Gotta Keep 'em Separated - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Long-Term Road Test

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: Gotta Keep 'em Separated

February 10, 2011

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The Outlander SE has one of my stereo-system pet peeves: adjacent volume up/down and track-skip forward/back buttons on the steering wheel. Few things are more frustrating than, just when you feel like cranking a favorite tune, instead of the hitting the volume-up button a thumb strays over to the track-skip button and -- DOH! -- the moment's over. Call it music interruptus.

I know, I know ... this is one of those nitpicking journalist critiques and you'd probably get used to this after it happens about two hundred times. But you're supposed to be able to operate these buttons by feel, without looking down. And Mitsubishi isn't the only offender that comes to mind.

For years Jaguar has placed these two essential stereo buttons side-by-side on the steering wheel, and they're also similarly shaped. And I've had the same frustrating experience.

Is it too much to ask to keep them separated, as some automakers do? Or at least that they have a different shape and feel?

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