2009 Ford Flex Limited: I Wanna Hold Your Hand
April 30, 2009
An open letter to car manufacturers (those that are left, anyways),
Please standardize steering wheel controls for all makes and models accordingly: Audio controls on the left, cruise control on the right.
From time to time, I like to hold the hand of my significant other while we motor down the highway. I'll hazard a guess that most drivers use the wheel-mounted audio buttons more often than the cruise control buttons. For that reason, as well as for those who need their right hand free to shift gears in a traditional manual transmission, the most commonly used controls should be situated on the left side of the wheel.
While we're at it, please make sure the buttons are illuminated at night, and keep the buttons as simple as possible -- this isn't Formula One, after all.
As for the Flex and Ford, I still love Sync. But is there a way we could make it truly hands-free? Perhaps we could just say, "Sync", and the system would activate? If not, let's just move it to the left. We now return you to the regularly scheduled ranting.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 22,390 miles