 boasts new styling and a sporty character -- especially compared to many rival crossovers. But the main attraction is the interior, which is especially handsome. Not only are the materials fantastic, but most Q5 models boast Audi's excellent (and surprisingly easy to use) "Virtual Cockpit."

2018 BMW i3
Constructed using the "maximum amount possible" of recycled materials, the interior is a love-it-or-hate-it affair -- but regardless of your feelings on it, you can certainly tell the i3's cabin has some big differences from a standard car interior.

2018 Buick Enclave
The 2018 Enclave is fully redesigned and it's a huge step up, touting a gorgeous, luxurious interior with a simple, elegant design and handsome materials. In an age of car interiors that constantly seem to have an "attitude" with sharp angles and creases, the Enclave's cabin is more graceful than most.

2018 Genesis G80
The mid-level G80 is an excellent car -- and it boasts excellent materials, with a handsome cabin that's laid out well. While the G80's interior doesn't have any crazy swoops or unusual design elements to make it especially memorable, its combination of nice materials, comfortable seats, lots of cabin space, and well-placed controls ensures it's an excellent place to spend time.

2018 Kia Stinger
The Kia Stinger exterior styling is certainly promising, but the interior is just as nice -- a handsome cabin with great materials and intuitive controls. There's also a surprising amount of rear-seat room for a sport sedan -- and we're impressed with the door panels, which boast impressive quality typically befitting a more expensive vehicle.

2018 Lincoln Continental
While other automakers have adopted interior design that's intentionally daring, Lincoln has instead stayed in the realm of traditional luxury with comfortable seats, a roomy cabin, and easy-to-use controls with obvious placements.

2018 Mazda CX-9 Signature
Although the Mazda CX-9 was on our list of the best interiors under $50,000 last year, we brought it back this year because the interior is -- quite simply -- still one of our favorites. It's roomy, it's versatile, and it's attractive -- and while some people don't like the "pop up" screen on the dashboard, we find that it's surprisingly easy to use and intuitive

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class seems to improve dramatically with each passing redesign -- and the latest model is certainly the best yet. While the C-Class still doesn't offer the desirable "dual screen" setup you'll find in an E- or S-Class, it still touts excellent materials, comfortable seats, and good controls that feel almost satisfying to touch.

2018 Ram 1500
Although there's an all-new, fully-redesigned 2019 Ram set to debut soon, we're still smitten with the interior in the outgoing 2018 model. As you escalate through the Ram's trim levels, the interior improves dramatically, with some top-end models offering luxury car levels of comfort and sophistication.

2018 Volvo XC60
The 2018 Volvo XC60 is fully redesigned with a handsome new cabin that resembles the gorgeous, highly praised interior in the larger XC90. It features a large touchscreen that's tremendously responsive and intuitive and easily ranks as one of the best in the car world.

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