Trunk space is a decent size for a compact luxury sedan at 13. The power and torque figures are competitive for the market, but the torque curve is not as good as that of forced-induction alternatives like the 3. The car is an absolute bore to drive. . Some critics were dumbfounded and compared the new look an anime cartoon car. It moves along quickly, however, and feels sharp in the corners when pushed, it just doesn't beg you to push harder like some competitive sport models do, that is until you twist the Drive Mode Select dial all the way to the right from Normal to Sport mode and then further to Sport+, at which point the direct-injected 306 horsepower 3. New for 2016 The gains standard five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.
The rear end style would benefit from less-protruding taillights, but the aggressive rear fascia fits the car well. The interior and exterior trim is gorgeous, it handles fabulous, has tons of quickness, and is extremely comfortable. I highly recommend this car for anybody who wants a sporty but luxurious car! Odd that Lexus goes to such trouble crafting such a gorgeous set of sport seats and then applies faux Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press leather, but such is the case. In the end, I went with the car that I liked the most along with what I thought would be the most reliable vehicle in the long run. Two adults should feel comfortable unless very large, my medium-build five-foot-eight frame allowing about four inches of knee space behind the front seatback when it was set ideally for me up front, plus about three inches above my head.
Feedback provided via the wheel is limited, and the amount that does come through feels artificial. A heated steering wheel is also now available, thankfully, as a standalone option, meaning you can skip it without also skipping something else you really want and need. The multimedia system also incorporates cache radio which has the ability to pause live radio. The 2014 redesign included a full exterior remake. I had the vehicle for 6 months and gave it up. Aside from the navigation system, a backup camera and lights that tell a driver when it's okay to merge lanes, not much about this car will blow away techies. Enough praise cannot be sung about the collaboration between Lexus and Mark Levinson.
We were able to the car when it first hit the Canadian market, but we gave it a revisit to see how well it has fit in after being on sale for just over a year. The body control is only improved when in Sport or Sport+, when the dampers firm up into their most athletic setting. Lexus has compressed the lineup significantly for Canadian buyers, which is understandable from a cost standpoint but at the same time isolates enthusiasts looking for the rear-wheel-drive option. I was having a fight with Lexus because the vehicle pulled to the right. However, regardless of the mode, one limitation of the car is the six-speed automatic transmission.
Featuring both port and direct injection, the engine has a reputation for being smooth, quiet, and powerful. And available 3-D navigation, a premium Mark Levinson sound system, and more sophisticated app integration have improved the overall luxury level. This feels like a legitimate performance coupé, and sounds like one too thanks to a resonance pipe from the intake to the firewall that pushes a plethora of intake noise into the cabin at wide open throttle. Very hard to get in. The 65L tank is capable of decent distances before needing to stop and refuel. Dual-zone automatic climate control with touch-sensitive electrostatic switches are easy to use and a 4.
Red leather with black accents drape across the bolstered front chairs and folding rear seats to make passengers buckle up and hold on. Braking duty is handled by 13. I found that when driving around in Eco or Normal, the car wallowed around quite a bit. Unfortunately toys are sparse, which should not be the case on a car of this price. It delivers consistent, fade-free stops from 70 mph in 171 feet.
Overall I give it a 3, if the performance matched what they claimed, and it was just easier to live with I'd maybe give it a 4. This car matched the 0. Adding all-wheel drive, as we noted in a comparison test that also included the , 335i xDrive, 3. Retuned for this application after first appearing in , it makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque in the sedan and mates to an eight-speed automatic. A new Premium Plus package is now available and comes with a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.
Almost feels like it had turbo lag. And the helm is ergonomic awesomeness. The cockpit is superior with a modern, technical look, high comfort and honed ergonomics. Still, even with its smallish rims the car is stunning, a standout four-door in a segment that doesn't reward wallflowers. This however, came as a huge surprise — each and every note in various genres was replicated using the utmost of clarity and richness. Does that tell you anything? Looking upward, lots of metallic surfaces enhance the design, some satin-finished and others patterned, while the car's plastics quality is average for the class, meaning that the higher quality synthetics used are extremely good, although Lexus doesn't extend soft-touch surfaces all the way down the door panels as most others in this segment do, their lower portions getting hard below the armrests, with the same non-pliable effect on the lower half of the instrument panel and glove box lid. In rare cases, being the perfect car backfires, giving the vehicle the feel of a very well-made appliance.
Nice people at Lexus but I think the problem is that their cars are so reliable and never go back with any problems that when one vehicle does have a problem like mine they do not know what in the heck to do. Is it a genuine sports car, with its 4 doors, paddle shifters and not-ferocious V-6, 306 horsepower engine? The thing is, these metrics alone are not what makes a good sports car. About the only significant demerit here is the haptic touch controller, which takes some getting used to and is difficult to operate without turning your gaze toward the infotainment screen. There are some plastics visible within the cabin, but they are high quality and more fitting here than any sort of faux wood finish. The brake pedal can feel lazy around town but firms up nicely when the driver makes real demands. It automatically records the previous 15 minutes for convenient replay.
Aluminum pedals and paddle shifters mean that manipulating how the engine communicates driver thoughts to the rear wheels is made eight-speed easy. It is roomy enough in here so using the rear seats for adults is absolutely not a problem. It must be reiterated that an eight-speed automatic transmission which is available on rear-drive models in other markets would improve these numbers significantly. This is a car I want to drive. You will bump your head many times.