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Top 5 Auto Interiors

An inside look at stylish automotive design.

Luxury interiors go way beyond chrome and material selection. Nowadays, competitors are out-doing one another with an upgrade in design and usability, increased headroom, increased rear room, and a mix of classic and contemporary design.

You don't have to spend more than $35k to upgrade to these top five interiors.

 

2011 Hyundai Genesis

2011 Hyundai Genesis

For $31,000, the quiet Genesis rivals Infiniti and Mercedes in terms of luxury. Sandy colored trim and a kob based  dashboard lined out of leather backs up a polished appearance. Its leather seating comes in two grades, standard leather and a softer leather, albeit knocked for being less firm than class stalwarts Mercedes and Infiniti. Its instrument panel is very usable, with two optional touch screen navigation systems, a six cd changer, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and climate control. Need space? The trunk is a very respectable 15 cubic feet.

 

2011 Ford Taurus

2011 Ford Taurus

Its giant transmission shift lever is only one of the few head turners with the 2011 Ford Taurus' interior, which is championed by its industry acclaimed SYNC system, its Multi-Contour seats that inflate and deflate to preserve hardness or softness (think Select Number beds for cars), and very usable controls with a cache of the latest electronics, including

 

2011 BMW 3-Series

2011 BMW 3-Series

The Bmw 3-Series is the brand's flagship car, delivering a redesign for 2011 with a revamped front and rear, along with a new engine. Its interior is fit to the finish with the iDrive system that uses a single dial to control its electronics interface, including an optional navigation system, climate control, and audio.

 

2011 Lexus ES

2011 Lexus ES

The $34,000 Lexus ES ranks well below the BMW 3 Series, the Hyundai Genesis, and the Buick Regal across industry ratings but does not disappoint with its lush interior, characterized by a roomy cabin, soft grain leather, optional heated seats, and a dashboard with an LCD color display, Bluetooth connectivity, parking assist, and a backup camera. Plus, the ES offers one of the more spacious trunks in its class with 15 cubic feet.

 

2011 Infiniti G37

2011 Infiniti G37

The bargain Infiniti G37 is a leader in dashboard usability, beating out the single dial BMW 3 Series and Mercedes COMAND for its largely debated complex controls in favor of a simpler system with separate grouping of controls for entertainment, navigation, climate control, etc. Its aluminum trim is also based on a Japanese texture theme with a blue hue creating button backlights for an intimate effect.