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What is it with the faux wood on upscale cars? “Let’s make plastic that looks like wood”. Why is that a thing?

It's just a matter of personal taste. Plastic and metal and glass can feel cold and sterile to some. Something like wood or leather gives a more organic feel. Real wood and real leather can get expensive, so fakes are common to give that organic look and feel without the expense of the real materials.

Some people like off-white walls, some like a bit of color here and there, and some go all in on the color. Same sort of thing.

Get what you like.

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