Proper Throttle Response - 1996 Lexus ES 300 Long-Term Road Test
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1996 Lexus ES 300: Proper Throttle Response

October 22, 2012

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Take a dip in our hot tub time machine: our ES 300 has no more than an old-school four-speed automatic transmission. But it does have an old-school cable-actuated throttle, too. The ES responds in a nice, linear fashion to throttle inputs. Push a little, get a little. Push more, get more. There's no electronic trickery here by the automaker to tease out another 0.5 mpg by making things sluggish. Nor does the transmission upshift to top gear at the earliest opportunity.

It's throttle tuning back when gasoline was $1.86 a gallon (adjusted for inflation). It's quite nice, actually.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 150,244 miles 


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