The result is a car that still produces an amazing 4. Apparently they offer paddle shifts in Japan but without any stepped gear ratios they offer no real benefit apart from making a bit of noise. Finally, dealers offer a further list of items under the Lexus F-Sport label that can both improve performance and further upgrade the car's appearance. We like the sharper styling of the new one, particularly the honeycomb grille of the F-Sport model with its larger rear spoiler and contrasting black roof. The F Sport interior is all its own, with upgraded upholstery including synthetic leather side bolsters and headrests, fabric center panels, enhanced stitching and a new Slate Grey color and Wedge Metal trim. The only two cons are 1 back seat is not very roomy for full grown adults.
Total output is 134 horsepower, which translates as zero to 60 mph in 10. When you get there you'll have a full tank of battery juice. Buyers who want even more options can browse the performance and appearance accessories offered by Lexus dealers under the F-Sport range. A front L-arm type MacPherson strut suspension system combines with fully-independent double wishbone and trailing arm rear suspension architecture to offer superior levels of ride comfort and handling. It's meant to be more sporty, and the Sport mode not only remaps the electronic responses to acceleration and braking, it also cleverly converts the power gauge into a tachometer with red lighting around its edges. And all paintwork now benefits from a scratch-resistant, self-restoring top coat. When equipped with navigation, the screen can act as a single screen maps , a split screen maps and audio or compass or three displays on the same screen maps, audio and weather.
It comes in Black, Ecru gray , Caramel, Flaxen and the new Parchment. The details of the design, trim and wheels are flawless. Lexus-level safety is standard, as is dust and pollen filtration in the dual-zone climate control system. Seating surfaces are trimmed in a soft synthetic, but leather is available. Those beeps are dangerous, because they're distracting, and sharp focus is needed while backing up. The F Sport interior may be further identified by aluminium pedals and scuff plates, a perforated leather steering wheel and dimpled leather shift lever, and F Sport badging. It extends from the top of the C-pillar, which matches the shape of the spindle grille, only it's vertical.
A Lexus badge lives inside the dark grille that pushes forward to create a powerful, more three-dimensional form, according to Lexus. Your cruising range per gas tank is most likely roughly the same. Which is offered in 3 colour schemes: Black, Dark Rose and Ocean Blue. A pre-collision system and a dynamic cruise control can be included as factory installed options. But its 42-mpg combined gas-mileage rating seems to be close to what owners get in the real world--which can't be said about newer competitors like the Ford C-Max Hybrid, recently lowered from 47 mpg to 43 mpg after a firestorm of owner complaints. It's very quiet inside the cabin at freeway speeds. And a 200 mm Mark Levinson subwoofer is housed in a bespoke enclosure within the loadspace wall, producing extremely deep bass with ease.
The car responds well and is surprisingly agile for a Lexus, but its numb electric power steering--a chronic Toyota weak spot--is simply uncompetitive with the best from Audi or Volvo. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -. Inside, there's a thinner, fixed screen for the stereo and available navigation system that's also been revised, a new steering wheel, a revised gear selector, metal scuff plates instead of plastic ones and metallic accents on the center console. Secondary 90mm coaxial speakers have been mounted in the centre and rear cabin pillars to expand the sound reproduction frequency range. The form-fitting front bucket seats are generously bolstered for lateral support.
This is typically measured in liters 3. It does have some issues, like most hybrid hatches do. The centre console insert colours and combinations have been revised. The luxury hybrid hatchback still borrows its powertrain from the Toyota Prius, but wraps it in an entirely different kind of vehicle--and tunes it to be far more rewarding than in any Prius model. Bought this used, 2 years old with 22k miles. The brakes are nice and firm on their own.
The standard safety features includes stability control, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, and eight standard airbags including knee bags for both front occupants. But they've been selected with a younger, more tech-savvy shopper in mind, reflecting the car's mission of replenishing Lexus ranks by luring in buyers who've never owned a luxury car before. Looks great, cheap to fill up, but don't expect rapid acceleration from a stopped position. This is, essentially, a Prius powertrain in a smaller but far more refined vehicle. In days gone by it was lashings of leather and wood grain trim. Still needs more performance though. The instrumental position is very user friendly.
Secondly, to enhance the driving experience, both through the improvement of the vehicle's drivability and the traditional Lexus values of comfort, refinement and high technology. And in this case there are no paddle shifters to provide an ersatz stepped-gear shift experience. Navigation systems also include the Lexus Enform information system. The low-set dashboard is marked by horizontal creases, with a thick center console jutting upward. The console contains enough controls, switches, knobs, and displays to indicate that this is a luxury car with features galore.