A car interior is important because that’s where you spend a lot of your time. Whether you’re commuting, road-tripping, running errands or just driving for fun, the best car interiors can make a big impact on your overall driving experience. From the design to the quality of the materials, interiors matter.
We know that interiors can get very fancy in high-end luxury cars, but what about on the more affordable side of the spectrum? To show you how nice of an interior you can get for your dollar, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best car interiors for under $50,000.
The Audi TT hasn’t seen a thorough update since the 2014 model year, but its aging well, especially on the inside. This sporty coupe has an interior that’s both minimalist and techy with a subdued interior design, a flat-bottom steering wheel that’s a pleasure to hold and one of our favorite dashboards available with Audi’s stunning available digital cockpit that turns the whole dash into one big screen. The climate controls integrated into the interior fans is another nice touch. This interior perfectly strikes the balance of performance and luxury that Audi is going for with the TT. Starting at $44,900, the Audi TT is premium in every sense of the word. Find an Audi TT for sale
The Genesis G70 is a new contender on the competitive luxury sport sedan scene and it’s made a fabulous entrance. We’ve always been impressed with the interiors of the Genesis brand and the high-end Hyundai models that preceded them and the G70 continues that reputation. All of the controls are ergonomically a pleasure to use from the audio controls to the climate controls to the available wireless charging pad. An interior this nice in a luxury sedan with a competitive starting price of $34,900 is just part of what makes the G70 a great value. Even opting for the high-end Prestige package which adds quilted Nappa leather seats comes in under the $50k mark. Find a Genesis G70 for sale
The Honda Accord has been a clear class leader in the midsize sedan segment for decades and the 2019 model is no different. Part of what makes the Accord such a great car is the bang for your buck that you get with the interior. Honda does a nice job making you feel like you’re in a more expensive car at every level of the Accord. This is especially true in the luxurious, range-topping Touring trim, which only starts in the mid-$30k range. The loaded Accord Touring comes standard with high-end features like a head-up display, leather seats that are heated and ventilated in front, heated back seats, wireless charging and much more. Find a Honda Accord for sale
On the really affordable side of nice interiors, the new Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover is already proving itself a segment leader. Its interior design can range anywhere from subdued to flashy with available with brightly colored interior trim and 2-tone seats or it can be all black if you’re going for a more conservative look. Just a few of the premium features available include an 8-in infotainment system with navigation, Infinity premium audio and a head-up display. Whether you opt for the base SE model which starts at just under $20k or go up to the Ultimate model which goes into the high $20k range, it’s impossible to get a bad interior in a Kona. Find a Hyundai Kona for sale
The Lincoln MKX has been reborn as the Lincoln Nautilus. More than just a new name, the Nautilus brings with it a refreshed interior. This includes active noise cancellation that works very well making for a quiet, comfortable ride at any speed. Factor in the roomy, versatile interior, comfortable seats with available massaging in front and a user-friendly infotainment system and the result is a luxury crossover that’s very pleasant to be in. Starting at just over $40,000, the Lincoln Nautilus is a strong value in the midsize luxury crossover segment, partially thanks to its interior. Find a Lincoln Nautilus for sale
Here’s another sporty luxury coupe with an interior that’s as stunning as its exterior. Refreshed for 2019, the Lexus RC sports an interior that’s all-day comfortable with high-quality materials while carrying some sporty flair with it. We like how the big infotainment screen is integrated with the touchpad by the driver’s armrest that’s easy to use once you get used to it. A few nice touches like an analog clock and brushed metal accents throughout keep things classy in this coupe. Starting in the low $40k range, luxurious value is the name of the game for this Lexus. Find a Lexus RC for sale
You might not expect much from the interior of a compact car like the Mazda3, but the all-new 2019 model is bringing with it a new level of refinement in its segment. With a huge new 8.8-in infotainment system with new, more ergonomic controls and premium materials all around, this new Mazda raises the bar. Other ergonomic perks like driver seat-tilt adjustment standard on every model and further steering wheel telescoping mean you can make this little car a perfect fit for any driver. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed yet for the new model, but we can expect it to start under the $20k mark. Find a Mazda3 for sale
Like the Hyundai Kona, the Nissan Kicks subcompact crossover can be had with an interior that’s either subdued and refined or with a little more character with colorful trim. You have your choice of a charcoal and gray interior or charcoal and orange with two different choices for materials: cloth or “Prima-Tex” faux leather. Fun colors aside, the interior of the Kicks includes several fun quirks like a “floating” infotainment screen integrated into the center stack, a flat-bottom steering wheel and available Bose speakers built right into the driver’s headrest. Starting at just $18,540, the Nissan Kicks offers a lot of fun for your dollar. Find a Nissan Kicks for sale
As we continue through the era of the luxury pickup truck, the Ram 1500 is kicking things up a notch with some interior appointments you might have never thought possible in a truck. The price of the Ram 1500 can easily cross the $50,000 mark in the higher trims like the Limited and Laramie Longhorn, but in the Ram 1500 Laramie, which starts in the low-$40k range, you can get a gorgeous 2-tone interior with premium features like leather seating, Alpine premium audio, heated and ventilated front seats and a 7-in driver information center with 3D graphics. Available features include heated rear seats and a massive 12-in touchscreen infotainment system which is the largest in its class. Find a Ram 1500 for sale
Volvo doesn’t shake things up very often, but when it does, it makes it count. The Volvo XC40 compact crossover breaks barriers with an edgy new design inside and out. Almost every detail of the interior of the XC40 isn’t quite like anything else in its class from the unconventional center stack to the glove compartment folding hook to the available crystal shifter. For a compact luxury crossover that offers something a little different, the Volvo XC40, which starts at just $33,700 is a good way to stand out. Find a Volvo XC40 for sale