Originally Posted by aren040
I don't care as much about standardizing options or option grouping. It isn't the greatest for the customer, but it doesn't bother me as much as most on here. What bothers me is interior colors. Black, singlehandedly the most desired interior color in my opinion, should be the standard on all exterior colors and other interior colors really should be an option. Granted, that is just y opinion and I am sure that someone, somewhere, will disagree with me.
I'll disagree with you.
Having lived with a black interior, I have substantial preference for tan. I hate searing my butt on black leather seats when getting into a car that's been sitting in the hot sun.
Also, all black interiors are boring - no contrast. Especially in economy cars which may not have the production budget for trim elements made from brushed aluminum or wood. Since surfaces like the dash should always be black, a tan or gray interior provides an opportunity for some contrast without adding much cost.
On the staining issue, Subaru wised up a bit between 2007 and 2010, my dad's OBP Outback Ltd has black carpets with the tan seats and door cards. My car has tan carpets. I solve the carpet problem with MacNeill floor liners.
I agree that interior and exterior color choice should be independent. My preference would've been silver on tan, but red white and black were the only exterior colors offered with a tan interior. Red was hens-teeth rare, and black is too hard to keep clean and shiny, especially Subaru's black paint. That only left SWP, not that I'm complaining