Lexus' packaging options for the LS are a bit confusing, but our model shipped with the most loaded of the F-Sport packages, a sort of all-inclusive performance package that gets pretty close to maxing the sedan out on tech and performance upgrades with a single $15,230 line option.
There's plenty of space for storage in the truck, but the lack of fold-flat rear seats means that bulky items will need to find other transport. Long items, such as skis, can be fed through a small center pass-through.
The heated F-Sport steering wheel features paddle shifters, buttons for the adaptive cruise control system, audio and hands-free calling controls, and a button for an odd feature called Hold, which holds the LS' brakes after you release the pedal until you tap the gas pedal. This feature is useful for hills and in stop-and-go traffic, but I'm not so lazy that I can't hold my own brake pedal, thanks.
The instrument cluster features two large gauges -- a tachometer and a speedometer -- with a spindle-shaped display between them that displays Drive Mode, trip computer, and fuel efficiency information.
The center console is home to a variety of physical controls. There's the shift lever, the Remote Touch controller, the Drive Mode knob, and the pots for the heated and ventilated seats (which I left in their clever automatic mode for most of my testing).
You couldn't call this a luxury sedan without an analog clock being installed somewhere in the dashboard. The Lexus' is unique in that it is tied into the GPS system and automatically sets itself using the satellites' signals. Drive into another time zone and the clock resets itself.
Our loaded LS shipped with an assortment of driver aid technologies, including intelligent high beams, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a Pre-Collision system that is bundled with the Adaptive Cruise Control. Most of these features can be enabled and disabled using this bank of buttons near the driver's knee.
The infotainment home screen is where you'll find top-level icons for the navigation system, destination search, the audio sources, climate controls, hands-free calling system, and the Enform app integration system.
The split-screen interface is slightly confusing to navigate with the Remote Touch controller. What's more, I'd like to see Lexus move away from the "virtual button" metaphor if its not going to use a touch-screen interface.
The economy information screens allow you to track your fuel efficiency, which the EPA estimates at an average 19 mpg combined. LS 600h models also let you monitor the Hybrid Synergy Drive system from this menu.
The standard SiriusXM connection receives satellite radio, which plays through the audio system, but also beams traffic data, fuel prices, stocks, sports scores, and weather forecasts into the dashboard.