The smooth ride was a bit floaty, but did an excellent job of isolating me from the imperfections of the road. Or is the hybrid aspect not necessarily worth the extra cash? Meanwhile, our optional Premium Leather and matte bamboo trim was praised by all who spent time in the cabin. That's high for such a heavy, luxurious crossover utility vehicle. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. See your dealer for details.
Under a sea of plastic engine covers designed to muffle power-train noise and keep you from mucking around with the oily bits, you'll find a 3. See your dealer for details. For the record, the weather during our test blended the usual Northeastern February temperatures in the 30s with days that rose above 60 degrees F. This stick fits in the hand like a trackball and moves a cursor around the display to make selections like a mouse. It's also positioned in a way that makes it very easy for the driver to reach, but awkward for the front passenger.
. Clearly I'm not the only one not so happy. See your dealer for details. What kind of mileage have you gotten? I'm not getting anywhere near what Lexus claims the vehicle should get. I particularly like how the power windows slow down for the last few inches of their travel, closing silently rather than thunking shut. To meet or beat them, though, you likely have to focus on maximizing the electric-only capabilities of the hybrid system and spend a lot of time in lower-speed traffic.
Guilt over being so wasteful with fuel in your Lexus hybrid will have you lifting before the noise gets too annoying. See your dealer for details. We obtained an overall figure of 26. The F Sport package delivers only fractionally better numbers than a non-F Sport, though. The optional Mark Levinson audio system is worth every penny. When connected to a smartphone running the Enform app, the Lexus also gains access to a variety of connected services, including Bing, Pandora, iHeart Radio, OpenTable, Yelp, and Facebook Places. For example, entering an address requires pauses to speak the city, street name, and street number.
See your dealer for details. You probably drive past a dozen of these on your way to work -- some hybrid, some not, some new and some old -- and never take a second glance. Being electric, the torque to the rear axle is instantaneous when needed for accelerating or gripping. The Remote Touch Controller takes some getting used to, but it fits nicely under your hand and features rewarding haptic feedback. The lateral performance damping system does deliver some upside.
In the end, we don't have a definitive answer for Mr. It hides the hybrid's the total torque output as well. The whisper-quiet power train and excellent noise and wind deadening allow the optional Mark Levinson audio system to shine unmolested, creating the best possible conditions for it to deliver one of the great mobile listening experiences. Bluetooth connectivity puts hands-free calling, stereo audio streaming, and text messaging text-to-speech with canned responses into the dashboard. Onscreen selections are made by pressing the Remote Touch's square control stick like a button. This seems a bit imbalanced.
See your dealer for details. That the gasoline engine's transition from stopped to running is nearly imperceptible helps a lot with that feeling of refinement. The Enform system features voice command that puts many of its features just the touch of a steering wheel button away. Our test car returned an indicated 27. See your dealer for details. Power is driven to the wheels via a continuously variable transmission.
It's that sort of consistent attention to detail that really makes me appreciate Lexus as a luxury marquee. He's not the first person who's mentioned this, so we decided to check for ourselves. The navigation system is simple and gets the job done. While the hybrid likes a light foot, it has a tendency to smooth out pedal input, which is good for fuel economy, but can create a slight lag when you need a quick squirt of power for a pass. The display isn't touch-sensitive and is controlled by Lexus' joystick-like Remote Touch Controller.
The automaker hides its engine under plastic shrouds. For the 2011 model, a single owner reported 20. As the car's a hybrid, the rear electric motor doubles as a generator when not in use, grabbing extra energy during regenerative braking to charge the battery pack. Is this a car you would consider? Attention to detail in the cabin and the generally good appointments left me with an overall positive opinion of the luxury hybrid, yet I still had a hard time getting excited about it. See your dealer for details. The combo works together to get you a maximum of 295 available horsepower.