For years, Acura has turned out vehicle cabins with excellent fit-and-finish but that were, well, not so eye-catching.

But for the second-generation RDX compact cross/utility vehicle, the

Honda near-luxury brand steps it up a notch, enough to earn a Ward’s 10 Best Interiors trophy for 2013.

Against all standards of fashion, the mix of beige, black and deep-brown tones inside the RDX is gorgeous.

These comforting shades, in addition to Acura’s signature angular lines, smoothed

out a bit from the older RDX, make the new ’13 model a winner with our judges.