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Old 02-19-13, 12:46 PM   #16
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Locking the brakes for 3/5 seconds and sliding backwards/sideways could be very dangerous on slippery surface (especially off-roading).

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Old 02-19-13, 01:44 PM   #17
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^ Agreed, when the temperature outside get to freezing the LS gives you a warning about using the feature.
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Old 02-19-13, 05:21 PM   #18
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I have never heard of this feature on any Toyota/Lexus vehicle. If possible, could someone provide some info!

My previous Toyota had that. Basically when standing on the incline and fully depressing the brake pedal the vehicle would beep at you and hold the brakes for a couple of seconds so you can give it enough gas to move forward. I only used it once when exiting an underground parking garage - I stopped on a pretty big incline in order to pay and some guy stopped right behind me and very close! Needless to say I didn't want the vehicle rolling back
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Old 03-03-14, 02:45 PM   #19
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The Hill Start Assist is on all Toyota/Lexus Hybrids. When stopped on a hill a conventional IC can be made to maintain postion on the uphill stop by "stalling" the automatic transmission torque converter with a light press of the accelerator. Heats up the trans and wastes fuel but we've all done it!

Since the Hybrids are very often not running the IC at all while stopped, they have included the Brake Pedal actuated HSA that simply holds the main brakes for up to three (3) seconds displaying the yellow icon and sounding a chirp. You can override this at any time before 3 seconds by pressing on the gas. Otherwise it just times out, chirps again and you may begin rolling backwards. It does not engage no matter how hard/fast you hit the hooks if the car is still moving forward, must be already stopped first.

Because the RX450h has the HSA (and the detailed Fuel Economy Graphs in the Nav Screen ) the RX350 gas version has them also. As mentioned earlier, the LS460 system is more Limo Chauffeur oriented, engage the Hold button for a standby setting sort of like Cruise Control then press a separate button to hold.
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