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Last night, I was over looking around at the Cadillac/Chevrolet dealership in Coldwater, and there was a used Seville SLS next to a used STS V6. It is just unbelieveable how far GM's interiors have come in just one generation of its products. Those who haven't compared the then and nows obviously need to take this little factor into consideration. However, I would prefer real aluminum trim in the top level STS's over the real would. The metal looks more modern (to me, at least). Might have done a poll, but don't know how yet, or didn't notice. So, what do you think?

Seville Interior

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Call me crazy but I think the Seville's interior is at least on par with the STS. GM definately botched that interior.

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I'm not sure how GM "botched" the STS. It's just understated and conservative. There isn't anything wrong with it, it's just not as flashy as an Audi.

I only drove a Seville STS as a loaner while the CTS was in for service. My biggest gripe is with that throw pillow they call an airbag.

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IMO, GM interior design has improved drastically, but a lot of the materials leave a bit to be desired. GM has been putting more hard plastic on dashes and less of the squishy foamy material.

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How on earth are Audi interiors "flashy"?

I don't think the STS is the best example of the new GM interiors. I think these are better:

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:blink: I do appreaciate how your posting this has shown all this interior buzz is subject to speculative opinion only. I can draw back to the 80's for ones I appreaciate as well. I can only finish my post by saying

"ah ! look at all the nice variations of interior possibilities, I like them all.......because they do not look the same"

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Cadillac interiors beginning with the '92 Seville actually have been pretty decent. The newer ones don't come across as being significantly better to me. They're just more square.

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Sorry. I just would prefer a more attractive design over more squoshy materials. I mean, it's sort of like having an ugly person that is beautiful within versus a more attractive face with less of a personality. For something costing as much as an automobile, I would prefer a pretty face with a decent personality over a marvelous personality combined with ugliness.

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:blink: I do appreaciate how your posting this has shown all this interior buzz is subject to speculative opinion only.  I can draw back to the 80's for ones I appreaciate as well. I can only finish my post by saying

"ah ! look at all the nice variations of interior possibilities, I like them all.......because they do not look the same"

How true!

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When I sit behind the wheel of this:

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I feel like I'm sitting at the helm of the starship Enterprise.

I wouldn't say flashy...I'd say cluttered, but that's just me. I've always foudn Audi interiors too be a little too mechanical/console-ish. BMW interiors are probably on the more clean side, but the newer interiors, dash and center console anyways don't do it that much for me. I don't care for MB interiors. Though I love the Audi A8 interior and the Lexus SC interior as well. Oh and the XLR interior is nice too.

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LeSabre V. Lucerne

Door panels:

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Rear seats:

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Instruments:

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Stereo:

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Dash:

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Switches:

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I think this says a lot...

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The LeSabre had a very plasticky interior. It's hard not to improve upon that. Almost all the interiors introduced since the Uplander came out have been fairly decent.

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...decent-looking. In person, all the GM interiors with the exception of the new GMT-900s, SAAB Epsilons, Cadillac XLR and maybe one other vehicle/program all suffer from the same shortcoming: hard, poorly-grained plastic all over the dash. Even the Lucerne has this (yes, O.C. you were indeed right; my apologies).

The brands with the best interiors across the board were: Acura, AUDI, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and Mazda (excluding all custom and super-luxury marques).

Honorable mentions to specific vehicles/programs NOT included in these brands:

Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan/Lincoln Zephyr

Ford Five Hundred

Mercury Montego

Cadillac XLR

Subaru B9 Tribeca

VW Tourag

VW Phaeton

The above list is the result of hands-on impressions at LAIAS and the Indianapolis auto shows.

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When I sit behind the wheel of this:

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I feel like I'm sitting at the helm of the starship Enterprise.

Um... okay? :blink:

Anyways, I'm also one that doesn't quite get how GM's interiors have drastically improved, design wise. As far as I'm concerned, most all look so goddamn similar that it's depressing. I think they all have the same layout. How is that improvement? I'm sorry, but other than materials/fit/finish/etc, GM's interiors have downgraded, IMO. I'd much rather have distintive and interesting interiors than similar and bland ones... So shoot me. :rolleyes:

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GM interior design has been similar for decades, across the divisions. If you look at a '72 Cadillac DeVille dash, it looks pretty similar to a '72 Impala dash, and so on. I like this new GM phase.

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