The seat cushion is positioned low and tilted, so that it tends to place the knees of taller occupants awkwardly high. No significant exterior styling changes to report for the 2011 model year. Folding down the rear seats provides a nearly flat load floor, and the seatbacks and rear cargo compartment are coated in plastic. The navigation screen display is too small and too busy to be effective. This trim level includes a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, leather trim, a rearview camera and a power moonroof.
It uses radar sensors to alert the driver to potential contact with other vehicles in adjacent lanes. The driver gets a bucket-style seat, an adjustable steering column, a left foot dead pedal and a stubby shift lever in the centre console. The turbo engine delivers 90 percent of its peak toque at very low engine speeds, providing great acceleration from rest and when merging into fast-moving traffic. While three seat belts are provided in the rear, there was no centre head restraint. The dashboard features double-decker construction, with a large information display at the base of the windshield.
The turbo engine delivers V6 power with little loss of fuel economy, while the non-turbo engine shaves a few thousand dollars from the purchase price. Base models feature cloth seats with chrome accents, while higher-end cars come with leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control and an available Bose audio system. The s Touring and s Grand Touring models employ a 244-horsepower, 2. All in all, a very satisfying vehicle for those of us who like to get behind the steering wheel, yet the ride is comfortable enough to keep other occupants happy too. For example, all trim levels come with rain-sensing wipers, a telescopic steering wheel, a trip computer, an exterior temperature indicator and a multi-information display. In addition to improved fuel economy, an associated benefit of this is impressively low wind and the road noise levels, especially at highway cruising speeds. Assisting the smooth transfer of power from the turbocharged engine is a six-speed automatic transmission that features a manual shift mode for a more spirited driving experience.
A touch-screen navigation system with voice controls is the only option. Both automatics feature a manual-shift mode. The seatbacks fold flat without the need to remove the headrests. When more cargo room is required, an easy-to-reach lever folds the rear-seat backs forward. Also available is a tiny navigation screen which doubles as the view screen for the rear back-up camera.
Manual mode upshifts are a rearward motion of the lever and down-shifts are forward, like they use in race cars. Sporty 18- and 19-inch wheels are available. Most options are bundled into groups. This engine can produce 161 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 161 lbs. Last year, some behindthe-scenes improvements included stiffened door pillars due to 31 additional spot welds and thicker reinforcements. Rear-seat headroom and legroom is excellent.
The side curtain bags, however, are also used to provide a vehicle rollover protection function. The dashboard features double-decker construction, with a large information display at the base of the windshield. The suspension is a little firmer than others in this class, not harsh, yet enough to give it a more assured feel when cornering. This permits more power to be produced at a lower rpm and makes the engine act like a much larger naturally-aspirated V6. In the cargo area, handy side wall-mounted levers allow convenient release of the rear seatbacks, which fold down almost flat to greatly expand the cargo area.
. This trim level includes a power adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, leather trim, a rearview camera and a power moonroof. The rear seat is comfortable, headroom is excellent and leg room is okay. Folding down the rear seats provides a nearly flat load floor, and the seatbacks and rear cargo compartment are coated in plastic. The s Touring model gains 18-inch wheels, leather seating, a power adjustable driver's seat and a retractable cargo cover.
The s Touring and s Grand Touring are fitted with a 244-horsepower, turbocharged engine connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. . . . . .
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