GMC Canyon, Ford F-150, and Jeep Renegade Make Ward’s Ten Best Interiors
List Selected From Forty-Two Total Competitors
Appearing on the list of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors for 2015 is the Jeep Renegade subcompact crossover, GMC Canyon midsize pickup, and Ford F-150 fullsize pickup.
Editors at Ward’s selected their favorite interiors after spending two months evaluating 42 total new vehicles and scoring them on design, materials quality, comfort, ergonomics, and fit and finish, among other criteria. Those who evaluated the vehicles found much to love in the winners, including the Renegade, which carried the second-lowest as-tested price of any vehicle on the list.
The Renegade’s “Tek-Tonic” design language includes a number of Jeep “Easter eggs,” including the original Willys CJ’s front-end graphic emulated in the speaker grilles and the rearview mirror’s base. Topographical maps appear in the center console and storage trays, and Jeep heritage cues appear on the navigation screen’s bezel. Ward’s also appreciated the Renegade Limited’s interior color scheme, with a brown interior environment brightened up by grey leather and Anodized Orange metallic accents.
The GMC Canyon justifies its incremental price increase over its Chevrolet Colorado mechanical twin by adding a few extra features, including very nice contrast stitching for the dashboard. We came to similar conclusions when we tested the Canyon during the 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year competition, where our tester’s pleasant color scheme, soft-touch surfaces, and excellent feature content made it feel like a much larger, more expensive pickup. We disagree slightly with the Ward’s assertion that the rear seat comfortably accommodates three passengers, but otherwise, their evaluation neatly matches ours.
Finally, Ward’s found a lot to like in the Ford F-150 King Ranch. They liked the genuine wood trim with bright metallic accents, while massaging seats and active safety features won the judges (and many customers over) with boatloads of luxury. Startlingly, the F-150 King Ranch was the second-most expensive vehicle in the test, beaten only by the Mercedes-Benz C400 sedan. At just over $60,000, the King Ranch had better be very, very luxurious.
Still, it’s good to see some of our favorite trucks and SUVs appearing on lists that are traditionally reserved for luxury cars and functional family sedans. It just proves that trucks are getting better and better with every new design.
Source: Ward’s Auto