No Radio Preset Buttons - 2011 Hyundai Equus Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Hyundai Equus: No Radio Preset Buttons

August 15, 2011

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The Hyundai Equus does not come with radio preset buttons. To get to the presets of each individual radio mode (AM/FM/XM), you must ...

1) Get to the mode's main screen (pictured after the jump) by pressing either the AM/FM or XM button that surrounds the multipurpose knob.

2) Push the multipurpose knob left

3) Twirl knob to Presets menu item

4) Press the knob

5) Twirl knob to your desired preset.

Contrast this with the system of cars that keep their radio preset buttons...

1) Press desired radio mode button.

2) Press button 6.

If in certain GM vehicles or other with a mode mix/match, skip step 1.

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Yes, I could do it with the steering wheel buttons, but that's not especially efficient, either. Now, this lack of preset buttons plagued the original iDrive and every MMI-equipped Audi that came along until the A8, A7 and A6 added the little touch pad (not that either is an especially ideal solution). This also isn't limited to cars with a knob-screen system. Jaguar and older Lexus, for instance, use a touchscreen that has virtual preset buttons in its audio menu that disappear once you go to another screen.

I prefer the redundancy of Mercedes' COMAND or whatever Honda/Acura and Nissan/Infiniti call their systems. Sadly, though, it looks like in the era of navigation systems and fancy electronics interfaces that regular old radio buttons are disappearing. I'm sure someone's going to say "But I like a clean-looking dash!" or "Who the hell listens to the radio any more? I'm cool because I use Panda Live Streaming Newcaster 4000 using the Wombatunes iPhone app."

Well, I listen to the radio (still the easiest way to hear new music) and when I do, I want to quickly change the channel. The Equus doesn't allow me to do it.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 10,886 miles

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