One of the things I’ve come to really appreciate about the new F-150 is the fact that it has real cup holders. In addition to the two shown, it also has two more down lower, which leaves it with more cup holders than potential passengers (unless you start stacking people vertically). They’re one of the little things you don’t notice unless you don’t have them, and for the last 5 or 6 years, none of my daily drivers have had real cup holders (the Escalade had many cup holders, but I stopped using it as a daily driver in 2011ish).

Post Escalade as a daily driver, up first was the 91 Acura Legend Coupe. A 2nd gen Legend interior is a lovely place to be, but there isn’t a cup holder to be found in there.

With the advent of buying a house and gaining a 52 mile highway commute, the old legend was moved along and I bought the NB. Being an NB1, it also did not have real cup holders. It did have the plastic console insert that gave it two small cup holders, but they don’t really count because they don’t hold a cup in place during even the slightest of enthusiastic driving. That just results in coffee spilled on your lap and walking into the office looking like you pissed yourself.

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After almost two years of suffering in the Miata (I love Miatas, but they are a tremendously bad highway commuting machine), I bought the E39. It was a fantastic car, and a tremendously good highway commuting machine. The interior was a lovely place of quiet, wood, leather and sensible German goodness. However, the two sets of little pop out cup holders are proof that the Germans do in fact have a sense of humor. They were only cup holders in the academic sense of term and certainly not in any way actually useful. If you found a small enough container and we’re extraordinarily careful, it was possible to put something in them, but you could only count on your coffee staying upright if the car wasn’t actually moving.

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When the chance came along to buy a low mileage, one owner LT1/6-speed C4, I snapped it up. But like my previous three daily drivers, it too lacked real cup holders. Under the flap to right of the gearshift are two flawed little cup holders. The first problem was that any container with a bottom larger than a can of Coke wouldn’t fit. Given the time period the car was from, I considered this a forgivable offense. The second flaw was an engineering d’oh moment that GM let stand for at least 6 model years. They may or may not have been useful on automatic C4s, but on manual cars placing a container in the forward cup holder rendered 5th gear unusable and 3rd gear required great care to not knock your coffee over with the side of your hand. Placing a container in the rear cup holder rendered 6th gear and reverse unusable, and 4th gear requiring great care. It was something from the (at the time) world’s largest automaker that made one wonder WTF...

Flash forward to the new F-150 and I can finally drive to work without risk of spilling the elixer of life on the way there, and I don’t even have to resort to using a “spill proof” travel mug propped up against the passenger seat bolster with my bag. Who knew cup holders were in the category of “how hard could it be” (said in my best Clarkson voice)?