The Truth About Cars » interior http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » interior http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Piston Slap: Faurecia’s Liquid Gold? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-faurecias-liquid-gold/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-faurecias-liquid-gold/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1163338   My apologies if this comes off as a pimpatorial for Faurecia, but this question deserved to go unedited. – SM Bryan writes: My 300 Luxury Series has wood interior accents that shine like cabinetry with a little Liquid Gold. Worried that I might be harming them, I tried to determine the correct product for that […]

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  My apologies if this comes off as a pimpatorial for Faurecia, but this question deserved to go unedited. – SM Bryan writes: My 300 Luxury Series has wood interior accents that shine like cabinetry with a little Liquid Gold. Worried that I might be harming them, I tried to determine the correct product for that […]

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Pictures Inside Google’s Car Reveal Future Full of Buttons http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/pictures-inside-googles-car-reveals-future-full-buttons/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/pictures-inside-googles-car-reveals-future-full-buttons/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1114785 Google showed off its autonomous car in California on Saturday and the Washington Post has pictures of what the interior of the self-driving car looks like. The pictures, which were taken at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, show the prototype’s basic layout and a screen to relay pictures from the side-view […]

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Google showed off its autonomous car in California on Saturday and the Washington Post has pictures of what the interior of the self-driving car looks like. The pictures, which were taken at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, show the prototype’s basic layout and a screen to relay pictures from the side-view […]

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QOTD: What Interior Controls Drive You Mad? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-interior-controls-drive-mad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-interior-controls-drive-mad/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065698 Even in a day of standardized controls and homogeneous design, there are a few oddball controls that – for better or worse – stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. Whether it be window switches (door or center console?), seat controls (side, front, or door panel?) or even shifters (lever or knob; column or console?), […]

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Even in a day of standardized controls and homogeneous design, there are a few oddball controls that – for better or worse – stick out like a proverbial sore thumb. Whether it be window switches (door or center console?), seat controls (side, front, or door panel?) or even shifters (lever or knob; column or console?), […]

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Vellum Venom Vignette: Less Is More with In Car Entertainment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/vellum-venom-vignette-less-car-entertainment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/vellum-venom-vignette-less-car-entertainment/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 13:02:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=956338   I’ve been accused of Automotive Hipsterism for bragging about my bare bones Ford truck instead of aspiring to expensive vehicles. It used to be different, back when top-drawer dashboards were more Malevich and less Pollock in design. Because good design embraces Less is More, while poor design over thinks the solution. Speaking of hipster, […]

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  I’ve been accused of Automotive Hipsterism for bragging about my bare bones Ford truck instead of aspiring to expensive vehicles. It used to be different, back when top-drawer dashboards were more Malevich and less Pollock in design. Because good design embraces Less is More, while poor design over thinks the solution. Speaking of hipster, […]

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Volvo CEO: “Our Cars Are Too Complicated” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/volvo-ceo-our-cars-are-too-complicated/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/volvo-ceo-our-cars-are-too-complicated/#comments Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450113 Here’s a breath of fresh air; Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby declared that his cars, laden with safety systems and other gadgets, are too complex for most of Volvo’s customers. Jacoby cited a study, which claimed that 75 percent of Volvo customers didn’t know the full potential of their cars. Citing Apple as an example, Jacoby […]

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Here’s a breath of fresh air; Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby declared that his cars, laden with safety systems and other gadgets, are too complex for most of Volvo’s customers. Jacoby cited a study, which claimed that 75 percent of Volvo customers didn’t know the full potential of their cars. Citing Apple as an example, Jacoby […]

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LA Auto Show: Volvo’s New Dash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-volvos-new-dash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/la-auto-show-volvos-new-dash/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:48:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=419082 Volvo has been very quiet about new products since Ford sold the only Swedish car maker still afloat. With little fanfare Volvo has updated the S80 and XC70’s interior with a new dash and new infotainment system and this is the first time TTAC has seen them in person. The 7-inch color screen is the same as […]

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Volvo has been very quiet about new products since Ford sold the only Swedish car maker still afloat. With little fanfare Volvo has updated the S80 and XC70’s interior with a new dash and new infotainment system and this is the first time TTAC has seen them in person. The 7-inch color screen is the same as […]

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Cadillac XTS: The High-Tech… Livery Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/cadillac-xts-the-high-tech-livery-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/cadillac-xts-the-high-tech-livery-car/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:14:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414587 Though we haven’t even seen a production version yet, Cadillac’s forthcoming XTS has already lived a full, controversy-laden life. Initially suggested as a replacement for the DTS/STS, the Cadillac faithful quickly recoiled at the idea of a luxury “flagship” based on a stretched version of the Epsilon II midsized platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse […]

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Though we haven’t even seen a production version yet, Cadillac’s forthcoming XTS has already lived a full, controversy-laden life. Initially suggested as a replacement for the DTS/STS, the Cadillac faithful quickly recoiled at the idea of a luxury “flagship” based on a stretched version of the Epsilon II midsized platform that underpins the Buick LaCrosse […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: What’s Your Favorite “Center Stack”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ask-the-best-and-brightest-whats-your-favorite-center-stack/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/ask-the-best-and-brightest-whats-your-favorite-center-stack/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:35:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410437 According to Automotive News [sub], the automotive supplier industry is going coo-coo for center stacks. Calling it “the hottest chunk of vehicle real estate” for suppliers, AN reports that the center console has “become a California gold rush of opportunity.” Having glanced at the headline, I figured the topic would make for an interesting question: […]

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According to Automotive News [sub], the automotive supplier industry is going coo-coo for center stacks. Calling it “the hottest chunk of vehicle real estate” for suppliers, AN reports that the center console has “become a California gold rush of opportunity.” Having glanced at the headline, I figured the topic would make for an interesting question: […]

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Piston Slap: Zip Ties and the Love Of Leather? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/piston-slap-zip-ties-and-the-love-of-leather/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/piston-slap-zip-ties-and-the-love-of-leather/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:42:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408251     TTAC commentator mistercopacetic writes: Dear Mr. Mehta, Big fan of TTAC and Piston Slap. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V with a cloth interior which I would like to switch out for a leather interior. I am doing this mostly because I am too cheap to buy a new car, but want to […]

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    TTAC commentator mistercopacetic writes: Dear Mr. Mehta, Big fan of TTAC and Piston Slap. I have a 2001 Honda CR-V with a cloth interior which I would like to switch out for a leather interior. I am doing this mostly because I am too cheap to buy a new car, but want to […]

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Mercedes B-Class Interior: The New Look Of Entry-Level http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-b-class-interior-the-new-look-of-entry-level/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-b-class-interior-the-new-look-of-entry-level/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 22:06:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404770 The US market won’t be getting the microvan-style Mercedes B-Class or the hot little A-Class hatch (thanks to to “consumer clinics”), but we will be getting a a crossover, a sporty coupe and a sedan based on the same front-drive platform. Because these models will form the new entry-level for the Mercedes brand in the […]

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The US market won’t be getting the microvan-style Mercedes B-Class or the hot little A-Class hatch (thanks to to “consumer clinics”), but we will be getting a a crossover, a sporty coupe and a sedan based on the same front-drive platform. Because these models will form the new entry-level for the Mercedes brand in the […]

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Mercedes Tackles Unintended Acceleration With New Cruise Control Stalk http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/mercedes-tackles-unintended-acceleration-with-new-cruise-control-stalk/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:39:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402869 Unintended acceleration has been a huge topic in automotive circles over the last year or so, as the Toyota Recall Scandal brought new attention to that man-machine-interface problem. But did you know Mercedes has been receiving its own complaints about UA? Neither did we, as a post-Toyota Recall survey of NHTSA complaints showed Mercedes enjoying […]

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Unintended acceleration has been a huge topic in automotive circles over the last year or so, as the Toyota Recall Scandal brought new attention to that man-machine-interface problem. But did you know Mercedes has been receiving its own complaints about UA? Neither did we, as a post-Toyota Recall survey of NHTSA complaints showed Mercedes enjoying […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Death To The Dash Clock Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-lexus-clocks-up-the-new-gs-edi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-lexus-clocks-up-the-new-gs-edi/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:59:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402812 I don’t know about you, but I’m finding the “analog clock=luxury” thing a bit played out. One upon a time, the old-school interior clock was everywhere… and folks called it a modern convenience. Then it became a genteel, slightly throwback Maserati hallmark. Then it became a symbol of Infiniti’s admiration for Maseratis, and its desire […]

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I don’t know about you, but I’m finding the “analog clock=luxury” thing a bit played out. One upon a time, the old-school interior clock was everywhere… and folks called it a modern convenience. Then it became a genteel, slightly throwback Maserati hallmark. Then it became a symbol of Infiniti’s admiration for Maseratis, and its desire […]

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Does The New Malibu Trade Interior Space For Trunk Room? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/does-the-new-malibu-trades-interior-space-for-trunk-room/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/does-the-new-malibu-trades-interior-space-for-trunk-room/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2011 21:36:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391042 When I reviewed the current Chevrolet Malibu, I was generally impressed with GM’s effort in a highly competitive segment, but I had a few complaints. One of those complaints had to do with the ‘bu’s back bench, which prompted me to note the rear seats seem like almost an afterthought compared to the well-appointed front […]

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When I reviewed the current Chevrolet Malibu, I was generally impressed with GM’s effort in a highly competitive segment, but I had a few complaints. One of those complaints had to do with the ‘bu’s back bench, which prompted me to note the rear seats seem like almost an afterthought compared to the well-appointed front […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Wrangling The Details Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-wrangling-the-details-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-wrangling-the-details-edition/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:56:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=363323 Jeep has released the first pictures of its next refreshed product, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler, but the changes don’t exactly jump out. That’s because, besides a new body-color hardtop and five new exterior colors, the changes have all taken place on the inside. You know, where they’re most needed. Have they done the job? Hit […]

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Jeep has released the first pictures of its next refreshed product, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler, but the changes don’t exactly jump out. That’s because, besides a new body-color hardtop and five new exterior colors, the changes have all taken place on the inside. You know, where they’re most needed. Have they done the job? Hit […]

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Review: 2010 Dodge Caliber SXT [Updated Interior] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-2010-dodge-caliber-sxt-updated-interior/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/review-2010-dodge-caliber-sxt-updated-interior/#comments Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:42:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350204 For a moment, turn away from the uncertain prospects of Chrysler’s Fiat-directed future and consider the subject of this review as nothing other than one entry in the popular five-door hatchback segment of the North American compact car market. That’s what I had to do, anyway, in order to rationalize driving and writing about a […]

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For a moment, turn away from the uncertain prospects of Chrysler’s Fiat-directed future and consider the subject of this review as nothing other than one entry in the popular five-door hatchback segment of the North American compact car market. That’s what I had to do, anyway, in order to rationalize driving and writing about a […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Back Like That Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-back-like-that-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-back-like-that-edition/#comments Mon, 15 Mar 2010 22:00:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=349023 Just as Toyota has coasted in recent years on a reputation built some time ago, Audi’s latest round of interior-cheapening has gone largely unremarked-upon in the motoring press. Sitting in the new A4, I don’t find myself thinking, as Motor Trend did, that its “high-quality materials and clean, attractive design continue to live up to […]

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Just as Toyota has coasted in recent years on a reputation built some time ago, Audi’s latest round of interior-cheapening has gone largely unremarked-upon in the motoring press. Sitting in the new A4, I don’t find myself thinking, as Motor Trend did, that its “high-quality materials and clean, attractive design continue to live up to […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Benchmark Interior? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-benchmark-interior/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/11/ask-the-best-and-brightest-benchmark-interior/#comments Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:44:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=335030 Ryv asks: Whenever I read a TTAC car review or read comments I see nothing but complaints of hard plastics and ill fits. It made me wonder, is there some ideal vehicle interior out there being held as the standard to all others? I sat in a Lamborghini Gallardo at last years NAIAS and thought […]

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Ryv asks: Whenever I read a TTAC car review or read comments I see nothing but complaints of hard plastics and ill fits. It made me wonder, is there some ideal vehicle interior out there being held as the standard to all others? I sat in a Lamborghini Gallardo at last years NAIAS and thought […]

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