The hybrid system, in which the 5. But I was buying this car to keep, not to trade in after a year or two. We noted an occasional bout of tire thump over rough pavement and slight wind whisper at freeway speeds, but overall cabin isolation is outstanding. And, to my taste at least, it does not look as nice as any of the Germans it competes with. I didn't want more of them, and I was prepared to sacrifice the additional driving thrills on twisty roads to get it. It seems much quieter than the competition, whether at 30 mph or 130 mph, its regulated top speed.
The navigation display is large and bright, and the graphics are crisp and sharp. 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. The quality of construction is the best of any car I have owned. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. The self-parking feature and whole-vehicle safety technologies are unmatched.
They overheat which causes premature warping of the rotors. I must turn off the car and restart it to make it work. It is simply a joy to ride in. The 389 horsepower of the engine, matched with the enormous torque of the electric motor, means that this car that weighs 5049 pounds can, according to Lexus, accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5. Little if any road or wind noise makes it into the cabin at freeway speeds and the engine settles to a distant purr. Refilled only to have to refill over again. All models come with perforated leather seats, with the option of semi-aniline leather.
However, at this price point, these are largely matters of taste. The detailing is impeccable, the fit and finish is precise, and the entire look is one of refined, contemporary elegance. Just had to do it again without warranty. A few reviewers also say the acceleration is not on par with the best of its class. The V8 has sophisticated technology including electrically operated variable valve timing, dual fuel injection, and a high 11. What's more, the package includes an infrared sensor for the climate control that actually measures surface body temperatures and adjusts accordingly.
We tested the Intuitive Park Assist system, thinking anyone who knows how to parallel park will consider this an unnecessary, slightly insulting adornment. They've also been disparaged for being somewhat soulless. The instrument panel has a simple 2-tier appearance, accented with grain-matched wood trim, and the seats are upholstered in a soft, supple leather. Normally, the front-to-rear torque split is set at 40:60 but it can vary between 30:70 and 50:50 depending on driving conditions. Its V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission -- the first ever in a passenger car. Other options include a precollision system with radar-based cruise control, a 19-speaker stereo with an eight-gigabyte hard drive, cooled rear storage, a reclining rear seat with massage, leg rests and rear seat heaters. And while it may not be built for slalom courses, it has no shortage of power on demand, particularly at highway speeds.
The switchgear and every component you touch evokes quality. It doesn't feel any different than hydraulically powered steering, and it has progressive assist that decreases with speed. The electrically powered steering system adjusts according to speed. 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. Every single switch on the car is lighted for ultimate convenience. 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 system is capable of driving the car in electric only mode, or with a combination of gas engine and electric motor. 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. An optional Advanced Parking Guidance System lets the car park itself and is the car's most intriguing feature. Historically, Lexus vehicles have proven to hold their value very well. DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter.
For 2009, All-Wheel Drive is now available on both trim levels, and the passenger's side front seat now has a memory function. The front seats are climate-controlled on the standard car, with heated rear seats added to the L version. All-wheel drive is available on all models. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. Exterior Each new Lexus becomes incrementally more sculpted, with market pressure by more adventurous competitors eroding the company's traditionally conservative lines. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter.
And I will admit to reliability being very important to me. This is a known problem. It constantly routes us the long way to any destination. New four-spoke tilt-and-telescope leather-and-wood steering wheels heated on the uplevel versions feature redundant controls for audio, information, cruise control, radar cruise control option, telephone, and a new brake-hold feature. Parts replaced ref: Lexus repair bulletin. .