• fb_1510606196 avatar Carl Posted: 10/31/2010 10:53am PDT

    Do you have any info on the relationship to the Toyota Matrix? Styling cues everywhere. Same platform made wider, perhaps?

  • R2Dad Posted: 11/1/2010 10:24am PDT

    Looks like a scaled-down venza from certain angles. The shift knob location on the dash screams "appliance" rather than engaging driving machine. Glad to read Lexus spent time refining the handling but until the hybrid system supplements the driveline (KERS!)rather than replaces it enthusiasts will ignore these types of hybrids.

  • fourringfan Posted: 11/1/2010 10:51am PDT

    There is only so much you can do if you want to sell a compact hatch. For me, the Audi A3 is the benchmark and this Matrix-spinoff does not even come close.

  • Embosan Posted: 11/2/2010 1:18pm PDT

    "What hybrid shoppers want"? You're joking right...like their HS250h showroom repellent it's what "shoppers want"? Anemic horsepower, grotesque styling, a Euro-centric hatchback body (with structural/body shake problems which is why they needed the "lateral damper") and all for $30K plus? Wow, sign up those 34 buyers right away!

  • Embosan Posted: 11/2/2010 1:22pm PDT

    Fourringfan, you're dead-on right. Sell me an Audi A3 any day...real dynamics, vastly better styling and driveability and Audi's great cabin design. Diesel is the way to go--an Audi Diesel!