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Lexus has a lock on Mark Levinson sound and other premium options, but they can make the RX quite expensive.
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The Remote Touch controller works but requires too much effort, so it is distracting.
MSN Autos

The new interface is immediately intuitive and a comfort to those spooked by previous exposure to multifunction controllers (iDrive, anyone?).
Edmunds

cameras all over the place including side-view mirror mounted units which show how close you're getting to the curb
Jalopnik

we still had to go through about three menus to make it recalculate our route after it announced slow traffic on the road ahead.
CNET

Whenever the camera determines that the high beams could be a hazard to others, it switches to low beams.
New York Times

There's no denying Lexus' reputation for delivering exceptionally well-equipped models, and that definitely applies to the 2014 RX lineup, too. You'll find that the standard equipment in the RX both comfortable and comprehensive, and most of the options are limited interior upgrades and high-end infotainment systems.

Every RX comes standard with a Bluetooth, ten-way power front seats, dual-zone climate control and a 12-speaker audio system–along with more creature comfort features than can be optioned onto most mass-market cars.

Options include a 15-speak Mark Levinson sound system, hard-drive based navigation, softer leather, rear seat entertainment for the kids, remote start, ventilated front seats, LED adaptive headlamps, and a head-up display that projects basic information about your trip onto the windshield to reduce distracted driving.

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). 

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).

Conclusion

Lexus has a lock on Mark Levinson sound and other premium options, but they can make the RX quite expensive.

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