While the touch feedback makes it easy to make complex selections by touch, you wouldn't want to enter an address while driving. Fortunately, the Lexus features a top-notch voice command system that understands proper street names.
Although hard-drive-based, Toyota/Lexus' audio system does not allow for ripping of music. Instead, you get AM/FM/XM radio, a six-disc CD/DVD changer, and this USB port and analog auxiliary input combo.
When connecting an iPod to the USB port, the Lexus system gives the driver full access to the artist, album, genre taxonomy, and even splits out podcasts into their own category. However, actually navigating a large library is still a bit slow and clunky.
This readout should be familiar to anyone who has driven a second- or third-generation Prius. Here drivers can monitor the flow of power from the gas and electric motors and check the battery charge level.
Blessed with better suspension tuning and and a multilink rear suspension (versus the Prius' torsion beam setup), the Lexus' ride is more refined than we expected. But make no mistake, she's no canyon carver.