Here’s my list of must haves:
- in-dash navigation
- auto-dimming mirror
Here’s my list of absolute no-nos:
- leather seats
As for anything else, meh:
Sure 12-speaker surround sound would be nice but I won’t wither without it. Panoramic sun roof? I have a sun roof in my current car and you know what happens when I open it? THE SUN SHINES RIGHT ON ME. Ew. So I never open it. Heated steering wheel? Heated seats? Never gonna use them. When will they offer cooling seats? That I might invest in.
When will they offer cooled seats? Is 1996 good for you?
On the other hand, this isn’t good for anybody actually wanting to buy a car:
[F]or this car if you want the package that has the navigation in it, you are required to get the package that has the leather seats. Is that bullshit or what? And there’s no getting around it.
It’s times like these that I am grateful to Messrs. Rand and McNally.
If anyone cares, my current ride has the auto-dim mirror and, yes, leather seats; they designed the dash before they developed the nav, so the little pop-up box on the dash where the nav is supposed to live is officially designated a storage compartment. It is theoretically possible to buy the OEM part and have it retrofitted, but for that kind of money I could buy a TomTom, a TomTom, and several other Toms.