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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
The Remote Touch controller works but requires too much effort, so it is distracting.
The new interface is immediately intuitive and a comfort to those spooked by previous exposure to multifunction controllers (iDrive, anyone?).
cameras all over the place including side-view mirror mounted units which show how close you're getting to the curb
we still had to go through about three menus to make it recalculate our route after it announced slow traffic on the road ahead.
Whenever the camera determines that the high beams could be a hazard to others, it switches to low beams.
New York Times
Lexus vehicles have a reputation for being not just refined and comfortable, but also for being exceptionally well-equipped. That's definitely the case here in the 2013 RX 350 and RX 450h; you'll find a comprehensive list of comfort and convenience features, while options are pretty much limited to interior upgrades and top-notch infotainment systems.Standard equipment for the RX 350 includes a 12-speaker sound sytem, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and ten-way power front seats—along with just about every comfort and convenience you'd find optional in a lesser mass-market model.
Options include upgraded softer leather seating, a side-view monitor, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a hard-drive navigation system, integrated XMNavTraffic, a rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated front seats, remote start, LED adaptive headlamps, and a head-up display that projects basic information onto the windshield in an attempt to reduce distraction.
The RX also now comes with the Lexus Enform system, which has the capability to run apps for information or entertainment purposes—Pandora streaming radio, for example. Voice-command recognition is also included, as is a year of the Safety Connect concierge service (there's a subscription fee after that).Our one feature complaint is that Lexus has adopted a "Remote Touch" controller bundled with its navigation system; this mandatory interface is part mouse, part trackpad, and we can't help but think of it as being somewhat distracting, as it requires one's eyes to be looking at the screen while making selections (tactile feedback is included in some menus).
New for 2013 on front-wheel-drive models is a Sport Appearance Package that includes a unique front bumper, halogen headlamps and superchrome-finished 19-inch wheels.
In base trim, the 2013 Lexus RX 350 or 450h offer plenty of luxury appeal, although the tech and entertainment upgrades will be tempting.