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The Interior Knobs, Buttons, and Switches for New Pickup Trucks on Four Wheeler of the Year #PTOTY20

Do New Trucks Have Too Many Buttons And Switches?

If you are buying a new truck, you will want to check out all the new truck technology. It's over-the-top compared to previous years, which made us ask, "Are there too many buttons and switches on new vehicles?" We decided to compare the pickups on our Four Wheeler 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year tests and did a simple count of each vehicle's buttons, switches, knobs, and levers available from the driver seat. That eliminated backseat controls and passenger door buttons as well. Also, only physical controls were counted, as touch screen and other virtual offerings would fill a 10-page story. Finally, a switch that had multiple functions, such as a rocker, would only count as one control.

We separated the switches into areas: steering wheel and column, dash, center stack, console, door, seat, overhead, and mirror. Not all manufacturers placed the same controls in the same area, but for this count it was close enough for our purposes. The idea was to judge information overload for the driver. Check out what we found and decide which is best for you—less or more new truck buttons and switches.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

Steering wheel and column: 20
Dash: 5
Center stack: 34
Console: 2
Door: 3
Seat: 4
Overhead: 7
Mirror: 0
Total: 75

Ram 1500 Rebel Turbodiesel

Steering wheel and column: 21
Dash: 15
Center stack: 26
Console: 0
Door: 11
Seat: 3
Overhead: 12
Mirror: 4
Total: 92

Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ 3.0L Diesel

Steering wheel and column: 22
Dash: 16
Center stack: 39
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 4
Total: 115

Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Custom 6.6L Gas

Steering wheel and column: 14
Dash: 16
Center stack: 39
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 0
Total: 103

Chevy Silverado 2500HD LTZ 6.6L Diesel

Steering wheel and column: 22
Dash: 16
Center stack: 36
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 4
Total: 112

GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 3.0L Diesel

Steering wheel and column: 22
Dash: 16
Center stack: 39
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 4
Total: 115

GMC Sierra 2500 HD AT4 6.6L Diesel

Steering wheel and column: 22
Dash: 16
Center stack: 39
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 4
Total: 115

GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Dualie 6.6L Diesel

Steering wheel and column: 22
Dash: 16
Center stack: 39
Console: 0
Door: 16
Seat: 3
Overhead: 15
Mirror: 4
Total: 115

 

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