Odds are we don't have to tell you where our hardly earned dollar bills would go if we were we handing over a stack of 70,000 of them, fuel economy be damned. In the front, upper and lower control arms are made from aluminum and employ larger bushings. The rear bumper features centered aero fins to help control underbody airflow. In addition, the battery layout has been redesigned. Fins incorporated into the side of the tail lamps and the design of the trunk area all help direct air over and past the car.
System control has been enhanced. System control has been enhanced. Overall, the suspension is lighter and stronger, allowing it to react to driver input readily, and ride quietly without harshness. Throttle action is dulled significantly in Snow to help in icy conditions. Road and wind noise are minimal, and the ride isn't so firm in Sport+ that you couldn't drive it daily in that mode.
An optional F-Sport Package adds 19-inch alloys and high-performance summer tires on rear-wheel-drive cars, with all-seasons on all-wheel-drive F-Sport models. First of all, the apps folder is buried under a few menu screens. A brand-new redesign means that the Lexus is packed full of the latest gadgets and technology. In addition, the battery layout has been redesigned. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive system features an ultra-smooth running, Atkinson cycle 3. The Lexus manages to hit 60 miles per hour in 5. Part of that inexorable rush comes because of the continuously variable transmission, a standard part of Lexus' hybrid drive system.
Technically, there's a second 650-volt motor on board to handle duties ranging from controlling engine speed and starting the gas engine as well as generating power for the 6. Centered in the dash is another piece of technology we all knew was inevitably coming to the automobile: a very big multimedia screen for drivers to play with that will dazzle tech geeks. With the stiffer platform and lighter components, the shocks can use lighter-viscosity oil, so they move easily and respond to small inputs more quickly. Body style: Sedan Engine: 3. Its Lexus Hybrid Drive system features an ultra-smooth running, Atkinson cycle 3.
Personally, I found it very frustrating to use, and not all that helpful. At the end of our hundred mile drive from Kitzbühel in Austria to Munich airport in Germany, we'd achieved a trip average of 34 mpg. While the… Think hybrids lack performance? When I put the pedal down, the car shimmied a little, the traction control light flashed repeatedly in the instrument cluster, and then the car got down to the business of plowing up the road with a force that felt unstoppable even as it sailed past 60 mph. Our opinions and criticism remain our own — we do not accept sponsored editorial. For all the ridicule Lexus endured for its new Predator-maw corporate look, the design snatches eyeballs quicker than a cross Master Pai Mei. If so, you'll be devastated to learn the all-new we recently tested did not self-implode.
Downshifts can now be automatically blipped, and upshifts come with less hesitation. You can take a look at the tech in action in the Short Cut below. This screen is big enough to accommodate split screen viewing of things like maps, audio, climate and vehicle information. Available options to help further enhance safety include a pre-collision system, which uses the dynamic radar cruise control system to provide early warning of upcoming objects that might result in a collision. But I found it was not particularly aggressive about avoiding bad traffic. The track works in combination with a revised suspension design to assure a more solid stance and superior cornering performance.
On a practical level, revisions to the roof and A-pillar configurations improve driver sightlines while larger door openings ease entry and exit for all. If this is the new face of Lexus and the shape of hybrid propulsion moving forward, we like what we see. Safety Standard safety features include 10 airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Dual tailpipes send exhaust through bumper-integrated openings. The Premium package includes rain-sensing wipers, a power rear sunshade and heated and ventilated front seats. The two powerplants drive the rear wheels both independently and in tandem, as needed.
When it was introduced for the 2007 model year, the was the first hybrid-powered luxury sport sedan to enter the market. Step indoors, and the big cruiser reveals a strikingly handsome cabin, thanks in no small part to a slathering of matte bamboo wood trim. The motor is driven at lower voltage to provide a more environmentally—advanced driving performance to help enhance fuel efficiency. The drivetrain doesn't feel the need to beat you over the head with its battery pack or announce to the neighborhood that you're saving the world one whispery mile at a time. With the Drive Mode selector in Sport+, which dials in more shock damping Lexus calls it Adaptive Variable Suspension , tightens the steering, and sharpens throttle response, the figure eight was lapped in 26. Reviewers loved the enormous 12.
This creates a high expansion ratio for less compression, reducing intake and exhaust energy losses and converting combustion energy to engine power more effectively. Dress up the hybrid with the optional bamboo interior trim, and the cabin brightens significantly. This allows the rear wheels to automatically turn up to 2 degrees while cornering, aiding turn in or stability. Lexus Drive Mode Selector adapts drivetrain and in-car settings to four modes: Eco, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+. Possibly Lexus could pull more power out of it, but that might adversely affect fuel economy. After a week of driving in a wide variety of conditions, the car turned in 31.
The matte finish on this bamboo trim drives home the fact that this is real wood. While not in Sport or Sport Plus, the ride still retains a somewhat rigid character, competently handling all the rough stuff but not insulating the driver from it. Grasp the bamboo steering-wheel rim, and your hand will guess Jaguar, Bentley, something British? Critically for brand loyalists, there's no degradation in ride quality. However, there are still some areas that could be improved. Among mainstream cars, Mini offers plenty of interior colors, and… On this episode of The Downshift, senior features editor Jonny Lieberman invades Western Europe in a trio of Toyota hybrids to find out if gas-electric cars can ever thrive in a land where diesels are the green car of choice. Ventilated disc brakes featuring four-piston aluminum front calipers includes the latest electronic enhancements to help provide braking balance and control.