Comment of the Day: Options Packages Are Getting Out of Control

We’ve been in the age of options packages for decades now, but it’s starting to feel like things have gone too far.

Today Toyota lent us a brand-new Camry, and being a press car, it was spec’d out to be basically the top of the line. That means a black roof over the white body and (along with a 301-horsepower V6 and a $38,xxx price tag) a red leather interior. We are a long way from all-silver Camrys with nothing but cloth interiors, working like family haulers. Crossovers do that now.

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But going through the configurator, reader Dr. Martin van Nostrand noticed something troubling:

I’m sorry, this paint is sending us over the edge. Is this really what’s screwing with cool colors on new cars? All of the optioning? What has happened to us, as a society? Can’t we incentivize this? Have we lost our sense of style?

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Raphael Orlove

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.