Halfway through 2020, I’ve driven dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs. See all the features I’ve found most annoying.

Halfway through 2020, I've driven dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs. See all the features I've found most annoying.

Annoying features in cars I’ve driven so far in 2020 – Business Insider

I test and review dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs every year. Most are wonderful. But there are some things that annoy me.

Yes, there was even something about the Lamborghini EVO Spyder that I didn’t like.

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  • I test and review dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs every year.
  • Most are wonderful. But there are some things that annoy me.
  • At the halfway point of 2020, I decided to round up all the features that disappointed me so far.
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At the halfway point of every year, I like to pause for a moment and reflect on all the vehicles I’ve driven, savor the great experiences and roadway thrills and … amass a list of complaints!

Actually, I usually do this at the end of the year, but in 2020 I’ve decided to up my timetable. Part of this is because I’ve gotten behind the wheel of A LOT of cars at this point. 

A caveat: These days, most cars are wonderful, at least compared to the dreadful sets of wheels that we routinely had to deal with in past eras. The auto industry has done a very good job of giving customers what they want and improving reliability and performance.

But there are still some fails. 

Here’s a rundown of everything that’s annoyed me so far:

The dashboard cupholder …

Porsche 911 Turbo S



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… in the Porsche 911 Turbo S. What a staggeringly great machine! But that retractable cupholder is useless.

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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The flimsy plastic hood latch …

Maserati Levante GT

Maserati Levante GT

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… on the Maserati Levante GT. Admittedly, other Fiat Chrysler vehicles have suffered from this component, which I expect will fail well before the warranty runs out.

Maserati Levante GT

Maserati Levante GT.

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Fake plastic vents …

Toyota Supra 2.0

Toyota Supra 2.0

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… on the Toyota GR Supra 2.0 and 3.0. The updated Supras are pretty nifty cars, but the extraneous plastic adornment isn’t.

Toyota Supra 2.0

2021 Toyota Supra.

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The carbon fiber wing …

Mercedes-AMG GT R



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… On the Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. The car is magnificent, and the wing would be helpful to keep the back tires glued to the tarmac on a track. But it spoils the design of the rear.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster.

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The infotainment system …

Aston Martin DB11 V8



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… And infotainment interface …

Aston Martin V8 Vantage



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… In the Aston Martin DB11 …

Aston Martin DB11 V8

Aston Martin DB11.

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… And V8 Vantage. The system is borrowed from Mercedes, but it’s an older generation and quite difficult to use.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

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BY THE WAY, the passenger-side hood release …

Aston Martin V8 Vantage



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… in the Aston Vantage was so well-hidden that many owners might never find it.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

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The rear end of …

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

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… The Porsche Cayenne CoupĂ©. The Cayenne is already a marginally attractive vehicle, and while the CoupĂ©’s fastback styling is an improvement, the back quarters remain a problem.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

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The infotainment system …

Nissan Titan



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… In the Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck. I quite like the old Titan, and the infotainment setup gets the job done. But it needs to be updated.

Nissan Titan

Nissan Titan.

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It could be worse, of course. It could be the infotainment system …

Nissan Frontier



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… In the Nissan Frontier, a midsize pickup. It’s an aging design that has been gently upgraded ahead of a new truck, but the infotainment has DNA that seems borrowed from the early 2000s.

Nissan Frontier

The outgoing 2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X.

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV Premier



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,,, on the Chevy Bolt EV. Electric cars don’t need to suck in air to mix with gas to power their engines, so why do they need pretend grilles?

2020 Chevy Bolt EV Premier

Chevy Bolt EV.

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The lack of a running board step …

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon



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… On the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. The missing feature made climbing in and out a challenge.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.

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While we’re at it, although the Gladiator’s 3.6-liter V6 is a stalwart …

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.

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… The pop rod for the hood is quite difficult to deploy.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.

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The shifter in …

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder



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… The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder. Awesome car, and many folks like the jet-fighter-inspired shifter. I feel like it was stolen from a Cylon raider.

Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder.

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The square infotainment screen in the round central dash …

MINI-e



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… Of the MINI Cooper SE electric. The car is fun to drive, but the ill-fitting screen reminds one that MINIs once had a far more interesting dashboard design, pre-infotainment era.

MINI-e

MINI Cooper SE electric.

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The design of …

Mercedes GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLB 250.

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… The Mercedes-Benz GLB 250. It could have been because I don’t like white SUVs, but the GLC was blandly forgettable.

Mercedes GLC

Mercedes-Benz GLB 250.

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The 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine …

Kia Soul GT-Line



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… in the Kia Soul GT-Line. The cute ute sends 201 horsepower though a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which is terrible. Worse, the motor has rough turbo lag.

Kia Soul GT-Line

Kia Soul GT-Line.

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The dated interior …

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400



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… Of the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. Infiniti is losing ground to other luxury sedans due to its reluctance to bring interiors up to speed.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

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Cadillac CT4-V

Cadillac CT4-V

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… The Cadillac CT4-V. As a V-car, this Caddy should be something special. But the 2.7-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder doesn’t exactly roar to life, and the car doesn’t liven up until it hits decent highway speeds.

Cadillac CT4-V

Cadillac CT4-V.

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