Another exemplary interface we encountered last year in the BMW 7-Series flagship sedan returns to our list this year in the ’17 540i sedan, bargain priced at $82,360, nearly $50,000 less than the 7-Series tested last year.

But the features that bowled us over last year, such as gesture control, a 10.2-in. (26-cm) color display screen and arguably the best voice-activation system in the business, make the user experience inside the BMW 5-Series tough to beat.

This car is dripping with the latest technology, from the now-familiar 6th-generation iDrive controller and cable-free Apple CarPlay to available real-time traffic and weather information and voice-command system that seems to never fail, not to mention driver-assistance features that will reliably pilot the 5-Series down the highway without hands on the wheel or feet on the pedals for a spell. It’ll even park itself.

The ’18 Buick Enclave is part of a trio of large CUVs from General Motors, representing GM’s best effort to date in the area of user experience. Last year, the GMC Acadia (Enclave’s platform mate) earned a spot in the winners’ circle.

But the Enclave is Buick’s first model to get the special luxury treatment as an extension of the Avenir sub-brand, resulting in sleek lines and brushed metallic trim on the instrument panel, enriched by a clean layout and relatively few buttons for audio and climate controls. Below the rear bumper, the tri-shield Buick badge shines on the pavement at night, showing the driver where to kick once to open the liftgate. Absolutely brilliant.

The Enclave does a lot of things really well, integrating an 8-in. (20-cm) reconfigurable instrument cluster that ties together both digital and analog readouts, as well as six USB ports, ensuring no device goes uncharged. Per usual for GM vehicles, smartphone pairing for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is lightning fast and simple.

Last year, the Chrysler Pacifica, with FCA’s latest-generation Uconnect infotainment system, earned a spot on the inaugural Wards 10 Best UX list, and this year the Dodge Durango SRT gets a nod with an updated higher-resolution version that illustrates the wide flexibility of the Uconnect architecture.

While the colors of the display screen in the Pacifica minivan are soothing and relaxing, the presentation in the 475-hp Hemi-equipped Durango SRT is quite different, with italic font and a deep red backdrop on the screen to carry on the sporty mission of this brute ute.

The vehicle presents a dazzling array of graphical elements, including a smoky SRT animation at startup and shutdown, a slick 3-D navigation map and an equally colorful TFT gauge cluster. An “SRT” button at the base of the center stack triggers a series of “Performance Pages” to help drivers tap this vehicle’s prodigious performance and set the transmission, stability control, suspension, steering and all-wheel-drive systems to their liking.

Want launch control and active Christmas tree lights for a little drag racing? It’s all at your fingertips. But so are adaptive cruise control, other driver-assistance technologies and real-time news, traffic and weather linkups that make the Durango SRT a great daily driver.