what does this button do

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on December 19, 2014


At first glance this button doesn't look like anything special. It's obviously a side-view mirror control of some sort, but pressing it doesn't automatically reveal the button's multicontrol function. What looks like a simple retracting mirror button activates a different… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on December 19, 2014

At first glance this button doesn't look like anything special. It's obviously a side-view mirror control of some sort, but pressing it doesn't automatically reveal the button's multicontrol function. What looks like a simple retracting mirror button activates a different… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on July 30, 2014

Tons of things go into seats, like passengers, child-safety seats and less convenient items like quarters, cellphones and keys that disappear into the black hole between the cushions. Few things, however, come out of a seat unless it's a coil… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on July 8, 2014

If the illustration on the 2015 Volkswagen GTI's key fob is any indication, the automaker wants us to prepare for an impending alien death-ray attack. VW's counterattack strategy? Honking the horn and flashing the turn signal lights really fast. Man,… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Jennifer Geiger  on June 25, 2014

The button in our latest What Does This Button Do series seems to say "You. Sit. Here." thanks to an arrow pointing at a seat. No Capt. Obvious, that's not what it means. More Curious Buttons The icon refers to… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on February 3, 2014

We've found it, folks. The elusive ejector seat lives on, and it's not in James Bond's Aston Martin. If this coveted button followed through on what its illustration promises, it would make the eight-passenger 2014 Lexus LX 570 luxury SUV… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Sara Lacey  on December 31, 2013

I like feeling pampered — even in a car. That doesn't mean a hoity-toity attitude, just some good manners. Naturally, I loved the civility of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 coupe. During my drive, it seemed that the E350's mystery button… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Jennifer Geiger  on December 4, 2013

Lights?! Camera?! Action?! No, the camera this button is referring to isn't an invitation to the director's chair, but it's still pretty cool. The Hyundai Equus is equipped with an around-view camera system, activated via a console-area button. Hyundai's luxury… Read More

Why Is This Button Here?

By Jennifer Geiger  on November 6, 2013

One look and it's easy to tell what this button does, but its obviousness doesn't make it any less odd. Actually, it's not really a button; it's more of a touch-sensitive panel. In fact, it's pretty tough to find any… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on October 24, 2013

We can always count on a luxury car's extravagant features for confusing button imagery. The nearly $100,000 2014 Audi A8 L TDI we recently tested is no exception, housing what may be an industry exclusive backrest snowball launcher. Best cooled… Read More

What Does This Button Do?

By Joe Bruzek  on September 30, 2013

Steering wheels provide this series with great content because they're often overcrowded with buttons. The 2013 Ford Fusion's crowded steering wheel seems to have run out of space and relocated one confusing button to the center console. The button in… Read More