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author photo by Autotrader April 2011

The Kia Optima has made Ward’s list for 10 Best Interiors of 2011. The vehicle takes its place with two other economy cars, three luxury vehicles, a sport sedan, a minivan, an upscale SUV and a family sedan.

To choose the winners, Ward’s editors drove 51 vehicles with new or considerably upgraded interiors in February and March.

“We’ve never evaluated so many vehicles for any awards competition in the past, which tells us every auto maker wants the freshest, highest-quality interior possible for all the vehicles they sell,” Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter said.

“Auto makers are so focused on the smallest details that it’s hard to find a bad interior these days. Still, some are better than others, and we’re recognizing the best of the best,” he added.

“With the new Optima, the auto maker demonstrates its serious side and an uncanny ability to connect with midsize buyers in the U.S. Another reason to like the Optima interior is its resemblance to the prior-generation Audi A6,” Ward’s noted. The economy car profiles upscale additions including perforated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, premium audio and heated and cooled front seats.

The Chevy Cruze, another economy contender, uses soft-touch surfaces, high-grade plastics, bolstered leather-appointed seats and pays serious attention to noise reduction. And the Hyundai Elantra Limited 5-passenger sedan “displays a curvaceous sensuality to its instrument panel, with a belt drawn tightly around the climate controls; the center console then widens as it flows down to the gear shifter.”

For luxury choices, the Audi A8 got kudos for high-gloss wood on seat backs and suede inserts on the “dramatically styled door panels.” The BMW X3 xDrive35i took the award for blending a black-and-cream color scheme with elegant wood trim on the dash, center console and door panels. The Volvo S60, “a study in Scandinavian serenity and an undiscovered gem in the heart of the luxury market” incorporates high design in the floating center stack, angular door panels and the sexy front-seat head restraints

The redesigned Dodge Charger Rallye Plus, the solo sports car in the group, got attention for its blazing red seats, door panels and center armrest. Editors also paid respect to the vehicle’s 1-piece matte-finish metallic trim and sporty gauges.

Minivans always get a bad rap, but the Honda Odyssey Touring Elite garnered applause from editors for its cargo capacity (10 cupholders) and premium features including 2-tier storage bins in the front doors, a “cool box” refrigerator below the center stack and an easily accessible third row that is comfortable for adults.

The Grand Cherokee Overland Summit took the prize for boldly stitched deep-grain tan leather seats “that instantly conjure images of a highly crafted saddle from the wild west.” It was named the ultimate comfort–mobile for the Rubicon Trail.

And who says family sedans have to be boring? The Ford Focus Titanium hatchback incorporates an eye-soothing combo of deep gray and cranberry red on the leather seats, doors and center console.

A comprehensive package profiling the winners will appear April 20th on WardsAuto.com and in the May issue of Ward’s AutoWorld magazine.

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