Power has found that 30 percent of consumers think U. In the all-wheel-drive version, there's one each at the front and rear axles, working through a continuously variable automatic transmission. With a combined system output of approximately 268 horsepower, and 3,500 lb. Folding armrests on both front seats offer more comfort on longer trips. This system uses 11 speakers, including a centerfill, but no subwoofer, and a 210-watt seven-channel amp. The original Toyota Prius hybrid was somewhat of a slug, sauntering its way to 100 kilometres an hour in 14.
We also mentioned the mileage above. But this system wasn't particularly friendly with the car's hybrid power train. It is a seemingly contradictory combination of engine performance, fuel efficiency and clean emissions not often found on the road today. Inside, the same discreet approach is used. But this system lacks advanced features, such as traffic reporting or text-to-speech.
This thing shows what the hybrid system is up to. The result is very clear sound that lacks punch, making it good for acoustic and symphonic pieces. A roll sensor signals the side- curtain airbags to inflate if a predetermined threshold of vehicle tip-up is detected. A low first gear offers quicker response off the line, useful when you need to merge into traffic from a standing start. This unique transmission, which eliminates specific gear ratios, features a dual-range torque-multiplication device that allows drivers to select from among three driving modes: power, normal and snow.
A Towing Prep package picks up a transmission oil cooler and heavier-duty alternator and radiator. A rear back-up camera, part of the available navigation package, projects a color image of what the camera lens can detect behind the vehicle onto the navigation screen when reverse gear is engaged. Its shape is defined by radically raked, body-colored pillars at the four corners of the cabin, with window frames blacked out to blend into the ovoid shape of the side windows. We debated whether this feeling was due to the car's continuously variable transmission or the hybrid system activating the electric motors periodically, but as it didn't affect the actual speed, we figured it a harmless quirk of the car. If this occurs, various warning lamps, including the malfunction indicator lamp, slip indicator light, brake system warning light, and master warning light, will be illuminated on the instrument panel. System functions include multiple route calculation, route preview, simplified highway-junction graphics and a dual-map screen mode. It is comprised of a 288- nickel metal hydride battery, a ton of power electronics, a gasoline engine and two electric drive motors.
The 400h is impressively quick, particularly when overtaking a slower vehicle between 30 and 60 mph. The 400h models without a towing package sport a blue hybrid badge on the front, and the rear spoiler is color-keyed. Just as impressive is how quickly and powerfully torque is delivered during mid-range acceleration. Suspension, f: independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs Suspension, r: independent, MacPherson struts, dual lower links, coil springs Ground clearance: 7. This trial-and-error process reminds us of old sports cars or trucks where you get out of the car, adjust the mirror, get out of the car, readjust the mirror. The V6 engine starts whenever it's needed to supplement the electric motor. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
This is one of the key elements of the Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain and is how it eliminates the 'shift shock' that is typically felt as even the most refined modern automatic transmissions change gears. Front passengers get side-impact airbags for torso protection, while the curtain-style head protection airbags span both rows and deploy to offer head protection if the vehicle senses the possibility of a rollover. This is not intuitive because we're all accustomed to hearing and feeling an engine running before shifting into drive. Taking this technology and applying it to a sport-ute is the next logical step. Some packages can only be ordered with others. One odd sensation in the car was a seat-of-the-pants feeling of power fluctuations traveling from front to rear.
Lexus dealers can program the default settings of many of the control functions, so be sure you have them tailor automatic door locking and other features to your preferences. Both the navigation and phone systems handle their basic tasks well, but don't offer the advanced features we've seen in a few other cars. The one thing that gives the hybrid away is an overly busy screen that sits at the top of the centre stack. Fifth gear, meanwhile, provides lower engine speeds when cruising, which translates into less engine noise and better gas mileage. Other content distinctions are minor. John Matras filed the original report from Pennsylvania, with staff reports by NewCarTestDrive.
The front seats are positioned off the floor at a comfortable chair height and are snug and supportive. The seat bottoms are relatively flat, making it easy to slide in and out. Toyota's hybrid system is an electric motor assisted by a gas engine, while some of the other hybrid systems are oriented around a gasoline engine assisted by an electric motor. Similarly, the phone system handles the basics, but won't download your entire phonebook to the car. The gas engine can propel the car or recharge the batteries.