Premium Package (moonroof, power rear door, rear-seat armrest with wood trim, rear armrest storage with lid, leather trim, memory outer mirror), Navigation With Backup Camera and 12-Speaker Audio System, 19-Inch Wheels, LED Headlamps, Intelligent AFS, Automatic High-Beam.
V6; Atkinson cycle
3,457cc (211 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft with variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
245 @ 6,000 (gasoline engine); 295 maximum when blended with the electric motor
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
234 @ 4,800 (gasoline engine)
Continuously variable planetary automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
No surprise here, the first run with a full charge was fastest/quickest, but not by much. There's a little bit of front tire nibble, but I'd stop short of calling it torque steer. The CVT isn't as "present" as in other hybrids -- perhaps better sound isolation of a Lexus?
Inconsistent distances, soft pedal, moderate pitch. No fade after five stops. Acceptable.
Slalom: VDC is never truly off, so slalom is an exercise in not going into "accident avoidance" mode. Still, good yaw response, decent balance and moderate body roll. Skid pad: Remarkably little intrusion from VDC on skid pad -- the threshold must be on the other side of mild understeer. Some indication of front tire grip from steering weight.