Red interiors are rare and controversial. Some like them some don’t.
They are a bit common with high-value sports cars of older generations.
If you are one of those excited by red, below is a list of some affordable red interior cars.
You can get in the pre-owned market for less than $15000.
1. 2008 Audi S5
The 2008 Audi S5 two-door sports coupe is powered by a massive 4.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, connected to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual.
The power is adequate to take the Coupe to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. The sleek body is carried on 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Audi S5 offers sheer driving pleasure and handling for those who love taking corners at speed.
The design is very curvy, with chrome highlights on the doors and windows.
Inside, you could have an optional red interior of Nappa red leather, which comes with padding on the doors, and red stitching on the steering wheel.
Also optional is a 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system with an exhilarating output of 505 watts.
Features include keyless and entry and ignition, tri-zone climate control, adaptive Xenon headlights, and cruise control, among many others.
Safety features for this 2008 model include two-stage driver and passenger airbags, ESP with ABS, Audi hold to assist with the automatic hydraulic handbrake on inclines.
Whilst small, the S5 Coupe can comfortably seat four big adults, although with a limit on vertical space.
2. 2011 Nissan Altima Coupe
The 2011 sporty Nissan Altima Coupe is powered by a 2.5-liter 175 horsepower or 3.6-liter V6 270 horsepower gasoline engine.
This is mated to a 6-speed manual, or the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The V6 with a CVT has a manual control option in “sport” mode that electronically predicts driver intentions, and therefore gives immediate and faster response.
Standard features on the Altima Coupe 2.5S include push-button ignition, cruise control, keyless entry, and air-conditioning. The 3.5 SR adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a power sliding moonroof, and a sport-tuned suspension.
The SR with manual transmission adds the Premium and Leather package that includes heated leather front seats, Bose audio system, among many more.
Options include a 6.5-inch touch screen with Nissan Navigation System for real-time traffic and weather information and a rear-view monitor.
Vehicle Dynamic Control traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and tire pressure monitoring are some of the safety features.
In line with its up-market value, the Altima Coupe’s red interior is equipped with leather bucket sport seats, which blend and contrast with amber backlighting and bright white gauges on the dashboard.
Although the back seat room is small, storage space is generous, offered in pouches and the trunk that can be enlarged by folding the rear seats.
Driving is very responsive and comfortable, with a speed-sensitive power steering part of the package. The 3.5 SE V6 especially handles well, due to its sport-tuned suspension.
3. 2013 Ford Mustang
The 2011 Ford Mustang is presented either as a convertible or hard-top coupe. It is old-style brawn and powered from the 5.0-liter V8 420 horsepower engine.
The engine is linked to a SelectShift 6-speed automatic that can be controlled manually through a button.
This is like you over-riding the automatic transmission, and delaying or preventing upshifting of the auto to retain torque. Whilst the Mustang is quite quick and responsive in an automatic transmission, the SelectShift facility makes it even better to fully capture and utilize the 420 horsepower.
The Mustang offers a quiet ride, excellent handling, and ride quality.
The red interior is furnished with rich materials that include red leather seats with white stripes.
Some notable features include electric power steering which can be adjusted to the sport position, an optional 4.2-inch LCD, and optional Brembo brakes.
The LCD houses the Track Apps feature that tracks various performance parameters of the Mustang, including cylinder head temperature.
4. 2013 BMW 3 Series
The 2013 BMW 3 Series has many trims and models.
Across the many trims, some of the standard features include dual-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, front and rear parking sensors.
On some higher trims, there are Business Navi and high-quality sound systems.
The Sport Line adds sports seats and 18-inch alloy wheels.
One of the most common engines is the 2.0-liter Twin Power turbo on the 328i, with an output of 241 horsepower. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The layout is Rear Wheel Drive.
The 2013 BMW 3 Series certainly doesn’t disappoint. It is one of those with a beautiful red interior. It features the Extended Fiona Red Leather, a rich Merino leather from the BMW stable.
The red leather trim is not only confined to the seats but is “extended” to the doors and dashboard.
Safety features include Active Protection, which triggers various protective mechanisms before an accident happens. Others are Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control, and Dynamic Traction Control.
Driving is a pleasure, especially when you want to experience the power and handling. The Sport mode is the one to choose.
Also read: Top 3 Best BMWs under 10k (with Photos)
5. 2014 Cadillac ATS
The 2014 Cadillac ATS is a compact luxury sedan that is fighting in the same space with German giants BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz.
It is offered in various models and trims, with a number of engine options and packages. The focus was on exterior design, lightweight, and handling.
Cadillac duly delivered.
Power plant options are a 2.5-liter 2022 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged with an output of 272 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter V6 with a massive 321 horsepower output. Each engine is paired with a trim level.
Transmission is mainly a 6-speed automatic, with a 6-speed manual optionally available for the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.
The layout is a front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive an option for the upper 2.0-liter turbo and 3.6-liter V6- engined trims.
Inside, materials are high quality and luxurious. This includes handcrafted leather upholstery on the more expensive trims.
Different color trims are also available. One of them is a package with a leather red interior that comes with red-flecked carbon fiber trims on doors and vents.
The 2.0-liter turbo in Rear-Wheel Drive Performance trim also features a Morello red interior, Bose sound system, and a Driver Awareness Package with lane departure warning, and forward-collision warning.
6. 2014 Dodge Challenger
The 2014 Dodge Challenger is a big, spacious, and powerful 2-door coupe. It can easily seat five adults and surprisingly handles very well despite its size. You are assured of a comfortable ride on a long trip.
Rear seats are, however, difficult to access. The interior is functional but conservative.
Power is supplied at 305 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V6 for the base trim Challenger SE.
Transmission is a 5-speed automatic.
The R/T model is powered by a massive 372 horsepower 5.7-liter Hemi V8.
The Challenger Rallye Redline features a Sport Mode and paddle-shifters.
Automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry, power driver’s seat, are offered on the Challenger SXT.
Safety features include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, and airbags.
The SXT Plus trim adds heated front seats with soft Nappa leather.
The Rallye Redline comes with a red interior of Nappa leather, and black chrome wheels. To look big and bad, it also features larger disc brakes.
If you need even more power, you can go for broke with the 6.4-liter 470 horsepower offered by the SRT model. You also get an adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes, and Hill Start Assist.
7. 2013 Chrysler 300 S
The 2013 Chrysler 300S is a large rear-wheel-drive sedan with a lot of power and luxury.
Base Chrysler 300 comes with the entry-level Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 with a modest output of 292 horsepower.
For 2013, the engine is stepped up for the 300S to give an output of 300 horsepower.
Also, available is the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 363-horsepower engine with a 5-speed automatic. On top is the massive 6.4-liter 470-horsepower for the SRT8 trim.
Standard features start with LED daytime running lights, keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and an 8.4-inch touch screen.
The 300S adds leather front seats, paddle shifters, and performance tires.
The 300S also features a red interior through a free option of red leather trim with white stitching.
The 300C adds Premium leather and navigation.
The top of the trims SRT8 comes with heated and ventilated front seats.
In terms of safety, the Chrysler 300 is fitted with features such as Hill Start Assist and the expected airbags.
Option packages add adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and forward-collision warning through the SafetyTec package.
8. 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1998 Chevrolet Corvette C5 comes with a firethorn red interior in the form of leather seats.
The two-door rear-wheel-drive coupe is powered by a 345-horsepower 5.7-liter V8. Transmission is a standard 4-speed automatic.
The Corvette comes with 17-inch front tires whilst the rears are 18-inch.
The focus of the C5 is on power and handling, as well as driver comfort.
The two-seater allows enough room for driver and passenger to comfortably stretch their legs.
Pedals are of aluminum. Window switches are door-mounted for easy reach, so are most other controls including climate and the Bose audio system.
What are the Pros and Cons of Cars with a Red Interior?
Pros of Cars with a Red Interior
Red is a beautiful, bright color. A bright cabin sets an exciting mood for the occupants.
- Unique and elegant
There is no doubt that a bright red interior is beautiful. It is different and exciting.
Red brings excitement and brightness. It sets a good mood for those around it.
Cons of cars with a Red Interior
Red interiors can be too loud or too visible. They attract attention, which may be unwelcome for some people.
Red shows boldness and confidence. This may scare away some people from the owner of a red interior car.
Red interiors tend to be expensive because they are rare.