You know you have it, but how do you turn it on? If you’ve ever wondered how to turn on or off the Blind Spot Monitor and/or Park Assist feature in a Lexus GX, then this quick guide is for you!
Turn your GX on.
Press the button on the GX steering wheel that looks like a menu icon and is located right next to the ENTER toggle switch. See the picture above (press the button with the big arrow pointed at it).
Toggle the ENTER switch up or down to flip through the different menu options displayed on your MID until you see “BSM”.
4. Once you see BSM (see picture below), press the ENTER switch in and select the ON function. You will know BSM is turned ON when the circle next to “ON” is filled in and you see the green BSM indicator light on your dash (see below).
5. To turn on your Park Assist, just toggle up one spot (using the ENTER switch) to “Park Assist” and repeat the process. You will know Park Assist is ON when the ON circle is filled in and you see the green P indicator light.
This is actually very easy to do. If you need additional assistance or would like us to show you how to turn on or off these features in your Lexus GX, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion or give us a call at 210-816-6000.
We’ve written several posts on Lexus Safety System+, but do you really know how this comprehensive suite of advanced, active safety packages help prevent the three most common accident types? Lexus Safety System+ is designed to support driver awareness and make us all better, safer drivers, but the features that make up Lexus Safety System+ are really aimed at accident avoidance. Lexus Safety System+ help address three of the most common accident types: frontal collisions, unintended lane departures, and nighttime accidents.
Lexus Safety System+ is comprised of four main systems:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Lane Departure Alert
Intelligent High Beam Headlamps
High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Yes, there are some variations within the systems, but these are the 4 core systems making up Lexus Safety System+.
Obviously, the best accident protection is avoiding accidents altogether. That’s why we believe it is important to understand the basic operation, setting adjustments and limitations of Lexus Safety System+ so you are not only a more informed driver but can fully utilize the system and prevent future accidents. Let’s get started…
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Availability: 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and 2018 LC
This system has 2 primary functions: Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection. The PCS uses an in-vehicle camera and front-grille mounted millimeter-wave radar to help detect the vehicle in front of your vehicle and, in certain conditions, may also help to detect a preceding pedestrian.
When the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision with the vehicle in front of you is high, it prompts the driver to take evasive action by using an audible and visual alert.
Alerts operate when the vehicle speed is approximately 7 to 110 MPH for potential collisions with a vehicle.
This system goes a step further in altogether preventing collisions by aiding the driver with additional brake force (if determined necessary) and applying the brakes to reduce the vehicle speed up to 25 MPH to reduce or prevent potential collisions with a vehicle.
The system detects a potential pedestrian based on size, profile, and motion.
Alerts sound when vehicle speed is 7 to 50 MPH
IF driver does not brake and system determines collision is going to happen, the PCS may operate automated braking for speeds 7 to 50 MPH and may reduce vehicle speed by up to 19 MPH for potential collisions.
The following settings can be adjusted. Adjustments affect both vehicle and pedestrian detection together; they cannot be adjusted independently.
Alert Timing (brake operation remains the same): Far – Mid (default setting) – Near.
Turn function ON or OFF – if the system is turned OFF, it will default to back ON with the Mid alert timing each time you turn the car back on.
2. Lane Departure Alert
There are several variations of Lane Departure Alert. Lane Departure Alert uses an in-vehicle camera designed to detect visible white and yellow lane markers in front of the vehicle and the vehicle’s position on the road. Lane Departure Alert is designed to function at speeds of approximately 32 MPH or higher on relatively straight roadways. You can turn the system ON or OFF and it will remain in the selected position until you manually change it back – it does not default back on. Lane Departure Alert (alone) comes on the 2016-2017 Lexus LX.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist comes on 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS F, and the 2016-2017 RX. When equipped and enabled, the system may provide small corrective steering inputs to the steering wheel for a short period of time to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane. Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is designed to function at speeds approximately 32 MPH or higher on relatively straight roadways.
The MID will display the system’s operating status
IF the system is unable to detect the lane markings or if the system is temporarily disabled on one of both sides, the MID will show the inside of the displayed lines to be empty
If the system is able to detect the lane markings, the MID will show white, filled in lines
When the Lane Departure Alert system is operating, the MID will flash orange on the affected side – appropriate line
When the Steering Assist function is operating, the MID will flash green on the outside of the filled-in lines for the affected side
You can turn off this system and it will remain OFF until you manually turn the system back ON.
Lane Keep Assist comes on the 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX and the 2018 LC. Lane Keep Assist is only operational when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is on and is only a driver assist function. The system will deactivate when the driver is not holding the steering wheel and will assist the driver with some of the steering operations necessary for staying in the current visibly marked lane.
Vehicle Sway Warning is available on 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 GS F, 2016-2017 RX, 2017 LX and the 2018 LC. Vehicle Sway Warning alerts the driver with a buzzer and displaying a warning indicator on the MID prior to instances such as deviating from the road in the event of drowsiness, inattention or distracted driving. This can also be turned ON or OFF and will remain in that position until the driver manually changes it.
3. Intelligent High Beam Headlamps
Availability:2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 GS F, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and the 2018 LC. This system is designed to help drivers see more of what’s ahead at night time without blinding other drivers. IHB is designed to function at speeds approximately 25 MPH or higher. The minimum speed may vary by vehicle and the system can be turned ON or OFF.
4. High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Availability:2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES and 2016-2017 GS F
Designed to function at speeds approximately 25 to 110 MPH and the vehicle speed must be above 28 MPH in order to initiate the system. System will help maintain the preset distance to the vehicle in front and may apply brakes if needed to slow your vehicle down in order to maintain that preset distance. You can adjust the vehicle to vehicle settings: Long – Medium (default) and Short.
Another, more advanced, variation of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is the available All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is available on 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and the 2018 LC. This system will do the same as the first, but will also cover speeds below 25 MPH and designed to function between 0 – 110 MPH. All-Speed DRCC may enable low-speed following, speed matching, stopping and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle.
Limitations to Systems: Important to Remember
Do not overly rely on Lexus Safety System+ since the system does have limitations, especially when driving in inclement weather. Below are conditions where these systems may not operate OR may activate a driver alert and/or automatic braking may occur when not actually needed.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
Vehicle Detection Limitations:
When visibility is poor due to bad weather (rain, snow, fog, blizzard, etc)
When driving around locations with sharp curves for a period of time after coming out of a turn – due to camera recognition
When there is intense light from the front (high beam lights from oncoming vehicle)
When 6.5 feet or less from the preceding vehicle (may trigger the BRAKE! Alert or auto-brake for you)
If the vehicle in front is super small, low or irregularly high
When the camera is facing the wrong direction due to damage or misalignment
When something is on the sensor! Check and make sure your Lexus emblem does not have bugs, dirt or ice on it.
While VSC is activated
While the accelerator is pressed
While backing up
While driving at very high speeds (over 110 MPH)
Pedestrian Detection Limitations and Instances System May Operate, Even if Collision is NOT Likely:
When there is an obstacle or parked car at the point of entering a curve, in a curve or at an intersection
When passing through a narrow steel bridge or through a low ceiling area like a tunnel or parking structure
When driving on uneven road or in weeds
Upon seeing a raised intersection, sign or advertisement board in front of the vehicle
While driving up or down a slope and manhole cover (for example) is in front of the vehicle
When passing through parked cars or driving between vehicles
When turning around a curve where there is a pedestrian to the front of the vehicle (can activate even if they are on the sidewalk)
Lane Departure Alert Limitations
System May Not Operate as Designed:
Bad Weather Conditions blocking vehicle camera visibility or lane marker visibility
System Operation May Be Reduced:
Lane Markers have been rubbed off, removed or can’t be seen
Road surface is bright, light concrete or wet
System May Stop Temporarily:
When amount of light changes dramatically
If vehicles move up or down (uneven road) or when driving on slippery road
When camera is bathed in strong light
The system WILL NOT Operate:
If driving on unpaved road
When driving too close to a preceding vehicle, blocking the camera from seeing lane markers
Intelligent High Beam Headlamps Limitations
Driving on a road with frequent curves or when there is a sharp curve
If vehicle is modified
If vehicle in front has dirty headlights or taillights
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control Limitations
Bad Weather – when system determines there is bad weather, there are cases where it will automatically turn OFF
IF system detects filth the system may turn OFF automatically
When vehicle is being towed
When leaving lane while on an expressway
When leading vehicle is pulling an empty trailer making the rear surface area very small (including motorcycles)
For more information on Lexus Safety System+, visit LexusDrivers.com or swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion for a personal presentation of these advanced safety systems.
We all know our ABC’s, but do you know the ABC’s of Lexus? Learn more about the innovative new features found on the Lexus model lineup by going back to the basics. This is Lexus, defined. Part II of the ABC’s of Lexus: your updated Lexus Glossary.
Artificial Intelligence Shift Control
Standard on the 2017 Lexus ES, GX, LS, and LX – AI Shift control automatically changes the shift pattern in response to road conditions and/or the driver’s intention to enhance driving comfort. Basically, AI Shift Control helps deliver a smooth, responsive driving experience by automatically controlling the transmission gear selection – thank you, Lexus!
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Standard in the 2017 Lexus GS, GS F, LX, and RX – Blind Spot Monitor alerts the driver if a vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane, while the Rear Cross-Traffic assists the driver when backing out of a parking spot or driveway. BSM with RCTA helps make lane changes safer and provides peace of mind when pulling out of a busy parking lot.
Center and Rear Torsen Differential
This is the mechanical torque-sensing differential that always favors the wheel or axle with the best grip in order to arrest wheel spin before invoking power-reducing traction control. A Torsen® center differential is used on all-wheel-drive models; a Torsen® rear differential is used on rear-wheel-drive F SPORT models.
Standard on 2017 RC F and available on GS, IS, LS, RC
Driver Attention Monitor
Lexus explains the advanced system:
The Driver Attention Monitor, part of the Advanced Pre-Collision System (PCS), uses a camera mounted on the steering column to monitor the driver’s face and eyelids. Two near-infrared lights are built into the camera to illuminate the driver’s face and eyelids–even in the dark. The Driver Attention Monitor uses the width of the face and the position of the eyes and mouth to calculate the position of the driver’s face; it then uses the width of the upper and lower lines of the eyes to calculate the position of the driver’s eyelids. If the system detects the driver not looking directly ahead for a few seconds or more, and if an obstacle is detected ahead, the system alerts the driver. The alert consists of a warning beep, a flashing light on the instrument panel and a “BRAKE!” warning message in the multi-information display.
Driver Attention Monitor is available on 2017 Lexus GX (with Driver Assistance Package ZA) and 2017 LS
Standard on the Lexus Hybrid models, this mode allows the vehicle to travel short distances at moderate speeds without using the gasoline engine. It allows the vehicle to maneuver within a parking lot or garage in a quiet, emission-free mode. EV mode can only be accessed if the battery has a sufficiently high level of charge.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Forward Collision Warning is one of the many components that make up the Pre-Collision System which is included in the comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ package. Forward Collision Warning adds another level of confidence and peace of mind, with technology that can detect obstructions and help the driver take action to prevent or mitigate collisions. Standard on 2017 ES, GS, GS F, LX and RX
G-Force Artificial Intelligence Shift Control
Kind of a mouthful, G-Force Artificial Intelligence Shift Control is actually an enhancement to the existing AI Shift Control. First introduced on 2014 IS models with 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift transmission (IS 350 RWD and IS 350 RWD F SPORT), G-AI Shift Control now comes on most Lexus models including:
G-AI Shift Control automatically selects the optimum gear and downshift pattern in response to G forces generated by acceleration and deceleration. The selected gear is maintained through the corner for optimum acceleration when exiting the corner. G-AI Shift Control helps ensures the ideal gear selection for deceleration when entering the corner, chassis balance through the corner and acceleration when exiting the corner.
Heads Up Display
Heads Up Display is not a new feature, but it has been revamped and provides a sharp image appearing approximately 6.6 feet forward of the driver thanks to the liquid crystal display (LCD) built into the Heads Up Display unit. Both the height and brightness of the display is adjustable and even comes in color for the 2017 LX and all-new 2018 LC. The HUD is linked to the meters and navigation system and projects a variety of information, such as the current vehicle speed and route guidance to a set destination.
HUD is available in the 2017 Lexus GS, GS F, LX and RX and one of those standard added options for 2018 Lexus LC
Intelligence Clearance Sonar (ICS)
First available on the 2017 Lexus RX, Intelligence Clearance Sonar adds an automatic braking function to Blind Spot Monitor with RCTA and Intuitive Parking Assist.
Intelligent Clearance Sonar can reduce drive force and automatically apply braking to avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle or obstacle.
Rear Cross-Traffic Braking radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect oncoming vehicles when the vehicle is in reverse, while Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking sonar sensors in the front and rear bumpers are designed to detect obstacles in the vehicle’s path during low-speed maneuvering.
When Rear Cross-Traffic Braking detects an oncoming vehicle or Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking detects a nearby obstacle in the vehicle’s path, visual and audible warnings alert the driver.
If the driver does not take action when prompted by the audible and visual alerts, Intelligent Clearance Sonar will reduce drive force and then apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle or obstacle.
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Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)
Standard on 2017 Lexus GX, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System or KDSS helps to limit and control body sway when on the road. Loads of benefits, KDSS is one system we wouldn’t want to go without.
Benefits of KDSS:
Front and rear stabilizer bars automatically firm or relax in effect, optimizing suspension performance
During normal on-road driving, firm stabilizer bars promote consistent handling
During off-road driving, relaxed stabilizer bars enhance capability because of the increase in suspension travel. The wheels are freer to roll over rough terrain without rocking the vehicle or losing traction
Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) System with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS)
Available now on GS and RC, the Lexus Dynamic Handling System with Dynamic Rear Steering is seen (in-part) on the 2018 LC with Performance Package.
Lexus lays out the function of LDH with DRS for you here:
Available on certain F SPORT RWD models only*, the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) provides target vehicle characteristics in accordance with vehicle speed, allowing the turning angles of the front and rear wheels to be changed arbitrarily in response to the steered angle of the steering wheel. LDH consists of the Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS) system, which controls the turning angle of the front wheels, and the Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system, which controls the turning angle of the rear wheels. LDH integrates and controls the VGRS, DRS and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems in order to achieve superior vehicle stability and reaction performance in response to the driver’s intention. The system controls the turning angles of the front and rear wheels in accordance with the steered angle of the steering wheel and the vehicle speed to achieve target vehicle characteristics. The LDH system drives the steering actuator assembly in the VGRS system and the rear steering link assembly in the DRS system in accordance with the steered angle of the steering wheel and the vehicle speed; thus controlling vehicle slip angle and yaw rate to achieve target vehicle characteristics. Control of the rear wheels’ turning angle by the DRS system is calculated by the front steering control ECU and actuated by the driving of a DC motor in the rear steering link assembly (via the rear steering control ECU). In the low-speed range, yaw rate characteristics are set high to achieve reduction of the driver’s steering efforts and to shorten the turning radius; vehicle slip characteristics in the low-speed range have been optimized. In the medium speed range, yaw rate characteristics are set high to ensure superior turning performance and a steering feels appropriate to the driver’s intention. In the high-speed range, the vehicle slip angle characteristics of the target vehicle characteristics are set to “0”; in addition, vehicle slip angle changing characteristics are set high in order to achieve a level of stability and vehicle motion performance that suits driver intentions.
Commonly referred to as “MID”, the multi-display is optimally placed for driver convenience and provides a centralized source for operation navigation, audio, air conditioning, hybrid system information and more. Lexus explains:
This high-resolution, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color multi-information display (MID) located in the Optitron instrument cluster displays information in four segmented areas and is accessed via the steering-wheel-pad “DISP“ button. The top area displays features like Cruise Information, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (set vehicle speed and control conditions of the system) and Warnings (immediately interrupts display), Multi-Terrain Select, Turn-by-Turn navigation and diagnostic trouble codes. The second area shows features like Multi-Terrain Select selection conditions, operating conditions of CRAWL Control and outside temperature. The third area displays feature like vehicle shift position and currently selected vehicle height. The bottom area provides the odometer/trip-meter display.
Multi-Display is standard on 2017 CT, ES, GS, GS F, IS, LS, LX, NX, RC, RC F and RX
Some Lexus owners still think of “NuLuxe” has something undesirable, however, this synthetic leather-type seat material is truly comfortable and best of all, environmentally responsible. Smooth, and soft to the touch, NuLuxe is available in Parchment, Light Gray, Black and now Sepia – on 2017 GX only. It is manufactured in a process that generates no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and in a process that generates 65% less C02 emissions than similar material. It also weighs only half as much as leather, contributing to the overall reduction in vehicle weight.
NuLuxe is standard on 2017 CT, ES, GS, GX, IS, NX, RC RC F, and RX, however, most Lexus owners will really only see the “standard” NuLuxe interior on the CT, IS, NX, ES, and RC. Although standard on all of the models listed above, this standard interior is only on the most basic equipment levels for the RX, GX and RC F which makes up a small proportion of RX’s that are available for sale, an even smaller portion of GX’s built for sale and almost non-existent on the RC F.
One-Touch Power Trunk
An indulgent feature that once experienced makes it almost impossible for you to imagine owning a car without it. The One-Touch Power Trunk is standard on the 2017 Lexus GS F and LS but also widely available on 2017 ES and GS.
Pedestrian Detection is another component of the Pre-Collision System and included in the Lexus Safety System+ Package that is now standard on 2017 Lexus ES, GS, GS F, IS, LX and RX plus the new 2018 LC.
Pedestrian Detection system uses a camera system to detect pedestrians and alert the driver of the possibility of a frontal collision.
LS models equipped with the Advanced Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection use a stereo camera system, while models equipped with Lexus Safety System+ use a monocular camera system.
At speeds between approximately 7 and 50 mph, the system can detect a pedestrian based on size, profile, and motion. If the system determines a potential frontal collision with a pedestrian, it prompts the driver with audio and visual alerts to take evasive action and brake, followed by Brake Assist activation to prepare the brakes for emergency braking.
If the driver does not brake in a set time and the system determines that the risk of collision with a pedestrian is extremely high, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed by up to 19 mph, to help the driver reduce the impact and in certain cases avoid the collision.
As great as the concept is and as much as we wished this worked, Lexus seems to have thrown in the towel, at this time at least and scrapped the Qi-Compatible Charging Tray that came on a handful of 2017 LX and NX.
Rear-Cross Traffic Braking
This one is so new it’s only been seen on one model, so far – the 2017 RX. Part of ICS, the new Rear-Cross Traffic Braking will also be on the soon-to-be-released 2018 LS (we talked about this feature in an earlier blog post).
With Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTA), radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect oncoming vehicles when backing from a parking spot or when backing from a driveway into a cross street. Visual and audible warnings occur if cross-traffic is detected. If the driver does not take action when prompted by the visual and audible alerts, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking will reduce drive force and then apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle. The system is activated at each ignition cycle unless RCTA has been set to OFF in the MID settings menu.
Steering wheel vibration is just one of the alerts that notify the driver when Lane Departure Alert is activated. This can be turned off – which we are frequently asked about.
On some models, the Lane Departure Alert audible alert can be replaced by a steering wheel vibration, in addition to the indicator on the multi-information display when the vehicle moves too close to lane markers. The driver can choose between the audible alert and steering vibration in the settings menu in the multi-information display.
Torque Vectoring Differential
The Lexus RC F offered a Lexus-first Torque Vectoring Differential that put added control into the hands of the driver. With three driver-selectable modes- Standard, Slalom, and Track – the TVD responds in one-thousandth of a second to vary torque distribution according to cornering conditions. By sending more power to the outside rear tire, it helps rotate the RC F around the turn for enhanced agility, while also helping you hold your line with unrelenting precision.
TVD is standard on 2017 Lexus GS F and available on the Lexus RC F.
The Ultra Luxury Package available on the Lexus ES transforms the already comfortable ES sedan into moving luxury retreat. Exclusive Ultra Luxury Package features include:
Panoramic Moon Roof
Semi-Aniline Leather with Embossed Stitch Seats
Driver’s Seat Cushion Extender
Rear Door Sunshades
One Touch Power Trunk
18-inch Wheel Upgrade
Mark Levinson Sound
Ambient Interior Lighting
Lexus Memory System for front passenger’s seat
Variable Gear Ratio Steering
Variable Gear-Ratio Steering is standard on the 2017 LX and available on 2017 GS, LS and RC, however, it is on the 2018 LC Performance Package where VGRS really shines. Variable Gear-Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the front-wheel steering angle and response. At low speeds, VGRS reduces the number of turns, lock to lock, for easier maneuvering. At high speeds, the steering gear ratio is optimized for increased high-speed responsiveness and control. When combined with Active Rear Steering, VGRS enhances response, rear grip and overall agility when cornering.
Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) Front Seats
Another mouth-full, but something we are thankful to have as standard equipment on the 2017 CT, ES, GS, GS F, LS, NX, and RX.
Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats feature forward placement of front headrests, an optimized seatback shape and reinforced seat side frames. In the event of a rear-end collision, the front seats have been designed to push backward, allowing the occupants to sink into their seats. This can help limit excessive head movement by reducing the space between the head and the headrest, helping decrease the severity of whiplash injury in certain types of rear-end collisions.
For any Scrabble fans, Xylograph is defined as an engraving on wood. Since we are need of a suitable “X”- word for this updated Lexus Glossary, we decided to go with Xylograph as it helps describe the Takumi Craftsmanship seen in the Art Wood on the 2018 Lexus LS.
The 2018 LS benefits from using sophisticated sliced wood and laser cutting technologies to produce new interior finish options. The grain pattern of Art Wood is achieved by combining different color woods and is an original Lexus design, created using Takumi craftsmanship skills.
“Yet” inspires us to find synergy effects by fusing seemingly incompatible goals – spacious yet aerodynamic design– for example. By harmonizing contradictory elements, “Yet” opens up visionary frontiers of progressive design and technology to deliver amazing, new experiences to the world.
Zonetime is defined as the standard time throughout a time zone that is the actual time at the meridian on which the time zone is based. Therefore we chose zonetime since a few new Lexus now have a GPS-enabled clock that will change the time based on the time zone (zonetime) that you are traveling in. I know, super clever.
Congratulations! You’ve completed the 2nd installment of The ABC’s of Lexus. We hope this has been an informative read, and at the very least, can be put to good use when playing Words with Friends.
Already know where you want to go but still, need some navigation assistance in getting there? For Lexus drivers looking for a specific business while on the road, we have the ultimate voice command cheat sheet. Find it faster by simply saying “Find Lexus” or “Show Lexus icons” – for example – and get directions without having to wait through multiple voice prompts.
Press your voice command button, wait for the beep then say “Find <Business>” or “Show <Business> icons” to find the business you’re needing faster. Below is a list of businesses our San Antonio Lexus drivers may be looking for while out on the road. We’ve even taken the liberty to highlight a few of our favorites.
*Fun to note, a few of the businesses can be even be located using shorter, phonetically appropriate nick-names as you will see on the list below.
Business POI List:
Bank Of America
Bed Bath and Beyond
Bee Kay (Burger King)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Chuck E Cheese
Dee Cue (Dairy Queen)
Einstein Brothers Bagels
Gulf (Gulf Gas Station)
Hilton Garden Hotel
Holiday Inn Express
Jack in the Box
La Quinta Inn
Mobil (gas station)
Shell (gas station)
Steak ‘n Shake
Texaco (gas station)
What a Burger
When in doubt, give your voice command a quick push and after the beep simply say “Find <Insert Business>“. More than likely, that business will be one of the Business POI’s already programmed in your vehicle’s voice command vocabulary.
The all-new Lexus LC offers the most advanced engineering and technology systems seen in any Lexus to-date. If you’re one of the lucky ones that get to take the 2018 LC home every night and have now had a sufficient amount of time of just basking in the glory of driving such a show-stopping coupe in your neighborhood – not to mention parking it in your driveway, – you might now have started to ask yourself how everything works. After spending some time with the advanced Lexus LC, we started asking ourselves more than just a couple of questions on some basic operations. To help you out, we are sharing 4 tools that will help you master your new Lexus LC.
Tool # 1
Let’s start with a seemingly simple operation: how do you set the automatic parking brake? You may be asking yourself, why would this make our list for just 4 tools that will help you master your new LC? The answer is this, you can’t enjoy your new toy if you’re worried you might break it. For anyone that has to park on a hill or on a road that has even the slightest slope, you may surprise yourself, and the neighbors by pulling a Jekyll and Hyde. Drastically morphing from the cool kid with the cool car to a frazzled crazy person looking for the damn parking brake. We’ve been there. Keep your cool with our first helpful tool: find and turn on the Automatic Parking Brake mode. You can find the Parking Brake located above your right knee when in the driver’s seat of the LC. When you are stopped, press and hold the brake switch until you see a message displayed on your MID in front of you stating “EPB Shift Interlock Function Activated.” Once you see that message and have the parking brake in auto-mode, you’ll never have to worry about parking on that hill again.
Tool # 2
Now that you know your LC is safe and sound when you put it in park, you may be asking yourself how you will literally be able to keep your cool in this 100 degree San Antonio heat. Our second tool will make even the newest LC owner seem like they’ve been driving high-performing, advanced luxury sports cars like the LC for years. Climate Concierge is the new go-to tool for anyone that wants their Lexus set at the perfect temperature and providing the utmost comfort year round. No longer will you have to fumble around poking and prodding your new remote touch device to turn on those cooling seats. Climate Concierge will do everything for you, automatically. Lexus Climate Concierge integrates climate controls with the heated and ventilated seating and is easily controlled by a single switch on the new Lexus Climate Concierge monitor. This new system also pairs with the leather-trimmed heated steering wheel to offer a warm surface for the entire diameter of the steering wheel, regardless of the placement of the driver’s hands. Once you’re in the Climate settings (see the picture below), select Options and turn Concierge on AUTO MODE.
Tool # 3
Now, you may be thinking that all of these tools sound great, but how do I find out the rest or how do you even get to the Climate Concierge monitor? Meet your new best friend: the Lexus-first e-Owners Manual. That’s right, the new Lexus LC has all of the info you could ever need conveniently stored in your navigation system. Locate the LC e-Owners Manual and you’ll have the answer to your question(s) on everything from using your turning signal to turning on or off Valet Mode.
Tool # 4
This one is an extension of Tool # 3 and you get a hint of what it may be from checking out the picture above. Our last tool that will make you the master of the Lexus LC is the visual search function in your new e-Owners Manual. Let’s face it, sometimes you need some help but you don’t even know what you’re needing help with. In times like this, you can click on Visual Search in your virtual manual and locate the feature or part of the car that you’re needing help with. Problem solved!
What’s your favorite feature on the new Lexus LC? Share in the comments section below or send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lexus recently released information on new, advanced active safety technologies which will be coming on the all-new Lexus LS. The redesigned LS begins production early December so the all-new flagship should make its dealership debut in January – but we will keep you updated with any changes in the currently scheduled production. The Lexus LS will be equipped with the already well-established active safety package that we have on Lexus models now, Lexus Safety System+, combined with Lexus Safety System+ A. This new system will be available on models built for Japan, North America, and Europe and promises to deliver a safer, more-secure driving experience in a broad range of situations. The new support system has been designed to be clear and intuitive by providing the driver with information ranging from support status notifications to information on vehicle behavior during safety feature operation via a large Head-Up-Display (HUD) and a multi-information display.
The Lexus LS will pioneer a new age with an extensive application of advanced safety technologies. Lexus Safety System+ is based on the Integrated Safety Management Concept and includes PCS with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert/Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High-Beam Headlamps. The new Lexus Safety System+ A will provide advanced pre-collision support and sophisticated driving assistance. What are these new supportive driving assistance technologies?
Active Steering Assist, a world-first technology, is one of these new, sophisticated driving assistance systems that will debut on the new Lexus LS. Active Steering Assist is said to help prevent collisions that cannot be avoided through automatic braking alone
Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) is designed to warn the driver of the possibility of head-on collisions at intersections.
Lexus CoDrive will assist the driver in maintaining in-lane driving or in changing lanes.
The chart above provides a full list of safety systems provided by both Lexus Safety System+ and the new Safety System+ A.
Not only will the new LS debut the supportive new safety system, but it will also see enhancements to the comprehensive Safety System+ that we use currently. Below we explore each of the new, advanced active safety technologies.
Pre-Collision System (PCS) – NOW with Pedestrian Alert and Active Steering Assist
The all-new LS will have the conventional PCS, which supports collision prevention and damage reduction through alerts, as well as a world-first technology, Pedestrian Alert, and Active Steering Assist. Pedestrian Alert specifies the direction of the presence of a pedestrian. If there is a possibility of a collision with a pedestrian ahead, the direction of the pedestrian’s presence is shown in an animation via the LS’s large color HUD, contributing to intuitive recognition on the part of the driver. Active Steering Assist determines when there is a high possibility of collision with a pedestrian in the lane of travel or with a continuous structure, such as a guardrail, and if the system also determines that it is difficult to avoid a collision with brake control alone but that it might be avoided with steering control, the system assists in collision prevention through automatic steering control in addition to activating an alert and applying the brakes.
… We are definitely getting close to autonomous driving with this one!
Lexus CoDrive is described as advanced driving assist technology that can lead to automated driving. Lexus CoDrive adds Lane Change Assist (LCA) to the basic functions of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to provide steering support that is in line with the intentions of the driver and lane-changing support on highways or motor-vehicle-only roadways. “By providing seamless driving support on roads with curves or in traffic jams, Lexus CoDrive largely decreases driver burden. It coordinates with the LS’s large HUD and multi-information display to clearly notify the driver of the state of support provided,” explains Lexus.
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
Lane Tracing Assist provides lane-keeping support by way of steering control when Adaptive Cruise Control is in operation. In addition to lane line detection by way of a camera, tracing the path of the vehicle ahead enables assistance even when lane lines cannot be recognized. Examples of this could be in low-speed driving through traffic when there is little distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the speed of entering a curve is found, based on navigation data, to be too fast, the driver is alerted by way of the LS’s HUD and MID, and the vehicle is automatically slowed.
Lane Change Assist (LCA)
LCA, which uses driver manipulation of the turning signal as a cue to activate, supports lane changes by monitoring the surrounding road environment and, at the appropriate timing, controls steering, as well as acceleration and deceleration. – so you better drive really well, or else Lexus will take over…
Driver Emergency Stop Assist
Driver Emergency Stop Assist is coordinated with LTA. Lexus explains the new system: If non-operation by the driver continues during use of LTA on a motor-vehicle only roadway, Driver Emergency Stop Assist supports the driver through audio and visual alerts and gentle deceleration. It then activates the vehicle’s hazard lamps and horn to alert those outside the vehicle to help prevent or reduce damages to the vehicle or to others, while slowing and eventually stopping the vehicle within its lane. After stopping, it unlocks the doors and activates an automatic SOS (HELPNET) connection for a rescue request, contributing to early driver rescue.
Two-Stage Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS)
With eight LED lights at the top and 16 below (on each side), the Two-stage Adaptive High-Beam System provides optimal lighting by way of separate on/off control of each row of LEDs, enabling a finer control of light strength and distance compared to the existing LED-based AHS. This allows higher frequency of high-beam driving without blinding preceding or oncoming vehicles, thus improving nighttime visibility.
Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA)
To help prevent collisions at intersections, FCTA is meant to detect forward cross-traffic vehicles. Using forward direction radar and world-first alert to tell the driver the direction from which a cross-traffic vehicle is approaching the immediate intersection. Alerts are displayed on the HUD and if the vehicle proceeds regardless of the presence of an approaching vehicle in cross traffic, warnings are also sent to the driver via a buzzer and the LS’s MID.
Road Sign Assist (RSA)
RSA acquires road sign information using a camera and navigation maps and then displays such using the LS’s HUD and MID, thus reducing driver failed to recognize signs and encourage safe driving.
What else is new? The 2018 Lexus LS will also provide drivers with several other active safety technologies including Parking support brakes, Panoramic View Monitor with side clearance view and cornering functions and a digital rear-view mirror.
Needless to say, the all-new LS will be at the forefront of advanced safety technologies. We look forward to seeing these advanced systems in action when the 2018 LS debuts later this Fall and begins to arrive at our dealership January 2018.
Lexus Safety System+ has brought us closer to a world with fewer car accidents. Utilizing millimeter-wave radar and advanced camera systems, Lexus Safety System+ assists drivers in the form of pedestrian alerts, establishing preset distances from preceding vehicles, preventing lane drift, and more. The new integrated suite of active safety technologies designed to better inform drivers and prevent accidents, is standard on some of Lexus’ most popular models and will soon become standard on the rest of the Lexus model line-up. So, which models have these advanced systems? Get smart about safety with our ultimate Safety System+ Cheat Sheet.
Lexus Models with Safety System+
The 4 advanced safety systems included in the Lexus Safety System+ Package is Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA)/Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps. You will get these 4 safety features on the new Lexus LX 570 and RX SUVs as well as on the ES sedans, IS, GS and GS F.
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
What is this exactly? Lexus explains, the PCS with Pedestrian Detection is engineered to detect vehicles in the path of your Lexus, under certain conditions. Should the system detect a pedestrian or determine a frontal collision is imminent, it’s designed to automatically prepare Brake Assist for increased brake force, automatically begin braking before impact and, depending on the vehicle, can even brake your vehicle to a complete stop.
The Lexus Pre-Collision System consists of 3 Pre-Collision features:
Forward Collision Warning – Vehicle warns driver when a collision is imminent
Automatic Emergency Braking – Vehicle can automatically apply brakes with no driver involvement
Pedestrian Detection – System can automatically apply brakes if a pedestrian is detected
** What about the Lexus models not listed above? The Lexus GX 460, NX crossover, LS sedan and RC coupes all come with an option that includes a PCS feature and although technically available (special order), we have not yet seen PCS on the CT 200h. We will break down the advanced safety features on the Lexus models that still do not come with Safety System+ below.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
What is DRCC? DRCC uses radar technology to sense the speed and distance of vehicles in front of you so to help maintain a preset following distance from the vehicle ahead. If you happen to get too close to the vehicle in front of you, DRCC can automatically reduce your speed as needed.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA) | Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
What is LDA and LKA? LDA consists of a Lane Departure Alert Function, Vehicle Sway Warning and Steering Vibration where LKA involves active Steering Assist and Lane Centering.
Lane Departure Alert Function – Vehicle warns driver when it detects inadvertent lane departure
Steering Vibration – Steering wheel vibrates as a notification to the driver when LDA is activated
Vehicle Sway Warning – Vehicle warns driver when vehicle is swaying or appears as if it may depart from its lane multiple times
Steering Assist – Vehicle can actively steer back into the lane when it detects an inadvertent lane departure
Lane Centering – When DRCC is set, vehicle actively steers to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane
Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps
Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps offer added illumination when the road ahead is clear and will temporarily switch to low-beam when they sense another vehicle ahead. This convenient feature helps to provide added visibility and is a feature you can set and forget.
So, what about the rest of the Lexus model line-up? Check out how to get some of these advanced safety features on the Lexus models that do not yet come with LSS+ as a standard package.
Want the Lexus GX 460 but bummed it isn’t a Lexus model built with the Safety System+ Package? You CAN get the suite of advanced systems on the GX by going up to the Luxury Model with the Driver Support Package. The Luxury GX with Driver Support Package (ZA) typically lists for $69,209 and you can get one with the Sport Design package which lists for $70,444. We have both options available and in-stock now (one of which was recently driven by Spurs player, Patty Mills!). Check out our GX inventory here.
The Lexus NX is available with an optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control when you get the Luxury Package. The NX 200t with Luxury Package and PCS will list for around $45,828 and there are a few in stock and incoming to Lexus at Dominion. Check out our in-stock NX’s with the Luxury Package and PCS here.
Although extremely rare (we have yet to see one), you can get the Lexus CT 200h with PCS and DRCC – we found 1 in the entire United States. This 1 Lexus CT 200h with PCS lists for $42,340 and as of right now, still appears to be available. Give us a call at 210-816-6000 if you would like our sales team to try to reserve this rare CT for you.
The redesigned 2018 LS models will come with Lexus Safety System+ as a standard feature, however you can still get the 2017 LS 460 with either the more commonly found PCS and All-Speed DRCC and Intelligent High Beam Headlamps OR the exclusive Advanced Pre-Collision System Package which includes PCS with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist (very cool!). The LS 460 with Advanced Pre-Collision System will also come with the Ultra Luxury Package and many other indulgently high-end luxury features. The list price is around $99,315 and we can get one for you! IF PCS and DRCC is enough for you, the LS 460 is available with both – MSRP is around $79K – and readily available at Lexus Dominion!
Want to see these Lexus safety systems at work? Stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion in San Antonio and test drive your favorite Lexus model today.
The new Lexus LS F SPORT model was recently revealed at the New York International Auto Show April 11th, 2017. With many Lexus enthusiasts still salivating from the reinvented flagship debut that took place earlier this year, -this LS F SPORT reveal is the proverbial cherry on top.
The all-new LS F SPORT promises to deliver the most engaging LS driving experience ever with handling enhancements and the latest generation of Lexus’ advanced chassis control technology, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM). The LS 500 F SPORT will come with standard 20-inch wheels along with larger front and rear brakes which is said to “unlock more the platform’s intrinsic performance capability.” The LS F SPORT will also come with an optional Handling Package (RWD gas models only) which gives you Lexus Dynamic Handling (Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Active Rear Steering), Active Stabilizer and sport-tuned air suspension with rapid height function. These handling enhancements capitalizes on the new Lexus GA-L platform – the stiffest platform ever developed by Lexus – and will no doubt respond more like a sports coupe when taking curves – like any F SPORT model really should.
What else is different from the standard LS? While the F SPORT models are nearly identical to the standard models – with an exception to a slightly noticeable driving difference that comes from carefully applied chassis tuning. What really makes the Lexus F SPORT models, and the LS F SPORT we are talking about today, different from their standard counterparts is the unique design.
The all-new LS 500 is already a head-turner with dramatic design language however the LS F SPORT shows an even greater commitment to it’s high-performance driving persona. The F SPORT’s dramatic rendition of the signature spindle grille shows even greater intricacy in design and according to a recent Lexus Enthusiast article, the development of the new F SPORT grille took computer-aided design (CAD) operators five months to achieve the desired texture and interaction with light. The F SPORT designers adjusted over 7,100 individual surfaces to achieve the right design texture for the new F SPORT grille (compared to 5,000 for the standard model’s grille). The intricate design combined with the enlarged side grille of the new LS makes the F SPORT grille a perfect combination of form and function since it is also a key component required to maintain the LS’s cooling performance.
The LS F SPORT has the iconic F SPORT badging seen on the fenders but also sports exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels that highlight the new sedan’s accentuated profile.
The LS F SPORT interior is just as spectacular with exclusive F SPORT design elements seen throughout the cabin. You first notice the F SPORT-exclusive front seat, which provides enhanced support for dynamic driving. A perforated-grill pattern is seen on the seating surfaces and a unique scored aluminum trim adds to the sporty feel of the F SPORT model.
Once in the driver’s seat, you’ll see a special F SPORT steering wheel as well as a new speedometer and tachometer in a movable meter with a ring that slides to display information – a design we’ve seen before and adapted from the LFA. The LS F SPORT continues to hold true to the F SPORT design with aluminum accelerator, brake and footrest pedals and F SPORT perforated shift handle and footrest. Of course this is the LS, so you’ll also get Ultrasuede in the seats and headliner – a nice touch.
The bold 2018 Lexus LC will be arriving at dealerships soon and with more information released on the all new model, we wanted to share some of the specs and vehicle details that was recently made available by Lexus. The new 2018 Lexus LC 500 offers character unlike any vehicle in the Lexus family that blends Takumi craftsmanship with dynamic driving performance. Let’s explore the features and options on the new 2018 LC 500.
The 2018 LC 500 promises an “even sharper, more refined” driving experience delivering 471 horsepower from its naturally aspirated 5-liter V8 engine and segment-first Direct Shift 10-speed automatic transmission. Described as the most rigid Lexus platform ever, the LC utilizes a new, intelligent approach to inertia management which allows the driver to feel at one with the vehicle. With the ability to respond immediately to any input, the LC 500 becomes an extension of the driver. The sleek profile is accentuated by a fast, sloped roof line, long wheel base and compact fender height. The low center of gravity, careful placement of key components and extensive use of lightweight materials create a more stimulating driving experience. The LC 500’s steering wheel, meters and controls further accentuate the exhilaration of driving by concentrating placement within a cockpit-like space and with standard packages like Lexus Safety System+ along with a suite of advanced technologies, the LC is sure to deliver a more confident driving experience suitable for every driver lucky enough to get behind the wheel.
2018 LC 500 Performance
DOHC 32 -valve naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine with 471 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque
Intake VVT-iE and exhaust VVT-i continuously Variable Valve Timing with intelligence and D-4S direct-to-cylinder injection system plus secondary port injectors
0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
10-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with AI-SHIFT Control
Sequential shift feature with magnesium paddle shifters
Multilink front and rear suspension
Drive Mode Select with ECO, Normal, Comfort, Custom, Sport S and Sport S+ modes
Two-piece 15.7-inch spirally-ventilated front brake discs with 6-piston monoblock calipers; 14.1-inch spirally-ventilated rear brake discs with 4-piston monoblock calipers
Our popular “What’s that Button” series is back and this time we’re going to show you around the SUV’s of Lexus. Whether you drive the Lexus RX, NX or LX, you are sure to come across one or two buttons that have you wondering what would happen if I press that…? What’s that Button: Part V will answer any lingering questions you may have on the various buttons and features found on the popular line up of Lexus SUVs, or at the very least, should be an entertaining read for Lexus enthusiasts.
What’s that Button: Lexus LX 570
If you have a 2016 or 2017 LX 570 then you more than likely have the Cool Box which is considered one of those “standard added options” for most new LX’s built for the Southern area. How do you know if you have the Cool Box in your Lexus LX? If you see a button like the one below, you’re a lucky owner of a Lexus Cool Box.
If you have the Lexus LX or any other Luxury Model Lexus then you will have an extra adjustable feature for the driver’s seat. This feature is perfect for taller individuals and is the control you see on the very end – far left – in the picture above. This button is called the Driver’s Seat Power Cushion Extender and will provide additional thigh support for the driver.
We get this question quite a bit. The button with the arrow directed at it above is the Easy Access Mode switch. You can select this mode for easy access and easy loading of your Lexus LX. Easy access mode is available when the vehicle height mode is in normal and stopped on a flat surface while parked with the engine off. When the vehicle begins to lower a beep will sound twice, and while the vehicle is lowering the indicator light will flash to alert the driver and surrounding people that the vehicle is lowering. The indicator light will stop blinking as soon as the shift in height is completed. If the engine is turned off within 30 seconds after the vehicle stops while this mode is on, the LX height is lowered automatically.
The button above (the one with the big arrow pointing at it) is where you can disable the height control feature. We call it the “Height Control OFF” button. You can press this button when the vehicle is stopped and the height control “OFF” indicator will appear on the multi-information display making the LX height fixed at the current mode. Pressing the switch again will turn the system back on. On a side note, even if the system is turned off, the vehicle system will intervene automatically if the LX speed exceeds 18 mph while in high or low mode and/or 50 mph while in normal mode. You should also know that if the vehicle is loaded too heavily, or the undercarriage of the LX has come into contact with the road surface, the vehicle height cannot be raised or lowered.
The large button, or dial, pictured above is called Multi-Terrain Select. Multi-Terrain Select is a system that helps drivability in off-road situations and will basically turn you into a serious off-roading pro while navigating the toughest back roads. Multi-Terrain Select gives you 5 different modes to choose from and by turning the dial and reading your multi-information display you can select the mode that most closely matches the type of terrain on which you are on. The 5 modes include Mud & Sand, Loose Rock, Mogul, Rock & Dirt and Rock. Not sure which terrain you’re on? Read a complete description on how to operate the Multi-Terrain Select here.
The button pointed at above that reads “ECT 2nd” is the button used for selecting 2nd Start Mode in the LX570. You would use 2nd Start mode when driving on slippery road surfaces such as snow. Texas drivers would not have to use this button very often.
What’s that Button: Lexus GX 460
The Lexus GX460 was built for adventure and offers a sublime smooth ride plus versatility that knows no bounds. Although the GX has fewer center console controls than the LX we just went over, there are still a few buttons that may have drivers asking themselves, what’s that button? To help answer this question and maybe point out a few more buttons that you might have missed, we will explore the Lexus GX460 here.
On the GX Luxury Model you will have a center console that looks like the one pictured above and includes controls for your Adaptive Variable Suspension System. The AVS System allows you to select different drive modes to suit driving conditions. For example, you can move the AVS switch up to Sport Mode when driving on winding mountain roads or high speed driving. Normal is perfect for every day and is the center option. Comfort mode is selected by moving the button to the bottom option (where you see COMF on the switch above). Comfort mode, when compared to normal mode, ride comfort is improved.
The Lexus GX460 Luxury with Driver Assist Package will come with the Pre-Collision System and have a steering wheel that looks like the one pictured above. The Pre-Collision System is on by default, but did you know that you can disable or turn off PCS? If you’re looking under the steering wheel and see a PCS off button and it is pressed in, then PCS is disabled and a “PCS” warning light will turn on the MID. Good to know, just in case you press this button without actually wanting to turn off the valuable driver assist system.
Pretty much ever 2017 Lexus GX460 will have Park Assist as one of the many safety features found on the Premium package model and up. If you have Park Assist turned on and go to park or pull in close to another object or car you will see a display like the one pictured above. Park Assist alerts you when you are getting close to an object, but do you know how close you can really get without hitting that object? Below is a helpful chart on the distance associated with the different bars and colors that you will see on your Lexus display screen when PA is on and working for you.
A good rule of thumb is that when you see the Red with lines then you should stop. Yellow just means you’re close but not yet too close.
What’s that Button: Lexus RX
The Lexus RX is one of our best-selling and most popular Lexus models. Enjoyed by many, the Lexus RX has lots to offer and the 2017 model comes with more standard equipment than ever before. This long list of features includes the new Safety System+ which is on by default but can be controlled via new steering wheel and other buttons found throughout the front cabin of the Lexus RX.
The button pointed at above controls Vehicle to Vehicle Distance which is just one Safety System+ setting that can be adjusted by pressing a button on the RX steering wheel. Pressing this button changes the vehicle-to-vehicle distance to either Long, Medium or Short. By default the distance is set to long mode but if you want a tighter following distance then press this button and select away.
Another common question asks about the button located just below the Drive Mode Select dial that has a car icon and “OFF” written below it.
This is one button that I would just ignore since pressing it turns off a valuable driving assist system that you will want to remain on. If you do press it though, you do not have to worry as it is very easy to turn back on and the car will alert you when or if turned off. The button pictured above controls the vehicle’s TRAC system – traction and vehicle stability control. You may see the TRAC indicator light flash on the MID while driving from time to time as this flashing light tells you that the TRAC/VSC systems are operating. If your RX gets stuck in the mud, dirt or snow, the TRAC system may reduce power from the engine to the wheels. Pressing that button in this instance may make it easier for you to rock the vehicle in order to free it. To turn TRAC off, quickly press and release the button. The “Traction Control Turned Off” will be shown on the MID. Press the button again to turn the system back on.
Another feature that you might have missed on the Lexus RX is the extra storage available on models with the Display Audio Package (no navigation). If you have the RX with Display Audio, you can lift up on the lid below your rotary dial that operates the multimedia display system for some extra storage. Pretty useful!
What’s that Button: Lexus NX
Straying a little from – what’s that button; we wanted to point out how you can tell the difference between a Premium and a Starting (base model) NX200t for the 2017 model year. The one major difference is easily spotted while looking at NX’s either on a lot or while out driving and this is the new wheel that you get on the Premium Package NX (see above). These new wheels will be on the Premium Package and will also tell you that this NX more than likely has a Moon Roof, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Assist, Rear Power Door and Heated/Cooled Seats – at the very least. The 2017 NX with these wheels also tell you that the NX may have Navigation as the Premium Package, or upgraded wheel option, is always grouped with the Navigation Package (unless special ordered otherwise).
If you’ve seen this button in your Lexus NX200t then you know that you have the F SPORT model and you can now control an electronic sound system that generates engine sound, conveying the kinetic situations of the NX’s acceleration and deceleration to the driver through the speakers inside the instrument panel. Move the dial up to make the sound louder and down to lower the sound. When you see the green light, like the picture above, you know the ASC is turned on. This ASC system can be operated in normal or sport mode. Driving in Sport mode with ASC turned up will make the “engine sound” even louder to match your sporty driving.
Every NX will have an electronic parking brake with an automatic mode. Automatic mode is selected and turned on when you see the green light above the AUTO (pictured above). When in auto mode, the parking brake is set or released automatically according to the shift lever operation. If you find that your NX is not in AUTO mode and you would like it to be, just swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion and we will put this on for you. If you like to do things yourself, here’s a handy instructional picture from the NX Owner’s Manual (page 205).
That about wraps it up for Part V of What’s that Button?. If you have any questions on any of the buttons mentioned in this SUV specific post or if you have questions on any buttons not mentioned, please let us know! We love hearing from our Lexus drivers, friends and fellow enthusiasts.