2019 Lotus Exige Just when it appears the automotive industry has misplaced its means with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Lotus Exige.
Often derided by enthusiasts as home equipment, the no-frills commuter car will get the overwhelming majority of customers the place they wish to go in the method they want to get there, safely and at a price. The 2019 Lotus Exige does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten a little bit nuts: the average transaction value for a new car is more than $37,000, according to Kelley Blue Guide. Easy guilty the automakers in this era of no accountability however we are the ones paying these massive prices for large autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Lotus Exige puts every greenback to useful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Lotus Exige blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball recreation. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like more composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too exhausting to be totally different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is extra streamlined and fewer offended, and the entire look is smoother front to again. But still, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Lotus Exige within the US is built on Toyota’s two decades of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which might be significant for cold-weather customers wary of the cold vary loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a stunning little bit of pop. More importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, similar as hybrid versions of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For traditional hybrids with no plug, the 2019 Lotus Exige trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically controlled brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Lotus Exige averaged more than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve power under low throttle up to about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there may be enough cost in the battery.
The battery is situated beneath the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load flooring. Rear seat room is ample enough to suit two teens, and general it felt roomy sufficient for a household of four.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes customary with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works both at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter visitors from 24 mph all the way down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain competitive.
Priced at only $3,000 more than the 2019 Lotus Exige and $1,200 less than a equally geared up Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Lotus Exige is the superbly sensible, remarkably affordable around-town car.
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