Where the Lexus missed the luxury mark is with the controller for all things electronic. Thankfully, basic climate controls are simple, hard-button adjusted. Lexus, however, insists on using what it calls its Remote Touch Interface touchpad controller. The joystick is gone, and it’s been replaced with a mouse pad. True, the pad is flanked by a few hard-button big-jump shortcuts (radio, media, map, and back), plus two roller/rockers (seek/track and tune). All other delicate/discrete functions must be accessed/changed with the infuriating touchpad. By the way, that knurled roller labeled tune only scrolls through presets. It doesn’t manually tune. Manually tuning a station (terrestrial or satellite) and saving it to a preset location must be done with the touchpad pointer. Unfortunately, this function is blocked out while the car is in motion because attempting to tune a station feels like a hand-eye dexterity video game. Distracting and attention-demanding doesn’t even begin to describe the ordeal. The cursor jumps across the screen unpredictably, unintentionally landing on and selecting boxes not of your choosing about 50 percent of the time. Not only that, but the menu logic is also flawed. Adjusting the audio system’s equalizer, for instance, took several minutes to locate (and the byzantine path was quickly forgotten). On the plus side, Lexus’ voice-recognition software is quite good, so when we could, we often resorted to that to avoid the touchpad all together.
There are characteristics unique to cetaceans. The first one is the posterior process that is enlarged from the posterior crus, forming the primary bullar articulation to the basicranium. The second defining characteristic is that the sigmoid process is enlarged. The third characteristic is a conical apophysis that is modified from the ectotympanic ring. Then there is the conical tympani ligament, derived from the tympanic membrane. Lastly, the involucrum formed from the pachyosteosclerosis of the bulla.  These unique traits evolved overtime, from the terrestrial Pakicetidae to the crown whales today.