Let it be decreed from on high, today is a great day: Lexus has finally, finally, made an updated, fully modern, easy-to-use multimedia system for its cars and SUVs. It has an interesting story, too, because it was developed in-house specifically for the North American market by brand parent Toyota’s Connected Technologies division in Plano, Texas.
The system that’s plagued Lexus cars for years — the one with the god-awful joystick or remote touchpad that felt like using a computer mouse while barreling down a highway at 75 mph — wasn’t suited to U.S. tastes and uses. After listening to customers’ requests, Lexus has done something about it, and we’ve had a taste of it in the new 2022 Lexus NX, unveiled recently at the company’s headquarters.
After playing with it for a while, here are six things we like about the new Lexus Interface system, and two things we don’t.
What We Like
1. It’s Big, Bright and Easy to Use
We only got to play with the system on the optional 14-inch touchscreen (there are options from 8 to 14 inches) that incorporates the climate control system into the lower part of the screen, but even with that system included, it’s super-clear and far simpler in its operation than the outgoing system. It’s also located near to the driver, so there’s no reaching far to the other side of the screen to touch something.