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I read a lot of complaints here about our push button shifting mechanism but I wouldn't trade for a conventional shifter. It's nice being able to reach down and by feel choose the appropriate gear without having to look down at the console or at the indicator in the display area above the steering wheel.

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I read a lot of complaints here about our push button shifting mechanism but I wouldn't trade for a conventional shifter. It's nice being able to reach down and by feel choose the appropriate gear without having to look down at the console or at the indicator in the display area above the steering wheel.

Am I the only one?
I'm not a fan of the push-button; I miss resting my hand on the gear shift lever. I feel I'm the opposite of you now; I never needed to look at the indicator/gauge to know the gear selected. Now I am constantly looking down to make sure I'm not pressing the drive mode by accident.
 

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I'm not a fan of the push-button; I miss resting my hand on the gear shift lever. I feel I'm the opposite of you now; I never needed to look at the indicator/gauge to know the gear selected. Now I am constantly looking down to make sure I'm not pressing the drive mode by accident.
Rest your hand somewhere else.
 

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I'm not a fan of the push-button; I miss resting my hand on the gear shift lever. I feel I'm the opposite of you now; I never needed to look at the indicator/gauge to know the gear selected. Now I am constantly looking down to make sure I'm not pressing the drive mode by accident.
I just rest my arm on the armrest and don't miss the gearshift lever. I think this new system was designed the way it is because you really can tell by feel when you want to be in either drive or reverse.
 

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I read a lot of complaints here about our push button shifting mechanism but I wouldn't trade for a conventional shifter. It's nice being able to reach down and by feel choose the appropriate gear without having to look down at the console or at the indicator in the display area above the steering wheel.

Am I the only one?
I agree with you Nipper. I have learned to like it. The last push button shifter I had was in a 1963 Plymouth Fury with a 383 cu inch V8.
 

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I have to agree with Nipper Dog, after six months of ownership and almost daily driving my beloved PP, I'm still looking down to make a gear selection. For me, its just too different a vital component to driving the vehicle. :confused:
 

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Yeah I’m not a fan of SBW, I prefer being able to shift into neutral without having to have engine running. Also not gonna have the risk of it electronically shifting out of drive on you for no reason..
 

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I have to agree with Nipper Dog, after six months of ownership and almost daily driving my beloved PP, I'm still looking down to make a gear selection. For me, its just too different a vital component to driving the vehicle. :confused:
I'm confused. You say you agree with me but it sounds like you're actually disagreeing with me. :unsure:
 

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I’m not a fan. Auto makers did some of this in the 60’s. You have to pay attention or bad things can happen. Ask the dude that drove through our garage in his push button Chrysler. Unfortunately the garage door was down and our 65 Buick went out the back. Yes, a bit of beer was involved.
 
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Yes, back in the 60's those push button gear selectors could be confusing because all the buttons looked and felt the same. Not only that but there were more of them to choose from such as 1st, 2nd and Drive. Each of our buttons have a different tactile feel that should help prevent those kinds of accidents.
 

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I like the push button shifter too. It took a bit to get used to it, it’s sleek looking and the shift is smooth and not clunky like a traditional shifter.
 
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I can now find reverse by touch. Still have to look down for other gears.

Ive been watching the history of the Ford Co. on TV. They had button shift on steering wheel of the Edsel......sure hope the Passport does not go the way of the Edsel. :cautious:
 

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Yes, back in the 60's those push button gear selectors could be confusing because all the buttons looked and felt the same. Not only that but there were more of them to choose from such as 1st, 2nd and Drive. Each of our buttons have a different tactile feel that should help prevent those kinds of accidents.
My wife drove an early 1960's Plymouth Valiant that had the Chrysler push-button shifter. I hated it!

I have been driving a Honda (first, a Pilot, and now a Passport) with the Honda version and have grown to love it! Like the auto-stop feature, I didn't think I'd like it at first. They just take some "getting use to."
 

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It took me 3-4 months to get used to it, but now with nearly 15k miles behind me I really like the shifter. I no longer have to look down and check which button to push (except on the rare occasion I am putting the car in neutral), and I like not having to clean up after my coffee cup hits the shifter!
 

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I don't hate it but what about dirt and liquid spills? Also N feels just like P and both use red lights. Add more textures to buttons fir differentiation and lower the brightness of the dumb lights on it and I could learn to like it. Also want to know what happens if you spill a drink in there, hope it never happens.
 

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I like the buttons. It’s about the only thing in the interior that doesn’t feel bland to me. I’ve only had the PP for 5 days and am just about doing it all by feel.
 

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I read a lot of complaints here about our push button shifting mechanism but I wouldn't trade for a conventional shifter. It's nice being able to reach down and by feel choose the appropriate gear without having to look down at the console or at the indicator in the display area above the steering wheel.

Am I the only one?
Nope, not alone, I love it too and I would prefer this over any the old-style lever/handle....!

I love being able to simply shut the car off WITHOUT having to put it in Park!
 

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I took a small self-adhesive clear half-moon plastic "bump" on the "D" button, so I can always find it without looking down.
 
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I like being able to turn off the Passport in "Drive" and it automatically goes into "Park". The downside is that I mistakenly tried to turn off our Land Rover the other day without noticing that the shift lever was still in "Drive". Thankfully a warning sign popped up telling me to put the gear selector in "Park" before turning off the engine.
 

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I like being able to turn off the Passport in "Drive" and it automatically goes into "Park". The downside is that I mistakenly tried to turn off our Land Rover the other day without noticing that the shift lever was still in "Drive". Thankfully a warning sign popped up telling me to put the gear selector in "Park" before turning off the engine.
Bet you never thought the Honda would spoil you, did ya? lol
 
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