Several options take luxury to an even higher level, including the optional Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) that helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and alerts the driver to rear cross traffic when backing out of a parking spot. Also available are Premium and Luxury packages, and bringing flagship-style luxury to the ES 350, the Ultra Luxury Package.
Lexus has been on the forefront of optimal ergonomics, a brand strength that's helped to make multi-media system controls easy to operate. The ES 350 cockpit is divided into separate "display" and "operation" zones to help the driver remain focused on the road. Large, clear Optitron(TM) gauges, a Lexus mainstay, are supplemented by a 3.5-inch color TFT multi-information display screen that puts vital information directly in the driver's line of sight.
Lexus designed the ES 350's controls to help reduce both driver body movement and eye movement. The ES 350's available second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) is designed to provide access to many vehicle functions while helping to reduce driver movement. Using the system controller on the center console, the driver can intuitively operate the climate control, audio system, phone, optional navigation system and more, which helps the driver with paying attention to the road. Menus display in the 3.5-inch instrument panel screen or larger center-dashboard screens that come with audio and navigation options.
Premium Quiet, Premium Sound
The ultra-quiet cabins of Lexus vehicles have provided ideal settings for the high-quality premium audio the brand has always offered. The standard Lexus Premium Sound System in the 2014 ES exemplifies the brand's expertise in mobile audio performance. The eight-speaker system plays from a variety of sources, including the in-dash CD player, USB/iPod(TM) connectivity, and an integrated SiriusXM(TM) Satellite Radio receiver with a 90-day trial subscription. Automatic Sound Levelizer (ASL) adjusts system volume in response to ambient noise.
The first level upgrade is the Display Audio package, which adds a seven-inch screen, HD Radio with iTunes(TM) tagging, Bluetooth(TM) audio, phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and a rear backup camera.
The pinnacle of audio performance in any new Lexus comes from the availability of industry-exclusive Mark Levinson(TM) premium sound systems. Audiophiles recognize the brand for high-end home equipment. The 2014 ES 350's optional 15-speaker, 835-watt audio system is a sonic knockout. This system features an eight-inch display screen, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, DVD audio/video and a SiriusXM Satellite Radio receiver. Exclusive GreenEdge technology doubles amplifier output while reducing its energy consumption by 50 percent. The reduced electrical load on the car contributes to better fuel efficiency.
Lexus Enform(TM) Helps Keep You Connected
Lexus has expanded connectivity in its vehicles while helping to reduce driver distraction. The foundation of this capability, Lexus Enform, can make a compatible Bluetooth smartphone even smarter. The available Enform service, with Destination Assist, eDestination, and App Suite, comes with the Navigation System/Mark Levinson Audio Package. Lexus Enform provides access to the subscription-free App Suite. These voice-enabled apps let you search the Internet through Bing, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable(TM), get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com, listen to Internet radio, including , Pandora(TM), and iHeartRadio, search business reviews on Yelp(TM), and check in on Facebook Places.