Lexus HS 250h Wins Ward’s Interior Award


Lexus HS 250h Wins Ward's Interior Award

The results of Ward’s Interior of the Year Awards for 2010 have been announced, and the Lexus HS 250h has come away with the award for best Hybrid Car interior—here’s how Ward’s described the judging process:

A team of eight Ward’s editors evaluated 40 vehicles that have either all-new or significantly upgraded interiors this year. The vehicles – both car and truck – were divided into segments, with one winner named in each category. In addition, Ward’s bestowed special awards for outstanding achievements in key areas. Having both designations allowed judges to rank vehicles against the entire field, regardless of segment and price. Judging criteria included aesthetics and design harmony, comfort, driver information, ergonomics, fit and finish, materials, safety and overall value.

The actual awards presentation will be held at the Ward’s Auto Interiors Conference on May 19 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, MI.  Recent Lexus winners at the Ward’s Interior of the Year Awards have included the RX 350/450h and the LS 460 L.

[Source: Autoblog]

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  1. I kinda miss those intentional ripples in the leather that Lexus used to sew for the upholstery on the seats and doors, but I suppose that’s just a waste of leather… sigh… Lexus could at least offer ripples on specific interior surfaces as an option.

  2. Congrats to Lexus on this win. I think the HS’s interior is very cool and future forward, although it would probably be better interpreted in a taller vehicle like a CUV (maybe the possible sub-RX CUV?).

    Anyway I’ve always loved Lexus’s marketing campaign for the HS:

    “hello someday”

    That’s just ingenious, and hello someday abbreviated is HS!

  3. Nothing wrong with the interior, but I wonder, with 40 vehicles in total, divided in a number of categories, one of them being a quite narrow(?) category like “Hybrid Car interior”, what is it worth? I mean, with a sufficient number of special categories everyone can be a winner and I don’t find “hybrid” to be an obvious interior factor.

  4. @Pond: You’re right, but because hybrids have certain priorities, Ward has to keep an eye on them, or else people will criticize as always.

  5. WorldofLuxury:I kinda miss those intentional ripples in the leather that Lexus used to sew for the upholstery on the seats and doors, but I suppose that's just a waste of leather… sigh… Lexus could at least offer ripples on specific interior surfaces as an option.

    I was thinking the exact same thing. The ruffled leather on the seats & doors of earlier Lexus models had a very classy look & feel. But hats off to Porsche for offering the Panamera with the option of ruffled leather on the seat centers. I also miss carpeting on the doors which was available uptill the LS430, but now only the LFA has it (!) It helps prevent scuff marks on the lower doors.