2016 Toyota Mirai: Some of the Only Real Buttons You'll Find
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on August 22, 2016
If you like futuristic touchscreen controls, you'll love the 2016 Toyota Mirai. It has them in spades, even where you don't want them. Thankfully, there are some redundant controls on the steering wheel that use actual buttons.
Are they enough to make up for the clumsy touchscreen on the center stack? Uh...sometimes.
When it comes to controlling the audio system, the buttons on the left side of the wheel work just fine. You get the all-important volume control (which thankfully gets a knob on the dash), a source button for switching between the radio and a podcast, and seek arrows for moving through tracks.
Then there's the buttons at the bottom for answering and ending phone calls, plus the oddly placed trip-computer toggle button. Why the designers felt the need to put that on the steering wheel is a mystery.
The other side of the steering wheel is a little less useful. It's basically like a joystick for cycling through the menus on the dashboard display. It works fine if you're not moving and can concentrate on the display, but out on the road it's not all that handy. Seems like something more useful could have gone here. Oh, and the buttons at the bottom toggle the lane-departure system on and off, along with adjusting the collision-avoidance sensitivity. Again, controls that could have probably lived elsewhere.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 5,204 miles