Xenon headlights, a power tilt-and-scoping steering wheel and a power-closing trunk are just part of the standard features of the 2013 Lexus GS 350. However, unless the buyer of such a beauty is technologically savvy, he or she might easily be overwhelmed with the electronic features of the high-end sedan. Such features include an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a 12-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround sound audio system, adaptive cruise control, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats, and a night vision camera. Topping all the technological hype is the Remote Touch multimedia controller. This is devise that looks like a computer mouse, which is right next to the gear selector and controls menus on the mounted screen. This latest addition requires some getting used to but once learned, it actually functions quite well. Individuals who have tested the GS touch screeninitially found it a little awkward but eventually adapted and actually likedthe Remote Touch controller better.
Thumbing through the car’s manuals looking for specific instructions on how to control all these features is itself a daunting task. To address the immediate issues such as the basic functions of the Bluetooth technology and others, here’s a quick guide to speed you through it.
Before anything else, you have to be sure your phone is compatible with the car’s system. If it is, read on.
Ensure that the car is on.
Activate the Bluetooth feature on your phone.
Press the vehicle menu button on the Remote Touch Multimedia controller (that’s control to the right of the gear stick).
Select Connect Phone.
Assuming this is your first time, you will only see two buttons on the upper right hand corner of the display. The first is the Back button and below that is the Add New button. Select Add New.
You would need to wait a few moments while the car’s system attempts to connect to your phone. Once it’s found it, a passcode will be generated and displayed on screen for you to use on the phone if necessary. Input the code on your phone if required. Pairing should take less than a minute. In that time, your phone book will also be transferred to the car’s system.
Once everything’s completed successfully, you can now use the Off Hook button on your steering wheel to talk on the phone hands-free.
There are many other features in the 2013 Lexus GS 350 and all of them have been designed to make your driving experience as easy, fun ad stress-free as possible. However, it is strongly recommended that you refrain from manipulating the Remote Touch Multimedia controller while you’re driving. It would be for everyone’s benefit if you would spend some time going through the car’s safety instruction in Navigation Manual. Again, don’t drive while you’re at it. When you do have to drive while on the phone, move to the slow lane if it’s available.