2011 Hyundai Sonata: Directional Man
July 21, 2010
Now we have two vehicles in the long-term fleet with pictogram climate controls: the Volvo XC60 and the Hyundai Sonata. They don't work in exactly the same way, however. The XC60's directional man has separate buttons to direct airflow to the head, body and feet. The Sonata's directional man (or mode man, perhaps, seeing as how he's labeled as such) is comprised of just one button; his head is just for display. The way he works is that pushing the button cycles through the various air flow modes.
I'm preferential to the Volvo's directional man since I can get what I want immediately; I don't like having to push a button a bunch of times to call up what air flow I want. That said, I do like the Sonata's big arrows that show air flow and the fan speed/temperature knobs, which are rubberized and feel nice to the touch.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor