The stock Dunlop tires lasted a good long time for me, but the replacements were hard to find and expensive. The C-Class has a higher safety rating, too. The high gap between wheel and fender is due to the all-wheel-drive system. Overall, the 3 Series is a better choice. The glovebox and console are a decent size, but door pockets are slim and additional oddments storage is absent from the interior.
So, with a flash set of strapped on, we put Lexus's latest sporting sedan to the test. The new shocks just snap on with the metal clip already attached. Making matters worse is the fact that peak torque comes on stream at 4800rpm, meaning you need lots of revs if you want to move quickly. The convertible is available with a red leather interior and an optional F Sport Package includes 18-inch wheels, a front lip spoiler, a sport suspension, and heated and ventilated front seats. The convertible is rear-drive only. Around town the trip computer showed consumption of mid-17s and after extended freeway running our average of 12. But their scores for both the seat-based rear impact test and the roof strength test are just 'acceptable.
The telematics service includes stolen vehicle locator, automatic collision notification, and emergency assistance request capabilities. Braking performance is solid, but unlike some Euro-competitors is less catchy on initial application. It offers a great balance between the two extreme ends of the series, but there are some drawbacks that can put off some customers. Lexus could do a better job of putting these different apps into a uniform interface, as a driver doesn't really need to differentiate between apps powered by satellite and ones that get data over a connected smartphone. Of course, if you're in a Lexus showroom shopping for the family, the dealer has roughly a half-dozen better choices from which to choose. It's paired with a sequential 8-speed automatic with quick shift and throttle blipping as well as torque lock up from 2nd to 8th gear.
Better would have been the optional Mark Levinson audio system, which uses an 835-watt amp and 17 Green Edge speakers. The system uses traffic data from satellite to avoid jams, but does not offer text-to-speech for route guidance. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Look closely at the front grille and air splitter and you see the types of curves and air inlets that you expect on an F1 car. Below is a 70mm longer wheelbase. Its close to being brilliant, but for a few small oversights.
The only sore point is the iPod interface, which can be a confusing for some people to use at first. Maybe not as sharp as a 335i, but awfully close. With the high level of gear, plus the Japanese brand's longer-than-average four-year warranty and its legendary high levels of service, it all makes for a remarkable value proposition. The car also gets some optional exterior features like 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a backup camera with front and rear parking sensors. The brand stands alone and apart from the Japanese giant but, despite this, badge snobs are reluctant to have a bar of the Lexus marque. Any other time it is quiet and refined, got the red with black interior and it is stunning in sunlight. A large dial on the console changes the drive modes between Eco, Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus.
In conclusion, I like that the Lexus is its own car. Front suspension is via sophisticated double wishbones, while the rear runs a multi-link rear end. And, if tackling a challenging winding road is your thing, the sporting won't disappoint. Bluetooth hands-free capability is included across the model line, and the options list includes a navigation system, retractable moonroof, ventilated front seats, dynamic radar cruise control, adaptive front lighting, and a backup camera. All trims have essentially the same standard and available features. As with most compact sport sedans in this class, there's quite a bit of tire thrum and road coarseness.
This car is very snappy, it is a real eye catcher. Even where there are plastic trim pieces, they are soft to the touch and nicely textured. The only thing is the insipid seat heater. Maps, stored on a hard drive, only offer 2D views. The navigation and Lexus Enform telematics software have been reworked. It earned an overall rating of four out of five from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lexus has been pushing its vehicles in two different luxury directions--some toward comfort and plushness, others toward performance.
This is something I thought was a very neat and possibly more widely required safety feature. A rear-wheel drive is standard, but there is an option for an all-wheel drive as well. It requires either an Android phone or iPhone running the Enform app. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on the sedan. Clearing the C-pillar requires a bit of attention and shorter passengers may feel robbed of a view out. Enform's Yelp listings include a link to the map location, which can be used to set the destination in the navigation system.
Black and silver metallic trim is standard. I can't wait to see the coupe in the metal when it finally sees the light of day. In fact, we recommend skipping the base 204-horsepower, 2. In Eco mode, the accelerator is detuned, a helper designed to force slower starts, and therefore better fuel economy. The cabin tech interface controller lacked the heft that should be present in a luxury vehicle. Storage: Boot space measures 480 litres, and can be expanded via 60:40 folding rear seats.