Push-Button Start: Simplifying Life

2016-hyundai-santa-fe-sport-technology-7“What’s the deal with push-button start on new cars?”

It sounds like the opening to particularly boring Seinfeld routine, but it’s a question that our customers ask us nearly every day. There may soon come a day where most people learned to drive on a push-button start vehicle, but for those of us who learned how to drive before 2008, it’s a little unusual to turn an engine without turning a key.

So, why go for a push-button start when you could stick with the more traditional ignition experience? Push button start doesn’t save you money on gas, doesn’t make the car go faster or handle better, and on some models could cost a little extra money at purchase. We still would take our push button start over the alternative any day of the week. Here are a few reasons why.

  1. Life is Complicated Enough

Because it’s a recent technology, some folks get intimidated by push button start. The fact of the matter is that it’s one of those technological innovations that makes life simpler. You don’t have to get your keys out of your pocket to unlock the door or start the car, and unless you really work at it, you aren’t able to lock your keys inside the car. Over the lifetime of your car, that convenience really adds up.

  1. Fair-weather Friend

In Southern Oregon, it gets very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer. Every single second that isn’t spent fumbling for keys is a gift when you have air conditioning or heated seats waiting for you. It seems trivial, but every barrier we can break down between leaving our house and getting on the road on a cold or hot day is something to celebrate.

  1. The Space Shuttle Factor

We don’t know about you, but we don’t drive a car you could mistake for a race car. Sure, it’s fun to drive and makes us happy when we look at it, but it’s not ready for a track day. Yet when we buckle in and start it, we put our foot on the brake, push a shiny red button, and hear the engine roar to life. A car should be fun from the moment you get in until the moment you get out, and the push button option helps even the most practical of vehicles accomplish that feat.

All-Wheel Drive vs. 4-Wheel Drive – Which is Right for You?

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All-wheel drive (AWD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD) are so synonymous that even Craigslist, one of America’s favorite ways to sell and buy cars, lumps the two drivetrains together. In reality, the two technologies are quite different, but choosing between the two doesn’t have to be. We’ve worked up a quick primer on the pros and cons of each drivetrain to make sure you choose the right vehicle for your needs.

All-Wheel Drive:

All-wheel drive vehicles utilize sensors to determine which wheels a car’s power are sent to. AWD systems are typically always engaged, which means you don’t have to worry about flipping a switch or pushing a button every time you need to conquer the elements. AWD works well at all speeds, and on wet roads where different wheels need different amounts of traction at any given moment, it’s hard to beat AWD vehicles for dependability.

4-Wheel Drive:

4-wheel drive vehicles are more at home in muck and mud than any vehicle on the road (or off the road, where 4X4s are happiest!) 4WD vehicles rely on the driver to turn on the 4WD system, at which point all four tires start working in unison. 4WD vehicles are great at off-roading, and are especially adept in areas that experience large amounts of snowfall.

So, which drivetrain is right for you? Well, first thing’s first: if you live in an area with very little snow and rain, and never take your vehicle off-road, you may very well prefer a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle. They’re typically less-expensive, both at the point-of-sale and at the gas pump. But if you’re deliberating between AWD and 4WD, here’s a helpful primer:

All-Wheel Drive –

Pros: Always active, works well at all speeds and on paved roads, no driver-involvement

Cons: Reduces fuel economy, can add weight and expense, doesn’t work as well off-road

4-Wheel Drive –

Pros: King of mud, deep snow, and unpaved roads, can be turned off to improve fuel economy

Cons: Grip worse than normal cars when not in 4WD mode, added weight costs you money year-round
Happy car-shopping, and remember: AWD, 4WD, FWD or RWD, when it comes to bad roads and worse weather, always drive carefully!

Edmunds and Parent Magazine Best Family Cars – Hyundai and Kia

2016-hyundai-tucson---fir-30_600x0wEdmunds.com and Parents Magazine recently released the results of their ninth-annual Best Family Cars study, and of the nine ideal family vehicles selected, three were made by Hyundai and its sister company Kia. If you’re in the market for a vehicle that is safe, spacious, stylish, and fun to drive, the corner of Crater Lake Avenue and Vilas Road has you covered.

What separates a good car from a great family car? To quote Parents Magazine, great family cars are “standouts in their class, blessed with style, substance, driver- and kid-friendly features, and lots of bang for the buck… Whether you have a new baby or a carload of grade-schoolers to chauffeur to soccer practice, you’ll find a model with the size, capabilities, and price you need to keep your family on the move—and the ride fun.”

That sounds like the Kia Soul, Kia Optima, and Hyundai Tucson, alright! Using the list of factors the Best Family Cars listed as most important, we’re running down just a few of the reasons why the Tucson was selected as “Best Crossover.”


Any discussion of family vehicles begins and ends here. A vehicle’s most precious cargo is its occupants, and when it comes to keeping everybody safe and sound, the Tucson puts most vehicles on the road to shame. It received a 5-Star overall government safety rating, and the IIHS took that a step further, awarding it a Top Safety Pick+. The Tucson comes standard with a rear-view camera for 2016, and optional equipment includes lane-departure warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, hill start and downhill assists – the list literally goes on and on.

Cargo Space

Groceries, children, sports equipment, dogs, dog equipment – family takes up space, and the things we do with our family take up even more space. As a compact SUV, the Tucson can’t hold a small army like some behemoth SUVs can, but it boasts enough space to seat five adult passengers comfortably with space to spare for groceries and sports bags. And if you fold the back seats down? If you regularly need to carry more stuff than the Tucson can hold, we recommend investing in a school bus.


The Tucson’s safety features are its most dramatic advantage over competitors in its weight-class, but as with life, it’s the little things that will make you really appreciate the 2016 Tucson. A lot of cars these days have optional technology that lets you open the trunk or hatch if your hands are full; Ford famously offers drivers the ability to open the trunk by waving your foot under sensor. Hyundai has done them one better, however, by enabling the Tucson to pop the trunk if you have your key on you and approach the door. That may not sound revolutionary, but take it from literally every customer we’ve sold the 2016 Tucson to: you never know how much of a pain getting groceries used to be until you make the switch.

Dana Points, Editor and Chief of Parents Magazine, has nothing but good things to say about the Tucson:
“Hyundai’s Tucson has a spacious interior. Its clever two-stage reclining seats and plenty of legroom allow kids to kick back and relax. Parents whose hands are always full will appreciate the handy tailgate that swings up automatically when you approach with the key in your pocket.”

We couldn’t agree more. So kiss fumbling for the tailgate while trying not to drop the eggs goodbye, and say hello to the best crossover for families that 2016 has to offer!

Hyundai Accent Receives Best Quality Score from JD Power for 2016

jdpower_smimage_iqs_16_612pxThe release of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study has become something of an annual holiday at the corner of Vilas Road and Crater Lake Avenue in Medford. A few years ago, the idea of Kia and Hyundai being the #1 and #3 carmakers in the United States for initial quality would have been scoffed at by many. Yet now, Butler Hyundai and Butler Kia have a serious IQS rivalry going; we know one of our brands is probably going to land the top “non-premium” ranking, and each store hopes it will be them.

Kia has taken top honors in the non-premium segment for two years in a row, even edging out the best premium brand this year, but Hyundai has finished in the top-two non-premium brands for three years running, including a #1 finish in 2014’s study.

So while we at Butler Hyundai are happy for our hamster-loving colleagues across the street, we want to make sure everyone knows that the 2016 IQS isn’t just a Kia party.

The Hyundai Accent, which is the least-expensive vehicle Hyundai makes, received the best quality score of any small car this year, and the Hyundai Azera took home top-honors among large cars. The Genesis, Veloster, and Elantra were runners-up in their segments. Kia may have won the whole thing, but Hyundai had more vehicles finish in the top-3 for their segment.

Finishing third-overall for quality behind only your sister-company and Porsche is quite the achievement, and Hyundai has managed to pull it off for the second year in a row.

But celebrating Kia’s success without recognizing Hyundai wouldn’t paint a complete picture of this year’s IQS, and we wanted to set the record straight: when it comes to initial quality, you should look at Kia and Hyundai. Our little brother may have beaten us this year, but it’s a real rivalry, and we’re already feeling confident about who will land the top rating in 2017.