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Old 05-26-2014, 06:53 PM
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What am I missing...

... with the wooden section on the Overland/Summit steering wheel?
On the way home from Memorial Day visit to the cemetery, we passed a Chrysler dealer and stopped in. (I am trying to decide between an optioned Limited or Overland for 2015.)
An Overland on the lot was unlocked so I hopped in. The wooded part of the steering wheel was HOT, as I expected. Why is this considered "better" than the entirely leather covered wheel which remains cool in summer.
I remember the full wooden steering wheels on sports cars in the 1950's and 1960's and the owners usually had driving gloves in the glove box. Leather wrapped steering wheels seem the best of all worlds.
Maybe the wooden part increases mpg?
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Re: What am I missing...

Wood+leather is a nice touch over all leather. It gives an up-scale look... I own an Overland and I have not noticed it being hot in the summer. In the winter, the heated steering wheel really works well with the wood.


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Old 05-26-2014, 07:50 PM
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Re: What am I missing...

Yes, I get about 2 MPG better with the wood and leather steering wheel versus the all leather steering wheel. Go figure.

I think it is purely for the upscale look. Quite frankly, I agree that all leather is better.

I live in South Florida and although my GC is usually covered, it does get left out when shopping and at other such places. The steering wheel wood area does get warm from the direct sun but has never been uncomfortable to touch...even with the black wood in my 2011 Summit. The 2014 wood area has finger indents/grooves now.
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Re: What am I missing...

Car companies still seem to think that wood is the ultimate form of interior trim for premium vehicles, with leather coming in second. Move up a product line and you see a switch from plastic and cloth to leather, then increasing amounts of wood once every possible surface has been wrapped in leather. I'd rather see some variety in modern materials, but I don't design automotive interiors.

Maybe they'd get more creative if Toyota started selling a base-model Camry with tons of wood trim.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:17 PM
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Yes, I get about 2 MPG better with the wood and leather steering wheel versus the all leather steering wheel. Go figure.

I think it is purely for the upscale look. Quite frankly, I agree that all leather is better.

I live in South Florida and although my GC is usually covered, it does get left out when shopping and at other such places. The steering wheel wood area does get warm from the direct sun but has never been uncomfortable to touch...even with the black wood in my 2011 Summit. The 2014 wood area has finger indents/grooves now.
My 2012 Overland wood steering wheel has indented grooves in the wood too. They all do and always did.
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My 2012 Overland wood steering wheel has indented grooves in the wood too. They all do and always did.
Nope - my 2011 Summit did not have indents. Don't know if they switched it in 2012 or not though.
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Nope - my 2011 Summit did not have indents. Don't know if they switched it in 2012 or not though.
My 2012 definitely has indents in the wood part of the wheel. I really like the wood/leather steering wheel that it has.
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Re: What am I missing...

You are not alone. We had a hard time overlooking that steering wheel when we first visited a few local dealers and sat in Overlands. We much prefer the look of the Limited trim on the exterior and interior/steering wheel. The Overland does have some cheesy dated so called "upscale" features that can't seem to be avoided. It's a shame really.

After a couple trips to the dealer the steering wheel did not look as bad and we warmed up to the brown stitched dashboard look. The problem for us is we wanted the motorized folding side mirrors for our tight garage entrance which can't be had on the Limited. So it it would be an Overland or another brand entirely. We are still looking.
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Re: What am I missing...

I'll take my leather over wood any day. Heck I'd even take vinyl over leather if today's vinyl didn't feel so cheap across ALL automakers.
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Re: What am I missing...

The wood in the steering wheel was certainly not a selling point for me, although it's not terrible either. Anyone who doesn't find it hot to the touch in the summer, doesn't take it out in the sun. Early on I checked a couple of times to see if I had accidently hit the heated wheel button.


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An Overland on the lot was unlocked so I hopped in. The wooded part of the steering wheel was HOT, as I expected. Why is this considered "better" than the entirely leather covered wheel which remains cool in summer.
You think a black leather covered steering wheel remains cool in the Summer sun?



My last 4 vehicles have had black leather wrapped steering wheels, and when parked windows closed in the hot Summer sun, the wheel would get hot as hell.

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I remember the full wooden steering wheels on sports cars in the 1950's and 1960's and the owners usually had driving gloves in the glove box. Leather wrapped steering wheels seem the best of all worlds.
Maybe the wooden part increases mpg?
I find that my bare hand actually gets a better grip on the wood portion of my Overland's steering wheel compared to the more slippery leather portion. Of course this could be because the skin on my right hand is very soft & supple due to the generous amounts of assorted lotions & hand creams I use when viewing internet porn.

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I find that my bare hand actually gets a better grip on the wood portion of my Overland's steering wheel compared to the more slippery leather portion. Of course this could be because the skin on my right hand is very soft & supple due to the generous amounts of assorted lotions & hand creams I use when viewing internet porn.


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LOL... you need to start working on your left hand so you can have a balanced, two handed grip on that steering wheel.

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