Amazing examples of automotive technology are included as standard equipment, yet the driver is never aware of them. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission with six preset gear ratios for the manual shiftgate. In terms of luxury, look no further than heated leather seats, along with leather and wood interior trim. In the traditional Lexus style, the instrumentation is set deep within the dash to promote easy focus by older drivers and also features electroluminescent instrument needles for heightened visibility. Amazing examples of automotive technology are included as standard equipment, yet the driver is never aware of them. The electric-assist steering has great weighting and just the right amount of effort, though it's not as communicative as some other sport sedans.
Open the door and you're greeted by stainless-steel scuff plates, the scent of leather and cut-pile carpeting, and the gleam of highly burnished hardwood trim. Minimum pedal clearance when depressed with a force of 200 N 20, minimum pedal clearance when depressed with a force of 500 N 51, parking brake pedal travel when depressed with a force of 300 N 30, driving at high speeds above 100 mph 160. A correction feature offsets the effects of crosswinds, making small steering adjustments automatically. But we felt that both the electric power steering and electric brake system occasionally deliver an unnatural feel through the controls. This sport sedan is meant to be dynamic, yet free of gimmicks.
Safety features that come standard include dual front air bags, front and rear side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, curtain-type head-protection air bags both and front and rear, and a tire-pressure monitor. This system is the last word in ding prevention in the supermarket parking lot. All mirrors feature an auto-dimming function. More than 60% of all used cars imported from the U. Mileage inconsistency, stolen entries or an excessive amount of previous owners are facts that change the value of your car significantly, whether you know about it or not. The system matches wheel angle to the speed at which the driver is turning the steering wheel in order to offset any delay in the car's response to steering input. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
It arrived with more computing power than some third-world countries and a standard of luxury usually enjoyed only in the best zip codes. Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. A sunroof, cruise control, intermittent wipers, a tachometer, Bluetooth, trip computer, folding mirrors, remote entry, keyless start, a garage remote, and dual-zone climate control all ensure passenger comfort. It loses the trunk pass-through. Aluminum trim for the gauges is new this year.
N Fuel tank opening unleaded gasoline, to help prevent incorrect fueling, your Lexus has a fuel tank opening that only, accommodates the special nozzle unleaded fuel pumps, n If premium gasoline not available. Other 2008 changes include a revised front fascia, a new chrome grille surround, the addition of side-mirror turn signals, and new wheels designs. The driver uses this screen to operate the audio system, climate control, and optional navigation system with backup camera, though many functions are duplicated with nearby buttons on the dashboard. It is meant to combine precision with lavish, luxurious appointments. This works especially well on winding roads.
The gear changes of both the six-speed automatic transmission are virtually undetectable. Also surprising is the fact that ride quality suffers with the available 18-inch wheels; Lexuses are usually pillow soft. A trip computer, temperature and compass display, dual-zone climate control, and full power features are also standard. Did you know 30% of all used cars contain some type of negative history? The available Lexus pre-collision system uses a radar sensor to detect the onset of a collision and will automatically optimize chassis calibration for quick steering response, retract the front seatbelts, initialize brake assist and even decelerate the car at 0. Mileage rollback is one of the most occurring types of fraud in the selling process of used cars. It also comes with traction control, an Adaptive Variable Suspension and electronic speed-sensing rack-and-pinion steering.
The 17-inch wheels provide the best ride quality and the 18-inch tires are available to provide more cornering grip for drivers who feel they need it. Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. The all-wheel-drive models feature a fast-acting, clutch-type center differential that sends 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels under normal circumstances to help foster the dynamics of a rear-wheel-drive car. Walkaround The face of Lexus has evolved cautiously since Toyota launched the luxury division in 1990, but it's now determined to inject more passion into its styling language.
This car has the calm, intuitive personality we associate with the Lexus brand, though ride quality can get firm with the large tires. Equivalent to satisfy the grade viscosity shown, the oil which allows cold startability, allow for easier starting of the engine cold weather, vehicle is operated at high speeds, or under extreme load condition. New Car Test Drive correspondent Kirk Bell contributed to this report from Chicago. Intuitive Park Assist considers steering angle input as well as the usual distance-warning sensors to offer contact avoidance advice through graphics in the dashboard-mounted information screen. For 2008, the front fascia is reworked with a new front bumper, a slightly revised lower air intake, and a chrome grille surround.