ATLANTA, Ga. – A new car’s exterior design may get noticed first, but in reality, drivers spend most of their time inside their vehicle. An expensive, high-performance sports car can feel cheapened by a lackluster interior, and an economy car with an above-average cabin can feel much more expensive than it really is. To help car buyers look beyond a new car’s outward appearance and focus more on the beauty within, the experts at Autotrader recently named the 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000 for 2020.

“Most people spend several hours inside their vehicles each week, so interior features are extremely important when determining which new car to buy,” said Tara Trompeter, managing editor for Autotrader. “While you could shell out big money and get an interior that fits the price tag, a little research can reveal many new cars that cost less and give you more when it comes to cabin fit and finish. We placed the price cap for this list at $50,000, with many of the selected vehicles coming in well below that figure. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money to get a nice interior.”

Any of the models on this year’s list of the 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000 will make driving more enjoyable, whether for a daily commute or an extended road trip. Check out the latest selections for 2020 (unranked and listed below in alphabetical order):








The G70 offers an upscale interior, complete with contrast stitching, available diamond pattern seating surfaces and a pleasing mix of leather, rubber and brushed aluminum. Factor in its exceptional driving dynamics and dollar for dollar, the G70 is probably the best performance sedan on the market.




All-new for 2020, the Sonata represents the latest evolution of Hyundai's design language, inside and out. What really stands out to us is the sharpness of Hyundai’s new screens. They're truly a level above the competition and will help the vehicle feel new for years to come.




Gladiator buyers are now treated to higher-end materials in the form of a soft-touch dashboard, rubberized controls and aluminum trim pieces. Chrysler's excellent UConnect infotainment system is available throughout much of the model range and comes encased in a water-resistant rubberized frame. Leather seating surfaces, great storage solutions and loads of USB and USB-C connectivity ports round out the offering.




Kia’s Telluride arguably is the best execution of the three-row SUV formula to date. While any Telluride offers a modern interior complete with forward-looking features, it’s the SX model that really wows us. The top-spec Telluride comes with Nappa leather seating available in four different upscale hues, a premium headliner and simulated wood trim.




The newest compact luxury SUV from Lincoln looks to be a hit right out of the gate, due in large part to its upscale interior that shares many design cues with its larger brethren. The 2020 Corsair incorporates clean horizontal lines across its dashboard and a pleasing mix of glossy and matte surfaces. There are even five different interior colors available: black, beige, brown, gray and -- believe it or not -- blue.




Pretty much every Mazda could be included on a list of the best car interiors, but we're partial to the 2020 CX-5. It feels downright luxurious, despite carrying an economy SUV price tag. In addition to upscale design and plush leather seats, the CX-5 excels at the little things. The windows are all one-touch up and down, the button for the hazard lights is unbelievably precise, and the doors close with a hearty, satisfying thud.




The GLB is Mercedes' new compact three-row SUV -- and that's the first thing we love about it, as few SUVs of this size actually come with a third row. Beyond that, it offers the latest application of Mercedes' small-car interior design language, which features rounded, chrome air vents along with a wide panel across the dashboard that incorporates both a digital gauge cluster and infotainment display.




In redesigning its line of full-size trucks for 2019, Ram clearly prioritized interior design and comfort, and as a result, Ram trucks are now known for offering the nicest interiors in the segment. While all full-size trucks can be had with premium leather seating and high-end audio systems, Ram focused on the little things when it comes to its new truck interior. Materials quality, touchpoints and ergonomics are all top-notch in Ram's recent lineup.




The RAV4's interior is -- to put it simply -- just a nice place to be. Its rubberized HVAC dials are pleasing to handle and rotate with an upscale precision. Ergonomics are fantastic, while clever storage solutions abound, such as a shelf running the width of the dashboard. Different trim levels get different colors and finishes, too.




Part of Volvo’s appeal is in its calming, minimalist Scandinavian design language, and the V60 offers a good balance of value and utility. While it comes with a great cabin regardless of how it's optioned, we're especially partial to the newly available wool interior, which is more sustainable and comes in a charming plaid pattern.

Originally posted on Auto Dealer Today

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