Two simple things that they could have done to make it better:
- Put an LED on the Air Conditioning button (like the old model had).
- Make the fan speed adjustment more instantaneous.
We like the separate left/right HVAC temperature controls, but the single button mode switch is a real annoyance.
And, then there's the issue of the built-in bluetooth support to cell phones. If you have more than one phone assocated with the system, it won't automatically switch to the phones which are active. Instead, you have to go through a multi-step process to manually select the phone that you want active! I've just been leaving it synched to my wife's phone, as it's too much of a pain to change back and forth....
This sounds like Toyota is following a trend I've seen in car dashboards for some time: clustering more and more functions on a single knob/dial. Considering the fact that there's limited space on the dash and yet more "features" that must be accommodated, this is likely to continue.
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