The Wards 10 Best Series Winners On Display

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Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems Winners 2021

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Wrangler 4xe Brings New Level of Efficiency to Jeep

Wrangler 4xe is noteworthy for its rough-and-tumble off-road readiness, while clocking in at nearly 30 mpg during 300 miles of road testing around metro Detroit this past spring.

Hyundai Kona Electric Scores a Three-Peat

The South Korean automaker’s 3-year-old battery-electric crossover still is a standout in terms of performance, range and price.

Chevy Trailblazer’s Powerful 1.3L 3-Cyl. Surprises

We challenge potential buyers to take the Trailblazer for a test drive – and then tell us how many cylinders are under the hood.

Running on Hydrogen, Toyota Mirai Dazzles Again

The Japanese automaker has not wavered in its pursuit of vehicles that can run on the most abundant element in the universe. The Mirai fuel-cell sedan is fun to drive and extremely quiet, not to mention handsomely styled.

Hyundai Santa Fe Wins With Sterling 2.5L Turbo-4

The Korean automaker’s 277-hp powerplant reminds us how satisfying state-of-the-art internal-combustion engines can be.

Top-Level Technology Powers Pricey Porsche Taycan 4S

Whether or not we want to embrace it, gas-powered high-performance cars are beginning to represent the fading past and BEVs the rapidly arriving future, as demonstrated by the lightning-quick Taycan 4S.

BMW 330e Sedan Stands Out Among PHEVs

The 330e takes a great 4-cyl. turbo and adds an electric motor that kicks in an extra 107 hp and 77 lb.-ft. of torque to deliver a first-rate drive experience, while approaching 40 mpg during our real-world testing in metro Detroit.

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Ford’s Hybrid Beast Wins Us Over

Ford’s PowerBoost, a 2021 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion Systems winner, explodes hybrid stereotypes and becomes F-150’s top powertrain.

Polestar 2 Finds Sweet Spot Among Bevy of Winning BEVs

What makes the Polestar 2 a winner is its near-perfect blend of the BEV formulation. It’s not the one with the longest EV range or the highest output, but it’s still “shockingly fast” and a blast to drive.

Neck-Snapping Good Time in Winning Ford Mustang Mach-E

Go ahead, mash the accelerator in the Mach-E, a 2021 Wards 10 Best Engines & Propulsion System winner. You’ll be glad there’s a head restraint to prevent whiplash. And did we mention how the Mach-E is outselling several midsize luxury rivals powered by gas engines?


Wards 10 Best Interiors Winners 2021

Ford Mustang Mach-E Interior a Modern Luxury Space

Subtle, sleek and modern. Those are just a few adjectives to describe the award-winning interior of Ford’s new battery-electric vehicle.

GMC Yukon Denali XL Takes ‘Premium’ to Next Level

Attention to detail, unique content and a truly usable third row put the GMC Yukon Denali XL on this year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors list.

Multi-Sensory S-Class Lands Again on 10 Best List

Beyond its visual allure, the all-new Mercedes-Benz S580 wins a Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy for its Air Balance cabin fragrance spritzer, Burmester 4D surround-sound system and the custom massage to soothe one’s troubles away.

Jeep Grand Cherokee L: It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Lavish materials and a breathtaking interior color scheme catch your eye immediately with the 10 Best-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee L, but that’s only the beginning.

Honda Civic Understated But Innovative

The 11th generation of Honda’s venerable C-segment sedan sees designers shake off the reigns of conventional compact-car styling in winning Wards 10 Best Interiors honors.

Mitsubishi Outlander No Longer an Outsider

“At $38,590, this interior stands out from the crowd because it looks so premium and luxurious,” says judge Drew Winter of the all-new Outlander, a 2021 Wards 10 Best Interiors winner.

Bentley Bentayga Speed: It’s All There in Black and White

It’s always exciting to have in the Wards 10 Best Interiors competition a Bentley that has been freshly touched by a design team that clearly is encouraged to push the boundaries of automotive interiors with something “visually stunning.”

Land Rover Defender Makes Every Drive an Adventure

The Defender’s interior is not for everyone, but it earns a Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy by harnessing the original Defender’s spirit of boundless adventure and instilling enormous confidence at the beginning of every drive.

Hyundai Tucson: Dramatic Curves, Little Touches

Daring lines, eye-catching materials and a dose of user-friendly technology add up to a Wards 10 Best Interiors win for the midsize CUV.

Ford F-150’s Interior Infused With Luxury

The level of luxury in the ’21 Ford F-150, a Wards 10 Best Interiors winner, combines with the latest technology, practicality and a brilliant fold-out work surface that transforms the center console for lunch, signing documents or firing up the laptop.


Wards 10 Best UX Winners 2021

Cadillac Escalade Defines Digital Luxury

Cadillac’s all-new flagship SUV wins a Wards 10 Best UX award for its massive curved OLED display screen, outstanding Super Cruise semi-autonomous technology, excellent rear-seat entertainment and spot-on navigation routing with augmented reality.

’21 Chrysler Pacifica Reaches a UX Pinnacle

The newest grade of Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan is the ultimate in a vehicle user experience, for both driver and passengers.

Dazzling F-150 Offers Great UX, for Work or Play

Lots of surprise and delight features, easy-to-use infotainment, beautiful, clear screens and tons of ADAS tech earn the F-150 a Wards 10 Best UX trophy.

Ford Mustang Mach-E: Surprise, Delight and So Much More

The Mach-E has the thrusty performance attributes you expect from a Mustang, and many more things you don’t.

Fresh Off Interiors Win, Honda Civic Claims UX Honors

Wards 10 Best UX judges were impressed by the overall value equation – the connectivity, infotainment and driver-assistance technologies – of the all-new Civic.

Features, Value Earn Elantra 10 Best UX Award

The redesigned Elantra delivers a remarkable array of driver-assistance and infotainment offerings, and its low price makes for a joyous, money-saving user experience at your neighborhood Hyundai dealership.

Even Standing Still, Jeep Grand Cherokee L Wows

FCA earned a UX award in 2018 for the Ram 1500. The UX team under Stellantis picks up the baton, taking home kudos for the ’21 Jeep Grand Cherokee L.

Flagship Mercedes-Benz S580’s UX Shines

Is S-Class for “stratospheric?” The Mercedes-Benz S580 delivers thrilling UX design and functionality while applying the latest technology to everything from ADAS to interior lighting.

Polestar 2 Showcases Innovative UX Strategies

If you’re going to cut back on traditional controls and not have a gigantic touchscreen loaded with virtual buttons, you need world-class voice recognition. Polestar 2 has it, and earns a Wards 10 Best UX award.

VW Wins Again With Space-Age UX in ID.4

Volkswagen’s ID.4 represents a monumental leap into a world where physical buttons are unnecessary, where voice controls perform as intended, where high-definition touchscreens are loaded with information and easy to use.

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