Here Are The Little Car Details You Only Care About

Here Are The Little Car Details You Only Care About

The Smallest Details Really Can Make Or Break A Car

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Image: BMW

In-car technology has gotten better and better. Some things that you wouldn’t have dreamed of being in a vehicle 10 to 15 years ago are now as unremarkable as power windows and air conditioning. One thing I’ve come to find that is essential for me in a vehicle is USB ports. Multiple USB ports.

We asked readers about the little details that only they cared about. These were their answers.

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Interior Storage Solutions

Interior Storage Solutions

2021 Toyota Sienna
2021 Toyota Sienna
Image: Toyota

Storage solutions. I think the companies utilizing the dead space in the center console to make storage are doing God’s work. I live out of my car and little places to stash things make life so much easier.

I also think Mercedes steering column stick shifter is hands down the best way to shift and automatic.

Suggested by: Jason Graney (Facebook)

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Fore/Aft Manual Adjustment Lever

Fore/Aft Manual Adjustment Lever

2010 Kia Forte
2010 Kia Forte
Image: Kia

A manual fore/aft lever, even if the rest of the seat controls are electric.

I grew up with short women drivers. Having to wait for the stupid seat to whirrr its way back while bent over with my ass out in the parking lot may be a feature for someone, but it’s a bug for me.

Grab handle, smash seat backward, adjust after getting into car. This is what God intended.

Suggested by: FrakenCamry

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Satisfying “Thunk” Of A Closing Door

Satisfying “Thunk” Of A Closing Door

Mazda MX-3
Mazda MX-3
Image: IFCAR

The subtle velvety “thunk” when closing a car door. My first car was a 1993 Mazda MX-3, and it sounded like you were closing the silverware drawer mixed with marbles.

Suggested by: @tonydavisjunior (Twitter)

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Keyfob Controls Of The Sunroof And Windows

Keyfob Controls Of The Sunroof And Windows

1994 Mercedes C220
1994 Mercedes C220
Image: OSX (Fair Use)

My ‘96 Mercedes C220 let you roll up the windows and close the sunroof by holding the key in the locking position in the driver’s door - perfect for when you got out and forgot to close something. I still miss that car!

Suggested by: Mark Trischuk (Facebook)

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A Centered Drivers Seat/Steering Wheel

A Centered Drivers Seat/Steering Wheel

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The drivers seat being centered with the steering wheel/instrument cluster. You wouldnt think this could be an issue, but I had a 2016 Silverado, and the drivers seat is a few inches off center from the steering wheel. Its just enough to notice and its annoying!

Suggested by: Sam Isch (Facebook)

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C/D Pillars

C/D Pillars

2020 Cadillac CT5
2020 Cadillac CT5
Image: Cadillac

Shitty C/D pillars drive me nuts.

Suggested by: Planktron

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Armrest Height

Armrest Height

2021 Toyota Prius Prime
2021 Toyota Prius Prime
Image: Toyota

Armrest height - I mean when they are too low or the door armrest is one height and the center armrest is a different height.

The armrests is my wife’s Prius are the worst. I have to drive that stupid thing on our road trips and the door armrest is lower than the top of my leg and set far back, it’s borderline useless and kills my shoulder. I have long arms and still can’t rest my arm on it and touch the steering wheel at the same time.

Suggested by: SlickS30r

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems With No Guesswork

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems With No Guesswork

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Screenshot: Mopar Youtube (Other)

Tire pressure monitoring systems that tell you that a tire is low but don’t tell you which. Mine even will say if it’s more than one tire that’s low, and still won’t tell you which ones. It’s like some obnoxious game show.

Suggested by: Brian Joseph (Facebook)

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Fake Air Vents

Fake Air Vents

2018 Kia Stinger
2018 Kia Stinger
Image: Kia

Form over function, specifically fake air vents. I don’t care if they are in the front or rear bumper, hood, or rear quarter. If they don’t pass air they should’ve been deleted.

Suggested by: Weeks

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Actual Buttons And Knobs To Control Things

Actual Buttons And Knobs To Control Things

2020 Hyundai Sonata Lmited
2020 Hyundai Sonata Lmited
Image: Hyundai

Real switches and buttons to control HVAC, heated/cooled seats, etc. I get why all this stuff is moving to touch screens. It looks cool, it’s probably cheaper over all, and manufacturers can charge a premium for the bigger displays…but real buttons and switches are much easier to manipulate while driving. I find I need to pay more attention when manipulating soft buttons on displays to make sure I don’t press the wrong spot. Also various soft buttons are buried in a myriad of menus sometimes, making it more of a chore to do what you want. Just overall a bigger distraction.

Suggested by: Aaron Swarvar (Facebook)

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