GM issues one key that operates the doors and trunk, and a second key for the ignition, despite research indicating that customers prefer a single key.
Toyota had single keys that could be inserted either way since the 1970's. VW, at least since the 1980's (my '84 Rabbit had a single symmetric key). GM / Ford held on to the dual key setup for decades.
Touch screens for commonly used functions have the same problem. Or worse if you have to dig through layers of menus.
All the E90 bashing, yet no one pointed out the location of both cupholders are directly above your front passengers knees!
I'm actually picking up an E90 on Friday, thought it was one of the best cars I've driven ergonomically and overall. Didn't notice the lock switch, but good to know for when I go to pick up my first passenger (I assume the door locks self-lock when you start driving?). I found the window switches were in a easy to locate/reach area... not a far reach at all.
The lock button in the center (and window switches in the center) is to save money on LHD/RHD models. My buddy rented a new Focus and couldn't find the unlock switch for a month apparently... he kept using his key-fob. He complained to me about it, I found it on google in about 2 minutes and told him. He thought the center lock thing was the dumbest thing ever too... Personally I don't care as long as I know where the switch is. The reach is the same.
I showed them the keys to my parents Volvo; one of their first squared off keys. The ones that reduce leg-stabbage by about 95%. They worked both ways too. Beautiful.
I then showed them the switch blade key when said friends got cars with keyless entry... on a separate little cheap plastic fob... that broke all the time... and had painted on markings that wore off in less than a year. My switchblade was compact, it stored the key off to the side, it was fun to play with for 5-10 minutes, it had embossed icons for what the rubberized buttons did that lasted ~7-8 years before the button got pretty worn down. By then you knew what the buttons did.
I was kind of nitpicking with the window switches
Overall, it's a good car ergonomically speaking. Just a few annoyances.
Subaru wiper stalk:
Notice that the mist function and the washer function have the same symbol? That combined the fact that the mist function uses the control that most cars use for the washer (pull stalk) resulted in my changing out a perfectly good washer fluid pump.
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I remember the Plymouth Volare station wagon my parents had when I was a kid had the switch for the high beams on the floor? I always thought it was like a magic trick when my mom would turn them on and she would say the switch is on the floor and I would think she was joking, always asked her to point it out to me one day and she never did. I looked several times in the footwell and never did find the thing.
The wonderful, new 1990 Passat, with switches that you need arthritis fingers to reach. Right about the knee, the switches face sideways in an unviewable, unreachable single panel. All 4 doors were like this.
In 1993-ish, when the Mk3 cae out, Zee Germans said, "oh, you want easy to reach door switches, eh? Oh, we'll give you those...
(you can sort of see them at the top of the grab handle)
"...but just try finding those rear window switches at ze momen't snotice! Haha!"
On my E92, the window switches are a little too far forward....my E90 friends tell me they often open the back window when they reach for the front window....so it is an ergonomic niggle...but certainly not a "worse ergonomics fail" that the thread is looking for. I think the GM hazard switches are the winner for me too.
I can't even find a picture of the damn thing, it's so obscure.
In case you're wondering, it's in the B-pillar. You've got to open the door, probably exit the car, and then pull the little lever to open the trunk.
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