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For those with lengthy commutes an automobile’s interior is equally as important as everything else about the vehicle. For most other drivers the interior ranks right along with handling and exterior styling. Seating, safety features, comfort, and convenience are all essential factors that can make your time on the road less aggravating if not downright enjoyable. Last month, automotive industry publisher WardsAuto presented awards for the Ward’s 10 Best Interior winners to the most diverse group of winners yet.

To be eligible for the awards the vehicle’s interior must be new or significantly redesigned. Features such as ergonomics, driver information, fit-and-finish, materials, value, safety, comfort, and design harmony were all ranked to determine the top 10 out of a list of 41 vehicles.  With no price cap winners included the $372,800 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the $122,895 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550. On the other end of the spectrum is the Kia Soul priced at $24,010 and several vehicles priced right at the $30K mark.

Ward’s lists the winners in alphabetical order as the top ten vehicles aren’t ranked against each other for first place, second, etc. Here is the list in order of price as tested for comparison’s sake.

2014 Kia Soul+ ($24,010) – The Kia’s “groovy” interior terrific ergonomics, value, space and comfort. The two-tone gray interior combines well with the swoopy door trim and neon-green accent stitching.

2014 Mazda3 ($30,415) – Aesthetics set the Mazda3 apart from the rest of its class with carbon fiber trim, three shades of contrast stitching on a two-tone interior, and metallic accents. The central controller even offers adaptive cruise control, forward-obstruction warning and a lane-departure warning.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI* ($30,695) – Bright red contrast stitching, brushed metallic trim, and a user-friendly touchscreen help the soon-to-be-released Golf GTI stand out among hatchbacks. You can even get plaid seat inserts.

2015 Chrysler 200C* ($31,470) – The 200C’s interior is well appointed with ambient lighting, leather-trimmed seats with contrast piping, a roomy back seat, self-parking, and a feature that opens the trunk if the key is left inside.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited ($37,525) – An easily navigable central display touchscreen along with interesting interior shades of brown and indigo helped the Cherokee Limited make the cut.

2014 GMC Sierra Denali ($56,685) – Heated and cooled seats, lots of storage, brushed metallic trim, and several electrical sockets and USB plugs make this the only truck to break into the top ten.

2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate ($68,920) – Wards calls the interior of the Equus a “limousine-like” experience with reclining rear seats and the latest in safety and electronic features.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ($71,960) – Digital graphics, white contrast stitching on supportive bucket seats, suede-like headliner, and carbon-fiber trim all added up to push the Stingray’s sporty interior onto this year’s list.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 ($122,895) – Six figures gets you an interior with built-in pillows for the rear reclining seats, hot-stone massaging front seats, perforated leather, and ambient lighting in seven colors as well as a host of other features. The car will even steer and drive itself in traffic.

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith ($372,800) – The ultimate in luxury delivers an outstanding interior with a fiber optic headliner offering starry nights even indoors, Brazilian rosewood paneling, luxurious leather seats, and lamb’s wool floor mats as well as monogramed headrests, all handcrafted.

See the full report here with more details on each of the winners as well as the overall selection process and summaries of the reviewed models. If you’re ready to start shopping for your own favorite auto let AutoBuying101.com help you find the best deal on your next auto.