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I had a chance to sit in an MKZ the other day and one of the coolest features was also one of the features that worried me. The center stack has no buttons, its all touch. While this looks really nice, i am wondering if people find it easy to use while you are driving. Seems like buttons would be easier to fiddle with while driving.



I know that they changed this for the MKC, so there must have been complaints.
 

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we had this discussion and we came to the conclusion that even though it looks great to have no button

its not as convenient as having real buttons.
 

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you're right about having no buttons. I think if they had at least integrate a knob to navigate the screen and to select and deselect things, it would help.

there are times you will want to control things on the screen but at the same time keep your eyes on the road. at least with a knob you can feel what you're doing, on a screen thats impossible.
 

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its cool but the biggest detractor is that you have no haptic or touch feed back. You dont know if you pressed what you pressed when you pressed it...

But the buttons do work well..
 

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I am thinking that there must be an in between for this interface. They should add more texture to the interface without simply turning them all to buttons. I mean Tesla has no buttons basically, so I think that the trend is moving in the direction of touch everything.
 

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its cool but the biggest detractor is that you have no haptic or touch feed back. You dont know if you pressed what you pressed when you pressed it...

But the buttons do work well..
Yup, thats my biggest problem with it. It helps to have that feedback, I find myself changing stations and doing other things while driving, keeping my eyes on the road and working the controls, knowing what im doing with the feedback I get.
 

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Yea, it would be really hard to fix the touch screen if it broke as opposed to fixing a button. I wonder if many people have run into this problem already.
 

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It's rare that screens ever have any issues, it was only the old LCD screen's from the 90's that were a problem since over time they bleed.

These new screens can likely out last the life of the car.
 

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Software that runs it is something to be concerned about.
I know Ford isn't well known for their software, even Cadillac, domestic car makers need to improve.
 

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Hi all, going to throw in my opinion. Even though I've only had my Z since Friday, I already find myself getting use to the all touch controls. Granted your eyes are off the road a little bit longer but I feel like over time it will come without much thought. Changing the volume/fan speed is very easy considering its all done by sliding your finger vs searching within the screen. Anyways, I find it to be fairly easy to use and enjoy the clean look.
 

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Hi all, going to throw in my opinion. Even though I've only had my Z since Friday, I already find myself getting use to the all touch controls. Granted your eyes are off the road a little bit longer but I feel like over time it will come without much thought. Changing the volume/fan speed is very easy considering its all done by sliding your finger vs searching within the screen. Anyways, I find it to be fairly easy to use and enjoy the clean look.
thanks for the share, and I do tend to agree. There is a learning curve or a period of adaptation if you will, I feel that many in this day and age scream bloody murder instead of actually learning the new system. All these complaints about the interface and touch controls being unreliable is nonsense. If customers spent 5-10 minutes at the dealership actually learning how their vehicle functions this mess could of been avoided.

But we consume in bite size chunks and our attention lasts seconds...

Let us know how you progress, I have a feeling that after a relatively short period of time it will become second nature...
 

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Hi all, going to throw in my opinion. Even though I've only had my Z since Friday, I already find myself getting use to the all touch controls. Granted your eyes are off the road a little bit longer but I feel like over time it will come without much thought. Changing the volume/fan speed is very easy considering its all done by sliding your finger vs searching within the screen. Anyways, I find it to be fairly easy to use and enjoy the clean look.
Not bad at all, at least you're getting used to it. I'm afraid some people may not and find that they have to keep their eyes on it if they want to work the functions
 

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Sometimes it's just a matter of getting used to the interface, at least once you're familiar with it, you just might have to look at it for a split second at times just to make sure you are pressing the right stuff.
 

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i agree.

at first though when i tried it. it seemed hard to be accurate while driving. but after a while it becomes second nature.
 

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It does.
Unfortunately it will never be as easy to use as older systems that just had knobs and buttons. There will always be limits to trying to use a screen while not looking at it.
 

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in terms of accuracy i agree

real buttons and knobs are more accurate as they give tactile feedback.

but touch screens seem to be the way of the future.
 

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Update:

I have found the most time consuming option.. that can be a bit frustrating, would be adjusting the climate. Take the word frustrating gently, I'm extremely impatient. I have well over 1500 miles on her now and have loved every minute of it. I must admit, I was encountered by a very dull individual... she asked if it was a Dodge Dart?! I was crushed. Ha ha. Anyways, I only have an issue with the climate when attempting to change it 3 or 4 degrees higher/lower sometimes you have to push it several times to move up or down one.
 
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