You can compare the 2012 and 2013 models. This car is far more upscale in look and feel than most other high-mileage hybrids, with an interior look and feel that's less smooth and more mechanically influenced than on most other Lexus models lately. The sedan is the only other hybrid in the class. Rear-corner visibility is poor with the rear-seat headrests up, but lowering them a rather awkward process unveils a helpful rear-quarter window. The A5 also earns a better reliability rating and comes with many more standard and available features. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the carefully. It shows the gas station prices, the movies in your area and music streams. Model value: Luxury buyers have a growing list of options when it comes to environmentally friendly, high-efficiency vehicles. Get the nav system which adds a lot of capabilities if you have an Apple or Android. The electric-assisted rack and pinion power steering includes power-splitting traction control. Park Assist is now a stand-alone option, and the navigation screen can be kept closed at startup. Its clever Sport mode changes the electronic responses of most of the controls, giving full electric assist at partial throttle and neatly converting the power gauge into a red-rimmed tachometer.
The low-set, horizontal instrument panel includes a thick center console that holds lots of controls--a mating of hybrid tech with luxury design cues. It's a versatile, well equipped nicely handling hybrid, with enough scoot-especially in Sport Mode-so that you don't think of Grandpa's Lexus, but of something European. Other editors pointed to sluggish off-the-line speed, an uncivilized continuously variable automatic transmission and unresponsive throttle. Get the nav system which adds a lot of capabilities if you have an Apple or Android phone. Of course, real-world mileage varies widely and wildly based on conditions--as with most hybrids, and indeed any car. Admittedly, I had separation anxiety, but after about a month, I noticed that I was willing to drive more and wanting to take road trips! By far the most enjoyable driving comes from Sport mode, which contains different and more aggressive control settings for the hybrid performance, power delivery, acceleration, and other control systems. Models without navigation have user-friendly cabin controls.
Simple black, bamboo or ash burl wood, or metal trim alternatives keep the cabin look luxurious. Nav systems also include the Lexus Enform information system. The 2012 model added an available F-Sport package, while the 2013 added only an available park assist system. Barriers to sportiness, on the other hand, include the Prius-style shift knob, and the omission of paddle shifters to simulate stepped gear changes. Perhaps the Lexus crowd doesn't buy a lot of Big Gulps. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. You can interpret our ratings in the following way: 5-Star: Outstanding vehicle.
Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class. Safety features include stability control, anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist, and eight standard airbags including knee bags for both front occupants --all of those as standard--plus an optional Pre-Collision Safety System. The cabin's rich materials appear to be borrowed from pricier Lexus models, but a few details come close to spoiling the uber-luxe impression. The 7-inch display screen is also considerably smaller than the 12. Yet the car comes with faux-leather seat covering called NuLuxe.
In fact, its turning radius is even smaller than the standard Mini Cooper hardtop. I drive the 405 freeway 2 hours every day. It also assists in cutting the length of time that the gasoline engine runs on short-trip use. Storage space for odds and ends is good too, with lots of little cubbies inside. Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. The shift lever is mounted high on the console, inches from the wheel. The Lexus staff is much more respectful than the Toyota guys, so I'm happy to pay a few grand more for great service.
Safety features such as a rearview camera and a pre-collision warning system are also optional. Lexus-level safety is standard, as is dust and pollen filtration in the dual-zone climate control system. Over several real-world drives, we've seen results in the upper 30s--and, with careful driving, as high as the mid 40s. Sport mode tightens the steering, increases battery power, changes the hybrid power display with a tachometer, and adds a couple red accents to the interior. The color choices expanded for 2013 are more daring than its other models—including hues such as sparkly Daybreak Yellow Mica and Matador Red Mica tones, and light, glossy Starfire Pearl and Tungsten Pearl shades. There are no 50 mpg hybrids like the Toyota Prius from luxury brands.
And if gas mileage is your sole goal, the high-end model of the Toyota Prius liftback still gets 50 mpg combined. Then there's the chrome shift lever, a magnet for fingerprint smudges. In fact, its turning radius is even smaller than the standard Mini Cooper hardtop. And despite the thick rear pillars, we found the rearward vision to be surprisingly good despite a slightly slit-like rear window--in part because the driver sits at traffic level. The fuel economy is ridiculous, in a good way. The A5 is the car to get. Admittedly, I had separation anxiety, but after about a month, I noticed that I was willing to drive more and wanting to take road trips! A redesigned navigation system is the most obvious change.