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#9 of 50 Re: Changes You'd Like To See in the Lexus RX 400h [pf_flyer]
Jan 04, 2007 (3:26 pm)
Here's a few things that come to mind with my new 2007 RX400h:
- voice command list on the computer system (I actually wish they could have the manual digitally there, but that would require a very different UI, I am sure)
- temperature control on the steering wheel (my 2007 Prius has it)
- power outlet conveniently in backseat area (for kids to play games or whatever)
- a setting for how high the backdoor opens (it opens so high it hits the roof in some parking garages) or the ability to manually hold on to the baackdoor when it opens to make it "feeze" in it's current position (if that makes sense)
#10 of 50 Re: Changes You'd Like To See in the Lexus RX 400h [markusmann]
Jan 06, 2007 (7:48 am)
Oh, I forgot some
- cargo safety net or bars between the backseat and cargo area (My dad's Volvo V70 has a nice simple solution for this)
- I'd love to see the MP3 connection and I could also sacrifies the tape capability
- a nice secure place to place my cell phone out of pocket where it won't move or scratch
#11 of 50 Power outlet...
Jan 06, 2007 (10:26 am)
A 120 VAC power outlet in the back would require a "child-proof" locking cover.
#12 of 50 First and Foremost...
Jan 06, 2007 (10:30 am)
A mode switch (shades of Edson deCastro) wherein the hybrid battery use could be minimized by the driver. Currently when cruising at freeway speeds the battery is used anytime regaining of set speed is needed. With little or no opportunity for regenerative braking to be used eventually the battery charge declines to the point wherein the ICE MUST be used for recharging.
#13 of 50 Breakthrough Technology.
Jan 06, 2007 (10:36 am)
A new catalytic converter design such that a smallish Miller Cycle I4 with a variable speed fixed/positive displacement SuperCharger can be used.
If the catalytic converter did not need to be heated to operational temperature, >800F, by the exhaust gasses then the design door would open wider...
#14 of 50 Re: Fuel Economy Mode? [brent99]
Jan 11, 2007 (2:23 pm)
For what it's worth, I second the performance vs economy issue.
#15 of 50 Improvements on RX 400h
Jan 11, 2007 (2:39 pm)
I would add the Parking Assist feature that alerts you when your vehicle gets near an object. My parents have an LS430 and I just assumed that Lexus added it onto the RX400h.
Also, provide a way for drivers to turn off the "I Agree" button and do destination entry while in motion. After market Navigation systems don't have these annoyances and for the $ Lexus charges for Nav, ours shouldn't either.
Jan 14, 2007 (7:01 pm)
I test drove a 2007 400H today and was pretty impressed with the car with the exception of the nav system voice control features. It took so long to command the system with voice commands, I finally gave up. Lexus could easily improve the nav system to make it easy to use while driving (with logical voice commands) so you don't ever have to look down at the system, or run out of patience waiting for the system to respond as expected.
#17 of 50 Updates Necessary Before I Purchase a 400h
Apr 02, 2007 (10:37 am)
I have a 2007 400h as a loaner while my 2004 RX330 is having routine maintenance. I love my RX, but I like the 400h even more. With that said, there are several things Lexus needs to add/upgrade in the next 400h design (and the gas RX for that matter) before I will buy one.
1) IPOD/MP3 integration. This means 1/4 and 1/8 jack capability.
2) Lose the cassette player but keep the 6 CD-changer in dash
3) Heated rear seats
4) Bridgestone tire option (I still can't believe a Japanese car maker puts French tires on their vehicles).
5) CHANGE DISH (and not the stupid thing they put in the RX center console after the 2004 model)
6) Add the driver's side cup holder (under the air vent) to the passenger side too.
7) Lose the bulky "bump" in the roof of the cargo area. I don't have it on my RX and I can't figure out what it does except eat up valuable headroom in the cargo area.
8) Work on rear window blind spots
9) Upgrade the front seats to make them more plush, yet durable at the same time
10) Cell phone integration for every make and manufacturer
More overall cargo area (figure out how to reduce the amount of space the wheel well takes up), slightly more rear leg room, and a third row option would be nice too. My husband also requests some sort of "audible" when turning on the car...such as a "welcome." The car is so silent it freaks him out when I tell him it is already on.
#18 of 50 Re: Updates Necessary Before I Purchase a 400h [lovemylexus07]
Apr 03, 2007 (8:40 am)
That "bump" houses the drive motor for the rear door.