Power operation — including adjustable lumbar support for the driver — is standard. We found that we could feel the subtle difference between regen mode and stopping mode, and could operate the brakes to work either way. For reasons we won't go into, our photos didn't come out. Every review surveyed by TheCarConnection. Fortunately, the system did a great job of understanding all but the most oddly pronounced street names when entering an address, so we still found its performance to be satisfactory.
An interesting feature is a small camera that mounts on the steering column as part of an optional collision detection package. Aft of the doors the shoulder line blends into chrome tail lights which, along with an abbreviated trunk lid and black diffuser-like bumper insert, define the tail of the vehicle. Problem is, so does the 2010 Prius. The vehicle can operate completely under gasoline power, electric power, or any combination of the two. Brakes are regenerative brakes, so with light pedal pressure, they feel a little bit different at the top of the pedal. Its handling is hardly on a par with the sportier side of the Lexus line, and while it holds the road decently, the electric steering and regenerative brakes are number than the norm. If the nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the rear suspension arm rear tie rod may develop unwanted movement and rust leading to thread damage and eventual failure.
On the twisty parkway, we mostly kept it off. It's also possible to program in personally selected information preferences, so a driver can track his own stock portfolio or follow specific teams. Another premium feature, called eDestination, allows drivers to go online to save and sort destinations in up to 20 folders, and send as many as 200 destinations at a time to the vehicle, where they can be downloaded into the navigation system. We would have liked to show the power-split diagram as well, so drivers could maximize mileage without constantly glancing down at the dashboard. The result is a clean, efficient luxury car with good numbers both in power and fuel economy.
We remain on the fence about its styling. There are even some that offer moderate levels of both characteristics. I can live with that. For starters, this new dedicated hybrid luxury model features a larger 2. Hybrid system does some braking as you slow down and recharged the battery.
Our test car's beautiful chocolate brown and cream two-tone color scheme soothed us every time we sat down, though we noticed the start of some smudging by the second day. The mouse-controlled screen is easy to learn to use and helps make driving fun! Overall, the eco-plastics cover about 30 percent of the interior and luggage area, according to Lexus. Acceleration becomes more gradual as the computer reduces fuel flow, and cabin airflow is reduced somewhat as it minimizes air conditioning use. It can give the driver a better view around blind corners and also show how close objects are to the front bumper. Also helping to maximize fuel economy are the Hybrid System Indicator that shows when the batteries are being charged and when they are being depleted, as well as an Eco light that illuminates when the vehicle is being driven most efficiently.
When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. We only tested it a dozen times or so, but the system seemed to correct a little more sharply than we expected, angling us toward the stripe on the other side of the road. Its purpose is to minimize fuel use, but it might also have the effect of increasing the blood pressure of the drivers following you. Remote Touch Combining a high-mounted display and a clever mouse-like controller, Lexus' intuitive Remote Touch interface makes controlling audio, climate and navigation functions extremely easy and safe. There are luxurious cars, and there are fuel-efficient cars.
However, fast starts from lights and fast acceleration on hyways can lower mpg to about 32. Under certain circumstances, this condition could affect stopping distance and increase the risk of a crash. In power mode, we enjoyed crisper acceleration, of course, but had a hard time getting mileage anywhere above the high 20s. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. With a little more pressure, they quickly transition into a power-stop mode.
Lexus Enform offers a live operator to help drivers find a specific address, a business, or restaurant, and then sends the coordinates to the navigation system for routing. The car has every possilbe safety feature. We also wanted a way to stop a change in the satellite-radio channel from overriding the current display. Neither fish nor fowl, it seemed an uneasy marriage of Lexus lines and luxury with a Toyota Prius-like dedicated hybrid shape and powertrain. A little noisy on acceleration and during brake regen but you'll be glad it makes that regen sound because it the sound of not having to change your brakes very often.
Otherwise, most said it was easy to drive, though not as serene as other Lexus models. Those interested in the environment will also appreciate that about 30 percent of the upholstery is made from earth-friendly plant-based plastics. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. The base textured leather upholstery feels more like leatherette and makes the upgraded semi-aniline leather a worthwhile upgrade. The heads-up display was a little low for a 6-foot driver at its highest setting, though, so we sometimes forgot it was there.
The battery must be sufficiently charged and you must treat the accelerator pedal like an eggshell. Remedy Toyota will notify owners and dealers will replace both rear suspension arms and encapsulate the locknuts, free of charge. This camera watches the driver's face to discern whether they are paying attention to the road ahead. Blame the for that one. Plus, we like the controller's ergonomic positioning. It's a safer system, one that leaves no fingerprints on the Navi screen.