The newest hybrid from Lexus has a smooth and sleek shape, with an arching roofline, high belt line and long hood. I do see the affects of the clean, and reconize that this is just the begining of the Lexus L-Finnesse design philopshy, but it simply marks down what others have not, Gods first miracle in years. I know this isn't much to go on, but I figured you'd like to know. I need to make some comparisons first and possibly print this forum off as well as proof before taking it back to the dealers. Plus, you're saving a bit of money and a bit of the environment while you're at it.
Around town it will cruise on battery up to about 38mph. For current owners, I probably need not explain why this is a non-issue. We've had the car for just about two months and it's clearly popular. But that high price allows Lexus to include one of the most sophisticated powertrains offered in any car, at any price. It is a head turner.
Standard equipment is quite good, with all the usual luxury-car amenities. Our familiarity with the has helped us understand the car. This is the one really big limiting factor in long-distance travel as the trunk is barely large enough for two medium luggage cases. Interior Pull-Down Panel To the left of the steering wheel is a nifty pop-out panel that conceals numerous controls in a highly organized manner, and allows for a cleaner appearance to the interior in the bargain. The Hybrid Synergy Drive consists of a 3. Regards Keith Is the car being driven very far around town per journey? The car will drive away under electric power.
I purchased it brand new on a 56 plate in september and to be honest, have not been happy with it since. Is that the case with your's if you're getting poor economy still? On a motorway I can get 26mpg. On the two occasions I have filled the car I am imbarressed to say I have only done a little over 700 miles in 4 months! On the whole I think they are brilliant cars. There isn't a pass-through, so no skiing or snowboarding without a rack. It delivers a big dose of performance, it's quiet, it's as comfortable as you would expect of a Lexus and it has all the environmentally friendly qualities for which people buy hybrids. Cheers Paul On a drive from the New Forest to London and then two or three days driving about 16 miles a day in London and then back to the New Foest, I am getting 34+mpg.
Typical of hybrids, it takes first-time drivers a little while to get used to. Do you think I should take it back to the dealers? A battery-power meter replaces the tachometer, so you'll aim for optimum recharge instead of the redline. Step on the brake pedal and hit the glowing button on the dash. Everytime I've been back to the dealers Coventry Lexus , they seem to blame my right foot. Half the trunk is occupied by the battery pack, leaving enough space for two good-size cases or a few bags of groceries.
In stop start driving you cant build up enough speed to rechaarge the cells so inevatably the car switches over to the petrol engine. The hybrid badging on the lower rear-door molding is discreet, while the large, exposed dual exhaust with stainless steel tips and the 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels are bold. It's the total package: high-end luxury + awesome performance. In the real world, most times it will be one or two people in the car, thus leaving the rear seats available for cargo. If you've been following this test, you already know that we've had only a single issue with the car, a bad O2 sensor covered under warranty at 15K miles. Ambient temp on my Coventry Black Supercar was 7c.
Transitions are seamless, with none of the driveline jerk that often happens when the engine kicks in on other hybrid cars. The cabin, like the exterior, might not be particularly thrilling to look at but it is constructed with a precision to shame its rivals and the ergonomics are pretty much beyond reproach. At roughly 60 mph it shifts from low to high, and helps the electric motor provide more forward thrust. If I had the £'s I certainly would have one:they are stunning vehicles. I purchased it brand new on a 56 plate in september and to be honest, have not been happy with it since.
Best gas mileage has been 28. In this vehicle you feel both the excellence of Lexus engineering and a goodwill approach to the environment. Most of its rivals get hit for the maximum 35 percent. Drove the Audi A6 boring! Perfromance was 1 objective for this model. But it is really fast, right? Then it stays there, while dual permanent magnet electric motors sort out the gear ratios necessary and also assist the 339-peak horsepower to the rear wheels. New drivers will likely have to familiarize themselves with a few details. Hope this is of some help.
All in all a very nice driving car and well appointed. If the batteries are low on charge, there isn't much assist, but that's rarely the case, as the system charges itself while cruising and every time the brake pedal is used. My brother works at Lexus and he said that the hybrid is a very well rounded car, except for the electric battery that is warranty up to 100k miles only. Before backing out of a parking spot, the car must be turned on, excuse me, I mean powered-up. First was to deliver the performance of a modern 4. Now, no one has ever really touted hybrids as being bargain-bin shopping items, but this unexpected per-mile premium had to come from somewhere.