The all-wheel drive worked well and kept all four wheels firmly planted while making fast turns. The F-Sport Package has high-bolster sport seats that are supportive and comfortable. Pedal to the metal, it pulls very well and produces a throaty soundtrack. Gas misers will do well to look elsewhere, particularly toward turbocharged four-cylinder alternatives in the compact luxury sedan segment. Cruise control downhills were jerky and bothersome. Performance is a strong point, particularly in the , which is the sportiest model in the lineup. If you value reliability, go with the Lexus.
And that works out to cost-savings for buyers. We dropped it into Sport S+mode and it held the shifts well in the older six-speed gearbox. Supple leather seating seems to have a placement perfect for any position with 12-way power adjustable seating for the driver and front passenger. A sports car should always have power at the ready and keep you ever aware if its performance capabilities. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. It seems as if there is no suspension travel at all, but somehow, it feels absolutely able to iron out the road. There's more: a Mark Levinson audio package is available, upgrading to 15 speakers of 7.
See your dealer for details. While five larger adults may be a squeeze in the back, three teens had no problem fitting in the back of our tester. Our tester looked muscular but not beefy. See your dealer for details. FriskyDingo has asked fellow members to build their perfect compact luxury sport sedan… Lexus is introducing the Crafted Line for the 2015 model year, which will encompass several of its models.
People who buy this car would not really want to be sideways all the time. In all-wheel-drive models, driver and passenger footwell areas are somewhat compromised by a center tunnel expanded to accommodate the transfer case. Rear-drive F Sport models provide the best performance because of its extra handling improvements, which includes variable steering, adaptive and variable suspension, larger brakes, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in summer tires. Experience goes a long way If the notion of certified pre-owned is new to you, check out our overview, which explains in detail what each manufacturer has to offer. Otherwise, the cabin is quiet and offers solitude from the noisy outside world. Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights and lane departure warning are optional.
Heated and ventilated seats have been added to F Sport models while all-wheel-drive F Sport models also add a heated steering wheel. It is however the sportiest super comfortable sexy one that is reasonably priced and should be bulletproof reliable. All drivetrains require premium fuel — a disadvantage over competitors like the 3 Series and Audi A4, which merely recommend it. It is a love it or hate it design, but what I loved about it was how low the car seems to ride after experiencing how comfortable the suspension was. Blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights and lane departure warning are optional.
See your dealer for details. Our only major quip was with saving favorites to the satellite radio menu. The main drawback in the cabin: the buttons on the steering wheel. Where this car starts to shine is when it picks up some speed and ideally when the roads get narrow and twisty at the same time. The side panels curb so intensively, they almost turn horizontal before reaching the windows, which creates an immense sense of thickness for the doors, pushing all occupants towards the middle of the cabin. See your dealer for details. The accelerator responds instantly; the eight-speed automatic downshifts aggressively when entering corners and keeps the engine at power-spewing revs when coming out.
See a on the or check out its. They should suit drivers of all sizes; my 6-foot 6-inch co-driver even said he had enough room. Put another way, the difference in the amount of irreverent fun to be had is extreme. Check out the photos to see the gauges in action. F Sport has sporty driving dynamics and a refined ride due to the adaptive variable technology that takes the edge off the performance-tuned suspension.
It has an eight-speed automatic transmission system that integrates with a state-of-the-art G-force Artificial Intelligence system that can intuitively choose gears depending on the terrain and driving conditions. An extra option is to have the car installed with pre-collision system that helps drivers avoid collision. The F Sport package offers additional suspension performance for pushing hard on the back roads and will give any driver confidence. Fit and finish between them is excellent and there are no rattles or squeaks coming from anywhere. Just one problem: Few people drive on racetracks, and when they do, it is almost always in something other than a 4-door luxury sedan.
Overall cabin volume is also up significantly, thanks to the extra legroom, plus an extra inch of head room. Once you know how comfortable it feels, it looks even more impressive. The F Sport front seats are superbly comfortable and supportive and kept us planted during our more spirited driving in the mountain curves. Safety options run the luxury gamut. To keep everyone comfortable while driving, the high efficiency dual zone climate control system uses touch sensitive electrostatic temperature switches which are not overly sensitive to the touch and go a long way to making a clean looking center stack even sleeker. As the car attempted to slow itself the transmission seemed to be guessing which gear to move to.
It is very quiet and efficient with more than enough power that you need to control. Since the car is targeted at younger buyers, Lexus made sure that it has numerous exterior color options. But this same type of buyer, no matter how talented, requires rescue when making poor decisions or encountering unexpected conditions. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus Certified Vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Personally, I was very excited.