garygid wrote:Nice, and inexpensive to do with software if one has "display screens" instead of fixed "instruments". Also, easy to upgrade and fix bugs, if an easy "upgrade" ability is designed in.
Which is one of the ways Toyota screwed up the gen III Prius. No good sized Climate control or Radio controls on a decent sized touch screen (plus screen ONLY if you get Nav now). Instead you are stuck with a bunch of little mostly non-tactile buttons way below 'eyes on the road' level and you have to look at them to see when you get to the setting you want. My in-laws have one. I'll drive my 2004 until it dies or they come up with a good PHEV Prius that makes me swallow my disdain for the ergonomic backslide. If they haven't got that or a good choice EV when the '04 dies (104K miles, no problems), I'll steal the wife's '06
One of the Prius ergonomic things I wish EVERY automaker would do is STOP HIDING THE DISPLAYS BEHIND THE STEERING WHEEL! Look at the Gen II Prius - everything is just below eye level, including the touch screen, not overly busy and not hidden by the wheel. The screen on the Leaf is too low and appears too small. And they have hidden a lot of the 'use frequently' displays behind the wheel.
Re: the Leaf. I am curious and a potential buyer as it would be a great 2nd car for my family's driving needs. However, they won't be seen in Vermont for several years, I'll just have to watch. As such, I'll be a sometime reader, probably not posting much. By the time we can buy one here Nissan will probably have passed the tax credit limit on sales so we will be screwed. They will have to do better than a sub-compact for $32K once there is no tax credit.