Top 10: Best Car Interiors for 2009 (25-35k)

Introduction

Can the stakes get any higher? They sure can! There are less vehicles in this bracket but the standards are even higher. Once again, the graded areas include:

  • Quality of Interior Materials
  • Amount of Soft Touch Surfaces
  • Basic Interior Features
  • Available Interior Features
  • General Flow of Interior

Value relative to interior design & quality was an important factor in the rating system.

#10 - Toyota Avalon

Toyota's Avalon is certainly a more plush and respectable piece of equipment than the Camry, at least as far as interior style, material quality and overall beauty go. The color schemes flow better, and the style is more traditional. The leather is far more plush, especially in the driver and front passanger seat. The faux-wood is impressive, but obviously synthetic. The two flip-up compartments below the digital console feel of thin plastic and seem below the near luxury-class Avalon fits into.

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Photo courtesy Carspace.com

#9 - Acura TSX

The Honda Accord's upscale brother; based off the same platform--they share many characteristics, yet the Acura TSX makes sure to distiguish it's near-luxury class. With that said, I would classify it more so as the "50/50" vehicle in it's class--50% performance, 50% luxury, in terms of interior style of course. This comes from its Type S roots, and obviously its 30K+ price tag. Excellent workmanship, and a quality (if not a bit bland) interior. Acura does its best to sell you as many interior upgrades as possible, so beware of the escalating price when upgrading!

Photo courtesy Motortrend.com
Photo courtesy Motortrend.com

#8 - Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai is beginning to make itself felt in the near-luxury / entry-level class. The genesis is intimidating to competitors, due to three qualities:

  • An affordable price tag, respective to competitors
  • Excellent reputation in workmanship and durability (which they did not have in the 90's)
  • Industry leader in extensive and comprehensive warranty coverage--they've set the bar.

The genesis is aiming to become Hyundai's flagship; It has durable and soft upholstery, good leather (not excellent, but better than average), an interior lighting & ambiance that flows and commands attention, and convincing wood trim. The main let down is budget plastic pieces (around the center console), the CD tray looks tacky and below the Genesis' status, and the plastic surrounding the transmission.

Other than that, give Genesis some time to evolve, since it's only in its first generation. Expect good sales from this high reaching vehicle.

Photo courtesy Motortrend.com
Photo courtesy Motortrend.com

#7 - Lexus IS Series

The sporty IS 250 & 350 certainly like to show off--The interior is handsome and well rounded (better than last generation, which was messy and offbeat). Quality rubberized surfaces and plush leather seats give the IS a mix of sport and splendor. Plastics roam, but don't feel cheap. Squeeks, rattles and misaligned pieces have been found in the new IS--drive before you buy. If you do indeed catch one or two of these issues after purchase, don't worry, report it to Lexus immediately and they will resolve the problem. Lexus is known for its excellent customer service.

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Photo courtesy Turbomagazine.com

#6 - Audi A3

A simple and elegant interior which seems to please all eyes. Not a lot of risk in terms of style, but the materials are finer than the entry-level luxury class demands. Plastics can be found, but feel reinforced and high quality. Aluminum trim is available. Workmanship and fit & finish is outstanding.

Photo courtesy Flickr.com
Photo courtesy Flickr.com

#5 - Infiniti G Series

Nissan & Infiniti have been known to flounder the interiors of their vehicles--leaving them with budget grade material and occasional lapses in workmanship. The G series is for the most part, an exception to this rule. Quality aerated leather seats provide a sporty feel, with beautiful aluminum and wood grain trims available. No clinks and clanks when the door shuts, a bright and blue ambiance fills the inside at night, and rubberized surfaces feel sturdy. Fit & finish is fine, but buzzing and rattles have been known to occur behind the dashboard or under the glove compartment--drive before you buy.

Note*: Infiniti has some of the best customer service in the Industry, if you experience workmanship lapses after you buy a vehicle, they will repair the car ASAP, or give you another one.

Photo courtesy Motortrend.com
Photo courtesy Motortrend.com

#4 - Acura TL

A sporty, even more beautiful interior graces the interior of the Acura TL (relative to the TSX, which is based off the same design). More aluminum, less plastic, better leather, (somehow) finer workmanship and more interior features helped the TL achieve #4 on our list (keep in mind, that it carries a higher pricetag, of course).

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Photo courtesy Guzelresimler.net

#3 - Audi A4

The same comments of the TSX in respect to the TL are also that of the A3 and A4. A higher price tag, finer materials and more features mesh together to make one heck of a car. Some of the best fit & finish I have seen to date.

Photo courtesy z.about.com / Motortrend.com
Photo courtesy z.about.com / Motortrend.com

#2 - Lexus ES 350

An elegant creature based off the Camry design. Plush, aerated leather, real wood trim, a great list of basic features, and many generations of trial and error have created one of the best selling entry-level luxury cars to date. Its reputation for durability of its fine materials, fit & finish and comfort are difficult to match. A traditional design attracts an older generation, but expect this to change when the ES series is revamped soon!

Photo courtesy z.about.com
Photo courtesy z.about.com

#1 - BMW 3-Series

The best selling entry-level luxury car to date. The 3-series is known for uncompromising ultra-plush comfort, performance and sickeningly high quality of materials. The basic feature list is pages long, and it has a price tag to match (the BMW 1-series was created for those who could live with a relatively bland interior, less room, and a less-hefty price tag).

What else do you want me to say? There's a reason it's at the top of its class!

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Photo courtesy zcars.com.au

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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Now, the Avalon, I LIKED!!! Very roomy, it appears. Have you been in one? And did you check out the cup holder thing in the Astra?


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Direxmd 7 years ago from Sonoma County, California Author

Ha! I haven't gone to the Saturn dealership in a lil while--but I certainly will inquire about their cup holder shortage for you when I do go ;)

I like the Avalon too, it's very large and plush.  My grandpa used to have one from the late 1990's, haha.


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maanju 7 years ago from India

GOOD HUB


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Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

I'm very partial to my friend's Mercedes C300. Every possible amenity. He always treats me like a princess, adjusting the seat, forward, back, cupholder, etc. A true friend! (But I guess that model is out of the parameters of this blog). Thank you for performing this research--very well done.


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Evan Hutchinson 7 years ago from The Dirty South

Genesis interior = my favorite of all time. It's up there with the 7-series, S-class and ... well, not QUITE the Audi A8, but close.


Viny 7 years ago

This is car in my dream. Thanks you.


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Gonzalo 21 months ago

What kind of toys do you have for your kids?I have kind of mix ;- )I love the design cliassc toys and the wooden one too but its impossible to forget about plastic so there is also a playmobile at my house I try to keep control of it and always ask family for presents which are made from a good quality materials and will stay long wit us ( I got 5 and 1,5 old sons) We also talk with kids about how long the toys life that's the good materials are keep them with us for longer and try to teach them also respect for it. A carton house , castle or car and making toys from paper is also really fun! My 1,5 years old love to play with all my kitchen accessories I just making him small kitchen next to me


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