Anyone who's ever been set up on a blind date knows phrases like "He's got a great personality" or "She's a beautiful person on the inside," are just clever ways of saying your date isn't so great looking. Thankfully, the unwritten rules of dating don't always apply to new cars. When it comes to buying a new car, inner beauty may be even more important than it is when choosing a date. It's great to have a car that looks great on the outside, but the interior is where you spend all of your time. So when choosing a car, consider its insides first.

To help you find the perfect match, here are five cars with true inner beauty:

  • 1 2011 Buick Regal

    2011 Buick Regal

    $23,950

    19 City / 30 Hwy

    The interior of the Regal isn't especially opulent but considering the car's $27,000 price, it does come off as slightly more upscale than other cars in its class. The optional "Cashmere" color scheme looks best because it uses dark brown accents and adds wood grain trim. Chrome rings around the gauges also add to the Regal's stylish look.

  • 2 2011 Ford Edge Limited

    2011 Ford Edge Limited

    $30,825

    19 City / 27 Hwy

    Features like MyFord Touch and a Sony audio system mean gloss black textures, touch sensitive buttons and reconfigurable LCD screens in the instrument panel are all standard. The overall look and feel is masculine and contemporary. Opting for seats in the color "Sienna" adds a little extra finesse to the Edge's cabin too.

  • 3 2011 Infiniti QX56

    2011 Infiniti QX56

    $60,350

    14 City / 20 Hwy

    Opinions may be divided on the QX56's exterior look, but inside it's an entirely first class experience. Gathered leather lines the doors, super-soft leather covers the cushy seats and plenty of metallic bits surround the various buttons and controls. Infiniti's signature oval clock adds a classic touch to the luxurious cabin as well.

  • 4 2011 Jaguar XJ

    2011 Jaguar XJ

    $62,425

    16 City / 23 Hwy

    No vehicle interior combines traditional and modern as perfectly as the Jaguar XJ. The attention to detail inside this car is stunning, even simple air vents are turned into a celebration of design. At the same time, the virtual instrument panel and pop-up, round gear selector add a futuristic flavor. Rich wood trim and plenty of chrome help communicate the XJ's heritage as well as the driver's financial status.

  • 5 2011 Volvo S60

    2011 Volvo S60

    $37,725

    18 City / 26 Hwy

    If the Infiniti's "more is more" style appeals to you then you might not like the Volvo S60's uncluttered cabin. The company's all-new sport sedan looks a little plain at first, but it also has an obvious design, too. The interior of the S60 has a sort of calming effect thanks to lots of open space, matte finish trim and smooth surfaces. The gauges are simple and easy to read yet still impart a sense of quality. The S60's clean, contemporary look has a sort of everyday elegance that puts it a notch above other sport sedans.

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Brian Moody has been an automotive writer and presenter for more than 10 years. He has contributed to such media outlets as CNBC, Fox Business, the Today show, Speed TV, Edmunds.com and KTLA in Los Angeles. He currently covers the automotive industry and reviews new cars for the nationally syndicated Car Concerns radio show.

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