The surge is all aural, as there is no actual surge felt in the car, but it's still annoying. Provided you don't need Big Gulp-sized ones, those in front are perfectly fine for the Lexus crowd. Ironically, it slows the car down too fast, around the city when you want that battery charged up; you can't coast or glide as far. The manual does not tell you how to disengage it and there is no button to disengage it. Like magic, the perceived surging stopped, because we couldn't hear it. If Lexus wants to make reverse safer, they should relocate the lens for the backup camera so it's not blurred by wet weather. In most situations, revs stay virtually stationary as the vehicle accelerates.
The forward ends of door pockets are slim, while the back part is shaped for a bottle. Synergy Drive At its heart is the Lexus Hybrid Drive system, which consists of both a lightweight aluminum 1. The coefficient of drag is a low 0. It says Hybrid on the side, in discreet but clear chrome letters. Steering was responsive if vague off center and provided little information about the level of grip available. In any model, the cornering is spirited and secure.
Winter months the mpg drops down to around 45-49mpg, as the battery is less efficient when it's cold. Lexus calls it highly tactile, but we'd just call it big. Failed to get data, please try again. A configurable display on the driver gauge cluster shows the system components in real time and shows the driver various functions such as battery state of charge, where propulsion is coming from: gas, battery or both. A Sport mode changes most of the controls, giving full electric assist at partial throttle, firming up the steering, and changing the power gauge into a red-rimmed tachometer.
The only Lexus badge is in front, inside the dark grille pushed forward of the headlamps, and its chrome badge. It also rates vehicles for front crash prevention, systems that warn the driver or brake automatically to avoid or mitigate a frontal collision. If Lexus wants to make reverse safer, they should relocate the lens for the backup camera so it's not blurred by wet weather. Out on the freeway at a steady 68 mph, we got 37. And insuring this car is much cheaper also. That touch is unique, along with the C-pillar that defines the wagon part, wide at the top and bottom, a sort of distorted hourglass shape. Sharing its powertrain with the Prius and delivering just 134-hp we never expected any great speed out of the car, but hoped to get a better handle on just how good the rest of the package is.
The chassis offers high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers. Many people ask me what kind of car I am driving and they comment that it looks hot. Several new paint colors have been added, such as Nebula Gray and Ultrasonic Blue. When the car begins to accelerate the squeaking noise gets louder for just a few seconds. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -. The steering wheel is a bit flat-bottomed, giving slightly more knee room when climbing in and out, and the driver's seat slides way back, although the driver's right knee is crowded against the center stack tunnel.
The car was totally smooth. Drove my Toyota of Puyallup purchased Prius to 328,025 miles before it was 'done'. Data Unavailable Third Shoulder Room in. But that doesn't make it fast. Regenerative braking aside, the brakes are nice and firm. Owners may contact Toyota Customer Service Department at 1-800-331-4331.
It is however quite agile if the need arises to dodge other drivers shortcomings and has a 10 out of 10 crash test rating. You can get real leather if you need it, in black or beige, but standard equipment is a Lexus material we like called NuLuxe, which is cheaper and friendlier to the environment, and nobody will notice it's not leather, not even you after a while. Fits most everything I want to transport. Since I drive mainly on the freeway, I get pretty good gas mileage. Don't be fooled into thinking these 17 inch tires are grippy: they're of the hard, low rolling resistance type and as a result they squeal earlier than normal tires.
A unique suspension design that combines a MacPherson strut front system with a fully independent double-wishbone rear suspension was used to go with a compact double-wishbone rear suspension design with low-mount coil springs. Also available is an F-Sport Package that adds sportier-still suspension, high-gloss wheels, a mesh grille and larger rear spoiler, and further interior leather trim and metallic accents. Cargo Volume ft³ Data Unavailable Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down ft³ Data Unavailable Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up ft³ 14. I was the only owner and missed it terrifically. Nebula Gray Pearl is a new exterior paint color added for 2012, as is a vehicle proximity notification system.