During a combination of city and highway driving, we observed an average of 23. Managing it all atop 19-inch wheels and tires, Lexus finally has drilled one home. Discriminating car lovers patronized these cars because of their comfort, docile performance and great style. One annoyance we noticed is the Remote Touch controller's housing and its poor fit on the console: on the right side, it doesn't match the shape of the console, leaving a gap where all sorts of detritus is doomed to gather. Mercedes-Benz C 350 Coupe — 3.
For example, while both cars transmit road noise on warty pavement, the Audi conveyed a stronger sense of refinement. No Lexus would be complete without the requisite luxury and convenience items. Other touches that can really only be appreciated at night include an analog clock and subtle ambient light around the cabin at night. Words and photos by Mark Elias. For 2013, it's tuned up to 306 horsepower through direct injection, four valves per cylinder and four cams, with variable valve timing. The premium-upgrade 18-way seats are wonderfully supportive and come along with heating and ventilation, a feature we've grown to appreciate for almost year-round seat comfort.
It embraces the total package, from ergonomics to sound to door closures—although we continue to prioritize performance and engagement, the key traits that separate the sporty from the everyday herd. Then again, even without the F Sport package, the Lexus came across as the sportier of the two. It may not be high on our list of sports-sedan attributes, but in the real world of luxury cars, character sometimes trumps all. An optional navigation system brings with it a huge 12. Knee room is lean, though head room may be a bit better because the seat cushion now sits lower.
In fact, four driven wheels with bigger footprints helped the Audi prevail in our instrumented testing. It resulted in the launching of the original Lexus in 1989. Power comes from a 3. Today's cars also are more high-tech than ever. The rest of them, 4,200 points mor. The spindle grille is slowly growing on us, but from there the design starts to fall a little more flat. High-grade plastic trim now dominates the dash, from the console coverings to the metallic highlights that surround the analog clock.
It features 17-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire, wood and leather accents for the steering wheel and shifter, heated and ventilated front seats, a navigation system and leather seats. Tuned sound from the intake manifold and special exhaust baffles really makes it roar when underway. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, the first generation of the mid-size luxury sports sedan is powered by a 3. The electrically assisted power steering offered decent road feel with a certain numbness at center. To view table with complete performance data and technical specifications including final drive and gear ratios, powertrain description, dimensions, accelerations chart etc.
More conventional luxury options include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 835 watts of power; a Premium Package with heated and ventilated front seats and rain-sensing wipers; heated rear seats; and a Luxury Package with adaptive headlights, adaptive suspension, unique leather; 18-way power front seats; rear climate controls; and a wood-trimmed steering wheel. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. The commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. They deliver exalted levels of grip, power, structural rigidity, and responsiveness, all in family-friendly packages. The design staff would drop them from various heights to present shapes from which certain design details could be refined.
In terms of safety, the system is simply superb and virtually fool-proof. Also standard is anti-chip paint on lower body panels that minimize the appearance of scratches and scrapes. Interior styling was beyond reproach, materials were princely, and the huge 12. Styling was yet another strong suit. They range from the entry-level Prestige, the racy F Sport, to the range-topping, luxury-focused Sports Luxury.
We wish at times that Lexus's designers would adopt that practice once again. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. It's the progressive steps forward with the adaptive suspension and active steering combined in the F Sport package that set a new benchmark for the brand. Should be a way that passenger can access manual navigation-not driver. Lexus says the trunk is about a quarter bigger than before.
This year, though, it might. The rest of the interior is a typical Lexus affair, with a fine cloth headliner, and hints of chrome and aluminium throughout the dash and door trims. Production is limited to 2000 units. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. The adaptive variable suspension gave us a ride that fit almost every road surface we encountered. New for 2012 A limited-edition Touring Edition debuts for 2012. Secondly, it has an awesome throat that accompanies the skinny pedal.
As a consequence, rear legroom can be tight if the front seats are slid back. We detected no quivers, no shakes, and our test car weighed in at 3745 pounds, a tidy 310 pounds lighter than the Audi. General Motors will contact the Pontiac owners. Quick access to automobile-catalog website - type in a browser: a-c. Keyless entry and push-button start also come standard, along with illuminated entry, illuminated cupholders and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with a compass. Peridot Mica is no longer available as a color option.