The 7 best cars with red interior (2022)

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Car interiors come in many different colors, with the primary ones being black, gray and a brown/beige. These are considered “safe” options and will match any exterior color and there’s nothing wrong with that. One of the more difficult colors for a car to pull off is red interior. However, despite that difficulty, there are several cars that can do it with swagger and style. Here’s a list of some of the best cars with red interior.

What are the best cars with red interior?

Really, it comes down to personal preference. However, this list contains 7 of the best cars with red interiors that would even convince haters of the color red that it has a place, plus a couple bonus cars at the end. There is a mixture of luxurious cars, performance cars and affordable cars.

Kia Stinger GT 2

The Kia Stinger GT 2 is a is Kia’s answer to the need for a sporty sedan–and a disappearing breed, unfortunately. The GT 2 is the Stingers premium package with a twin-turbo V6 producing 365 horsepower. This car also has AWD. For an additional cost, a buyer can opt to red interior. However, it is a very nice option, with the seats being a Napa red leather for extra grip.

The red color isn’t a candy apple; rather, it’s more of a muted cherry. It can be paired with any of the available exterior color options, but would (probably) look best with one of the grayscale colors–or maybe a blue. The lower spec package–the GT line–also has a similar interior option.

If you’re looking to save some money, the 2021 Kia Stinger GT was also available with red interior.

Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche 718 Boxster is a fantastic performance car that produces 400 horsepower while maintaining the luxurious name that Porsche has grown. This sports car is also available with red interior.

It can either come in two-tone red and black, with the seat cushions and leather door inserts being red, or a completely red interior, meaning anything that is leather in the interior is red (certainly an acquired taste. This includes the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, door panels, and center console.

The Porsche 718 Boxster can also get a red soft top to match the interior if it is your hearts desire. If you’re looking for something a little more practical, the Panamera also has red available as an interior option.

Lexus LC

The Lexus LC, or LC500 depending on the year, is Lexus’s luxury performance coupe with a V8 making 471 horsepower. This is also available in a hybrid for improved fuel efficiency. The hybrid’s mpg is 26 city/34 highway and has a good ride experience. This model is available with red interior and is done tastefully and minimally, with it only being in the seats.

The LC is has a fairly strong technology package, although the navigation of the infotainment system could’ve been handled better. Red seats are a standard option across all LC trim levels. While this high end vehicle starts at $91k, it is an excellent option if you’re trying to marry luxury, performance and reliability.

BMW M Series

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At this point, BMW makes a wide range of models that have several different trim options. The vehicles in their lineup that make the most sense with optioning red interior is their M series models. 

Similar to the LC, the M series red is in the seat padding. As a whole, BMW has always been on the cutting edge with its technology package. The M series engine ranges from a twin turbo inline 6 to a twin turbo V8 on the M5, M6 and M8. 

The seats being accented with red goes along very well with the red line in the M series logo. BMW does offer a M model in their sport utility vehicles, but it does not have a red option for the interior. It does offer a “sakhir orange”, which is awfully close to red. If it’s an SUV you’re looking for, then this might be the one.

Kia K5

The Kia K5 GT-line is available with red interior, albeit slightly more abrasive. However, this is the most affordable car on this list, with a sticker price of $30k for the this model. It’s important to note that is only this specific trim that the red interiors available. If you chose a trim too high (“GT”), it isn’t available anymore. It’s weird, I agree.

While this is technically a “GT-line” car, the Kia K5 it only makes 180 horsepower. However, its turbocharged 1.4 liter four cylinder engine gets 27 miles per gallon city and 37 highway. While it isn’t a powerful engine, it’s certainly fuel efficient.

Acura TLX

The Acura TLX is a sporty looking sedan, available with a Type-S trim that pushes more power in the engine, bringing 272 horsepower to 355 horsepower. This cars red interior option is vibrant, yet soft at the same time. The color works, especially with the Type-S branding as an “aggressive” car–although that remains up for debate.

With a turbocharged V6, the Acura TLX engine gets 19 miles per gallon city and 25 highway. While the sticker price is high–$55k–you still get a good amount of features from Honda luxury brand. 355 horsepower certainly isn’t nothing, and the technology in the vehicle is on par with all other modern vehicles.

If you’re something a little cheaper with a price of $27k used, the Acura ILX is a discontinued model that you can pick up used with a similar interior option. It is much slower and on par with the K5, but still has the luxury of an Acura.

Lexus NX 300

Rounding out this list, the Lexus NX 300 is one of the few cars with red interior on all trim levels. However, if you’re looking at the Lexus NX 300, you may as well step up the the AWD model for a few thousand dollars more. This delivers 287 horsepower giving it all the power it needs to make good use of the all wheel drive system.

This is done as tastefully as the LC, but the it crawls up toward the stack and dash. This vehicle is equip-able with many a feature, but it depends what you want out of your sport utility vehicle. There isn’t much else worth mentioning. It’s a solid luxury SUV.

Honorable mentions

The majority of the list above are very expensive vehicles. The only exception is the Kia K5 and MAYBE the Lexus NX 300. Here are a couple cars with red interiors that are a bit more realistic and achievable.

Toyota Camry XSE

The Toyota Camry’s interior comes with an option for red. This sedan starts at $25k, but the color is only available on in the XSE/XSE Hybrid which starts at $31k. It makes a decent 206 horsepower and gets 27/38 mpg, making for solid fuel efficiency.

This color is in several places in the interior, primarily on entirety of the seat, door trim, and center console. The car is competitive with the K5 in price, but this has a slight edge in power.

Chrysler Pacifica Red S Edition

Yes, a Chrysler Pacifica is on this list. While this red-interior van isn’t available new anymore, there are several available on the used market. These had a special trim, dubbed the “Red S Edition.” It’s hardly affordable, sitting at $45K to own it used.

This is more comical than anything. If this is what you’re looking for, then go for it. It’s fully loaded with a “premium” package (or as premium as a Chrysler Pacifica can get) and gets decent gas mileage.

Mazda 3 Hatchback

The Mazda 3 Hatchback with red interiors is by far my favorite on this list. It’s a very deep color, venturing into a mahogany. The cheapest version it’s available on is the Carbon edition, which starts at $29k. It’s also available on the sport plus, which has a turbocharged four cylinder making 250 horsepower.

In general, Mazda does a good job with stretching the dollar and making a “luxurious,” premium experience as affordable as possible. Plus, they still offer manual transmissions with many of their vehicles.

Parting thoughts about cars with red interiors

This color is definitely an acquired taste. That being said, it can also really bring a unique experience into the cabin of a car. While there are cars that do it more tastefully than others, cars with red interior can be a fun way to spice up a vehicle. Just as important is making sure the interior matches the exterior.

No matter the color interior you choose, make sure you like it. It’s very difficult to change the color of it once it’s picked–and certainly very expensive if you want it done well and permanently.

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Best Honda Civic models of the 21st Century

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A list of the Honda Civic generations from the past 20 years, including the answer to the age old question: What is the best Honda Civic?

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The Honda Civic, Honda’s compact car line up, has been around since the late 70s. Since then, there have been 11 generations of the Civic, ranging from regular Civics to variations of the hot Civic Si and Type R. This was (and is) Honda’s way of taking advantage of the booming small car market.

Going even further than that, there have been several different Civic body styles, ranging from a Civic wagon (primarily a Japanese model) to an EK three door hatchback. 

Of course, these different Honda Civic generations have come with highs and lows. Here is a list of the best and worst Honda Civic generations of the 21st century.

What's the best Honda Civic?

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It all depends on what you want out of a Civic. Generally speaking, the most recent iteration is the best Honda Civic, but not necessarily the most recent model year. The mid generation refreshes rarely offer anything new, so finding a deal within that given generation can provide great value that includes the most recent safety features.

If you want something sporty, then the Honda Civic Type R might be your cup of tea. It really is a proper enthusiast machine, especially with some of the previous generations. 

If you’re looking for something more practical and less flashy, then a more base model and less sporty Civic trim might be right for you.

However, this isn’t an article about the different Honda Civic trim levels; this is a look into the the Honda Civics of the past, present and future.

The seventh generation Civic

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The seventh generation of Honda Civic’s was introduced in 2001 and ran until 2005. This generation contained the normal Civic sedan lineup, but also had a more rare spec in it: The Honda Civic Si, but in the form of a 2 door hatchback. This was a model that the automotive world seemed to be asking for — that being an enjoyable fun car — even though it had very limited sales.

With its four cylinder engine from an Acura RSX, the Civic Si hot hatch made 160 horsepower. As with all Civic Si models, this was only offered with a manual transmission (a 5-speed in this particular model). Interestingly, the shifter was located on the center stack, rather than near the center console. 

As for the more run-of-the-mill Civic models in this generation, they were, and continue to be, fairly reliable Hondas. It was offered as a 4-door and coupe body style. While there was a Civic Type R model within this generation, it was only offered overseas in Europe and Japan. When this Honda Civic Si was sold in Canada, it was badged as a Honda Civic SiR.

With this being a Honda, there was an abundance of trim levels for the sedan variant: The DX, VP, LX, Civic EX, LX Special Edition, EX Special Edition and hybrid. With the Honda Civic coupe, there was the same ones plus Si and RAJ.

The good

This generation had the rare Honda Civic Si hatchback that the community wanted. With this limited run, this particular model is starting to see an increase in price and collectibility.

The bad

The starting model year has had many complaints related to transmission failure and slipping. However, the following 2002-2005 Civic model years seem to have ironed out those issues. Consumer reports also noted that the 2009/2010 model years had battery life issues.

The eighth generation Civic

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The eighth generation Honda Civic had a production run from 2005 to 2012, with a facelift refresh in 2008. This was also introduction to the odd front end edge shape. As with most of the Civic generations, the overseas Honda Civic has slight variations in body style.

This generations marked the end of the Civic Si in its hot hatch form, at least for the time being. It was replaced with a 2 door Civic coupe that made 197 horsepower, a 37 horsepower increase over the previous generation Civic Si.

Even though this was a more conventional Si model, enthusiasts were still excited for a continuation. For those looking for more practical-fun, the Civic Si was still offered in a four door configuration. These looked like a regular civic, but was only identifiable as an Si from the minimal badging on the outside. Once again, only overseas countries would receive a Civic Type R.

The Regular Honda Civic averaged about 26 mpg, but the hybrid model achieved a combined 42 mpg, giving it a fuel economy advantage.

The good

It’s a Civic that is still a decent car for its price point, especially used. Honda engines tend to be bullet proof, meaning an owner should be able to put hundreds of thousands of miles on it if it’s maintained properly.

The bad

This generation was known for having a failing passenger airbag sensor and motor mount issues, along with some electrical issues. The motor mount issues make this a hard generation to recommend, as well as the (subjectively) ugly wedge shape.

The ninth generation Civic

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The ninth generation Honda Civic models ran from 2011-2017. This was a departure from the wedged front face design and hints at what the Civic would look like today–especially with the facelift model.

This generation also saw the beginnings of safety features, like a back-up camera. This was also when blind spot monitoring was catching on, if you selected the option. However, that wouldn’t come until later in the ninth generation run. 

The EcoAssist technology from the Honda Insight also appeared in this Civic generation, with the exception of the Si. This was also the first Honda Civic to have a factory screen in the center console.

This generation also saw the revival of the Honda Civic HF model, which was aimed towards maximizing fuel economy. It “featured” a retuned Honda R18 engine to achieve a combined 41 mpg.

The good

This generation, particularly post-face lift, was the start of a push for better safety features. Continuously variable transmissions (CVT) were helping with fuel economy, although they are an expensive repair (which is something to consider).

The bad

Unfortunately, this generation has had many complaints of wind noise and being cheaply made (but it is a cheap car, with a sticker price starting at 19,000). However, it was bad enough to warrant consumer reports taking it off of their recommended vehicles list.

The tenth generation Civic

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This generation of the Honda Civic ran from 2015 to 2022.

After years and years of being teased by the foreign markets, North American markets finally got the Honda Civic Type R. This new sporty Civic hatchback received much praise from the automotive community, especially given the increased power output of the turbocharged engine. 

Honda going with the five door hatchback body also kept the Type R relatively practical and usable for everyday driving (assuming you’re okay with its flashy appearance). Some have complained about the lack of all wheel drive, but given its power output, front wheel drive is good enough.

The Honda Civic Si remains in the line up as a sporty civic sedan and coupe. However, the coupe was discontinued in 2021. This was the year that the Honda swapped out the naturally aspirated engine with a turbocharged 1.5 liter four cylinder engine.

Once again, the CVT was standard (with the exception of the Si and Type R), but all models had the option for a six speed manual transmission. Even though the regular Civic’s performance was pretty average, not every model is supposed to be exciting. The Civic has always been a practicality-first vehicle.

In terms of features, the later 10th generation Civics saw the addition of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Of course, they also came with a large amount of safety features, like forward collision warning.

The good

Especially in the tail years of this generation, the safety features were a great addition. The icing on the cake was adding the Honda Civic Type R and a regular Civic hatchback to the line up.

The bad

Within the earlier years of this generation, there were some complaints about A/C failure and electrical problems. To avoid that, you’re better off opting for the latter years of the generation.

The eleventh generation Civic

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The eleventh generation of the Honda Civic was just released in the 2022 model year. When looking from the front end, nobody could blame you for confusing it with a Honda Accord, the Civic’s big brother. 

The major change between this generation and the 10th generation is mostly the standardization of the same safety features across all trim levels. Everything from lane departure warning to adaptive cruise control are standard. 

The heated front seats in the higher trimmed EX and Touring models will keep you warm on those cold winter days. Don’t forget about the rain sensing windshield wipers.

Especially on these new Civics, the interior provides a very clean, professional look. Again, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard. The larger screen is front and center for all infotainment wants and needs.

Just recently, Honda announced their refreshed Civic Type R that appears to have a toned down exterior.

The good

The design refresh was welcomed. With it being a similar look to the Accord, it makes it feel a bit more important, but that might just be me.

The bad

Although there are no recalls thus far, there have been some complaints about various electrical issues.

So, what are the worst Honda Civic models?

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The 2016/2017 model years should be avoided because of the recalls and continued issues. Similarly, the 2006-2008 model years have multiple electrical issues and the motor mount issues.

The only thing to be weary of is the CVT in recent generations, especially high-mile Civics. Once they get over 100,000 miles, it’s probable that they’ll need to be replaced.

Which Honda Civic model is best Honda Civic model?

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I’m personally drawn to the early 2000s Civic Si hatchback, but that’s just the design and raw nature calling to me, as well as it being an enjoyable small car.

In reality, most of the Honda Civic generations have something to offer, depending on what you’re looking for. Want a turbo engine? Get a newer Civic, where they are standard. Want something sporty? Get a Civic Si. Want something sporty-er? Get a Civic Type R (if you’re willing to shell out the cash).

In the end, as long as you do your due diligence before making a car purchase — and are willing to spend the money on repairs (*cough* CVT) — then you’ll be just fine.

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The 2023 Toyota Supra MKV: Return of the manual transmission

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When Toyota announced the Toyota Supra MKV in early 2019, it was met with a mixed response from fans and critics alike. In a collaboration between Toyota and BMW, the roadster looked reminiscent of the previous generation Supras with its style and design, but with the interior of a BMW. 

This car also had less power than some Supra fans wanted, making low 300s in horsepower. The biggest controversial decision, however, was the lack of a manual transmission option. After many years of research and development, how could they miss that? 

The short answer is that manual transmissions are becoming more and more obsolete, especially in a world where we are focused on fuel economy (and automatic transmissions are shifting faster than ever).

A brief history of the Toyota Supra

The Supra didn’t reach the point its at over night. It has been several decades in the making, with several generations leading up to the Mark V. The car started out as just another Celica, but would grow to be one of the most recognizable models in automotive history.

The Mark I

Toyota first began production of the Mark I Supra in 1978, starting a legacy that would carry on for over four decades (and counting). The Mark I Toyota Supra was really just a slightly sportier Celica trim level — the Toyota Celica Supra. The power output/engine was nothing to write home about because it was just another Celica.

The Mark II

The Mark II Toyota Supra came just a few short years after in 1981. This one came in two different specs: the Luxury Type (L-type) or the Performance Type (P-type). There are some differences between the two types, but one of the bigger deferences was that the L-type came standard with an automatic transmission (a luxury, at the time) and P-type with a manual transmission (a luxury now). There was no engine or power difference.

The Mark III

When the Mark III Toyota Supra came in 1986, it dropped the “Celica” and was just the “Toyota Supra” and came with a beefier engine. In 1987, it was offered with a turbocharged engine potion that helped push the Supras performance to 234 horsepower — a 30 horsepower increase from the first model year and a staggering 120 horsepower increase from the Mark I and II.

The Mark IV

The Mark IV Toyota Supra, released in 1993, is the Toyota Supra that introduced the 2JZ engine, and later, the twin-turbo 2JZ. This car had the iconic redesign and once again steep power increase (324 horsepower in the twin-turbo models) and this generation defined what we think of when we hear the word “Supra.” 

The Toyota Supra MKV: Where's the manual transmission?

The 2020 Toyota Supra MKV launched with a turbocharged engine making 334 horsepower, comparable to the Mark IV car. While the lack of increase in horsepower bothered some, only having an eight-speed automatic transmission sent Toyota Supra fans into a frenzy.

Despite the fact that the automatic transmission is decent (debuted in the BMW 7 series), the lack of a manual transmission remained a pain point. 

Recently, Toyota announced that the 2023 Toyota Supra will be launching with an optional six-speed manual transmission. Paired with the horsepower bump from the 2020 Toyota Supra (334 to 384 horsepower), this is an enticing package deal. Still not enough power? Add a charge pipe.

The only caveat with this is that the manual transmission option may cost extra when it comes to pricing. While that may seem “unfair,” it’s still a worthy addition to the purchase, especially for those who think it will give them an edge in performance. This option should be expected to cost 2000-3000 dollars.

Are manual transmissions still worth it?

This question seems to be getting more difficult to find an answer. While they may be worth it when shopping for older roadsters (Mazda Miata, Honda S2000 and other sports cars), automatic transmissions have reached the point where they are faster than manually shifting gears, thus improving performance.

The automatic transmission that the Toyota Supra received is a fantastic transmission that (probably) shifts faster than normal people. However, I also understand the heritage behind the manual transmission and feeling connected with the car and the road in that regard.

As for the rest of the 2023 Toyota Supra, it still has the same great suspension and handling as the 2020 Toyota Supra. The width of the center console needed to be widened to fit the manual gearbox, which eats into the passengers leg room. 

It’s important to note that the base model 2.0 Toyota Supra will not be available with the manual transmission, presumably because of the GR86 that is available with it. The GR86 has decent performance–and just an all round decent sports car at that price point–but it can’t compete with the Supra.

In an age where the manual transmission is a dying breed, it is nice to see automakers listening to their consumers. Perhaps this will keep the manual transmission alive in the car for a little bit longer before it can only be found in history books.

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