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

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Yes, there was even something about the Lamborghini EVO Spyder that I didn’t like. Matthew DeBord/Insider
  • 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, savour 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 …

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

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Porsche 911 Turbo S. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The flimsy plastic hood latch …

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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.

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Maserati Levante GT. Matthew DeBord/Insider

Fake plastic vents …

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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.

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2021 Toyota Supra. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The carbon fibre wing …

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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.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The infotainment system …

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… And infotainment interface …

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… In the Aston Martin DB11 …

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Aston Martin DB11. Matthew DeBord/Insider

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

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Matthew DeBord/Insider

BY THE WAY, the passenger-side hood release …

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

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Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The rear end of …

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Matthew DeBord/Insider

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

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Porsche Cayenne Coupe. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The infotainment system …

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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.

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Nissan Titan. Matthew DeBord/BI

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

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

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The outgoing 2020 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The mock grille …

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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?

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Chevy Bolt EV. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The lack of a running board step …

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

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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Matthew DeBord/Insider

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

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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Matthew DeBord/Insider

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

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Jeep Gladiator Rubicon. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The shifter in …

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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.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The square infotainment screen in the round central dash …

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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.

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MINI Cooper SE electric. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The design of …

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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.

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Mercedes-Benz GLB 250. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The 1.6-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine …

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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.

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Kia Soul GT-Line. Kia

The dated interior …

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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.

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Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. Matthew DeBord/Insider

The performance of …

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Cadillac CT4-V Matthew DeBord/Insider

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

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Cadillac CT4-V. Matthew DeBord/Insider