My only disappointment is its demand for premium fuel which to me, compromises the whole point of fuel economy. For example, the hybrid uses projector-type fog lamps, and its key-fob controls include an engine-immobilizing feature. Reapply it as gently as possible. I guess Lexus hybrid system is still inmature as some vehicles do achieve high mpg as claimed. A simple press on the accelerator instantly -- and seamlessly -- activates one of its operating programs.
Every time you step on the brake pedal, you lose inertia. I will check with a Lexus dealer to see what they will tell me. Keep an eye on when the system is using pure electric power and optimize your driving style to maximize glide time…with your foot off the throttle whenever possible. On our Los Angeles trip, we made it more than 350 miles before we felt it was time to stop for a fill up. It is also a remarkably simple automobile that, in spite of its overall complexity, delivers great fuel economy and ultra-low emissions.
However, the electronic boost of its power steering and the regenerative circuitry used on the anti-lock disc brakes impart a somewhat artificial feel to both systems. Its hybrid system gives it a boost for performance tech--we are impressed by the mileage and the emissions rating, and the nice ride doesn't hurt. The 17-inch standard wheels can be optioned up to 18 inchers. Maybe I bought a lemon? As such, the cabin tech is fairly limited. Also keep in mind that some packages will negate elements of others. The drive train is rated at 268 horsepower, in total. Its smartly raked windshield and large glass area help improve driver sightlines, while both front and rear doors are large enough to ensure easy access to all seats.
Similarly, we like the design of both the cabin tech interface, which is intuitive, and the overall look of the car. The hybrid drive manages power distribution between the gas engine and two electric drive motors. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331. The gas engine produces 208 horsepower on its own, while the front and rear drive motors put out 167 horsepower and 68 horsepower, respectively. The suspension befits a luxury vehicle, nicely damping out road imperfections.
It is possible that the hybrid system will shut down while the vehicle is being driven, causing the vehicle to stall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash. It also demonstrates how far the modern hybrid has come in a few short years and just what its true potential is when used creatively. And to reiterate some of our points made above, the electric-power steering is particularly light, which is fine in a parking lot but leads to a squirrelly feeling on the open road. Voice command worked very well in recognizing our address inputs to the navigation system. After some serious development work, the time dropped to around 12 seconds. The result is very clear sound that lacks punch, making it good for acoustic and symphonic pieces. Strangely, there is no button for the cell phone integration, but if you push the phone button on the steering wheel you get a nice-looking keypad on the touch screen.
I love to stomp on the pedal when necessary. In our experience with the Lexus system, it worked very well. As with other adaptive cruise-control systems, you set the car's speed and its following distance, and the car will match speeds with slower traffic in the lane ahead. Similarly, the phone system handles the basics, but won't download your entire phonebook to the car. On more than one occasion it registered a slower car cutting into our lane and hit the brakes quickly enough to avoid a collision and match speeds. We debated whether this feeling was due to the car's continuously variable transmission or the hybrid system activating the electric motors periodically, but as it didn't affect the actual speed, we figured it a harmless quirk of the car. We loaded up and set out for the Interstate.
All of the cabin tech features are controlled on the touch screen, which has a row of buttons along the bottom for climate control, destination entry, map, and audio, amongst others. It has all the basic features, such as navigation and cell phone integration, but none of that really stands out compared with what's on the market today. In a week of driving, we found those estimates to be a touch low, as we achieved a combined average of 27. Our bags are packed and we're ready to drive. Both the navigation and phone systems handle their basic tasks well, but don't offer the advanced features we've seen in a few other cars.
So i guess what ever works for you. Verdict These are vehicles designed strictly for coddling their occupants through the urbs and burbs, and they perform this function very well indeed—they are quiet, cushy, beautifully appointed, and reasonably fuel thrifty by the standards for this class. In heavy traffic and on city streets with low speed limits, the car makes frugal use of gas. We also mentioned the mileage above. This can significantly effect mileage when taking short trips in cooler climates.
One other thing to keep in mind … Generally speaking, hybrid systems require that the conventional engine be warmed up to facilitate the transition to electric power. With just a bit of effort, family and friends will marvel over your gas saving prowess. It also rides and drives like any other automobile, which is, perhaps, the biggest compliment of all. This thing shows what the hybrid system is up to. Every time you stomp on the accelerator pedal when changing lanes, you consume excess fuel. Generally speaking, the packages apply to both models, although there are a few exceptions.