12 Things We Hate About Cars | News


CARS.COM — One of our long-running pet peeves as a staff has been the lack of volume and tuning knobs on the latest generation of Honda multimedia systems — but that doesn’t seem like it will be a problem for much longer. The 2017 CR-V solved half of that equation by adding back a volume knob, and it looks like the 2018 Accord will complete the rest by adding back a knob to the tuning side of the equation.


Related: 2018 Honda Accord: First Impressions


 


 


That problem being solved, it’s time to turn our attention to other things that need fixing, so we polled our staff to see what other features (or lack thereof) we find maddening. One of the benefits of being in as many cars as we are each year is that there are a lot of options to choose from. Some of us had specific components of specific models in mind, while others’ concerns were more generalized.


Here are the car features that grind our gears:


1. Electronic Gear Selectors


 

















2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio



Cars.com photo by Angela Conners




 


Electronic gear selectors are big on my annoyance list, especially after driving the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. I need confirmation of gear engagement that communicates I’m in Drive and not Neutral, which these electronic gimmicks don’t have (Buick and Cadillac are also offenders). And most of them don’t do anything with all the space they freed up by not having a big, bulky PRNDL gear selector. — Joe Bruzek, managing editor


2. Resetting Settings


When the car resets the auto stop-start whenever you key off and on again. Only BMW, I think, lets you switch it off and it stays off. Similarly, when the car resets the drive mode it was in whenever you key off and on again. Like, you had it in Sport, switched it off to run into the store, came back out…

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