Originally Posted by brian_bp
Originally Posted by Hopeful
Okay, stupid question...but to put the switch in the "on" position with the push button start, I assume I would just push the button without pushing the brake peddle?
Although I assume that the owner's manual has the answer for this, the fact that its not
a stupid question, and the operation of the ignition switch is not
obvious, is a good example of why I think a single "1/0" button for a vehicle's ignition is stupid. It isn't even convenient for a computer (where this on/off toggle design started), and makes no sense for a car. An intelligent design would be a rotary switch just like the traditional key setup, but without the key.
I just read the "engine (ignition) switch" section (for "vehicles with smart key system") of the 2011 owners manual (starts on page 215 of section 2-1), and I still don't know exactly how to get the ignition on without starting. It may not matter, since jvk's comment suggests that this switch dance is not required in models with the fancy screen... which I'm guessing would include any version with Smart Key. That's probably in the manual, but I have not downloaded all the sections for the third generation, and it's not obvious in the sections that I do have.
Well...your point is well taken: I once spent a fun 10 minutes in a not-great section of Chicago trying to get a Prius started (made even harder by the fact that, of course, "started" didn't mean the engine was running!).
However, I believe that it has become standard for pushbutton start to work as the Sienna's does: push without stepping on brake pedal, get Accessory; press again, get On (but no engine); press again, Off. Whether the manual does a good job of explaining it is, of course, another matter.
My point isn't that it's a dumb question -- it's not -- but that there's a lot to driving a car that's not that well documented because the interface is (largely) standardized (wipers and lights notwithstanding).
Contrast this with the early days of cars, where everything was different from one to the next; or to airplanes, where that's largely still true. Imagine if this standardization hadn't happened -- "My license only allows me to drive Fords and Chryslers, not GM products"! (And the niche makers would REALLY be in a world o' hurt -- where would you go to learn how to drive a Ferrari? Well, I guess if you can afford one, you could afford the training...)