What’s new in car interior accessories and features?

Advance Auto PartsHere are tips about some of the car interior accessories and features available today:

Climate control systems

A simple AC system is no longer enough. Dual or even three-zone climate control systems are now important, since second or third row passengers now want to have their own temperature dials with their own gradient levels.

How many ways can you adjust power seats?

Power seats are a must—and, the more ways that you can adjust power seats, the better, especially for the driver. But a seat should also be orthopedically designed. A 6-, 8- or 10-way power seat might look good but, if it can’t support your back, it’s not for you.

Leather is great, but with kids in tow, synthetic or vinyl seats can do the job and are easy to clean.

Center car console

A well-designed center car console will hold your beverage, phone, iPod, book or other items such letters, lists and CDs. A poorly designed center car console will not.

User-friendly car navigation system

Gone are the days when turning on a radio meant just one volume button and another for stations. These days a car navigation system, coupled with? AM/FM/satellite radio, CDs, Bluetooth and MP3 input, is usually condensed into a single unit that is mounted in the center of the dashboard.? However, not all car navigation systems are comprehensive, intuitive or easy to use.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates?2011 U.S. Interior Quality and Satisfaction Study (released on September 16, 2011), it is a well designed interior that satisfies most new car owners — and is worth recommending to others. Car makers, take note!

Some of their findings:

1. The top five interior problems are all design-related, rather than technical. These include: the interior material is stained or scuffed easily; the “cruise control” feature is hard to use or has poorly positioned controls; cup holders are “difficult to use”; the center car console is hard to use; and door locks are poorly placed and/or difficult to figure out.

2. 74% of new-vehicle owners who report no interior design problems said they “definitely will” recommend their auto maker’s brand to others. Comparatively, only 54% of new car purchasers who report at least one interior design problem would do so.

3. 50% of consumers who report no interior design problems with a new car said they “definitely will” buy or lease from that car’s maker again. Only 29% of those who said they experienced at least one interior design problem would do so.

Editor’s note: Visit Advance Auto Parts for the best in car audio systems, GPS?systems,?accessories and more.?

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