2015 Ford F-150: Interior Trim Looks Better Than It Feels
May 15, 2015
This is an instance of things that look good, but don't feel good. I'm referring to those lovely "metallic" radio knobs with the beautifully ridged edges.
At first glance they look great, like adjustment knobs on a lathe in a machine shop or dials on a safe. But then you give one a twist to bump the volume or change the station and all that admiration disappears.
Not surprisingly, these knobs are plastic, not metal. Real metal costs real money and it weighs considerably more, too. Stills seems like a missed opportunity, though. I've used dials made of plastic with mechanisms that made them feel heavy and substantial. Not so here. These feel like you could yank them off with one sharp tug.
I noted the same lack of heft in the shift knob in our Ram 1500. It too looks metallic, yet feels fragile. I realize you have to cut corners somewhere, but a little extra money on things you touch each time you get behind the wheel go a long way toward creating an aura of quality.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 6,202 miles