Lexus describes the nose much more vividly than we might: The grille incorporates a deeper, more sculpted interpretation of the L-finesse signature arrowhead motif, they say. Lexus calls the cockpit airy and spacious, but we'd call it cozy and snug. Otherwise, the front seats themselves are very comfortable and supportive. Only draw back to us is like another review mentioned with the lack of cup holders for the backset. You either love or hate the F Sport grill. It includes almost all of the functions, features, and fittings you'd anticipate in a luxury car, but skews them toward younger, more tech-savvy shoppers. It did, however, produce a startling amount of engine noise when accelerating hard, which compromised the quiet impression.
A redesigned navigation system is the most obvious change. It's somewhat low-set, with horizontal creases and a thick center console. The car is not going to win a drag race, but, has ample power to navigate in normal conditions. Models without navigation use a thinner center console with cupholders fore and aft rather than side-by-side. I drive the 405 freeway 2 hours every day. Out on the freeway at a steady 68 mph, we got 37.
The low-set, horizontal instrument panel includes a thick center console that holds lots of controls--a mating of hybrid tech with luxury design cues. There's a Braking mode, which gets the most out of regenerative brake energy to build up the battery charge. We were testing a Soul at the same time, and the backup camera's view was clear. The driving position is particularly good, putting the driver low--which feels sportier--and offering generous headroom. Further, acceleration is underwhelming on highways and hills. Front seats are designed in the deeply bolstered sports style. The position of the driver's seat is particularly good, with a somewhat low, sporty stance that still offers good headroom and legroom.
. Yet the car comes with faux-leather seat covering called NuLuxe. Looks good, rides good and the handling is exceptional. A leather-trimmed luxury hybrid with performance-oriented intensions is an even harder one. It has earned excellent scores on crash tests, and carries a comprehensive set of both active and passive safety features. The position of the driver's seat is particularly good, with a somewhat low, sporty stance that still offers good headroom and legroom. Otherwise, the front seats themselves are very comfortable and supportive.
It firms the sway dampers and winds the gas engine higher for more acceleration. Lexus may make a profit on the delivery, processing and handling fee. Optional safety features include the rearview camera and the Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Cruise Control. Overall a surprisingly good choice! Rear seats are tighter for adults, but they fold flat, giving a roomy cargo area if only two people are using the car. When you get there you'll have a full tank of battery juice. And if gas mileage is your sole goal, the high-end model of the Toyota Prius liftback still gets 50 mpg combined. A Prius with the luxury and status of a Lexus, plus better looks.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -. Cargo I was a bit surprised by how much room the hatch provided. The turning circle is a tight 34. Its shape looks more European than Japanese. The closest match may be the new SkyActiv 2.
Ride quality is very good. Three drive modes — Eco, Normal and Sport — allow for some adjustments. But it growls and works when you're accelerating to 50 mph. You can compare the 2012 and 2013 models. And what of fuel economy? Perhaps the Lexus crowd doesn't buy a lot of Big Gulps.
More attention to detail: there are no less than nine tweaks under the car, to smooth the airflow. Rear seats are tighter for adults, but they fold flat, giving a roomy cargo area if only two people are using the car. Get the nav system which adds a lot of capabilities if you have an Apple or Android. The forward ends of door pockets are slim, while the back part is shaped for a bottle. You do not plug this car in, you fill the tank with gas. The sedan is the only other hybrid in the class.
We drove hard over a section of road with a lot of lumpy tar patches, and our Lexus took them in stride. Wen we ere ready for a new one in October, 2013, she wanted to go smaller for easier parking and better mileage. Even playing around like that, we got 30 mpg for those few miles. The design was determined largely by wind tunnel testing, and the coefficient of drag is a low 0. By far the most enjoyable driving comes from Sport mode, which contains different and more aggressive control settings for the hybrid performance, power delivery, acceleration, and other control systems. Storage space for odds and ends is good too, with lots of little cubbies inside.
The earns the highest fuel economy estimates among nonhybrid vehicles in the class. Some customers will not qualify. The price may keep some shoppers away, though — there are plenty of thrills for less money at dealerships, even if they do cost more at the pump. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -. The Navigation Package has a long list of connectivity components along with voice-command and an array of navigational aids. It shows the gas station prices, the movies in your area and music streams.