I read a review on the Mazda 2, it was not as nice. Even Chrysler plastic interiors look great in photos, but get in one and it's Rubbermaidville. The Ford they said was more refined.People actually like the interior? I wish it was more like the mazda2.
Mind if I get a link to that review? Not that I don't believe you I just want to see exactly what they said.I read a review on the Mazda 2, it was not as nice. Even Chrysler plastic interiors look great in photos, but get in one and it's Rubbermaidville. The Ford they said was more refined.
Tired of waiting for my Fiesta
Why? I suppose the 2's controls are probably a bit easier to figure out (no cell-phone inspired design flourishes) but the materials in the Fiesta are much more upscale from what I can tell. The 2 just has a standard Japanese econo-car interior, IMO.People actually like the interior? I wish it was more like the mazda2.
I think Ford is finally giving us what we really want. A European inspired car with lots of technology that better cars have for an affordable price.Fair enough. Personally I can live with less straightforward controls in return for better materials and more appealing (IMO) design, but to each his own!
Older cars are usually better in terms of ergonomics/ease of use; as cars get more complicated and packed with features it's going to be increasingly difficult to arrange the controls in a logical way. Until the 90s basically all that had to be put on a center stack were the 3 HVAC knobs (or auto AC equivalents) and the radio/CD buttons. The Fiesta adds Sync and hands-free calling, plus it's all super-stylized, and it's only going to get more complex from here on out.My old Lexus and Acura both had better dashes and they were made in 2002 / 1996!
My Toyota Matrix is cunfusing. Up for on, down for off. That seems to be the way to do things. Except for the windshield wipers, but not the rear wiper. Very styish gauges, except you can't see them with sunglasses on or in the sun! Interiors are desighned by stylists, sometimes they care how they look, other times it's how they work. Seems to go in cycles.Japanese interior = Intuitive and functional as opposed to flashy and confusing.
The redundant controls on the steering wheel take care of switching channels for you. On left side are << and >> buttons - switches to previous or next station in memory respectively. Same for Sirius, IPOD or other USB connected device and for your phone if you are connecting via bluetooth audio. set em once and just flip with your left hand.As far as Fiesta controls go, I wish the buttons to select a music source (Radio, Sirius, Aux, etc) were on the right, farther away from the driver, and the presets were closer on the left. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be flipping channels more than I'm going to be flipping audio sources. But I get to see the car for the first time today, and I'll find out whether it's a big reach or not. It's probably not.