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I love my new Tucson, but I am not in love with the all touch screen interface on the Limited Trim. I knew this when I bought it, hard to find a You Tube review of the car that does not point this out. There are volume wheels on the lower trim models that are better than the touch screen, but still not as good as a simple volume knob. Likewise the steering wheel controls are nice, but on my other cars, I am always reaching for the volume knob not the steering wheel. If anyone every figures out how to add one, I would love to hear about it.

As improvement #1, I stuck little clear rubber bumpers on the Volume Up and Down buttons. These are the kind you used for cabinet doors or to put behind a picture so it does not swing and scratch the wall. I liked the bumpers on the radio knobs a lot, because now I can just reach down and feel where the volume knobs are instead of having to look. Update #2 was adding it to the Seek/Track buttons. It causes no issue with the function of the volume and Seek/Track controls. At night, I can barely see that they are there. I used a flat bumper for the "VOL-" and "<SEEK" button and a round one for "VOL+" and "TRACK>". They make fancy ones for visually impaired people to use on stuff like Microwaves, but the basic one worked fine.

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I bought the "Clear Adhesive Bumper Pads 106-PC Combo Pack" made by GorillaGrit from Amazon.

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I love my new Tucson, but I am not in love with the all touch screen interface on the Limited Trim. I knew this when I bought it, hard to find a You Tube review of the car that does not point this out. There are volume wheels on the lower trim models that are better than the touch screen, but still not as good as a simple volume knob. Likewise the steering wheel controls are nice, but on my other cars, I am always reaching for the volume knob not the steering wheel. If anyone every figures out how to add one, I would love to hear about it.

As improvement #1, I stuck little clear rubber bumpers on the Volume Up and Down buttons. These are the kind you used for cabinet doors or to put behind a picture so it does not swing and scratch the wall. I liked the bumpers on the radio knobs a lot, because now I can just reach down and feel where the volume knobs are instead of having to look. Update #2 was adding it to the Seek/Track buttons. It causes no issue with the function of the volume and Seek/Track controls. At night, I can barely see that they are there. I used a flat bumper for the "VOL-" and "<SEEK" button and a round one for "VOL+" and "TRACK>". They make fancy ones for visually impaired people to use on stuff like Microwaves, but the basic one worked fine.

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I bought the "Clear Adhesive Bumper Pads 106-PC Combo Pack" made by GorillaGrit from Amazon.

<https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XPCLN2...B4Lr&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_lsi4d_asin_2_title>
Very clever. Would have never thought of that!
 

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I thought the 'buttons' were capacitive and required a direct touch to operate. How does it work through a few mm of rubber?

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I guess it depends on if the buttons react to pressure from being pushed or if it’s like the heartbeat monitors on our exercise machines. You better have a pulse to operate it!🤪😜😎
 

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When I try to press buttons with the tip of a pen, it does not respond, but it does work though the rubber buttons. When I have gloves on, the round top buttons still work but the flat top buttons are a bit more picky. (I use a flat button for volume down and a round one for volume up).
 

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I was thinking about putting those rubber things just below the buttons, so you can rest your finger on them and take some of the uncertainty out. But, to be honest, I don't press them that much on a drive. I use the volume control on the steering wheel, I keep the temp at 19c and I use voice commands.

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Very clever idea.
My 2017 Honda Fit that I will trade in for my Tuscon does not have any physical buttons/knobs currently, so I am already used to having this "feature".
I will keep this in mind, though, for future use if I need it.
 

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Overall, good idea. BUT it’s a solution where there’s not a problem. It just makes the display look goofy. I’ve had my Limited only a week, and I’m used to all the button locations. And to do something on the main display takes but only a half a glance. And it’s in front of you, not like texting and driving.
 

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Isn’t there also a volume knob on the steering wheel?
Yes, Alan Sh makes a reference to it. At least the SEL-Conv.-Prem. has the toggle on the left side of the wheel. The wife may sometimes work the dash buttons while I'm driving, but it's become automatic for me to simply thumb the lever. And pushing it 'in' mutes the radio for talking to either passengers or others outside, while the radio automatically drops out anyway when anyone's connected phone gets a call.
In the couple of times I rode shotgun early on to help the wife get used to things I had to keep reminding her about the wheel control for the radio (numerous other important controls on the wheel too), and now she says she never touches the panel except when stopped. As far as messing with the screen while moving I might give it a 3/4-second look to get bearings but then it's pure hunt -n peck with eyes back on the road.
 
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