And yet torque is down: 271lb ft 4800rpm has dropped to 254lb ft 4600prm. We were expecting the F Sport to come with a much firmer suspension setup, almost to the point of being too firm. Take a look at what they thought of the car. In terms of drawbacks, it has to be the continuously variable transmission. We're betting that winning combination will deliver a significant amount of conquest customers from the German brands into Lexus's hands.
Spacious seating is for five, though the saloon genre bette r suits four. New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year. Fit and finish throughout all trims and packages is superb with impeccable stitching and attention to detail. Things did not look good for the venerable Japanese luxury brand. From here buyers can add either the Luxury package or an F-Sport package with upgraded trim level equipment and performance enhancing options.
But the near-perfect build quality, the ocean of gadgetry, the urge of the hybrid drivetrain and the superb ride and comfort should win canny buyers. It can anticipate the road and corners ahead and will brake individual wheels to help guide you around the corner, and not just when slip is detected. Although every effort has been made to ensure that all such information is correct and up to date, no guarantee is provided that all such information is reliable, complete, accurate or without error. Please note prices are at either end of the spectrum; the 450h is the Lexus flagship and also the most efficient, while the fuel-efficient rivals are also the entry-level variants. For those whose majority of driving is under 40 miles per hour, the break-even point will be much shorter. Combined power is rated at 254kW.
On the gasoline engine side, there is a 3. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. It has the right mix of accent colors and light wood, including the steering wheel. For the 450h F Sport, this is not the case. You can select normal driving, Sport Plus mode, or Eco mode for maximum fuel economy. And this should mean no getting out and filling up the petrol tank every few days.
Normal gives you a touch too much body roll and float, while Sports cures all that but then the low speed ride becomes too knobbly. See your dealer for details. On top of this, the F Sport variant as tested adds in the extra element of enhanced performance and sportiness. The multimedia display can be optionally super-sized to an enormous 31 cm wide-screen display and is controlled by a mouse-type pointing device to select on-screen options. There are apps on the massive screen that will give you real-time traffic, weather, sports scores, and stock prices. See your dealer for details.
This brings us to the steering. New for 2012 There are no significant changes for the 2012 model year. There are a total of 10 airbags as well as advanced active safety and driver assistance systems available. These models have useful electric-only ranges. They are outstanding, even after wiping off higher speeds over and over again.
All information should be verified by an official dealership. This new version is rated at 29 in town and 34 on the highway. Additional safety features include a Lane-Keep Assist system, a Blind Spot Monitor system and the world-renowned Lexus Night View Head Up Display system with expanded content menu. This is a luxury car that glides off the line and then whacks in serious mid-range and top end thrust if you keep the right pedal down. Safety Expect the best here and Lexus delivers with a five-star crash rating, 10 airbags, standard equipment Blind Spot Monitor - which uses two radar sensors to detect other vehicles in either adjacent lane - and tyre pressure monitoring. The commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. For those who need simple answers, I guess it's hard to resist, but the trade-offs embodied by these cars are more complex than simpleminded division.
The quiet operation of the suspension saved the day to some degree, but couldn't really mask the chassis's overall shortcomings in the ride comfort department. Plant your right foot and the petrol engine seamlessly joins the fray; the extra power is instantly obvious, and the electrical assistance means diesel-esque mid-range overtaking ability. If the posted price, incentive, offer or other service is incorrect due to typographical or other error we will only be responsible for honoring the correct price, incentive or offer. Wood grain accents-especially the 450h's signature matte-finish light brown bamboo-are almost distractingly beautiful. It felt so clumsy it was funny. Prices include all applicable rebates. Other features include voice-recognition software that Lexus says will pick up conversational prompts rather than traditional formal, specific commands.
See your dealer for details. It felt very well built and quiet, but boy was the ride brittle! It also has a much more athletic look to the outside that is noticeable even at a glance. Both front seats get new, inflator-operated active headrests to protect the head and prevent whiplash in a rear-end impact. This channel brings you trusted reviews on all the new models on the market , all the latest first drives, reader reviews, and great car-buying advice. Among mainstream cars, Mini offers plenty of interior colors, and… On this episode of The Downshift, senior features editor Jonny Lieberman invades Western Europe in a trio of Toyota hybrids to find out if gas-electric cars can ever thrive in a land where diesels are the green car of choice. The car transmitted literally every bump and hole the roads offered up. Later on, Lexus added an F Sport trim for those looking for a sportier variant, and it features 19-inch alloy wheels, F Sport suspension calibration, Lexus Dynamic Handling System with dynamic rear steering, a Sport S+ mode, variable gear ratio steering, and F Sport brakes.
Other features include voice-recognition software that Lexus says will pick up conversational prompts rather than traditional formal, specific commands. The F Sport comes with its own unique sports bucket seats with electronically adjustable side bolsters, aluminium rubber-studded pedals, paddles shifters, and a sports steering wheel. The battery, for instance, is mounted between the two rear suspension towers behind the rear seats. But familiarity exposes two things - you become accustomed to it and then you find the Sport+ button. You do not acquire ownership rights to any content, document or other materials viewed through the site. During our short day with it on both the Las Vegas Speedway and some open roads it was amply evident that the frumpiness has completely disappeared.