Now that the 2013 Lexus RX 350 has arrived in U.S. dealerships, longtime Lexus Enthusiast reader & Flow Lexus of Greensboro employee Brendan Bogue has sent over a detailed description of the Display Audio controller first spotted in a 2013 ES promotional video.
The controller turns in either direction continuously to select anything on the screen, and also moves up, down, left, and right. Physically pressing the controller down acts as the “enter” function, and there are also three buttons for Menu, Audio, and Go Back.
Here’s the menu screen:
The different options (phone, climate, etc) rotate in a circle as you rotate the controller.
Here’s the climate control screen:
This screen can be used to change all of the climate settings (though you can still use the climate control buttons on the dash).
However, most of the audio controls are now within the display screen:
For example, you can no longer select a radio preset using the actual radio in the dash – only via the Display Audio controller, or via the steering wheel buttons. Most of the radio control buttons from the previous ’10-’12 RX are missing from the radio.
(Note: the base RX still has the plain white LED display with the preset buttons on the radio).
Special thanks to Brendan for sending in this thorough description of the new Lexus Display Audio system!