The exception is the destination entry screen, which shows icons for the different options. We found they were comfortable even on a daylong drive, at least for our average frames. We spent more time using the Bluetooth streaming stereo connection. Likewise, it offers good control over the Bluetooth phone system, letting users dial contacts by name. Brake, exhaust and suspension upgrade kits are available for F Sport Package-equipped models.
Tall drivers will appreciate the front seat's long travel and the tilt and telescoping steering wheel, but rear seat passenger may find both head and legroom at a premium. Rear-seat access in the sedan is reasonably easy. The interior trim has been changed to black metallic. Send Kelsey an Hide full review. Foglights and automatic-off headlights are included as well. If you want to get a more aggressive appearance to the car, there is also a lowering spring set that gets the vehicle down one inch in the front and rear.
And when you choose either stocks or scores, the car reads them out loud. But the system only offers 2D maps and, oddly, does not mute the stereo when route guidance issues instructions or warns of an upcoming turn. We expect the Lexus all-wheel-drive system will make a bigger difference on muddy or snowy roads. The A4 and G have better cabins, and just about every competitor is roomier. Critics regarded the as one of the sportier entries in the 2011 midsize car segment.
But the steering and suspension are not quite up to hard-core driving. A full cup of coffee would be sloshed all over your hand. The rear seat is rather upright, with two deeply dished seats at either side. Its interior is also praised as being one of the most elegant in the class. The sport sedan demonstrates prodigious grip when weather conditions leave the roads greasy. Remote keyless entry, access and start are all included here as well. The engine is certainly powerful enough and is smooth as glass.
Light pedal pressure brings lightly progressive slowing but it's possible to invoke immediate stopping power with just a bit more pedal. Decor is a mix of rich-looking upholstery, soft-touch surfaces, and high-grade plastics. The choppy iPod playback proved troubling, and we don't know why Lexus can't make the stereo mute when route guidance speaks up. The top is very easy to operate. Its 10 amplifier channels provide 300 watts total output at 0. On the street, ride quality is firm.
Fog lights and daytime running lights are complemented by automatic-off, steering-linked, adaptive bi-xenon headlights with built-in washers. It does not, however, get there without a penalty. In addition to the sedan, a convertible model is available, as well as the performance-oriented , which is reviewed separately. We were impressed with how well it balanced frequency response, while at the same time producing solid, detailed sound. With the top up, they look like coupes.
We don't think we would use the paddle shifters on an everyday basis. We ended up playing artists at the beginning of the alphabet because scrolling all the way to the end required too much patience, not to mention distraction from the road. John Stewart contributed to this NewCarTestDrive. Lexus quotes a zero-to-60 time of 8. Granted, this transmission offers a Sport mode and manual gear selection, but there's no getting around the inferior performance of its torque converter.
Legroom for the back seat passengers is suitable for munchkins and smurfs at a paltry 26 inches. The F Sport package includes a front lip spoiler and rear deck spoiler, a matching dark chrome front grille insert, F Sport badging, and the addition of Ultrasonic Blue Mica to the exterior colors. This car has never been on the level of 3 series,G or the A4. The Japanese automaker announced today that it is recalling 1. Safety is well in hand too, with dual front, front-side, curtain-side and front-knee airbags, traction and stability control and 4-wheel antilock discs with brake assist.
Otherwise, the two trims are indistinguishable, powered by the same 3. The F-Sport version gets a performance exhaust system that features all stainless-steel construction with fully polished mufflers and double-wall exhaust tips. It shows traffic on the maps, and can dynamically avoid serious jams. My week with the tester resulted in a fuel economy readout of 13. Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.