Operated with the fingertips, the Remote Touch controller moves a cursor around the icon-based interface in a manner that should be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever used a computer mouse. I can live with that. Acceleration becomes more gradual as the computer reduces fuel flow, and cabin airflow is reduced somewhat as it minimizes air conditioning use. How about fuel efficiency equal to that of the Prius? The Prius leads the league with an official rating of 51 mpg city, 48 highway and 50 combined. It can give the driver a better view around blind corners and also show how close objects are to the front bumper. We suggest either regular detailing or wearing gloves. After about a mile of largely downhill stop-and-go driving, the engine switched itself on to recharge the batteries.
Traditional gas-engine cars usually offer their best efficiency on the government's City test, but the electric motors come into play on the hybrid-powered car for substantially improved fuel economy in slower, stop-and-go city-type driving. The car drives great and very smooth and has a heavy feeling even though its a mid size car. Suspension noise is absent, and the car is very well sealed against wind noise. The car has very good steering, excellent brakes, very good views of the road, and European-like road feedback that is not surprising since it is built on a frame used by Toyota in Europe. To do it, the engine noise quickly rises to a muffled howl and stays there until you let up. It recurred a few times on particularly rough surfaces, so we're left to wonder if that route just had lots of lousy asphalt.
And it dropped out below 20 miles per hour, whereas Benz keeps its system operating right down to a dead stop, and back up. Everything the driver needs to look at is mounted high on the dash, so it can be addressed at a glance. Our test unit was equipped with most of the available amenities, including the navigation package and the Remote Touch controller. The Ford Fusion Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Prius all post better mpgs. There's a Power Mode that has the opposite effect; it makes the hybrid more responsive. Opionions differed on the projecting center console.
The car has every possilbe safety feature. Get inside and shut those tinny doors and things get decent. The tall greenhouse and steeply raked A-pillars help give the cabin an airy feel and allow for plenty of headroom. I got the Matador Red Mica exterior on Beige interior. Dealers will also affix instructions in multiple places to prevent improper servicing in the future.
Despite the slight catches you'll feel in your fingers as your cursor moves around the screen, you have to devote a good deal of attention to the display — more than you probably should — to make sure the cursor is where you want it to be. Normal mode attempts to evenly balance economy and performance. In power mode, we enjoyed crisper acceleration, of course, but had a hard time getting mileage anywhere above the high 20s. The radar also sometimes lost cars ahead on winding roads, causing acceleration and then sudden braking as the car came back into range. After alternating among these modes, I came to like Power best because its acceleration characteristics most closely resemble those of a conventional gas-powered car.
Note: This recall supersedes recall 13V-383, in which some vehicles were only inspected, sealed, and did not have both arms replaced. Inside, there is a high level of standard equipment. We only tested it a dozen times or so, but the system seemed to correct a little more sharply than we expected, angling us toward the stripe on the other side of the road. Not to mention powerful enough to rattle change in the cupholder at not-very-high volumes. We noticed a modest amount of front-end dive upon hard braking; cornering stability seems consistent with a well-designed passenger vehicle.
A second front-mounted camera is part of the Intelligent High Beam system, which monitors the road ahead for headlamps and taillights and dims the high beams so as not to dazzle other drivers. So these are our thoughts on the ones we used most often, or remarked about with wonder--or annoyance. It feels heavy for its relatively short wheelbase, and it didn't reward aggressive cornering. Interior lighting is crafted to suit the environment. Don't hesitate for a second on this one! Perhaps the brand that claims to pursue perfection should have developed its own version of the perfect Prius, one that justifies such a high price tag with bragging rights for being more fuel efficient than its common cousin, not less. However, the steering response is direct and reasonably quick. I expect about 35 mpg most of time.
Uses regular gas, which is nice. The battery pack is located between the rear seat and trunk, powering a motor generator that adds about 40 horsepower, which is blended into the system according to driver demand. Radar Cruise Control: We've been fans of adaptive cruise control since Mercedes-Benz introduced it a decade ago. The three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob have leather trim. Despite the proportions, though, Lexus has achieved an admirable 0. It's a very safe car with lots of luxury like 15 speakers with surround sound.