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How good does your car smell?
Old cars smell much worse than new cars.
Leather tends to smell better than cloth.
Any car where smokers have been really stinks.
Some makes smell better than others.
For over 20 years, we've known people who drive Toyotas. They're usually great cars. But my wife and I have noticed that they often have a strong plasticy smell that can get nauseating. It is so bad that my wife won't buy a Toyota for this reason alone. We recently drove the new RAV4 - it's a nice car. But the smell is still there.
I had a VW jetta with cloth in the late 80's and it had a nice "German" smell.
We had a Honda Accord (cloth) in the 90's and although Japanese, it didn't smell bad like the Toyotas.
I had a 1998 Audi A4(leather) and it smelled really good.
I now have a 2005 Acura TL (leather). After one year it smells just OK, but it sometimes (in the heat) takes on a bit more of that "American" plastic smell that I don't like.
I recently rode in a new Mercedes of a coworker. That car smelled excellent!
I've concluded the following about car smells, based upon my experience:
Toyotas smell the worst (don't know if this is true for Lexus).
Hondas are pretty good.
Most American cars are somewhere in the middle, unless they're older rentals.
European cars smell the best.
What are your thoughts?