It's the smoothest example of system yet, easily making a seamless transition and allowing the driver to brake cleanly without rough spots in deceleration. It must be noted that such decadent sedans are about more than straight-line speed. Use of fine-grain leather extends onto the instrument panel, upper front doors and armrests. That's better than the 18. And the car earns extra points for its aesthetically designed, on-screen interface. When the company says the Lexus hybrid is cleaner than average cars, people will assume that has something to do with.
The expanded wheel base provides tremendous space and comfort in the back seat for people over 6 feet tall. This new Lexus hybrid is extraordinarily quiet, with particular attention paid to suppressing noise wherever it's found. With your foot on the brake, touch the Power button and the car boots up. The navigation system is first-rate. This is my 5th Lexus and by far the best.
Of more interest to the driver, however, is the superb 19-speaker surround sound audio system that includes a hard drive with a 2,000-song capacity. My lexus is black with a light Gray interior with Gray wood trim. We also like that the points-of-interest database has a phone book's worth of retail locations--you can use it to find any kind of shop. One of the two seats has an ottoman leg rest. Music organization could be a little better. But it wont wake its passengers, unless the pedal is floored.
While the car steers itself into a spot, it requires a driver to control the speed. These speakers get 450 watts from 15 channels pumped through them. Instead, the hybrid may have set a new standard for automotive hyperbole. Companies from Toyota to General Motors are working to develop affordable lithium-ion batteries, which could deliver clean, efficient, renewable power in plug-in hybrids or purely electric vehicles. It's an advanced, intelligent, premium vehicle with numerous environmental benefits. Grip, lateral and straight-line, is excellent, evidenced by a brisk 26. Midrange acceleration, in particular, is enhanced.
Likewise, the switchgear feels solid. It affords limousine-like space in the backseat area. The car feels under-stressed at normal highway speeds, with a huge reserve of speed and passing power. I still smile when I drive it - the love has not worn-off. Lexus really does have this hybrid technology down pat.
Call quality is clear and the voice command system works well. This new Lexus hybrid is extraordinarily quiet, with particular attention paid to suppressing noise wherever it's found. Many people buy them for that V-12 badge on the fender, the exclusive message it sends. Roll-on acceleration is both strong yet oddly calm at the same time, with the electric motor effectively spackling any depressions in the V-8's torque curve, and then some. If the monitor calculates that the driver isn't facing forward and a collision is possible, the system will blink a warning light in the instrument panel, sound a buzzer, and apply a warning brake. This system detects objects, determines the likelihood of a collision, and then applies the brakes up to 40 percent of maximum force without any action by the driver. Tom and Jerry never sounded so good, thanks to the Mark Levinson surround system, which offers more than 400W from 19 speakers to produce impeccable sound at serious volume.
On the performance front, forget about the Lexus hanging with V-12 sedans like the Mercedes S600. It's appropriate - everything about this brand has been about taking aim at and surpassing the more established marques. By and large, a 12 has the potential to produce more horsepower and torque than its eight- and 10-cylinder counterparts, yet in a manner as smooth and rewarding as 50-year-old Glenlivet. The stereo system sounds fantastic and comes with a hard-drive music server. Remedy Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will clean and reseal the fuel pressure sensor mounting area, free of charge. The hybrid system doesn't make it an eco-mobile, but it does give it a notably more benign ecological impact than its competitors. Luxury was well noted throughout the vehicle, particularly the rear passenger seat reclines and massages.
It's powered by a 5. But together, the heavy batteries and all-wheel-drive system burden the hybrid with more than 700 additional pounds, for a total of 5,049. Road noise is nonexistent, bumps and broken road surfaces have no chance of making it through the suspension and are absorbed with ease. We tested a prototype, so we'll have to wait for a production-car test to verify this claim. One, it's the first production big-league luxury sedan to utilize a hybrid powertrain. Electro-luminescent Optitron gauges are standard.
Yes, this car has a built-in music server. Fuel economy is noteworthy but hardly Camry-like. The view from the back-up camera shows the Lexus getting close into its parking spot. I can't believe Lexus in 2008 had this kind of technology. But the critical earth issue today is conserving fuel and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The system will allow the battery to drop to a 60-percent charge level before starting the engine.
Tom and Jerry never sounded so good, thanks to the Mark Levinson surround system, which offers more than 400W from 19 speakers to produce impeccable sound at serious volume. The Launch Edition models include exclusive exterior paint, detailed interior seat trim in white leather, 19-inch wheels and distinctive badging. Plenty of leg room, beautiful navigation, excellent lexus reliability and gas mileage- it is a hybrid! Drive one to feel it. The effect is that nothing stands out, because the interior details have been executed at a uniformly high level. A new stratosphere for Lexus, certainly, but to reach new customers the 600h must not only be a marvel of technology, refinement, and performance, but also price.