At 310 L it is about 200 L away from the class leader but at least the opening is nice and wide. The grille swaps straight crossbars for a hulking mesh abyss, and the whole of it swims in a droopier front bumper. Our favorite part of the technology screens was the movable speedometer. Yeah, but so does everyone else — and every major luxury brand, from Acura to Volvo, has a gladiator in this arena. Our only complaint is the mouselike Remote Touch interface that comes with the navigation system. A sports car should always have power at the ready and keep you ever aware if its performance capabilities. Comfort Inside the car are comfortable, 10-way and 8-way seats for passengers and the driver.
Sculpted sides and pointed tail lights give a dynamic feel to the profile, while the simple, clean rear end finishes the new look on a tight and tidy note. Get the F-Sport Package and the melting spreads. However, these changes all applied for last year's 2014 model as well. Pedal to the metal, it pulls very well and produces a throaty soundtrack. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic, translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the automobile-catalog. Of course, as soon as I opened the door and saw the bordello-red cockpit, it was game on.
While the six-speeds are smooth and perfectly functional, the eight-speed shifts quicker and smoother, improving both sporty and around-town driving. We dropped it into Sport S+mode and it held the shifts well in the older six-speed gearbox. With 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, the V6 produces effortless acceleration, with a creamy-smooth delivery. I don't need to go on and on. Driver and passenger will feel a snug fit in their seat, but by no means goes that mean that comfort suffers.
But this same type of buyer, no matter how talented, requires rescue when making poor decisions or encountering unexpected conditions. F Sport models get an all-black mesh grille inside the spindle shape, creating a gaping, aggressive maw. The centre console is very well laid out, with the controls used more frequently being placed exactly where you need them and ergonomically the only complaint is the position of the cup holders that are right at your elbow. Heated and ventilated seats have been added to F Sport models while all-wheel-drive F Sport models also add a heated steering wheel. The accelerator responds instantly; the eight-speed automatic downshifts aggressively when entering corners and keeps the engine at power-spewing revs when coming out.
Inside, there are eight color options like light gray leather, linear dark gray, light gray with matte black trim, black leather, linear dark gray wood trim, and parchment leather linear brown. The six-speed automatic transmission was smooth and the paddle shifters work perfectly for driving enthusiasts. There was even enough room for a giant pack of toilet paper and paper towels without having to use the second row of seats as back-up storage. My test car, painted Ultra White and equipped with rear-wheel drive, was packed with performance upgrades. Inside, under acceleration, the engine sound is piped into the cabin for a nice exhaust note.
Power to the wheels comes from a sporty sounding 3. The latter puts all systems at full boil. Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights and lane departure warning are optional. Besides looking cool, the movement is extremely functional, especially during night driving when minimal dashboard light is optimal for concentration on the road. Yeah, but so does everyone else — and every major luxury brand, from Acura to Volvo, has a gladiator in this arena. See your dealer for details. Overall cabin volume is now 90.
A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. It is powered by a 3. Steering precision and feel is good for an electric-boost system. Performance levels were easily tailored via the Drive Select Modes. This is a car that I genuinely like, one that I really want to love if for no other reason than it is distinctly different from sales leaders. Cruise control downhills were jerky and bothersome. On the electronics front, Lexus' Drive Mode Select system offers a driver-selectable performance settings that sharpen or soften the car's reactions at the driver's command.
We kept our head on a swivel all week. Since the car is targeted at younger buyers, Lexus made sure that it has numerous exterior color options. Occupants sit race-car low within the car. Overall cabin volume is also up significantly, thanks to the extra legroom, plus an extra inch of head room. Interior materials look and feel more refined and high-quality; the seats are well-bolstered, particularly in F Sport models, yet still comfortable; the rear seat offers more space thanks to slight revisions in the car's size; and while the trunk is still on the small end of the spectrum for the class at 13. As before, either car comes with rear- or all-wheel drive, with sportier F-Sport packages optional for either car. Comfort was never a question and we never wanted for power.
Exterior styling, on the other hand, is an acquired taste due it being extremely polarizing especially from the front with its split headlights and spindle grille. The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds, and in the same direction at higher speeds. They appealed to those who preferred to be protected at all costs from the distasteful sensations of driving — rolling sensory deprivations chambers of comfortable insulation. Everything else remained stock, including the 306-horsepower, 3. Supple leather seating seems to have a placement perfect for any position with 12-way power adjustable seating for the driver and front passenger.
We did notice the 18-inch wheels do make for a slightly firmer ride over the standard 17-inchers. After all, you can never predict what might be waiting for you around the next corner. The interior design is a mixture of retro, modern, sport and classy. It is however the sportiest super comfortable sexy one that is reasonably priced and should be bulletproof reliable. See your dealer for details. Like a hot knife through butter, a swooping character line carves through the sheet metal, ending with a flourish near the wheel arches.