2015 Hyundai Sonata: Aux Controls Keep Your Eyes on the Road
April 21, 2015
No one is going to buy a car because it has good steering wheel buttons. They're called "auxiliary" controls for a reason, but when the designers get it right, it sure is helpful.
Our 2015 Hyundai Sonata has a great setup that is easy to learn and usable without looking. The latter is important as these controls are intended to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes focused on the road.
You'll notice that all the cruise control functions are on the far right. Once you remember that, it's easy to manipulate the system without glancing down. Toggle up or down to change speeds and hit either Cancel or Off to shut it off. Of course, hitting the brake pedal always works just the same.
The other buttons on the right side control the information display. You don't need them that often, so they go largely unused. Same goes for their counterparts on the other side. They're a mix of controls (radio presets, source, voice activation) so I only use them occasionally. But they're simple, easy to read at a glance and logical once you use them a few times.
After driving our Sonata quite a bit, I tend to look at the steering wheel first when I need to turn up the radio, answer a call or adjust my cruise speed. Can't say the same for most other cars I drive.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 5,656 miles