Usually, when we hear the word sedan, the first thing that crosses our minds is a "family car," convenient and practical. The word luxurious rarely passes through our minds. And although for many users, the most important part of a vehicle lies in its engine and all the gears that make it work, we can not forget that its internal design is also important. Some people say that we eat with our eyes, if it looks delicious we will eat it, and the same happens when we are buying a car. If it looks great and also is accompanied by the latest advances in motor engineering we will want to buy it.
But unfortunately, companies do not always think about the importance of creating a balance between both qualities. The aesthetic beauty and internal power of a vehicle are important details. And the interior of a car is the key to enjoy the journey; a well-designed interior that is pleasant for the user and passengers can make road trips more enjoyable, through quality materials and comfortable seats. The possibility to sit behind the steering wheel of a vehicle and feel comfortable is as fundamental as the capacity of an engine. And sometimes we have to spend thousands of dollars on a car to get the luxury and comfort we desire. For these reasons, today we will talk about 15 cars that have an interior design worthy of a king, and 5 cars that ended up being a disappointment regarding their interior design.
20 Best: Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017
The Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017 is one of those vehicles that take your breath away from the first moment you see them. And when we open the door to see what its interior design offers us, our immediate reaction is "wow." We are talking about a vehicle capable of accelerating a person's pulse even before getting behind the wheel.
The Giulia has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 2.0-liter 280-horsepower engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. And among its main design accents include its luxurious seats and steering wheel covered in high-quality leather that are available even in the base models. In addition, Giulia has chromed edges on the windows, two-panel sunroof, ambient lighting, and audio system for 8 speakers, including the highest technology in sound and controls for which it has a wide screen of 8.8 inches with 3D navigation. And finally, it has aluminum sports pedals and footrests, as well as an aluminum lever, which makes this vehicle the perfect combination of comfort and beauty in the same package.
The mechanical engineers and designers of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 2017 understood the importance of creating a balance almost perfect in the features of a car, offering not only power but also offering a unique experience to the user. Currently, Giulia is in the market at a price of around $37,995.
19 Best: Buick LaCrosse 2017
Buick decided to offer something different to their loyal customers and at the same time had the hope of attracting new users. So it was that the LaCrosse arrived on the market, this vehicle is a hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter engine, an electric motor, and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Users have the choice of the 3.6-liter, 310-horsepower V-6 engine that drives the front wheels through a 9-speed automatic or can choose all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic.
Its hybrid system consists of a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric motor/generator and a 24-cell, 0.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This electric motor (MGU) takes the place of a conventional alternator and is belt driven, in addition, regenerative braking gathers energy that the MGU converts into electricity and stores it in the air-cooled battery pack.
Buick wanted to offer an experience full of comfort which included 8-way power seats with 2-way lumbar support for the driver, the upholstery is leather and the seats include heating and a massage option. LaCrosse is also equipped with acoustic materials throughout its interior to neutralize the external sounds of the road and thus offer greater peace of mind when we're driving.
This car can be found on the market at a price of $30,490.
18 Best: Audi 4A 2017
Audi has a reputation for always offering their users quality and luxury in the same vehicle, the A4 is fast, and silent and one of the best in its range. While its exterior is discreet, its interior is sophisticated and is made with pleasant materials. It has 4 cylinders in turbocharged line that generates 252 horsepower (or 190 in the A4 Ultra fuel saver) and is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed automatic.
Front-wheel drive, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard; the all-wheel drive and a 19-speaker audio system are optional.
The engineers and designers behind the creation of the A4 took care of every detail, for which the A4 includes the option of an autonomous car (cruise control), in busy cities it works without problems, on cleared roads, however, the vehicle will slow down automatically to be able to obtain pronounced curves using GPS and map data. In addition, this beauty includes heated leather front seats and adjustable 8-way seat with 4-way lumbar for the driver. While the incrustations of the stainless steel door sills, the telescopic steering column and the steering wheel paddles are standard. It has 3-zone automatic climate control and has an infotainment screen Audi MMI presents a 7" with Apple CarPlay and Android Audio.
17 Best: Mazda 3 2017
Mazda wanted to show its users that it's possible to achieve the perfect harmony between compact, style, and dynamism with its Mazda 3. 6 speeds and a 2.0-liter 155 horsepower four are standard, but users can also choose a six-speed automatic and a 2.5-liter 184-hp four. In addition, thanks to their responsive management and excellent handling, drivers will want to try the Mazda 3 on winding roads.
The Mazda 3 includes exclusive features that offer users a unique and comfortable experience while they're behind the wheel such as automatic double-zone climate control, cruise control and heated front seats. The steering wheel, the lever, and the seats are upholstered in leather of the best quality to offer that touch of luxury and exclusivity. Each Mazda 3, no matter what type of engine it has, offers a satisfying driving experience to any regular competitor, and all at a price quite affordable to users, the base model is priced at $17,845, while the most complete model has a market price of $23,145.
While in its negative aspects we could highlight that the rear seat is more compact than we would find in a Honda Civic, and although they spent enough effort to include a 7-inch screen on the board, similar to an iPad, sometimes the structure of the menu is not very intuitive and brings confusion when it comes to performing common tasks.
16 Best: Kia Cadenza 2017
Kia had been waiting to venture into the luxury car market, but that niche was mainly dominated by Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala. However, in 2014 Kia decided to get into that market with the Cadenza, and in 2017 came the second generation of this vehicle, more spacious and more glamorous than before.
Kia in the second generation decided to invest more in the internal and external aesthetics of the Cadenza, for which this generation is less powerful than the previous one, but the company ensures that the new 8-speed automatic is lighter than the previous 6-speed and that the addition of two gears increases its efficiency, although according to Car And Driver, despite having a DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine, the direct fuel injection is slower than the previous model, dynamically lacking, and longish stopping distances. Therefore, this vehicle is an ideal option for the city, without having high expectations of high performance on road trips.
However, among the positive points that stand out from the Cadenza are that rear seat. Passengers get more space, specifically half an inch more space to place the legs while enjoying 45 to 46 cubic feet in the back seats. Its width in the front seat offers the driver and co-driver a total volume of 105 cubic feet.
15 Best: Honda Accord
Honda Accord 2017 offers us a reliable and elegant vehicle, which allows us to have comfort an power while we're driving. It has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine; 185 hp, 181 lb-ft; CVT automatic transmission. This vehicle is the ideal option to move around the city because it includes a 10-position electro seat with memory, heated seats, and all the upholstery is wrapped with high-quality leather. In addition, these vehicles offer climate control, telescopic and tilting steering column, and power windows with illuminated switches for the driver.
The 2017 Honda Accord also includes a 360-watt AM/FM/HD premium audio system: 6 speakers, subwoofer, SiriusXM satellite radio, 7" screen audio with high-resolution WVGA electrostatic touch screen with i-MID and the option of a custom setting. Moreover, the Honda Accord has a USB audio interface with 1.5 amp charging port on the front and load of 1.0 amp port on the center console, HondaLink, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and illuminated audio controls on the steering wheel and antenna on the roof.
And the best thing about this vehicle is that even in its base version we can enjoy a luxurious interior designed for the comfort of the driver and his passengers, and all this for the price of $22,455.
14 Best: Toyota Camry 2018
The Toyota Camry has been leading the market for the last 15 years. It has been the most sold and preferred car of the users in the U.S. And the new version of the Camry 2018 is full of improvements in both automotive engineering and aesthetic design that offer a magical experience to the driver.
So what makes the Camry special? Toyota understood that each user deserves the best quality and experience behind the wheel according to their budget. The 2018 Camry comes with 10 different levels of equipment, including several hybrid options, adapting to different tastes and budgets.
Among its main features are that it includes a telescopic and tilt steering wheel, Entune audio with navigation, and also has interior wood trim and chrome handles on the interior doors. The most exclusive levels add multiple options such as dual-zone climate control, Qi wireless charging, leather heated seats and the steering wheel is upholstered in high-quality leather.
The initial price for a base Camry starts at $23,495 and depending on the accessories and features that we add to the base model will cost more, but without a doubt, this car is worth every dollar that is invested in it because it provides users with reliability, aesthetic beauty, the best in technology and unparalleled performance.
13 Best: Acura ILX
Acura ILX is a sedan that offers elegance and excellent performance. Its unique powertrain is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower with front-wheel drive. Its transmission is automatic 8-speed dual clutch and offers a subtle and smooth result, although the manual version is not available.
The ILX is a car that offers a premium experience to its users, is comfortable and attractive, offers sports seats upholstered in leatherette with heating included that can be adjustable in 8 directions and includes contrast stitching. It also has an aerodynamic board that keeps the visual disorder to a minimum.
This vehicle brings to the users 6 different levels of equipment, offering more and more comfort and convenience, depending on the budget of each person. But to give that feeling of luxury and add the sensation that the person is driving a sports car, the ILX offers details such as aluminum sports pedals and an ebony roof for a sportier feel. While in terms of technology the Acura ILX offers a premium audio system with 10 speakers and 3D navigation to make it easier to find our way. Finally, the price of this vehicle starts at $27,990 for the base model and goes up to $34,980 depending on the accessories and improvements we add.
12 Best: Infiniti Q50 2018
Infiniti Q50 is a vehicle that attracts attention with its body and intelligence, however, its performance could be better, or that is what some experts say after testing the car. Q50 has 2.0-liter turbo of 208 hp so it probably disappoints automotive enthusiasts, but offers a 3.0-liter 300-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine, as well as a hybrid powertrain for 360 hp and 32 mpg on the highway. All Q50s include a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear or all-wheel drive.
The infotainment system offers applications for email services among others, while the cruise control is adaptable and automatic emergency braking are optional.
This sports sedan is luxurious, comfortable and spacious. The driver's seat is electric and available in 8 different positions with adjustable lumbar, as well as the passenger seat, besides the seats include heating. The seats are made with synthetic leather, however, the steering wheel is lined in leather to grant greater luxury, while in terms of sound, the Q50 offers a system of 6 speakers with HD radio and SiriusXM. Finally, among other details, we can highlight the change lever of solid magnesium pedals shifters, and footrests with standard aluminum accents. The Infiniti Q50 is on the market with a base price base of $41,945.
11 Best: Nissan Maxima 2017
According to Car And Driver, we should stop seeing the Nissan Maxima as a four-door sports car and accept that it is a luxury car at an offer price. The Maxima 2017 comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 300 horsepower and drives the front wheels through a CVT. It has a silent cabin and has an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It can be equipped with cushioned seat inserts and diamonds, a double-pane solar roof, and ambient lighting. Automatic emergency braking is standard, but the adaptive cruise control is optional.
In the standard model, the following characteristics stand out: automatic double-zone climate control, telescopic and tilt steering column and an 8-way electric driver's seat. All this has an initial price of $32,610. But for those looking for more luxury and elegance, Nissan has Maxima Platinum which for the price of $40,040 offers to users a premium Ascot leather seats with diamond-padded inserts, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and mahogany wood-tone trims
Because a good driving experience must include a balance in all aspects of the vehicle, from motor engineering, technology, design, and comfort offered when the person is behind the wheel. And although Nissan has focused more on the aesthetic with Maxima, it is still a good option to use as a city car.
10 Best: Nissan Sentra NISMO 2017
The faithful buyers of Nissan know that "NISMO" is an acronym for "Nissan Motorsports", Nissan wanted to bring to market in 2017 its new "innovative" offer the Nissan Sentra NISMO, which curiously carries the same 1.6-liter turbo engine as the Sentra SR Turbo, with 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. However, it has a reinforced cowl, as does the floorplan, and rear bulkhead. It also has new rear shock absorbers and the revised tuning of the front struts and electrically assisted steering.
And although the experts in the area say that NISMO is a great improvement over other Sentras, it is not better than any of its competitors. However, it has some positive points that we should highlight, such as the seats, which are extremely comfortable and were designed thinking in people with different body types to achieve that level of comfort. In addition, the design of the interior of the car has many details in red color contrasted with dark colors that give us that feeling of a sports car.
Moreover, the direction of the car is heavy and fast, if we just stomp the middle pedal the car will stop at 70 mph in only 156 feet, so the calibration of the pedals makes the driving process quite intuitive and easy. The NISMO is at an initial price of $40,000.
9 Best: Ford Fusion 2017
The 2017 Ford Fusion reached a more luxurious level equipped with the latest technology allowing the user to offer a complete Platinum experience. This hybrid model has the same Atkinson 2.0-liter four-line engine, 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and continuously variable automatic planetary gear transmission that houses two electric motors/generators. And regarding acceleration, the Fusion reaches 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, one second behind the new Toyota Camry 2018 hybrid. Offering the advantage of saving fuel.
Among other aesthetic aspects, we can highlight that the cab of the 2017 model has a new rotary-dial shifter for the transmission. In addition, the 2017 Fusion offers a system to isolate external noises while the car is in motion, such as the sound of the wind or other cars, etc.
The interior of the vehicle is quite classic, offering the necessary comfort, but the user can always opt for improvements for the base model, such as electric driver's seat with 10 positions with memory, heated front seats, proximity key entry with button ignition, LED headlights, additional chrome trim, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Moving from an initial price for the base model of $23,090 to $32,835, while adding some of the extra options to modify the car.
8 Best: Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Continental brings elegance and power to another level. This car was manufactured and designed thinking in an exclusive niche of the market that enjoys buying the best quality products, and that they hope to always get the best, even when it comes to vehicles. Lincoln Continental offers a trio of V-6s: a 3.7-liter 305-horsepower, a 2.7-liter double-turbo 335-horsepower and a 3.0-liter double-turbo 400-horsepower, and drives the front or rear four wheels.
While respect to the interior of the vehicle highlights features such as the deployment of latest technology and its luxurious design. This vehicle has a spacious cabin with exclusive Black Label upholstery, it also has a 10-speaker stereo, real wood moldings, and ambient lighting to give that extra touch. The front seats are adjustable 30-way with massage (optional).
The base price for the Lincoln Continental is $69,265 but with all the extras and modifications that the buyer wants to add to make the experience of drive this car even better, it can cost up to $81,530.
Undoubtedly the Continental is a vehicle with a presence that brings that feeling of elegance and exclusivity, is long, wide and has an infinity of details in chrome that was carefully thought out, which reminds us of the Bentley. In addition, its wide rear seat provides enough space for other passengers to be comfortable during the journey and not feel like sardines. Continental also offers heating, cooling, electrically adjustable lumbar support and motorized reclining seats for the occupants.
7 Best: BMW 7 Series
BMW always tries to push a little further. The brand has one of the most exclusive market niches as far as the expectations of their users are concerned, we can not expect less from them. The BMW 7 Series has many details that users will love. This model comes with a line of powerful engines, has an excellent fuel efficiency compared to its rivals, and best of all, it now comes with a large trunk and greater legroom in the back seat. BMW has always shown us that little details matter.
The Series 7 is positioned as a medium level vehicle is one of the most expensive in its class compared to its rivals. Therefore it presents several options for the engine, including a plug-in hybrid powertrain, among the options, are turbocharged and intercooler DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 255 hp, 295 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 111 hp, 184 lb-ft; combined output, 322 hp, 369 lb-ft; 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Its transmission is 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode and is able to pass from 0 to 100 mph in 12.8 sec.
BMW brings us a base series that is the most efficient in fuel consumption, has a long trunk which gives a more spacious, and its interior has been designed to provide comfort. The Series 7 stands out for providing many features that offer luxury and comfort as leather upholstery of excellent quality in colors that contrast with the rest of the vehicle with black details, door handles in chrome, coupled with the spaciousness of this vehicle inside giving that feeling of freedom inside the car. All that at a base price of $90,095.
6 Best: Hyundai Sonata 2.0T 2018
2018 has brought improved versions in regards to family sedan, especially when it comes to the kings in that niche, such as Toyota Camry category and the Honda Accord, but Hyundai didn't want to fall behind in the fight, so, they presented their new version Hyundai Sonata 2.0T seventh generation, which offers users more luxuries.
Among its main features are turbocharged and intercooler engine type DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, plus direct fuel injection. While the transmission is 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, and with respect to acceleration is able to pass from 0 to 100 mph in 17.5 sec. According to experts, Hyundai has invested more in the aesthetic than in its actual capacity, the car has a quite attractive style and has wide rear seats that offer greater comfort and space for passengers, but the car is not as fast as some enthusiasts would want and the braking distance is long.
For the interior design of the Sonata 2.0T, they played with the palette of dark colors, where the predominant color was black, the leather upholstery is this color, like the hard plastic front backs, door panels, carpets, and ceiling, but to contrast the color they decided to add silver details. In addition, the trunk is quite spacious, ideal for moving things of different sizes. This vehicle is at a base price of $28,485 and can reach $33,460 with the modifications offered by the brand.
5 Worst: Chrysler 200 2016
The Chrysler 200 came to the market with low prices and offering some incentives to catch potential consumers, but the experts were not satisfied with anything related to the vehicle, in fact, Consumer Reports placed it on their list of the worst 10 cars of 2016.
Among its main features are the DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection, 9-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. It is able to pass from 0 to 100 mph in 14.3 sec.
While in regard to the design the 200 has a color Black Forest Green Pearl, and although it has improved compared to its previous versions the interior materials of the car are unsatisfactory and with a conservative design that does not surprise the users. Another problem with the Chrysler 200, is that this vehicle presents a poor distribution of the internal space, it only has a few cubic feet with respect to the total interior volume, and the most affected in this aspect are the passengers that go in the back seat, especially because there is not enough space for place your legs, while the driver enjoys more space with more comfortable seats.
The price of the Chrysler 200 is $27,480 for the base model but can reach up to $28,175.
4 Worst: Nissan Versa Sedan 2017
The Nissan Versa sedan is an unimpressive vehicle although for its price we can not complain. Among its main features, it has an engine DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block, and head, port fuel injection, continuously variable automatic transmission and is capable of passing from 0 to 100 mph in 34 sec.
This subcompact vehicle has a cheap, unimpressive and noisy interior cabin. While the driver is driving and the engine acquires speed accompanied by the continuously variable transmission, the noise that we felt inside the car becomes more noticeable. It includes synthetic upholstery with many details in plastic and the rear seats are relatively spacious. In addition, this vehicle includes in its standard version basic features that offer comfort to users such as power windows and door locks, an integrated armrest for the driver's seat, a USB port, front map lights, a split rear seat 60/40 and a remote control with a keychain.
The Nissan Versa sedan is available at a base price of $15,015 and can reach up to $16,605. But for the price they offer is not a terrible option for people who have a tight budget, in fact, among the positive aspects, we can emphasize its large trunk, spacious rear seat, decent brakes, low price.
3 Worst: Skoda Octavia vRS
The Skoda Octavia vRS offers the options of gasoline or diesel, both four-cylinder. The first engine is a 2.0 TSI 230 hp (10 hp extra and the most powerful production Octavia of all time), while the second is a 2.0 TDI that maintains the power of its predecessor, ie 184 hp.
And although the brand has a reputation for building strong, heavy-duty vehicles with excellent capabilities, the Skoda Octavia vRS is disappointing in its interior design. The problem? It is equipped with a fake carbon fiber rim. And regarding the other changes, there is no great difference with their predecessors.
It has leather upholstery combined with fabric, black finishes, and RS-Sport seats - with integrated headrests, multifunction leather steering wheel, ambient lighting, and aluminum pedalboard.
However, the front seats are more comfortable than the rear seats. It also has a new integrated touchscreen that controls the functions of the car and a set of comfortable sports seats, but its interior is still unimpressive for users, although its performance is still much better than its interior design. However, the brand has tried to captivate the attention of users by adding options such as driving assistance such as Trailer Assist, blind spot assistant, cross traffic alert or Front Assist with emergency braking in the city and pedestrian detection, among other things.
2 Worst: Honda Civic 9th Generation
The 2015 Honda Civic is a compact car that is available in 2 styles of the body, sedan, and coupe, as well as including the option of choosing between two gas engines, a variant of CNG and a hybrid. Gas-powered Civics are sold in 5 grades, models powered by CNG are available in 2 versions and hybrids that comes in four models.
Most Civics have a 1.8-liter I-4 engine that will generate 143 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). And for those looking for the best fuel economy, Civic Hybrids offers a 44/47 mpg of a 1.5-liter I-4 hybrid, which makes 110 hp and 127 lb-ft. While respect to its interior design the Civic 2015 offers users in the back seat a spacious and comfortable area to sit, and the same happens with the seats in the front, although due to its sloping roof very tall people sometimes have difficulties in sitting and driving comfortably due to the free space between the driver's head and the roof of the vehicle its too narrow.
In addition, certain technological features are only available at higher equipment levels, while the camera graphics on the rear-view mirrors look slightly grainy in the dark.
1 Worst: Dodge Avenger
The name Dodge Avenger was inspired by the name of the bomber of the Second World War. I guess it was a failed attempt in search for an original name. However, the revitalized Avenger seems to stand out more than its predecessor, offering a DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine, aluminum block, and heads, port fuel injection; a 6-speed automatic transmission with manumatic shifting, and is capable of going from 0 to 100 mph in 18.6 sec.
Nevertheless, the mid-2000s was a particular period in terms of style, and the Dodge Avenger was adapted, designed, and manufactured with a concept inspired in those days, its interior was a gray insipid and everything was covered by that color, the board, the door, the seats and the side panels were completely gray without any color that made contrast and made it more striking for users. In addition, the materials used are also made of very economical plastics, so it does not have the quality that we see today in certain luxury range models.
And although at the time Avenger came to the market brought an updated style, a better driving, and a more powerful V6 engine, it still showed the same defects of the previous versions. In fact, the Avenger was suspended from Dodge's major product offerings after the 2014 model year, although it lived in some daily rental fleets.
Sources: consumerreports.org, caranddriver.com, theclever.com, autobytel.com