it is definitely not typical "Lexus" (ie. absorbs everything), but not too sporty as say a Mazda3. in the spectrum between the two, i would say it is closer to the sporty-side but i think the Yamaha dampeners do absorb some of the road. one thing that was more impressive than i expected for a car this size was the noise reduction - you still hear some road noise but probably mostly from the wheels. i think that level of noise reduction makes the ride "feel" quieter than it probably is....i DEFINITELY feel potholes so i avoid when at all possible.