The interior space is smaller than my previous Toyota Avalon, and I do miss the extra space and leg room. Shifting strategy adapts to driver input, with rapid downshift response. The back seat is contoured for adults, and wide enough to hold three for shorter trips. A medium-to-high speed mode over 19 mph allows both the right and left front headlamp bulbs to swivel toward the direction of the turn at the same time. About the only exterior customizing you can do other than paint and wheels is a choice of forward lighting, from standard projector beam to optional High Intensity Discharge headlamps with an adaptive lighting function, which swings the headlamps through an arc of up to 15 degrees when turning. Seats aren't as supportive as you'll find in some German rivals or from Cadillac, for that matter , but they're exceptionally comfortable all around. The steering's also a bit too light on center, which means you'll be making frequent adjustments on the highway.
The brakes are average in size for this class, but we saw no sign of brake fade after a hard workout. The multi-information display within the combination meter will show a car icon with the selected following distance. My Lexus has proven to provide a super quiet, comfortable ride with maximum reliability. Take an even cursory look at the feature list, and there's nothing to be disappointed about. The steering's also a bit too light on center, which means you'll be making frequent adjustments on the highway. Its rear floor is flat and has plenty of room for feet under the backs of the front seats.
It's in some ways the epitome of a classic luxury car—serene and soft, but not at all bouncy, with a powertrain that moves you along quickly but almost silently. The auto-dimming rearview mirror features an integrated digital compass. That said, you couldn't do much better for a highway cruiser. Its main feature is a trip computer that provides outside temperature, driving range, fuel consumption and average speed readouts. Part of this is helped by its relatively long wheelbase, which adds to its impressive stance.
Factor in the impressive interior materials and trims—with walnut and maple wood trims, and supple and enveloping leather upholstery—and you have a true luxury-car interior good enough to impress discerning clients. The Lexus Enform and the Safety Connect response centers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—every day of the year. An Eco Driving indicator helps encourage economical driving. The navigation system includes the Lexus Enform concierge service and Bluetooth® phonebook download so you can make reservations for your favorite restaurant or call anyone in your phonebook. The available touch-screen Lexus Navigation System with rear back-up camera allows the driver to enter a destination using the updated Voice Command casual-language voice recognition.
I just coasted to a stop without power. The display also includes an oil maintenance reminder and system warnings. Last year, Lexus touched up the look just a bit to make it warmer and softer, yet brighter, though it still feels quite conservative. When using the heater cycle in the automatic mode - instead of just reducing the heat flow after it reaches the set temperature it blows large amounts of cold air into the car. It has the look of a high-end car. The instrument panel and center stack are driver-centered, engaging and functional. The system plays through 14 speakers in a 7.
The arrowhead shaped design motif is also echoed in the large tail lamps. When one thinks of Lexus, refinement and sophistication come to mind. The engine and transmission are isolation-mounted with an electro-hydraulic system to cancel vibration at idle. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-255-3987 -. High-intensity discharge headlamps, keyless entry, integrated fog lights, and a panorama glass roof are just some of the impressive exterior options. Interior wood trim is bird's-eye maple with black or gray leather, brown walnut with parchment leather.
Lexus is limiting production to 2,000 copies. Factor in the impressive interior materials and trims—with walnut and maple wood trims, and supple and enveloping leather upholstery—and you have a true luxury-car interior good enough to impress discerning clients. There's good storage, steering-wheel controls, and the use of various functions is easy. New for 2012 A limited-edition Touring Edition debuts for 2012. All the while, the interior is nearly silent and the ride pillowy but well controlled albeit possibly a little too soft and wallowy for some country roads.
However, it is one of the best riding cars in its class. It's an easy car to live with and comes loaded with luxury and convenience features. The strong, 272-horsepower V-6 which no longer requires premium fuel is surprisingly responsive and satisfying in combination with the six-speed automatic transmission, and it can dash to 60 mph in just 6. It features 17-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire, wood and leather accents for the steering wheel and shifter, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and leather seats. My Lexus has proven to provide a super quiet, comfortable ride with maximum reliability. A six-speed automatic transmission with clutchless-manual mode gives you the best of both driving experiences.
In addition to dual-stage front airbags and front seat-mounted side airbags, the Lexus Supplemental Restraint System includes rear seat-mounted side air bags, side-curtain airbags that extend from the A-pillar to C-pillar and a knee airbag for both the driver and front passenger, for a total of 10 airbags throughout the cabin. Active Braking can automatically apply the brakes if the driver fails to react to system warnings. Vehicles with the Ultra Luxury Package also have an exclusive Black and Saddle interior. My only negative finding is this car needs a back-up camera as it is very difficult see out the rear window while backing on a hill. Using the Lexus Memory System feature, the driver can tailor numerous vehicle preferences, including lighting, power windows and moonroof, steering wheel, and door lock control.