Originally Posted by Dschinghis Kahn
I think all those interiors are hideous, with the Malibu just bordering on being tolerable. Beyond the garish video game-like design, blue is a color that should never be used for instrumentation of any kind. It's the hardest color for your eye to focus on. Of course, GM is by no means the only automaker using blue for everything.
On the other hand, I really like the interior in my wife's 2006 Pontiac Montana SV6. It's got a very clean dash and instrument layout, with proper red (and a little white) backlighting, nice controls, nice materials. All in all, it's a really nice vehicle. It handles well, and not just 'for a minivan', has enough power, rides nicely, holds gobs of stuff, is comfortable, and has been reliable for us. It doesn't quite reach it's highway fuel economy rating though - typically comes up 2-3 MPG short of the 25 MPG it's rated at in pure highway driving. You can reach 25 MPG if your speed limit is under 60 MPH and you have perfect weather and traffic, sometimes.
On the downside though, the seat fabric looks nice, but stains easily and frequently when it gets water on it, and cannot be cleaned. Yes, I said water. Plus, the middle seat recline levers are incredibly flimsy and break with only occasional use - leaving your seat stuck at whatever spot it was when it broke. Still trying to find replacement seats or time to attempt a repair. Despite all the good qualities of the car, the seat issues really tick me off. Honestly, if a company cannot make a frickin' seat lever that doesn't break after minimal use, and cannot use seat fabric that handles water on it without staining, why should we continue to purchase their products?
I like the styling of many new cars, including the Chevrolets originally pictured. But, we'll never buy a new car because it just doesn't make financial sense for us - even though we could probably afford it. So we're buying 4-8 year old vehicles, typically. I personally can't stand most new car interiors, so that suits me just fine.