Aside from all things automotive, John loves fishing and hockey, preferably in the company of his two boys. But the subsequent jump in sales is difficult to ignore, and sales continued to increase as this look spread to other Lexus models. Trunk space is a decent size for a compact luxury sedan at 13. Featuring both port and direct injection, the engine has a reputation for being smooth, quiet, and powerful. With similar dimensions, a well-designed exterior and good power it offers a performance combination that many buyers are looking for. A new Premium Plus package is now available and comes with a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. The steering was hesitant to go back to center and felt heavier than its competitors.
Shifting in manual mode was enjoyable, but I found it best to leave the transmission in automatic and let it do its thing. A blacked out lower rear fascia and twin chrome tipped exhaust ports help to round out a very stylish body. Thanks to the F Sport package the driver can adjust the suspension to the tune of four different settings — Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport +. The transmission also matches revs on downshifts with throttle blips. Designers must combine style, comfort, and technology along with a comfortable ergonomic layout in a fashion that works for hundreds of miles at a clip. Adding all-wheel drive, as we noted in a comparison test that also included the , 335i xDrive, 3. Other driver assistance features include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning.
In the early 1990s, he was part of a team that built a solar-electric race car from scratch. Rear seating is adequate for full-size adults and trunk storage space comes in at 10. Leather, soft touch plastics, and perfectly spaced panel gaps are not only beautifully done, but are on par with sports sedans costing much more. Multiple drive modes enable the driver to choose his or her level of aggressiveness, and the transmission is one of many systems in the vehicle that respond to the driver's settings in order to create the proper driving mood. This will be the compact premium sedan's first refresh since it debuted for the 2014 model year.
Lexus also reworked the sedan's interior. The 2014 redesign included a full exterior remake. Feedback through the thick-rimmed steering wheel was much better than expected and hard braking was met with a firm pedal and consistent stops. New for 2016 The gains standard five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. Available driver and safety aids include the Pre-Collision system, which detects imminent frontal collisions and can brake to stop or reduce the severity of the impact. The Lexus Enform system with safety connect not only lets you monitor your vehicle from your mobile device, but also gives you subscription free access to some of your favorite online apps.
Great exterior styling, a luxurious tech savvy interior, wonderful performance and proven reliability means that this is an automobile that will provide consumers with a very nice alternative to segment competitors. Fuel economy is on the rise, as are the capability, popularity, and affordability of alternative fuel vehicles like electric cars and plug-in hybrids. A pre-collision system detects an imminent frontal collision and retracts the front seatbelts while automatically preparing the Brake Assist to begin braking before impact. This is a car that grows on you from a performance standpoint. A remote touch interface in the center console now controls the infotainment, a system which has received mixed reviews.
And available 3-D navigation, a premium Mark Levinson sound system, and more sophisticated app integration have improved the overall luxury level. A stand-alone optional F Sport exhaust will add a bit more growl. It encompasses half the front end and is flanked on both sides by some very stealthy looking bodywork. However slow, imprecise movements can sometimes make the system frustrating to use. The 306-hp V-6, on the other hand, was responsive and had plenty of power for passing and accelerating. Some critics were dumbfounded and compared the new look an anime cartoon car. The simple dash was given a more modern look, with multiple levels, becoming almost busy in appearance.
Drop by your local today to check one out! Content changes for 2016 mostly affect the various available option packages. Throw in diesels, regular hybrids, and countless forced-induction engines along with eight-speed dual-clutch transmissions and active safety…. . Those are pretty good numbers considering a curb weight of 3,737-lbs. A small joystick that sits on the right of the center console controls the system.
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