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Out in the N. East this summer we have had 90F +, & occasionally 100 F, day after day.

Which led me to make a mental note that I wasn't going to go with a Black car/black seats interior.

When I looked at the 2011 Terrain interior colors I was surprised to find Black, Black & Titanium &, Black with Brownstone.

Also, I noticed that quite a few of the dealer stock Terrains available were Black with Black seats, or White with Black seats.

I am wondering if anyone driving one of these combination's has noticed if the dark upholstery color has been a problem as regards interior heat build up in the hot weather, after it has sat in the Mall car park for 2 hours?

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thats the reason i bought white/tan leather.....my last car was black/black cloth......hated it...i had the windows done to 15% all around, and it it helped, but not enough.....

whatever combo you choose, get a sun shade for the front window.....and crack the sunroof a bit to let the heat out.....
 

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I have black on black and live in Oklahoma. We have had a few weeks now with high 90s and 100+ temps. The car is hot when you first get in but I have the remote start and if I start it with that the ac is already blowing cold when I reach my vehicle. I would rather deal with the slightly higher interior temp when first entering than have any other combination. I have always been a huge fan of black on black.
 

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Longwait4Train said:
Out in the N. East this summer we have had 90F +, & occasionally 100 F, day after day.
I'm in south central PA and it has been a ridiculously hot summer. To make things worse, I have no A/C in my current vehicle and have had to do a lot of traveling for work this summer. The cherry on top would be that I've been waiting on a Terrain order since May.

I originally thought I wanted the Carbon Black with Titanium interior, but switched to Olympic White with Brownstone upon seeing a White/Brown combo in the showroom. I would also be lying if I said I didn't shy away from the black exterior due to heat. Out of curiosity I read a few articles to see how much of an effect exterior color could have on the interior and it seems that it can sway it almost 12 degrees on a blistering day. I suppose that isn't a huge issue, especially when considering you'll have the A/C going in no time.
 

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TerrainSLE2 said:
The car is hot when you first get in but I have the remote start and if I start it with that the ac is already blowing cold when I reach my vehicle. I would rather deal with the slightly higher interior temp when first entering than have any other combination.
The remote start is a beautiful thing. We have the black/brownstone combination and it gets a little warm in the midwest summer heat. But, the remote start cools off the interior quite well before we enter the vehicle. I wouldn't want to sacrifice the dark colored interior for an initially cooler cabin with the lighter color.
 

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Ckmullin----You make it sound like keeping an interior clean is a big deal. I'll certainly agree with you that keeping a light trimmed interior clean is more difficult than a all black one. However, the appearance of the Titanium/black interior as well as it being cooler was the reason that choosing it was a no brainer for us.

Longwait4Train---In answer to a black exterior and a black interior?? I passed on that combo and went with the Titanium/black leather interior and after a month of ownership, I'm very glad we passed on black on black!
 

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I live in NJ, I have the Onyx Black (SLE 2) I installed Black Leather, tinted my windows 15% front, and added 15% on top of the factory tinted rear. I used my remote starter just about every time I went for a drive. I was really surprised but it was not nearly as bad as I thought it might be, I actually found it cooler then when I got into my freinds car (not a Terrain) that is Gold with Tan cloth seats.
 

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Meh shouldn't be a problem. Keep the sunroof shade closed and you'd be fine.

I'd be afraid of the light grey looking dingy in a couple of years.
 

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We have a black on black SLT2 and love it. In Tucson, Az. you're talking some really hot days (105-108) and many of them in a row. With the windshield sunshade in place and the tinted windows, the seats and interior heat really isn't too bad. I wear shorts practically all summer and have never had any problems sitting in the seat if the sun has been shining in. I don't try this with my 67 Mustang with black seats though. No tint and they do get hot. :eek: We were a little worried about the black interior when we first got it, but liked the look so much we decided to give it a try.
 

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I live at the beach in NW Florida and I have the black on black SLT2. I love it. Even in 100+ degree weather I haven't noticed anything. I do use the remote start to help cool it off before I get to it though.
 

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I have carbon black metallic and black leather inside and have considered getting the front driver, front passenger and visor area tinted to match the back windows to help. How much will this really help deflect the heat though?
 

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Living in one of the hottest places in the US I can tell you that seat color does not really matter. Paint color does for those surfaces (here in summer, touch your hood at the wrong time and you can blister) We've found that a sun shade (keep the sun off of the seats) makes a big difference, but seat color does not. Light or dark seats with long sun exposure are both hot when you go to sit on them.
In Phoenix there are a boatload of white cars, and it is the #1 color here, but with black seats. Should tell you something right there.
 

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If you are a hot natured person, the leather seats will ALWAYS be hot. Even in cars with remote start (like our old Malibu) leather still made me sweat. I get out and my back would be covered in sweat.


With that said, the color of the vehicle has far more to do with the heat inside the car than the seat color. The flat top of the Terrain acts like a huge solar heater and will cook the inside.
 
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