2015 Lexus RC F: Improved Touchpad Interface
February 11, 2015
Our 2015 Lexus RC F has what Lexus calls a "Remote Touchpad" to control the navigation system and various other functions. It's a further evolution of the mouse-like device we had in our 2013 GS 350 sedan.
Most of our staff hated the old setup in the GS. I didn't mind it much. It wasn't the best interface out there, but it wasn't the worst either. I found it fairly easy to use and liked the way you could get to various functions quickly instead of "scrolling" through menus with a wheel.
The new setup does away with the pad but works in much the same way. You point at stuff and tap on it to select. There's haptic feedback so you feel a subtle "thunk" when you select things. Yes, it's a bit odd at first, and sometimes it takes your eyes off the road more than it should, but overall I think it works well.
We'll see how it holds up over time, but as these systems go I think it's an interesting alternative to the wheel-based systems used in most of the RC's German competitors.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,359 miles