In doing my research prior to buying my Touring, virtually every media review commented negatively on the push button transmission controls, saying it was annoying or hard to use. I found it immediately intuitive and after 2 months I love it. It clears up significant space in the center console area vs a traditional shift leaver. I use a phone mount that fits into the never used cigarette lighter in front of the center console and it puts my phone right where a traditional lever would be. It also allows unencumbered access to the cup holders and the dash buttons. I see no down side to it at all. I'm surprised it is not more universally praised.