Are These Buttons Waterproof? - 2012 Toyota Prius c Long-Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius c Long Term Road Test

2012 Toyota Prius C: Are These Buttons Waterproof?

April 29, 2013

2012 Toyota Prius C

Call me crazy, odd or both, but I like the satellite steering wheel buttons in the Prius C. They are some of the strangest buttons I've seen in a while, whether the car was cheap or expensive.

On one hand, they look almost waterproof, like they belong on a GoPro camera you stick on your surfboard. On the other hand, they also have an inexplicable mix of controls. The trip meter reset is bundled with the air recirculation toggle? Huh?

Despite all this, they work great. The indents are very positive so you can use them without looking. The rubbery surface looks odd, yet feels good to the touch. It's yet another example where the sheer simplicity of this Prius makes it a nice car to use on a daily basis. It's also a reminder that some controls might look ridiculous at first, but were born of practicality that comes through after considerable use.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 12,667 miles


  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Brought to you by the same people who put the button for park over on to the left of the steering wheel, and drive down on the counsel on the LFA. That thing was the most theft-proof supercar ever made. If you don't know where they scattered the controls, you'll never figure it out. Mike had a good laugh explaining it all to me.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    I like the "sealed" button look. Not sure I've ever seen the climate control Recirculation button on a steering wheel before. But it kind of makes sense. Of all the climate control buttons, this is the one you might need to stab at the quickest when the outside air gets unpleasant.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Yes the more I think about it, the more I realize that these buttons actually do make sense. I know some people are pretty "set it and forget it" when it comes to auto AC, but others are more finicky and those people will love this setup. Legacygt's point about the recirc is definitely valid, and those trip computer buttons are a lot better than most setups, which hide them somewhere behind the steering wheel.

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