2015 Nissan Murano: Steering Wheel Volume Adjustment Is an Ergonomic Fail
May 15, 2015
Secondary audio controls on the steering wheel are not exactly a new innovation, and predictably, our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano has the standard set: seek, source and volume adjustment.
I've found that audio system volume is generally the only thing I use steering wheel audio controls to adjust. If I'm going to seek or change audio sources, I end up using either the touchscreen or the vehicle's voice control.
As such I was disappointed to find that my most commonly-used function is located toward the bottom of the steering wheel hub. If you drive with your hands at nine o'clock and three o'clock, it's very hard to use the volume adjustment without lifting your hand, especially if you have baby-lifting-induced forearm tendinitis as I do.
Would this stop me from buying a current-generation Nissan Murano? Of course not. But it's definitely an ergonomic misstep.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 5,451 miles