johnrhansen wrote:It took me a minute to keep from getting mixed up with fwd and rev. It's opposite as to what I would intuitively think. But I got used to it.
I've had my Leaf over two months and haven't gotten used to it yet. My brother backed his into another car not long after getting his Leaf. Maybe my family just expects a car to go forward when we push a lever forwards. The shifter is my biggest gripe about the Leaf.
Funny thing is I'm the opposite. Having driven automatics with on the floor shifters I just naturally pulled back on the shifter to go forward. Of course the first time I thought about it explaining to someone else on how to shift to forward, pulling back on the shifter seemed like the wrong way to go
Also having come from on the floor stick shift cars you'd think I would be tempted to push forward on the mouse just like on such manual cars you push the shifter forward for first gear, reverse is often times to the right and down(or back)
IMO our older('07) Prius has the best shifter, on the dash(and out of the way) down is forward, up is reverse which eliminates the confusion of forward and reverse. Better yet was an older Plymouth Valient(and I had it on a Dodge Dart as well) that had push button shifting, a number for each gear and a lever to the right of the buttons that you'd pull down to put it in Park