When I think of power modes, I really think of the ‘80s and ‘90s. I can remember the 300ZX having multiple suspension modes and the introduction of the new Maxima having Power, Comfort and a combination setting (basically changed the shift points and timing). The selectable “mode” for cars seems to have become very popular among the hybrid segment. At first there were only a couple of modes; generally an economy and power mode. The small luxury car segment felt that wasn’t enough, so on the 2011 Lexus CT 200h there are no less than four different modes to provide “highly distinct characters” for the driving experience.
The 2011 Lexus CT 200h, which by the way looks remarkably like a Mazda3, is schedules to debut at the Paris Auto Show later this month. The car also marks the car company’s fifth hybrid model. Who says you can’t be green and luxurious? The four driving modes will consist of Normal, Eco, EV and Sport. Normal, Eco and EV modes are intended to promote and appeal to the “more relaxed driving” frame of mind. The three modes will have smoother acceleration and minimal interior noise. The Eco mode reduces throttle response, unless you really put your foot in it, and EV mode is for speeds under 25 miles per hour and for up to a mile. Are best guess is that EV mode is good for picking your kid up at school, waiting in the drive-thru and cruising to the mailbox in your Townhouse complex.
2011 Lexus CT 200h
Sport mode—the drivers mode—will give you maximum throttle response, lessen the intrusion of the stability and traction control, allow for higher RPMs, swap the EV power gauge for a tachometer and provide more direct steering input. Another nice touch is that Sport mode changes the gauge cluster from blue instruments to red. I feel the aggression and need for speed coming on already. So basically, your teenagers will leave it in sport mode and the people paying the bills will try to eek every cent out of the car.