All-in-one controllers for audio, navigation and vehicle functions have come a long way since 2001, when BMW’s iDrive first befuddled buyers. But with the latest evolution—Lexus’s Remote Touch, unveiled this year on the RX-series crossover SUVs—the console controller has truly arrived. This slick interface, which is as intuitive as a joystick, is linked to a high-mounted display screen, making it easier to keep eyes on the road while juggling electronic tasks. A trapezoidal mouse and elegantly curved palm rest fall naturally into your right hand, offering smoother operation than either a touchscreen or rotary knob. Much like a Wii controller, the joystick uses haptic feedback to increase the physical resistance as the cursor approaches onscreen menu icons, and it allows the cursor to “snap to” icons with less need for precise mouse control.