The engine and transmission pairing also merits high operational marks for responsiveness and the confident feeling that there's always plenty in reserve for freeway passing or emergency maneuvers. A new Advanced Pre-Collision system uses two cameras up front, as well as radar, to detect pedestrians in the car's path. Contact dealer for most current information. . And I will admit to reliability being very important to me. It offers an excellent combination of comfort, space, quietude, and features.
The electrically powered steering system adjusts according to speed. The bottom line is stable traction in any conditions. Each excels in smooth, quiet and effortless cruising with little meaningful performance variation to differentiate between standard and stretched models. I completely understand that others may not. Compared to other hybrids such as the Prius, this 2009 Lexus' fuel efficiency is no better than its purely gasoline-powered V-8 sibling.
Standard features include front side airbags, dual front knee bags, and full-length side-curtain bags, plus available rear-seat side airbags. And I have to say that part of the appeal of the car for me is that it isn't as popular as its flashy european friends. It will look nice 10 years from now. But if flinging your sports sedan in and out of heart-pounding turns isn't something you think you necessarily need, you will find that the ride in this car is nothing short of serene in day to day driving and only gets better as your speed increases on freeways. Additionally, the variable steering ratio is automatically quickened to improve the vehicle's response to evasive maneuvers. The new styling includes revisions to the front bumper grille, headlights, taillights, exhaust diffusers, and license plate surround, as well as new wheel designs and new side mirrors with integrated turn signals. I am all too familiar with the repairs those cars require.
All prices, specifications and availability subject to change without notice. It checks off all the tech boxes, then goes and adds some new ones. Which is how long I hope to keep it, if not longer. Some customers will not qualify. Likewise, the suspension that some cite as too soft is the key to what others call one of the most comfortable cruising rides available. Lexus may make a profit on the delivery, processing and handling fee.
I didn't want more of them, and I was prepared to sacrifice the additional driving thrills on twisty roads to get it. We noted an occasional bout of tire thump over rough pavement and slight wind whisper at freeway speeds, but overall cabin isolation is outstanding. For 2009, All-Wheel Drive is now available on both trim levels, and the passenger's side front seat now has a memory function. Many reviewers say most drivers won't notice any lack of athleticism because they'll be too comfortable in the opulent cabin to care. The options list brings features such as the power active stabilizer, to improve cornering performance without any detriment to ride; an ottoman-style backseat with built-in massage; a rear cooler box; a backseat entertainment system; an infrared skin-temperature sensor system; climate-controlled rear seats; a fold-out wood table; and dynamic laser cruise control. And I haven't looked back. It recharges its nickel-metal-hydride battery packs either via the engine or through a regenerative braking system.
Yet another innovative feature—or toy, depending on your perspective—is the Advanced Parking Guidance System, which requires you to ride the brake while it steers and parks itself. Search through our selection of used vehicles, or learn more about the. There is nothing in this car that has not been carefully designed and constructed. When compared to the competition, this car is not as fast and. A new Appearance Package includes the Sport Package's aero kit and grille. Equally notable are the heated outside mirrors, large enough to compensate for sightlines that are mildly compromised by prominent C-pillars, which automatically fold in when you shift into Park. Technology lies at the core of that praise and that criticism.
It performs admirably but doesn't offer the driving excitement of a or. The projector-beam headlamps — which Lexus says are inspired by Baccarat crystal — and wraparound taillights meld smoothly into the mix. The switchgear and every component you touch evokes quality. It drives like nothing else I have ever driven. It's also the most electronics-intensive luxury car we've ever experienced and, if it weren't a Lexus, that would give us pause.
So, if you're buying your car because of the way you want your neigbours to feel about you, buy the german cars. The full-hybrid system can operate for short distances, almost silently, on electric power alone. Safety Connect is standard and Lexus Enform is available with a navigation system. And I will admit to being very impressed to that attention to craftsmanship. It also employs a camera that monitors the driver.
However, at this price point, these are largely matters of taste. If the system detects that the car could …. However, it steers well and corners surprisingly flat, thanks to the three modes—Comfort, Power, and Sport—that afford different ranges of response for the throttle, steering, and suspension. The quality of construction is the best of any car I have owned. The gasoline V-8 makes 389 horsepower on its own, but altogether the system kicks up as much as 438 horsepower.