We drove hard over a section of road with a lot of lumpy tar patches, and our Lexus took them in stride. Vibration is nearly nonexistent, as is exterior noise. We switched on the optional 10-speaker premium sound system, and turned the volume way up with hard rock. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. The chassis offers high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers.
The details of the design, trim and wheels are flawless. Complimentary one-year trial subscriptions are included on all purchases of new Lexus vehicles equipped with these features. Dealers can also install a full line of performance and appearance accessories under the F-Sport label. In most situations, power is adequate. Just consider it a really cool-looking hybrid. With its low emissions although not as low as a hybrid it was the 2010 Green Car of the Year, from Green Car Journal. Lexus calls the cockpit airy and spacious, but we'd call it cozy and snug.
The engine comes with a 3. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. Pricing I am not really fond with hybrid or electric cars, yeah! A multi-information display situated in the instrument cluster keeps the driver informed of the numerous actions controlled by the steering wheel-mounted switches. The view rearward is restricted, and we recommend the optional rearview camera that comes with the navigation system. And a Sport mode changes most of the controls, giving full electric assist at partial throttle and changing the power gauge into a red-rimmed tachometer. Sport equates to the Power button in the Prius, and has the very cool effect of turning the power gauge in the instrument cluster into a tachometer. The brakes are firm, too.
Climate control is designed to provide comfort and clean air for all passengers. It has sporty looks and accessories, but that alone won't add up to sporty performance. The chassis offers high torsional rigidity, using a double-wishbone rear suspension, and sophisticated performance dampers. Its shape looks more European than Japanese. Lexus luxury means a comfortable ride. The ride quality is very good.
This is a unique characteristic of Lexus models, focusing the eye at the very apex of the vehicle to give the design a resolute look and strengthen the impression of speed and agility. Introduced for the first time on a Lexus, a unique lateral performance damper system has been designed to absorb and minimize body vibrations to offer a more linear steering feel and further enhanced ride comfort. Remedy Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will install retention brackets to the curtain shield air bags, free of charge. Sport mode can be selected when the driver wants a more dynamic experience. The cabin of the 200h F Sport Special Edition gets a similar tasteful enhancement, highlighted by seats trimmed in Ocean Blue NuLuxe material with black leather and aluminum accent trim, a black headliner and aluminum sport pedals rounding out the dedicated cosmetics. The upper and lower grilles combine to form a unique spindle shape, bringing both bold simplicity and elegant dynamism to the very apex of the vehicle. 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.
We watched the tach, and it kept radically jumping up and down. BodyTypeFilter selectedBodyTypeGroupIdList, bodyTypeGroupIdToNameMap, null ; bodyTypeFilter. High strength steel components are carefully located in the body structure, doors and other areas to help ensure strength in key areas. A nickel-metal-hydride battery pack under the rear deck stores energy produced on engine overrun and regenerative braking, using it to supplement the engine torque and, at low speeds, propel the car alone. There's a Braking mode, which gets the most out of regenerative brake energy to build up the battery charge. Regenerative braking aside, the brakes are nice and firm.
Provided you don't need Big Gulp-sized ones, those in front are perfectly fine for the Lexus crowd. F Sport also means a larger rear spoiler, making the rear window look like a very narrow, tinted band. So what else is around at the compact end of the green-tinted field? The forward ends of door pockets are slim, while the back part is shaped for a bottle. The engine is undersquare, with an 3. Functionally, it gets a slightly lowered suspension with anti-sway bars, plus premium audio and navigation.
However, the Ultrasonic Blue hybrid hatch see gallery below , at the Australian International Motor Show in October 2010, shows off most of the package. When you get there you'll have a full tank of battery juice. 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. It also features Bluetooth hands free phone, phone book download capabilities, and Lexus' exclusive Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback. Plus, the electric fan speed is controlled via Pulse Width Modulation to reduce energy consumption and noise. However by offering the combination of appealing hatch styling, prestige fit-out and hybrid drivetrain, it's going to appeal to those for whom a Prius is no longer enough.