The Ford C-Max Hybrid has twice seen its gas mileage downrated, from the original 47 mpg that was flatly unrealistic to today's more realistic 40 mpg. The cockpit is well designed for stowing odds and ends, especially for a car of this age. Cargo space is limited by the high load floor, which covers the battery pack. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the carefully. There's only really enough height for grocery bags before the view rearward through the slit-like tailgate window starts to be impeded by whatever you put in the load bay. As for Remote Touch, the Lexus-standard mouse-like controller on the console that moves a cursor on the center display screen, some users will adapt to it easily and others will curse it and wish for a touchscreen or a controller with some tactile feedback.
One of the things after I bought the car within 2 days was regret, I regretted buying this car, I wished I had chosen the Volt and that was before all the uncomfortable issues arised within a week. Smartphone control of certain features is available through the subscription-based Lexus Enform Remote service. I am now driving my partners car, a 2007 Ford Hybrid Escape and they are driving my brand new car and I am making payments on a beautiful car that I cant drive. The sole appearance tweak for 2016 is a chrome surround for the grille. And under any type of driving, maximum power comes with a surprisingly loud engine roar. The premium audio with a moonroof is another.
And it's not completely without its driving charms, thanks to a Sport mode that sharpens the steering and throttle response. It's roomy in front, with generous head room, but seat room is acceptable but hardly expansive in the rear. The stored power is returned as supplemental torque as well as to reduce amount of petrol burned. Other exterior features include power adjustable and heated side mirrors which are integrated with turn signals and tinted windows. New for 2016 The grille has a new chrome surround and a power moonroof is now optional rather than standard. Adaptive cruise control is bundled together with the Pre-Collision system. To our surprise, rearward vision is good despite both thick roof pillars and the very shallow.
It's definitely snug, as there's not a lot of room, especially in the back seat. Normal mode should be self-explanatory. A pair of motor-generators can power the car alone at low speeds, add torque to supplement the engine output, and act as generators to recharge the nickel-metal-hydride battery pack under the rear load deck on engine overrun and during regenerative braking. That's a bargain, really, so this is one of those instances where we say go ahead and splurge! Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard; heated front seats and leather upholstery are also available. Not only does Sport mode alter and improve powertrain behavior, it transforms the basic power gauge into a red-encircled tachometer for the gasoline engine. It adds a 10-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, and the useful Lexus Enform Remote app.
A moonroof, a 10-speaker audio system, navigation, and Siri Eyes Free are available. All the styling elements seem to work together effectively. Taller riders may struggle for comfort. The motor is backed by a 1. Handling, on the other hand, is sporty despite the use of fuel economy-minded tires while steering is well weighted especially in Sport mode.
The interior features a more simple and straightforward dashboard. It's all very aggressive and intimidating, although it's also writing checks the performance can't cash. Otherwise, it's a handsome and straightforward shape outside, with a functional and mostly luxurious interior. Front passengers can relax comfortably with plenty of head room and leg room, though the front seats sit low, which gives the driving position a sporty feel. While the Prius, with the same 98-horsepower 1. All seats have height adjustable headrests. They also add torque to supplement gas-engine output.
However, it still falls short of the luxury standards set by many rivals — as well as other Lexus models. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission are standard. If you can do without a luxury badge, the Prius is the car the buy. Inside, the dashboard is straightforward and most of the materials still feel luxurious. And Lexus dealers offer a further list of items under the F-Sport label that can further upgrade the car's appearance and improve roadholding and handling. The Premium model adds heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers and a moonroof. Also standard are a rear spoiler, NuLuxe-trimmed seats, power front seats, and six-speaker audio.
Hard-drive navigation system options include the Lexus Enform information system. I decided on the Lexus. It's all software, but it reprograms the hybrid performance, power delivery, acceleration, and other control systems for more aggressive power delivery. I bought this car in Feb 2016, brand new with 3 miles on it. It earns high marks for reliability and performs well in crash tests. The compact hatchback is offered only as a hybrid.
Inside, the cabin will accommodate five passengers. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site. The cabin materials are rich and soothing—mostly—but there are some dissonant details. Either way, passengers will notice little pavement harshness. That means it also has a degree of braking incorporated into its available forward-collision warning system. And its engine drones at times under steady loads—think long stretches of uphill freeway. Buyers can get even more options by browsing the performance and appearance accessories offered by Lexus dealers in the F-Sport range.