Since its introduction over twenty years ago, Lexus has built a reputation based on comfort and industry-leading reliability. Now the brand is trying to establish itself as a serious performance car builder. With the door opened by the LFA supercar and the ES increasing in size to cover the comfort end of the midsize market, the 2013 Lexus GS sedan was open for a sporty makeover. Critics were wowed by the car’s performance when it debuted, comparing it favorably with major players in the performance sedan market. Now there’s news of a coupe version on the way that will bring even better performance.
What makes the GS so different?
The shift in the GS’s mission began with the styling. Lexus introduced their new spindle grill on the car, while drawing other styling cues from the IS. The wide shouldered look of the old GS was gone, replaced by sharp creases befitting a sports sedan. Rear seat room increased to improve practicality, but lightweight materials kept the curb weight the same as the outgoing model.
A new adaptive suspension kept the comfort levels the same while making the car much more agile. All models allow the driver to tune throttle response on the fly with the “Eco,” “Standard,” and “Sport” modes, providing a trade-off between performance and fuel economy. The Luxury and F-Sport trims added another setting, “Sport+,” that sets the suspension and throttle control to provide maximum performance.
The car also got its own version of the F Sport line. Bulging fenders were added to cover the larger tires and wheels, but the designers also decided to add a striking angular lower clip to help differentiate it from the standard car. Instead of dropping in a massive engine, Lexus decided to use the same V6 for better weight distribution, concentrating on improving the F Sport’s handling. Central to this improvement is the Lexus Dynamic Handling System. This combination of rear wheel steering, variable ratio power steering and a retuned suspension gives the car controllable, balanced handling right up to the limit without a hint of understeer or oversteer. Although the computer control system is constantly making adjustments to keep the car in control, all that technology works so seamlessly that the driver will never feel like the computer is in control of the vehicle.Comments
Often, when a product comes to market that is pioneering, it tends to not change the game very much or it quickly falls out of its high position – regarded as a fad while rivals begin to improve the product’s ideas even further. At one point, the Lexus RX was a flavor-of-the-week idea that brought a new luxury SUV concept based on features and design. After a while, rivals created the crossover vehicle market, but the RX 350 managed to stay on top rather than be pushed aside; today, the 2013 Lexus RX 350 is still among the top of the pack as the best selling vehicle of all luxury crossovers.
It definitely helps that the RX 350 comes with a great reputation and a customer base that is devoted to the model. The competition that the RX inspired has grown fierce, but the vehicle remains relevant, which is something that most other pioneers cannot say. With a high-class interior and a smooth ride, the RX focuses on pleasing the passengers within, while handling the rigors of the road.
As an added bonus, the inside of the RX comes with the latest technology features that are put together in a brilliantly intuitive manner. For example, the navigation system uses a mouse-like controller with the Lexus Remote Touch interface that offers tactile feedback. In addition to the updates on the Remote Touch system, the RX comes with a number of tweaks to styling that give it more of an aesthetic flair. Furthermore, the F Sport model gives a sport-tuned suspension and an eight-speed automatic transmission for added precision. However, this improved precision ride is a bit more firm. Those who do not mind a firm ride and want to get a little increased precision should look into the F Sport upgrade.
The standard equipment includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear privacy glass, foglamps, automatic headlamps, eight way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED running lamps, 18-inch alloy wheels and a leather wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel. With the Premium package, the car will have a sunroof, a rear view camera, power-folding mirrors, roof rails and it will even remember drivers’ seating preferences.
As an added bonus, the Comfort and Navigation packages can be tacked onto the Premium package. In the case of the Comfort package, there are xenon headlamps, automatic wipers as well as ventilated and heated front seats. In the case of the Navigation package, it is possible to get a navigation system with controls, making the drive much easier while allowing passengers to focus on the quality of the ride.
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Judging from their strong sales, Lexus vehicles have a history of appealing to the sensibilities of customers. The 2013 models are no different. From the shoppers in Highland Park to the rockers in Deep Ellum, the new line of vehicles incorporate features and upgrades to ensure there is a personalized vehicle for every kind of driver.
The 2013 Lexus Lineup
The RX 350seats five and comes with one standard trim level, 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, heated mirrors, rear privacy glass, LED running lamps, cloth upholstery, a leather wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, automatic headlamps, keyless ignition/entry, an eight way power front seat with two way adjustable lumbar as well as an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The IS 250 is a small sedan that comes in all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive trims. Standard equipment for these include 17-inch wheels, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, eight way power front seats with two way lumbar control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, a sunroof, fog lamps, Bluetooth phone and audio with a 13-speaker sound system.
The RX 450h is a midsize SUVs that also seats five. The standard features include 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, eight way power front seats with two way lumbar power control, automatic headlamps, reclining rear seats, cloth upholstery, a power liftgate, a leather wrapped power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry, heated mirrors, and sliding rear seats.
The hybrid version of the 350 sedan, the ES 300h comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, heated mirrors, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, NuLuxe premium upholstery, cruise control, a sunroof, cruise control, Safety Connect, an eight-speaker sound system and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Optional Upgrades and Additions
The Display Audio with Back Up Monitor package includes a central display screen, the Remote Touch electronics interface, the ability to download a phonebook via Bluetooth, a larger screen and a rearview camera. This also includes an HD radio with 12 speakers, iTunes song tagging and real-time traffic information.
In models lacking these features, the Premium package includes driver memory functions, leather upholstery, a rear view camera, roof rails, power folding mirrors and a sunroof. In addition, the Navigation and Comfort packages can be added to the Premium package. The former adds the Display Audio equipment with a navigation system while the latter provides xenon headlamps, ventilated or heated front seats with automatic wipers.
The Luxury package is an addition to the other packages that is augmented by 19-inch wheels, 10-way power front seats, a heated leather steering wheel, smog-sensing climate recirculation control and LED headlamps which are also available separately.
With the F Sport package, all-wheel drive models can get 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, perforated leather upholstery, white accented interior trim, special elements of styling for the exterior and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, the Luxury and Navigation packages can both be further enhanced with a Mark Levinson 15-speaker sound system, dual-screen rear entertainment and a heads up display. Other options include adaptive cruise control with a warning system for collisions and an automatic parallel parking system.
All Lexus vehicles deliver a serene driving experience that can be heightened at low speeds by the noiseless electric operation in the hybrid vehicles. The precision steering of the Lexus has an even more responsive feel than previous model years. Some vehicles come with a Sport mode that sharpens the responsiveness, but most drivers will not notice any real difference between the two. As always, these vehicles are devoid of cabin noise on the highway and all bumps are easily absorbed. With the addition of all the new features and options, the 2013 Lexus lineup is the perfect choice for drivers with an eye for premium quality.
Lexus has distanced itself from every other luxury car maker with its winning commitment to advanced Lexus hybrid-electric cars. For the 2013 model year, this means that Lexus offers hybrids on nearly every model within the company’s lineup. As Lexus continues a blitz of new product launches, hybrids have taken a place that is unique in the industry as the ultra-luxury, range topping models within each lineup. More powerful than their gasoline counterparts as well as more efficient, Lexus hybrids have shaken off the sluggish reputation of hybrid technology and ushered in a new era where efficiency and power go hand in hand.
At 43 city and 40 highway mpg, the CT 200h is the most efficient true luxury car on the market. With the Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain it shares with the award-winning Prius, the Lexus is a more luxurious and sporty take on Toyota’s industry-standard hybrid. Its 134-horsepower gas-electric hybrid system and smooth CVT transmission makes the CT 200h is as agile a performer as its bold, iconoclastic exterior design suggests. New for 2013, Lexus’s Intuitive Parking Assist system uses sensors to detect distance to nearby vehicles and other obstructions. Audible tones and graphics on the center console display warn the driver of impending collisions.
Luxury features include a power sliding glass moon roof, Lexus Enform emergency telematics and infotainment system with “virtual concierge” features, smartphone-enhanced apps, and much more.
The Lexus ES has undergone a complete redesign for the 2013 model year. It has transformed a car that has always been a leader in comfort and class to an even better performer as well. Suspension and steering response have been completely overhauled which ensures that the new-generation ES is as agile as it is comfortable. That includes the new Lexus ES 300h hybrid luxury sedan, the first time hybrid power has come to the ES lineup. At 40 city/39 highway mpg, it is remarkable for a sedan in its class with a combined peak output of 200 horsepower. The car drives and performs without the “trade-offs” hybrid drivers have come to expect. The new ES has migrated from Toyota’s midsize platform to a large car platform and now features nearly as much interior space as the cavernous LS flagship luxury car. Standard features include eco-friendly NuLuxe leatherette upholstery made from sustainable materials and easily renewable bamboo trim that is only available on the hybrid model, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker premium audio system with USB/iPod and auxiliary inputs and a six-disc CD changer, Lexus Safety Connect, and more.
The option book also includes a premium Display Audio with navigation and Lexus Enform infotainment system with Lexus’s eyes-on-the-road Remote Touch control interface which helps to avoid distracted driving. True audiophiles can upgrade to the 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound stereo system.
Think of the Lexus GS sedan lineup as the ES’s athletic big brother. Both are roomy, luxurious, efficient and feature top-shelf luxury, but while the ES is tuned more for comfortable cruising, the GS is a world-class sport sedan. Lexus has positioned the hybrid GS 450h as the more luxurious alternative to the V6-powered GS 350, with many option sheet items from that car equipped as standard equipment in the hybrid package. Like most top sport sedans, the GS 450h features rear-wheel drive and suspension response tuned for fun on twisty roads.
The car’s hybrid system combines a clean-burning Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual electric motors which combine for a total system 338 peak horsepower. That’s enough grunt to provide a 5.6-second 0-60 mph dash. Forget conceptions you may hold about hybrids: this is a fine-crafted luxury sport sedan which returns an outstanding 29 city, 34 highway and 31 combined mpg.
Among all Lexus hybrid vehicle offerings to date, the RX lineup has been by far the most successful. Consumers have fallen in love with this luxury crossover. The RX 450h is as efficient (31 combined mpg) as many tiny subcompact cars, despite its spacious seating for five adult passengers and a full 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat. Fold that flat, and you’ll find 80.3 cubic feet behind the front seats.
With a revised exterior design and all-new interior for 2013, the RX 450h is more luxurious than ever before. Safety Connect emergency response comes standard, along with a nine-speaker audio system, a power lift gate, keyless entry and ignition, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and much more. To make the ordering process easier, the hybrid RX 450h is offered in a single trim level, with popular options grouped into packages. Among the highlights: Lexus Enform in-car app suite, a heads-up display, full leather seating and trim, adaptive cruise control and a 15-speaker surround sound system. The RX 450h is not just the finest hybrid crossover SUV on the market, it’s among the best all-around everyday luxury vehicles you’ll find at any price.
Lexus LS 600h L
Reviews for the 2013 Lexus LS 600h L series place a spotlight on internal and external upgrades. Vehicles are the fourth incarnation of sedans produced by Toyota’s luxury division. Sleek styling and whisper-soft operation make the LS 600h a thing of beauty.
United States consumers caught their first glimpse of the LS 600h in 2006 at the New York International Auto Show. The all-wheel drive design powers all four wheels for better traction on uneven terrain or during inclimate weather. A longer wheelbase offers more internal cabin space for increased passenger comfort.
According to Edmunds.Com, a 389 horsepower engine takes drivers from zero to 60 in approximately 5.5 seconds. A duel electric generator system provides engine and rear wheel power. Vehicle fuel economy is approximately 19 miles per gallon (mpg) within city limits and 23 mpg on the highway. Left Lane News indicates LS 600h models meet the criteria for Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (SULEV II) certification, meaning the vehicles emit less harmful chemicals when compared with other new models.
External features include 19-inch alloy wheels and parking sensors to facilitate vehicle movement in tight spaces. Power trunk and keyless entry capabilities increase driver safety by reducing time spent fumbling with keys to open car locks. The blind-spot monitoring system offers cross-traffic alerts, a helpful feature at busy intersections. 2013 models also include updating of the signature Lexus front grille and chrome accents attaching the rear taillights.
Lexus 600h L drivers enjoy power-adjustable leather seats and a heated, leather steering wheel equipped with internal vehicle controls for heat / air, radio and hands-free telephone calls. The Lexus Enform entertainment center links to Bing and iHeartRadio. A voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth capabilities and Mark Levinson audio system make every ride an indulgent adventure. Multiple airbags, traction control and brake assist maximize occupant safety.
Optional upgrades include premium packages with additional climate control and massage features. A rear-seat duel entertainment center plays digital video discs (DVDs) and features wireless headphones for a quiet, peaceful ride. An executive-seating option removes the center rear seat to create room for a wooden table and beverage cooler.
The Lexus LS 600h L series combines environmentally friendly technology with luxurious design. To quote Edmunds.Com: “…it should give any large luxury sedan a run for its considerable money.” Customers no longer have to choose between social consciousness and personal satisfaction.
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In the 2013 model year, Lexus’ all-new Lexus ES350 features innovative and stylish updates to an already world-class luxury interior. Improving on an already popular vehicle, Lexus continues to push the envelope with refined design touches, all while maintaining the model’s signature refined plushness.
The ES350’s comfortable and luxurious interior will make you look forward to road trips and long holiday drives with the family. The rear seat is an on-road oasis, while the longer platform and sleek front seatback design offer class-leading legroom. Passengers will appreciate the generous headroom and rear-window sunshades.
For travel, trips to Austin, or even to the grocery store, the Lexus ES350 offers 12-15 cubic feet of storage space, which is enough to accommodate 9 airline carry-on bags, 4 golf bags or 18 standard grocery bags. A redesigned hinge creates a wider opening in the trunk, making loading and unloading easier than ever.
One of our favorite features, the Drive Mode Select, allows you to make the most of your driving experience. In the Eco mode, you’ll be able to conserve fuel and maximize your efficiency, while Sport mode makes your ES350 more responsive. The ability to personalize your driving experience gives the ES350 another luxurious and individualized touch.
The first-ever ES300h offers an outstanding 40 miles-per-gallon that outpaces even subcompact models and the ES300h has earned the stringent SULEV emissions status. The ES300h’s luxurious interior offers a hybrid driving experience no other model can match. What’s even better is no longer do drivers have to sacrifice eco-friendliness and fuel efficiency for luxury and sophistication the Lexus ES300h combines both seamlessly.
Improvements to the Lexus ES350 for the 2013 model year represent an aggressive commitment to luxury and quality. Its luxurious and roomy interior paired with the vehicle’s personalized drivability make the ES350 an easy choice for drivers who seek a sophisticated vehicle that makes eco-stylish driving a reality.
When purchasing a luxury SUV, there are several things that you absolutely must have. First, you require the power and versatility that a capable SUV should offer. The SUV needs enough cargo space to safely and comfortably transport whatever needs transporting, be it a new piece of furniture or a cooler and fishing gear for a quiet day at the lake. The vehicle needs to have plenty of comfortable seating for the family, and it needs to have cutting edge features and equipment to make every time you drive it as safe and as comfortable as possible. The new Lexus LX 570 offers all of this and more, making it one of the best choices available for a new SUV in 2013.
The LX 570 skipped a 2012 model, making the 2013 a substantial step up over its 2011 predecessor. Under the hood the LX 570 packs plenty of power, with a 5.7 liter V-8 engine boasting a solid 383 horsepower. The sturdy frame construction makes it a solid off-road vehicle that can tackle rugged terrain or roughed-up back roads without a wink, including an available suspension with height adjustment capabilities to ensure proper clearance over obstacles (or just make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle!). The 570 is rated to tow up to seven thousand pounds – plenty of power to haul a boat to a secluded mountain lake.
Also included is Lexus’ special Crawl Control feature. Crawl Control can be activated at slow speeds, permitting the driver to ignore the accelerator and brake pedals, instead focusing on navigating difficult terrain. The car itself maintains a slow but steady speed, regulating engine output and brake usage to help prevent slippage. Combined with the adaptive variable suspension and active height control, even the roughest boulder-strewn terrain can be conquered.
Of course, the LX is just as competent on the interstate as off. Strong acceleration and passing power mean an easy, comfortable drive wherever you are.
Space is at anything but a premium. Initially, the 570 comfortably seats eight, with power seating for the second and third rows as well as the first. When storage is needed more than seating, the second and third rows both flip and fold away, creating a huge flat-bed cargo space that can comfortably hold anything that fits in the vehicle. When the load is removed, the seats flip back easily and quickly to accommodate passengers.
As for protecting those passengers, not a single safety feature was spared when outfitting the Lexus LX. A staggering ten airbags are included, as well as active head restraints. When off-road settings are enabled, stability control helps keep everything level. Every model of the LX includes a rearview camera for protection when backing up, with a 180-degree front camera being available to provide extra peace of mind approaching low-height dangers from the front. Safety Connect also comes standard with one year of free emergency connection services just in case.
Helping with safety as well as luxury is the Lexus Enform connectivity system that automatically connects Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to the SUV itself, allowing for hands free phone calls and audio so the driver can keep his or her focus on the road. The system also ties in with mobile phone apps like Pandora and Facebook, among others, allowing them to be operated using either voice commands or the beautiful included LCD touch screen.
The luxury features do not stop there. Four-zone climate control lets every occupant feel comfortable. Satellite radio means plenty of programming for those who opt not to use their own music collection. For those who opt in for XM or use your own music playlist, your tunes can be enjoyed using the surround sound system by Mark Levinson, which boasts nineteen individual speakers. Front seats are both heated and ventilated, the second row of seats is heated along with the steering wheel, and Smart Access keyless entry is supported with a quick push-button engine startup.
Kids will be especially big fans of the dual-screen entertainment system. Both back rows are allowed wireless headphones for enjoyment of whatever is playing. The screen also supports dual-sourcing, meaning two different devices can be plugged into the screen at one time – a DVD players and a game console, for instance.
In the end, the Lexus LX 570 offers exactly what is wanted for a luxury off-road SUV: powerful, rugged off-road capabilities with adjustable variable suspension and Crawl Control, strong interstate and city performance and passing power with features like hill-start assist control, and incomparable luxury in the versatile entertainment system and suite of comfort options. If searching for a luxury SUV for 2013, seek no further than the LX 570.
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Rising gas prices and a damaged economy caused SUV’s to fall out of favor with many consumers and yet, expert buying guides continue to insist that there are benefits associated with luxury SUV purchases. If you are a fan of superior artisanship and excellent customer service, then there is no need to search further beyond a Lexus.
The birth of luxury vehicles began during the 1920’s and 30’s for the affluent, causing a number of well-known manufacturers to combine indulgent comforts like plush seating with racing performance. However, It wasn’t until the mid-1960s that the concept of luxury SUVs emerged with the addition of premier features on select off-road cars.
Developers at Toyota started working on Lexus vehicles in the early 80s. The company chair wanted to create a luxury vehicle that appealed to consumers and held its own against European brands. U.S. markets saw the first Lexus vehicle in 1989. In 1996, the company unveiled its first SUV model, the RX.
Some consumer guides attempt to dispel the allure of luxury car purchases, especially during financially turbulent times. Cars.com found amenities like extended standard warranty and maintenance packages, and complementary loaner cars help luxury vehicle owners keep more money in their pockets along with the status associated with Lexus ownership. If you are on the fence of purchasing a Lexus SUV, we have compiled a short, sweet least of reasons to say yes.
1. Many advanced technologies are available as standard vehicle features.
Lexus SUVs offer technologies that include high definition voice activated navigation systems and driver-customizable vehicle suspensions. Owners enjoy center panel remote touch screen controls for ease of use and safety. Forbes Magazine indicates this level of customization is rare among economy brands. Customers who purchase economy SUVs pay an additional fee for a fraction of the standard features available on Lexus model vehicles.
In short, Lexus provides more bang for your buck during times when expenditures matter the most. The company does offer luxurious package upgrades but aren’t necessary to enjoy the driving experience. Essentially, buyers receive the latest technology without adding to the vehicle’s price tag.
2. Multiple features make Lexus SUVs some of the safest vehicles on the road.
Forbes said luxury car models provide owners with enhanced safety features. Lexus SUVs feature stability control to minimize the possibility of skidding when tires lose traction. Head-level airbags offer valuable protection from window impact in the event of a crash while a feature known as Auto Crash Notify places immediate calls for help after detecting an accident. Lexus SUVs received high marks in safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
3. Lexus resale values are higher than competing brands.
Cars.com provided a breakdown on the financial benefits of purchasing luxury model vehicles. Experts found that economy cars depreciated faster than luxury models due to overwhelming customer demand in the certified, pre-owned luxury market. Kelley Blue Book said Lexus SUVs resale values exceed those of competing models due to a legacy of outstanding craftsmanship. This means that Lexus owners stand to lose very little in the event they choose to part with their beloved vehicle.
4. Hybrid models rank first in their class.
U.S. News and World Report lists Lexus hybrid SUVs as a top consumer option. More customers than ever wish to reduce their global footprint without sacrificing aesthetic pleasures. Hybrid science involves storing excess energy generated during operation in an electric motor that allows the car to use less fuel without sacrificing power. Lexus hybrids engines offer a quiet ride while surrounding passengers in traditional automotive indulgences like plush seats and state of the art entertainment systems.
5. No one does customer service like Lexus.
Lexus ranked the highest among luxury brands in a study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates last year. The details appeared in an LA Times article. As early as 2007, Lexus dealerships featured amenities to enhance the service experience for vehicle owners. The Wall Street Journal found establishments with putting greens, concierge services and beauty salons. Creating a decadent environment makes some Lexus owners feel they purchase into a highly selective social club.
Customer service is especially important to Lexus. Dealerships find many owners constantly discuss their favorable brand experiences and frequently encourage others to explore Lexus ownership. Happy customers are loyal customers, and Lexus turned the science into an art form.
In the end, performance, prestige and personalization make many customers life-long fans of Lexus luxury vehicles. From its sedan origins, the company created an internationally recognized SUV line including environmentally friendly hybrid models that do not skimp on creature comforts. Look no further than Lexus for durable, luxurious SUVs.Comments
There’s more to the 2013 Lexus lineup than the new spindle grill: Nearly every model has been heavily revised, while the F Sport line has spread to include five models. With their reputation for comfort and unparalleled reliability secured, Lexus has their sights set on their sportier rivals.
Just because you need a small, efficient car doesn’t mean you have to forgo luxury. The CT200h combines a hybrid drivetrain with all the features expected from a Lexus. The result is a comfortable, agile hatchback that gets an EPA estimated 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.
New this year is the 200h F Sport. It keeps the same drivetrain and fuel efficiency as the standard car, but adds a different wheel/tire combo and a revised suspension for sharper handling.
This small sedan offers a nice compromise between performance and comfort, providing a top-notch interior and agile handling. Buyers can get either the 2.5 liter V6 equipped IS250 or the 3.5 liter V6 equipped IS350 without being forced to choose between equipment: The F Sport package can be added to either version letting buyers choose between better weight balance or better straight line performance, and all wheel drive is also available on both models.
Also, the C hardtop convertible is available with the F Sport package for the first time this year, and all models get the latest version of the Lexus Enform infotainment system.
The most popular sedan for the Lexus brand is moving onto a new platform that increases interior space; rear seat passengers will feel the biggest difference thanks to an additional four inches of legroom. The new exterior design not only updates the car’s looks, it reduces drag and increases high-speed stability. Joining the ES350 is the new ES300h hybrid. It combines a 2.5 liter four cylinder with an electric motor to provide excellent fuel economy.
The recently redesigned GS now has a solid lead in the mid-size luxury sports sedan segment. While new features like a massive 12.3 inch infotainment screen are nice, the real show-stopper is the car’s fantastic handling.
The F-Sport model adds the new Lexus Dynamic Handling System. A combination of rear wheel steering, variable ratio power steering and a retuned suspension gives the GS stellar handling right up to the limit without the “electronic nanny” feeling of other high tech cars. The result is a car that not only beats its German competitors on the track, but embarrasses many dedicated “sports cars”.
The GS450h hybrid is aimed squarely at the luxury end of the spectrum, combining the GS350′s V6 with electric power to provide fluid, effortless acceleration.
Lexus’ flagship sedan has been renowned for its refinement and reliability since its introduction twenty years ago. For the first time in the model’s history, the car is adding features to please those who like to drive as well as those who like to be driven.
For those who like to be driven, changes to the sound deadening and wheels make the cabin even quieter. Lexus Climate Concierge controls the air temperature and seat temperature for each passenger, as well as the steering wheel temperature for the driver. Buyers of the long wheelbase “L” version can get the Ottoman Seating Package that adds a Shiatsu-style massage system to the rear seats.
For drivers, the car gets a blind spot monitor and a system that can warn the driver of cross traffic while backing out of a parking space. Variable ratio power steering improves feel, while a new F Sport version finally gives buyers a sporty option. Both it and the standard LS 460 are available in regular and long wheelbase “L” versions.
The 600h L returns, combining a 5.0-liter V8 with an electric powertrain to provide V12 power without V12 fuel economy.
This year, the original luxury crossover gets a new power liftgate and an F Sport trim has been added to sharpen the RX’s handling. Like the LS600h L, the RX450h uses a hybrid powertrain to provide both improved performance and better fuel economy, yet both it and the RX350 provide class leading fuel economy, LED running lights and an updated dash
A combination of the Land Cruiser’s legendary off-road prowess and Lexus’ skill in building luxury combine to create one of the most capable, most luxurious SUVs on the market.
This year sees the addition of a new camera system that lets drivers navigate tight spaces, whether rock crawling or trying to find a parking space, while middle row passengers now have access to a 120-volt outlet. The Easy Access system moves the steering wheel and driver’s seat away from each other when the ignition is off, making it easier to get into and out of the vehicle.
The LX’s little brother brings serious off-road capabilities to a mid-size SUV. A 4.6-liter V8 and body-on-frame chassis let the GX460 tow up to 6,000 lbs., while a power folding third row seat lets owners switch between cargo hauling and people hauling duties with ease.
Regardless of what model you fancy from the Lexus 2013 revamp, each has their strong points. If you want more information on the line-up be sure to visit your favorite Park Place Lexus in Plano and Grapevine to see one of our experts in excellence.
When discussing 2013 luxury crossovers, the best picks offer style, utility, and fuel efficiency. It seems like crossovers recently burst on the scene but automotive manufacturers have worked to develop the concept since the 1950s. Current models boast improved performance alongside premier passenger comforts.
Since 2007, the crossover concept became a hot topic among consumers. According to Cars.Com, crossovers feature popular aspects of SUVs like storage and roomier seating, while driving dynamics similar to a traditional car. Modifying the vehicle undercarriage or the chassis and drivetrain, delivers greater internal cabin space and creates a smoother ride.
Top Picks for 2013
Here is a rundown of the top five luxury crossover picks according to U.S. News and World Report, RoadandTrack.Com and Edmunds.Com. All information is current as of February 2013.
1. 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK models feature a six-cylinder engine for true driving power. A stop / start feature allows the vehicle to conserve gas while idling. Available options include front or all-wheel drive capabilities and BlueTEC diesel engines.
Five passengers fit comfortably inside the GLK cabin. Heated seats and entertainment features make road trips an enjoyable adventure. COMAND central control system allows drivers to access radio stations and temperature settings from their steering wheel. Vehicle pricing starts at $37,090 United States dollars (USD).
2. 2013 Porsche Cayenne received rave reviews from U.S. News and World Report regarding performance and passenger comforts. Engine options include traditional six or eight-cylinder units and a diesel powered six-cylinder model. All-wheel drive comes standard.
Five-passenger leather seating swaddles occupants in extreme comfort. A 10-speaker entertainment system offers crisp surround sound. The vibrant seven-inch touch screen panel easily controls internal mechanisms. Upgrades include Bose sound systems, navigation systems and additional passenger entertainment centers. Vehicle pricing starts at $49,600 USD.
3. 2013 Lexus RX350 like its predecessors, retains its role as the vehicle that can do it all for those who do it all. And you can’t help but feel keyed up every moment you spend with it. The most popular and well-rounded crossover wins many fans with its well-crafted chic interior, intuitive technology and supreme power with best in class fuel economy. The technology, especially, will thrill both novice and tech-savvy drivers.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine provides greater fuel efficiency and produces 270 horsepower using regular unleaded fuel, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with intelligent shift control. Vehicle pricing starts at approximately $39,660 USD.
4. 2013 Volvo XC60 vehicles embody a chic, sensible vibe. A six-cylinder engine comes naturally aspirated or turbocharged for additional power. Front-wheel drive comes standard but all-wheel drive is available as a model upgrade. Reviewers gave the XC60 favorable marks for driving acceleration and strong engine performance.
The five-seat interior features high-definition radio transmission and Bluetooth connectivity. Additional upgrades include a rear passenger entertainment package and navigation system. Ample cargo space makes transporting larger items a simple task. Base models start at $33,042 USD.
The concept is not new, but crossover vehicles meet the needs of modern society. Families and single drivers alike do not want to sacrifice style for practicality. These luxury crossover models get the job done with a little finesse along the way. Click here to see the 2013 luxury crossovers available now at Park Place Dealerships!Comments
Each year, as a new Lexus LS is rolled-out, there is always something that manages to rouse those who have come to love the feel and effortless overall experience the flagship Lexus model has provided since the sedan’s initial offering in 1989. With the announcement of a significantly updated 2013 Lexus LS model, Lexus enthusiasts in the DFW area are in for a big treat.
Jordan Case, president of Park Place Lexus in Plano and Grapevine, had little problem getting to the core of what he felt was in need most for Lexus’ most prime of products.
“The design for the 2013 LS is exciting,” he said. “We wanted a younger, fresher feel and style, and that’s certainly what we have here throughout the entire line of LS cars.”
The considered contours of the car’s exterior will have those who are loyal to other luxury brands giving the new LS a second and a third look as they park next to one or pull up to its side at stop light. The body lines flow seamlessly into the striking new front spindle grill, which gives the LS a new, even more attractive face.
Those who have driven the LS sedan for years expect and deserve the elements many would term as luxuries. The LS was the world’s first prestige luxury hybrid, so it shouldn’t come as a shock to know the intelligent 438-hp Lexus Hybrid Drive comes through in an efficient and reliably smooth manner. Adding to the grand, sustainable standards the LS hybrid has set for itself; the 2013 model boasts an environmentally friendly bamboo-trimmed steering wheel and interior which functions in ways well beyond the aesthetic value it provides.
A modern, forward-moving design, and responsibly progressive components certainly make for an enjoyable driving experience. Add to those fundamentals, the optional Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and this marvel of engineering isn’t only enjoyable, but downright remarkable. With 19 speakers and 450 watts of power, this concert-quality system will make Puccini more theatrical and shouting talk-show hosts far less shrill.
The better-than-most-home-stereos system only hints at the tech-savvy personality of the LS. In many cases, people help define themselves by the car they drive and the technology they use. The Lexus Enform App Suite takes wireless gadgetry to a level so new, it had to be custom-created by the folks at Lexus. Using a pristine 12.3-inch dashboard screen, one can enjoy their favorite Pandora station more easily than ever before. The same goes for many other popular apps such as OpenTable for making dining reservations for dinner in Plano, or MovieTickets.com to skip the line when you want to catch a show.
With so many one-of-a-kind features, the 2013 Lexus LS has proven that luxury standards, like technology, are always adapting and improving. Read more about the new LS in our 2013 Lexus LS model guide, or visit us at Park Place Lexus in Plano and Grapevine to see the new LS for yourself.Comments