The biggest drawback of this car is its trunk storage. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. The rear multi-link suspension features a new upper arm No. Normal balances the hybrid to blend the engine and motor for pleasant driving. As I stated, Sport mode offers more driving enjoyment but the car is smooth and ever-so-quiet in all modes.
On the centre dash the audio and ventilation-control panel has been refined to fit completely within the knee bolsters, and a new hairline-finish surface provides both a high-quality feel and improved appearance. The pre-collision system with pedestrian detection uses radar and a camera to warn you of a possible collision and even brake automatically if needed. The hybrid powertrain is completed with the Lexus electronically controlled continuously variable transmission with intelligence. This Lexus lives up to its name in terms of quality, with luxurious materials filling its well-built cabin. We welcome any feedback from vehicle owners and are dedicated to providing a forum for alternative viewpoints.
But take that away and you still have a sleepy, sensible sedan. The company long known for sensible-yet-boring cars proves it can do fun—you just have to pick the right car. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. The powertrain is exceptionally smooth. There is also blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. However, it has a good amount of space compared to hybrid rivals.
The controversial Remote Touch Interface has also been re-worked and in-car WiFi is now offered as an option. Once I found my sweet spot, I knew my personal car would never feel quite so comfortable again. Most impressively, all this is achieved with a fuel economy that can reach 33mpg. In combination, these new elements offer a marked improvement in steering response at cruising speeds. You have to lift both the lid and the cell phone shelf to get to the storage below — so much for easy access gum.
My leg did not get tired holding down the brake pedal. Ostensibly, they're both 4-door sedans made by Lexus. But there's more, like the advanced technology inside, indisputable reputation for reliability, the prestige of the Lexus brand, and the impressive attention to detail that comes with it all. See your dealer for details. That's an incredible amount of high-tech safety gear that comes standard.
It also offers radar cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, parking assist and blind-spot monitoring. There are also the Luxury and Ultra Luxury packages, both worth exploring. The drive-mode selector in front of the shift handle allows drivers to switch among Normal, Sport or Eco modes with the push of a button. The center stack rises high and flows up into dash. And brilliantly, for that matter. For select markets, two new shades -Nuance Black exclusive to Sport grade and Noble Brown- have been added to the choice of interior colour schemes. Which is okay, but not exactly designed to get the hairs on the back of your neck playing games.
Emergency braking will stop the car to prevent impact, lane keeping will not only warn if you drift out of your lane but also steer you back into your own. My only reservation on the system is the location of the joystick allows for accidently tapping the control and switching functions by the unintended touch. I was also unable to find an easy way to mute the sound while in the Navigation screen other than using the radio off knob. There are more subdued interior schemes, but this one pairs rather well with the white exterior with dark wheels. As such, it fights the big three Germans: the , and , and must see off bothersome upstarts in the shape of the , and on a very rare occasion, the.
Simply pop your device on the wireless charging pad within the center console to top up your device without the need for messy cables. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the carefully. . Active cruise control, collision warning, and other high-end safety features are now standard. Flaunting the wood and leather As a luxury vehicle, my car flaunted a beautiful leather and wood steering wheel.
The sport wheels, daytime running lights and moonroof certainly drew no complaints from me — or from Ellie. However, those looking for agility will want to look elsewhere. Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic high beams. The interior design is all about driver control. However, when we switched to Eco mode, the throttle response was dulled and the powertrain felt uncertain. As a result, you give up a decent amount of grunt for a scant improvement in fuel economy, which makes me wonder why this middle car even exists.