Send Mike an Hide full review. The controller is shaped more ergonomically than those click-wheel setups, and Lexus says it feels natural like a computer mouse. Lexus says customers like the s. Dropping the backrests makes for a nearly flat extended cargo floor and 80. Optional safety equipment includes a dynamic-handling system that weaves together traction and stability control; a Pre-Collision System that uses radar sensors to detect a possible impact, then readies the brakes and seatbelts for an imminent crash; adaptive lighting; and automatic high beams.
The new model is easy to drive, has a refined cabin and is available with a host of high-tech features. It also reduced the number of individual switches, contributing to a cleaner instrument panel. When descending inclines, the transmission prevents up shifts to achieve more engine braking. The multi-information switch allows the driver to access numerous function settings without taking hands off the steering wheel. A leather and wood trimmed wheel is available for added luxury.
In addition to light gray and black, Parchment is now available as an interior color for vehicles equipped with optional leather trim. The screen menus are selected with the controller, eliminating the need to reach out and reducing eye movement. The first is evident as soon as you sit down in the front seats, which Cars. The front suspension geometry was optimized for the new platform and features a new, thicker stabilizer bar. The result is an improvement in both fuel economy and emissions. The available wide-view side monitor and backup monitor each help provide the driver with a wider range of visibility when driving at low speeds. Ride motions are damped very well, though, and 18-inch wheels are standard, with 19-inchers available.
The area is more usefully shaped, too, and the two rows of seats continue to offer ample leg-, head-, and shoulder room for four adults a third can squeeze into the middle of the second row for short trips. A 12-speaker system comes with the optional Comfort Package or rear seat entertainment systems and includes two-rear-door tweeters and a compact, L-shaped subwoofer in the rear-luggage compartment. The bigger surprise is the increased powertrain noise found in the latest edition, a little unexpected in a vehicle that's taken great pride in its isolation from the road. My favorite color scheme is the new black and parchment theme; the contrasting colors make for a classy look. Unlike those systems, Remote Touch should be immediately familiar to anyone who uses a personal computer.
Optional safety equipment includes a backup camera, which is included with the navigation system option. When the driving conditions involve little steering input, energy consumption is reduced, improving fuel economy by nearly three percent. An optional new automatic high-beam system detects light from oncoming vehicles, preceding vehicles or ambient sources and automatically switches from high to low beams. This system does not wait to detect rollback, however. If you've been in a , you'll recognize the layout and locations of most, if not all, of the controls. Both anticipate the vehicle's location based on vehicle speed and steering angle, swiveling the front headlamps into the turn.
The controller in the center console features a curved hand rest with a short joystick at the front of it. Vibrant white characters are sharply displayed on a high-contrast black background for ease of use and a luxurious appearance. Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels complement the exterior with a strong, sporty look, with optional 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels providing another styling cue. The Mark Levinson system, a exclusive, features a center channel coaxial speaker, metal-cone midrange speakers, tweeters and a 100-watt amplified subwoofer. Selections are made by pressing one of the Enter buttons on the sides of the hand rest. Remote Touch integrates the functions of seven hard switches used with the previous touch screen, helping users to operate those functions with reduced effort and distraction. Power operation is standard, but semi-aniline leather upholstery is optional cloth seats are standard.
Online, drivers can create personalized location names e. One feature that's new for 2010 is the Remote Touch Controller, which functions much like a computer mouse for the nav system, but our tester wasn't equipped with this item. To help provide greater handling control, the track is 2. Overall, the suspension absorbs bumps well. One of the more interesting ones is the wide-view side monitor system.
Wind noise also starts to creep into the cabin once the car reaches 60 mph or so. The system then confirms the action with a subtle sound. Nine exterior colors are offered, including the newly developed Cerulean Blue Metallic. Stylish molding around the side windows and at the base of the doors provides low-profile strength. With eDestination, drivers can go online via LexusDrivers. It isn't a driver's car, and it isn't going to thrill you on canyon roads. The new standard electric power steering system contributes to improved agility and steering feel while eliminating the parasitic losses of a hydraulic steering pump.