The cosmetic elements of the F Sport package include custom 17-inch wheels, aluminum pedals, and a wire mesh grille. The maps are strictly 2D, with no perspective option, but worked well for route guidance. The exact text will differ depending on the actual application you have running. And just as in the Prius, a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack under the rear deck stores energy produced by the engine and from regenerative braking, using it to supplement the engine torque and, at low speeds, propel the car alone. Even with the seatbacks up, there's enough room for a large load of groceries, and a retractable cargo cover helps keep valuables out of sight. But you won't find its performance to be as engaging or responsive as that of other entry-luxury hatchbacks like the Audi A3 or Volvo C30. Layout is said to be centered around the driver, with controls within easy reach of the driver.
So back to the question: can a hybrid really be fun to drive? Press a button next to the controller, and provided the battery is properly charged, you go light on the accelerator, and a number of other conditions are met, you can drive at speeds of up to about 23 mph for short distances into parking structures and such on electric power only. As in the front suspension, rebound springs are also used to aid both handling and ride feel for the car. I was not terribly impressed with the system's reproduction quality. Here's how to disable adblocking on our site. I had a 2010 Prius, which I was satisfied with, but I wanted a.
Give this car a proper engine and a manual transmission and it would be a great little road carver as the suspension is that good. Lexus even throws in a first-aid kit. Seventeen inch alloys fill the wheel wells nicely and the rear end completes the styling element with a subtle spoiler off the end of the hatchback. Fuel economy is the first point in its favor. Display showing both battery and gas motor are combining to provide power.
Each model changes the rate of throttle opening. The Lexus Drive Mode Select system offers three different modes via a rotary knob in the middle of the center console: Eco, Normal and Sport. Engineers and interior designers made sure that the 'H-point' of the front seats—the height of the front passengers' hip joints—is actually below the car's center of mass. We notice you're using an ad blocker. But ads are also how we keep the garage doors open and the lights on here at Autoblog - and keep our stories free for you and for everyone. Provided you don't need Big Gulp-sized ones, those in front are perfectly fine for the Lexus crowd.
Sure, but I'm not complaining. The system read out street names for upcoming turns, but it could have been more aggressive about avoiding traffic jams. Pricing I am not really fond with hybrid or electric cars, yeah! Pushing the Enter buttons on the sides of the controller worked like a mouse click. Credit the sophisticated independent rear suspension bits and the lateral dampers. The hybrid system has two electric motors—one is driven by the engine and can charge the battery pack or add power to the drive motor as needed; the other — the drive motor — powers the front wheels. Not a screamer in terms of acceleration in any sense but once speed is achieved, the fun begins in maintaining the momentum.
Cargo room is also decent and would be larger were it not for the battery cells that make up the hybrid system lurking just behind and below the rear seats. Owners may contact Toyota Customer Service Department at 1-800-331-4331. Steering was responsive if vague off center and provided little information about the level of grip available. And the more we use Remote Touch—a computer-mouse-like controller that requires you to keep your eyes on the screen for the entire time you're making a selection—the more we wish for either a touch screen, touchpad, or a controller that has tactile feedback. Instead it gets a nonbranded 10-speaker system. The recall began on October 17, 2016. Also new is an optional F Sport Package, which adds a mesh-pattern front grille, metal front scuff plates, aluminum foot pedals and a sport-tuned suspension.
It's lower and more aggressive looking, almost in the same class as the high-performance MazdaSpeed3. A Sport mode changes most of the controls, giving full electric assist at partial throttle, firming up the steering, and changing the power gauge into a red-rimmed tachometer. But its electric power steering is still numb, a chronic Toyota issue, and it's not quite in the same league as sporty hatches like the Audi A3 or Volvo C30. Vibration is nearly nonexistent, as is exterior noise. Models without navigation now get a powered auxiliary console with a 12V outlet inside. That means a Lexus-tested 0-to-60 mph time of 9.
In back, the thin, tapered taillamps and sharp, roof-extended spoiler add a more aggressive look. The electronic transmission also offers a 'B' mode for aggressive regenerative braking for downhill maneuvers. The navigation system works well and the audio system offers most of the sources one could want, but this stuff is all pretty standard these days. But drivers wishing for a real sporty hybrid will have to look elsewhere. Don't be fooled into thinking these 17 inch tires are grippy: they're of the hard, low rolling resistance type and as a result they squeal earlier than normal tires.
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. Lexus luxury means a comfortable ride. Center-console plastics seem to be a little cheap-looking and hollow-feeling for a luxury brand, too. Bluetooth connectivity comes standard, as do steering wheel-mounted controls. The instrument panel doesn't have anything in common with that of the Prius; there's an upper display zone, while most of the controls are relegated to the lower control zone that's part of the center console, jutting upward.
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 adjustable heated front seats offered good support, leg room was great and I got the feeling of being enclosed in a cockpit, the low seating position adding to the environment. Could the car have a few more creature comforts and a bit more power? The suspension is quite stiff, but purposely so for sportiness. Besides, the various active stability control systems won't let you anywhere near them anyway. .