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.