GMC Sierra Denali Makes Ward's 10 Best Interiors List

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In a year with winners spanning a wide price range (from $24,000 to just less than $400,000), WardsAuto's annual 10 Best Interiors have been revealed and there are a few surprises. Among the winners named to the list are the impressive Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Rolls-Royce Wraith, but the list also includes entries like the Kia Soul and the Mazda3.

The lone pickup truck this year (and Ward's doesn't select a pickup very often) to make the list is the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, which Ward's identified as playing a significant part in identifying the brand's character "and making it intensely desirable to buyers." Last year's lone pickup truck was the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn.

Ward's will honor the winning automakers at a ceremony May 21 during the WardsAuto Interior Conference in Dearborn, Mich. The 2014 winners (in alphabetical order) and their respective pricing are below.

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, $71,960
  • 2015 Chrysler 200C, $31,470
  • 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, $56,685
  • 2014 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, $68,920
  • 2014 Jeep Cherokee Limited, $37,525
  • 2014 Kia Soul+, $24,010
  • 2014 Mazda3, $30,415
  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550, $122,895
  • 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, $372,800
  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI, $30,695 (estimate)

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Comments

Out of all those cars, definitely the Kia Soul.

To be on any list that includes a RR that lists for over 300K is an honor!

and a $15,000 Kia Soul. What an absolute honor.

Kia set a goal and met it.

Back to the GMC. I'm still think those side pods are strange and I'm thinking of buying a GMC. I bought my 07 Silverado because I loved the interior and did not like the exterior styling, but it has grown on me.

I personally like Ram's interior but that's just me. I like Fords Gage's a lot Better doe

GMC Sierra Denali falls to LAST place in Tim Esterdahl's best upper interiors list and Tundra 1794 comes in at #1:

"I would rank the higher trim levels as (#1) 1794, (#2) Laramie Longhorn, (#3) King Ranch and then (#4) Denali/High Country. Kudos to GM for introducing a new trim level, it is just too conservative for my tastes. Actually, the word “conservative” is how I would describe all of GM’s efforts. The truck’s new styling, their pricing strategy and product roll out have all been conservative."

- tundra headquarters

After looking at a new GMC, I can say t is a very nice interior. The Rams is over rated I think. It has leather dash on higher end models, and a nice big touch screen but it pretty much ends their.

I like the interior for the Denali as I am not big on the western trims.

I am sorry but 56,000 dollars for a 1500 series truck?

I guess I have now been priced out of the market for trucks.

Denali and Cadillac have beautiful interiors. This was deserved.


GMC Sierra Denali falls to LAST place in Tim Esterdahl's best upper interiors list and Tundra 1794 comes in at #1:

"I would rank the higher trim levels as (#1) 1794, (#2) Laramie Longhorn, (#3) King Ranch and then (#4) Denali/High Country. Kudos to GM for introducing a new trim level, it is just too conservative for my tastes. Actually, the word “conservative” is how I would describe all of GM’s efforts. The truck’s new styling, their pricing strategy and product roll out have all been conservative."


GMC Sierra Denali falls to LAST place in Tim Esterdahl's best upper interiors list and Tundra 1794 comes in at #1:

"I would rank the higher trim levels as (#1) 1794, (#2) Laramie Longhorn, (#3) King Ranch and then (#4) Denali/High Country. Kudos to GM for introducing a new trim level, it is just too conservative for my tastes. Actually, the word “conservative” is how I would describe all of GM’s efforts. The truck’s new styling, their pricing strategy and product roll out have all been conservative."

- tundra headquarters
Posted by: Rand | Apr 17, 2014 11:43:18 AM


Good job, Toyota.


@Rand,

Good job, Toyota. A well deserved win.

Butt ugly IMO. To cluttered.

I sat in a new GMC at the auto show this past Feb, & thought the interior was incredible! Congrads to GMC!

Its not necessarily about having the best looking. Its about having the best quality, comfort, and ergonomics. I don't think this GMC has a stunning look to it but it is high quality and it works well.

The dashboard looks like it is GIVING BIRTH to the center stack!


...You will never again be able to gaze upon the new Chevy interior without this unsettling image popping unbidden into your mind's eye!

@Rand & DA

Are you two serious? A Toyota writer ranks a Toyota #1 when it is clearly well behind the domestics? Geez, want to see my shocked face? Any third party awards won by the tundra of any significance? Didn't think so, but way to brag on a self given award! Kind of like the Cowboys calling them selves america's team...

This just in. Allan Mullaly rates the Mustang as the number one muscle car. Mary Barrera rates the Cruz as the number one compact and Sergio Marchionne rates the Dodge 200 as the number 1 mid size. See how silly your posts just made you look?

Edit, I mean Chrysler 200

BTW, I just now decided that my house is the #1 house in the country, followed by Bill Gate's home then Dale Earnhardt's. You Toyota folk sure are reaching for straws, almost as bad as the Dodge boys.

You can't simply make a snap judgment based on a picture. Many guys who thought they didn't like the new GM interiors changed their mind once viewed and experienced in person.

@ Tyler

I needed a good laugh today... you make a good point!

2014 Denver Auto Show Recap – Tundra Frame Changes?

Tim Esterdah l | Apr 11, 2014 | Comments 15

I was recently at the 2014 Denver Auto show for the media days. Between eating and drinking too much, I learned a few things. Here is a recap.

Toyota

The HUGE piece of news I have on the Tundra is they are working on reworking the frame under the bed. The goal is to improve ride quality. My guess is Toyota is sick and tired of being badgered over it and finally has the incentive to do something with strong truck sales. I would expect an “oh by the way” announcement at the 2015 Chicago auto show.

GM

The interior of the new Chevy HD High Country package is just OK. Nothing really stands out for me.

Personally, I would rank the higher trim levels as 1794, Laramie Longhorn, King Ranch and then Denali/High Country. Kudos to GM for introducing a new trim level, it is just too conservative for my tastes. Actually, the word “conservative” is how I would describe all of GM’s efforts. The truck’s new styling, their pricing strategy and product roll out have all been conservative.

2014 Toyota Tundra 1794 Package Review – Incredible

Tim Esterdahl | Dec 06, 2013 | Comments 22

When Toyota said they were releasing a new higher trim level truck to compete with the trim levels offered by Ford, GM and Ram, I thought great. When, they said the name was 1794 and it was to be based on a country western ranch lifestyle, I was like huh?? Now, I get it. And it is glorious!

The 1794 edition of the Toyota Tundra is an impressive pickup

Sit in the seat and it really is impressive.

Plus, I have driven the 2014 Limited and Platinum trim levels and while they are impressive, it didn’t blow me away. Also, I have driven several Lexus products and while they are impressive, the 1794 is a truck, right? Well, let me just tell you, I couldn’t have been more wrong. This thing really, really stands out. I was STUNNED.

Toyota has done a fantastic job on details. The floor mats have a custom stamp on them and the stitching is superb on the FLOOR MATS.

The 1794 floor mats are a standout item due to their styling and quality.

You may think I have gone “stamp crazy” and maybe I did, but it was just the quality of workmanship and planning that really surprised me. Toyota really did try to incorporate that western feel without being too over the top. I, personally, think they NAILED it.

The flat gauges make it easier to see and Toyota did this pretty cool truck image in the dash that comes up when you start the truck. I found the stereo knobs and center console to just fit me better.

The seats though. Did I talk about the seats already? They are great.

The rear now has the embossed Tundra name, lip spoiler, three piece bumper and the trailer hookups have been moved. In other words, a collection of smart innovations.

How did a Denali thread turn into a Tundra commercial?

I am always dirty with packed mud and snow on my shoes and I hog up the inside of my truck.
My truck looks good being dirty cause it shows its a working mans truck!

Leather clad dashes may look nice, but give it eight or ten years and it will be all cracked up leather and look like junk.

Pretty bizarre category to give awards for., some of those nominated have to my mind unappealing interiors.

One of the significant factors in the purchasing of my vehicle was the interior and ergonomics.

One pickup made the list? Hmmm. The ratio of pickups sold in comparison to cars should indicate a higher number of pickups interiors selected.

Or, does this show that a greater range of vehicles and more competition is better?

http://www.privatefleet.com.au/wp-content/themes/privatefleet/images/upload/Image/Mazda-BT-50-4x4-Interior-2013.jpg

http://www.zerotohundred.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Mazda-BT-50-35-Interior.jpg

When they do these types of surveys, they really should consider how good the interior is for the price that you are paying. Sure the Denali interior will be nice, given that it costs almost $60k, it better be damn well worth that kind of money.

I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder. To me, the GMC Denali dash looks like some pods glued to the dash. Not at all attractive. But, to each his own...

Well if nothing else, these overpriced trucks keep the $$$$ rolling in for GM and the UAW

GUTS

GLORY

THE BEST TRUCK INTERIORS AND EXTERIORS

BETTER THAN FORD

BETTER THAN GM

BETTER THAN ANYONE

RAM

@Tyler, There is going to be a lot more where that came from!

Tim Esterdahl tundraheadquarters . com UPDATE:

Apr 11, 2014

Lastly, I have signed an agreement to be a regular contributor on Pickuptrucks.com. This will give me the opportunity to try out a larger variety of vehicles and increase my insight into the full-size truck market. No worries, I will absolutely continue to write for this site. Just another opportunity and wanted to give the readers a heads up.

I’m off to the Big Apple for the 2014 New York Auto Show next week. While it is normally a car show, I’ll see what I can learn and share.

HEMI 4 LIFE

How's that gas mileage working out for you?
Did you see the price of crude just increased and the experts say we are going back to $4/gal ?
Yea, the Tundra does get worse mileage than the Ram 5.7 but can't we both agree the Tundra is a POS?

BUILT

FORD

TOUGH

THE BEST TRUCK IN FRAMES AND SUSPENSION

BETTER THAN RAM

BETTER THAN GM

BETTER THAN ANYONE

FORD

Offically announced today by GM.

http://automotive.einnews.com/article/200438031

GM made major improvements but falls short to both Ram and Ford.
They are still hurting and are far from being out of the woods.
Is GM paying these companies as a sales pitch?

Best overall truck as a family hauler is Ram.
Ford is the best when it comes to heavy work.

@Tyler, There is going to be a lot more where that came from!

Tim Esterdahl tundraheadquarters . com UPDATE:

Apr 11, 2014

Lastly, I have signed an agreement to be a regular contributor on Pickuptrucks.com. This will give me the opportunity to try out a larger variety of vehicles and increase my insight into the full-size truck market. No worries, I will absolutely continue to write for this site. Just another opportunity and wanted to give the readers a heads up.

I’m off to the Big Apple for the 2014 New York Auto Show next week. While it is normally a car show, I’ll see what I can learn and share.
Posted by: Rand | Apr 18, 2014 1:12:33 AM

@Rand,

This is great news!

Tim Esterdahl is going to bring more balance to the site!

1794 #1 TRUCK INTERIOR

TUNDRA #1 TRUCK

TUNDRAHEADQUARTERS 4 LIFE!!!!

The bias AGAINST Tundra is real. The latest example is the very negative review of the 1794 EDITION and previous examples were the shootout that WAS perfectly timed so the Tundra would show up with a 2013 and not the ALL-NEW 2014 Tundra and many more, there are too many biases to list. The anti-Tundra bias, jealousy and haters are alive and well on this website.


All-New
2014 Tundra

Reworked inside and out

FORD AND GM AND RAM FANS BEWARE.

THINGS ARE GONNA CHANGE WITH TIM ESTERAL CONTRIBUTING!!!!!!

I VOTE FOR TIM ESTERAL FOR HEAD EDITOR IF MARK WILLIAMS EVER LEAVES TO TAKE A JOB WITH FORD.

This is just the beginning.

Some day Tim Esterdal is going to run this whole site and it's going to be a great day for Toyota fans!

Hey I know what DA stands for!! Ain't it Dumb a$$.

AWARD, well deserved!!!

I like the Ram interior, in fact I like the new Ram so much I just traded in my paid off 2008 Ram Quad Cab Big Horn 4x4 for a 2014 Ram Regular Cab 1500 Big Horn short bed. I was very impressed with the 3.6 liter V-6 with the new 8 speed automatic transmission. Mine has the bucket seats with the full center consol. I also got the Anti-Spin differential rear axle with 3.55 rear axle ratio.

I am also very impressed with the ride and the coil spring suspension system. For the haters this truck is rated at 7,300 LB max tow capacity and 1,590 LB payload capacity.

The interior is very quiet while driving. It has lots of good info on the center dash read out that is easy to toggle through. It has a nice touch screen radio that is easy to navigate as well.

Power wise I don't really feel a difference between the 2008 5.7 Hemi and this 3.6 V-6 as the power of the V-6 combined with the 8 speed automatic really makes a huge difference.

All I can say is great job Ram. MSRP for this truck was 31,650. I got it out the door for 11,996 after my trade in that was paid off along with the dealer discount and the rebate.

I have a 2013 Ram Laramie and the interior is nice. But the quality of materials lack once you get past the dash pad. Everything else is hard plastic. Not to mention the trucks guts leak all over my driveway and chrysler chalks this up tO excessively cold temps. My chev car and tiguan don't have the same problem. Long story short. Once I sat in a new denali.. I ordered a 2015 denali hd

@Lou_BC
This might interest you.

http://www.international.gc.ca/economist-economiste/analysis-analyse/studies-etudes/studies-etudes-01.aspx?lang=eng

I hardily agree with the #1 Stingray listing.
Best dash & Vette chick magnet ever.

They wouldn't even let you touch the one at the auto show last year, much less look inside.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to ride in one
w/manufactures tags, on loan to Robert Rodrigues for his new series From Dusk till Dawn, on his new network El Rey, produced and developed by Robert.

The network's Chevy commercials draw you in as a "behind the scenes" clip from the series w/some product placement that says "Brought to you by Chevrolet" at the end.

With DVR tec, I seldom watch ads anymore but these I do stick around for so that's a win for GM.

still not selling so well. A bit over rated. Offset steering, uncomfortable seats, ans trailer brake control and 4wd switch on wrong side.

To me the Tundra, RAM, and Ford are similar enough for interiors and they all work for me. The GM twins on the other hand are a design and function disaster. Both the interior and the exteriors are the result of government committees; that dog don’t hunt, and neither do the trucks.

A beautiful truck like that really brings out all the insecure people that need someone to tell them they bought the right truck instead of the real right truck. If you can't afford it you probably really can't afford anything that isn't 10 years old and used and abused already by someone else. It amazes me that someone in a 15 year old Ford will talk trash about a brand new truck of any kind while their truck sits outside nearly out of gas while they are waiting for tomorrow when they get to drive their wifes Accord or Corolla.



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