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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

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