2013 Lexus GS 350 Long Term Road Test


2013 Lexus GS 350: Hidden Parking Brake

January 15, 2012

2013 Lexus GS 350

Not a big thing, but Lexus seems to have gone out of its way to hide the button which operates its electronically actuated parking brake. It's located on the lower dash at knee level to the right of the steering column.

Most manufacturers place these buttons on the center console or to the left of the steering column on the dash where the old-school releases were located. Took me a little hunting to figure out how to apply the brake.

Unusual, but not wrong.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor @ 8,654 miles

Comments

  • eclogite eclogite Posts:

    Can't you just leave it in auto and be done with it? Maybe that's why Lexus positioned it where they did.

  • zc1 zc1 Posts:

    It's hidden there because the default mode is 'automatic.' When you shift into park, the parking brake is automatically applied. When you shift out of park it is automatically deactivated. If you turn off this auto feature then you have to manually engage it using the button that you pointed out (and in that case it's a pain to use).

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