The rear wheels will slip on wet pavement, when accelerating from an uphill stop sign for example, but pound the throttle and the limited-slip kicks in and prevents the wheels from spinning any more. The I-6 engine gives you very taught acceleration whether it be from a stand-still or at 70 mph up to 100 in a flash. Three small gauges are positione. The handling of this car is superb as it almost asks to be thrown around and have the sport-tuned suspension do what it was made for. Handles better than my previous 03' wrx, not as fast off the line though. The three rear windows on each side of the SportCross look a bit odd, the back two crowded. Keep the athletic performance and push the design envelope.
This was the last year that a limited slip differential would be available with the five-speed. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. New 11-spoke wheels are optional. Under the Hood Lexus borrowed the 3. I soon tired of its boy-racer appeal and left the shifter in Drive.
I call it a delight for the senses, the sort of details that future car collectors will want. Black replaces dark silver on the audio plate surround and the transmission housing plate surround. But overall its the perfect car for me. Out on the freeway, it delivered a nap-inducing smoothness. We loved using the steering-wheel buttons to change gears, but the E-shift transmission will override some of your decisions. Lexus says the chronograph-style instrument cluster was inspired by sport watches.
A pass-thru section from the rear seat augments the trunks 10. Of course, the sedan with the five-speed manual is quickest. The watch-face cluster stands between a half-moon tachometer on the left, whose clarity is compromised by the clutter of the faux chronograph, and quarter-circle fuel gauge to the right, above a digital display for gear selection and trip odometer. Pairs of buttons on both the left and right spokes enable the driver to shift up or down one gear at a time without removing his or her hands from the wheel on automatic models. Peak torque is 218 pound-feet at a workably low 3,800 r. Inside and out, it looks like nothing else in the Lexus lineup.
Graphite-tinged plastics and machined metallic finishes set the theme. Many driver issues dealt with the interior being too Toyota-like. We were impressed by the performance of the traction control with optional limited-slip differential. The sedan with the manual gearbox comes with a sport-tuned suspension. Never a note off-key as it spins toward redline — as only an in-line configuration can deliver — the engine makes the 1,505-kilogram sedan quick, not fast. Some of the trim has been revised for 2004: Bright silver replaces last year's dark silver trim around the climate and audio controls.
We dove into rain-slicked second-gear turns too fast and too late, relying on the anti-lock system to save us; and it did, with rock-steadiness and without protest. According to Lexus, 0 to 60 mph acceleration times are 6. Seats are very comfortable and supportive. Some might think it fussy — the drilled aluminum pedals and stainless steel doorsill scuff plates, the chromed ball shift lever and the chronograph-style instrumentation. Except for the instrument layout, theres not much to distract the driver from an enjoyable experience. New 11-spoke wheels are optional. Model year 2004 brings some minor revisions to the front and rear styling, mist-type wiper nozzles, and some minor interior tweaks.
All-season tires are available as a no-cost option. Inside, a memory function was added to the driver seat. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-872-5398 -. Sometimes, when accelerating out of a curve, it even leaves you below the powerband, which is reasonably broad. Does CarGurus provide the same form or do I need to obtain it on my own? The front button downshifts with the thumb and the back button upshifts with the middle finger. We abused the brakes during our longest cornering session and they never faded. Three small gauges are positioned within a large speedometer, but those tiny dials are difficult to read.
Tranny shifts so smoothly you really have to concentrate to feel it. Better yet, the sedans athletic maneuvers arent accompanied by a decline in ride comfort. The chiseled-look body has short front and rear overhangs. Also, the doors lock automatically when underway. In the rear, round red taillights peer out of contoured bezels behind aerodynamic clear covers.
The SportCross looks like a sporty wagon. In both cases, we were particularly impressed with the braking and handling. Lexus Vehicle Skid Control electronic stability system is optional on sedans equipped with the automatic transmission. On high-speed ripples it was firm and steady; on low-speed bumps, firm and never harsh. The instrument panel includes a round analog speedometer inset with three smaller gauges for temperature, volts and instant fuel mileage. There is no roof rack available nor any rain gutters to attach an aftermarket rack. I tried to give the E-Shift an honest workout, and while upshifts were crisply delivered, the downshifts could be a tad abrupt.