I forgot to even list that difference. I agree - not a big deal (although mine has the stick). Growing up my parents had a 1957 Chrysler - it had push buttons for the gear selection on the automatic so actually the concept of push buttons for this isn't new.I see nothing wrong with the epb or push button transmission.Don’t think it’s lame ass at all.How often do you actually have to touch them.Get in the car puch the button and go.Wow what a hassle.
For a time when I was a teen living in Colorado I had a VW bug and doing what you say was great fun - get up to speed then either pull the e-brake handle or just stomp on the brakes and turn the wheel and do rotations in the snow covered lot - but watch out for light poles and make sure there aren't any snow covered parking curbs.Well one thing you can't do in yours, is use the E-brake to lock the rear to set up to drift in the snow. Let me tell you, that is so fun when you have a large empty snow covered parking lot.
I'm not sure there are that many expensive SUV drivers, especially soccer moms, who would actually attempt that or even have doing it occur to them.