2016 Lexus GX460 Luxury

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2016 Lexus GX460 Luxury

2016 Lexus GX 460 Luxury

List Price $ 61,515

Price as tested $ 68,765

 

We had opportunity to spend some time with the new Lexus GX 460 Luxury.  This certainly is a BIG vehicle and can only imagine the LX.  This is second to the top model in the Lexus suv line up below the LX and above the NX & RX models. 

 

Taking delivery took me slightly by surprise.  It’s mammoth front grill seem very intimidating that looks good on the lower models but due to how big the vehicle is, I think it’s trying to hard to look like a IS/GS models. It’s a large sport utility vehicle with 3rd row seating.  Something about it didn’t fly well with me but then again Lexus with it’s success in the IS and NX line up has dropped there age geographic. 

 

Vehicle is equipped with a 4.6L 32 valve V8 pushing just over 301hp.  I would have thought it have more power to tow more but it’s enough to pull your small watercraft and or atvs.   This model equipped with crawl mode for those who enjoy taking it to the extreme off roading.  The ride height adjustability is a nice feature too.  I wouldn’t suggest taking it off roading but for those family in bad climate it’s a nice feature.  We were able to take it out of rough roads and did very well.  Vehicle felt under powered and sluggish during acceleration.  

 

The interior is no different than standard Lexus interior.  Small additions to accommodate the extra off roading features and air suspension.  The center dash looks very plain and standard.  Nothing really sticks out to me from other vehicles.  The 8” monitor is easy on the eyes making it effortless on making adjustments.  The suspension controls are just right of the shifter and notifies you on the dash.  Buttons area big and easy to locate which is a plus for those who aren’t tech savvy.  Overall it gets the job done and thats what matters. 

 

The back seats have decent room but in my mind this should have more room but it’s enough for a 6ft tall person to be comfortable.  This model is equipped with rear entertainment monitors located just behind the headrests.  It’s not located in the headrests just in front of it.  Nice that it doesn’t take away from any leg room to the rear passengers.  One thing I did find that those with infant back facing car seats to be careful in reclining the front seats to far.  The back of the infant seat is just leveled to the middle of the rear monitors.  Recommend having a blanket and or cushion to prevent it for rubbing.  

 

The 3rd row seat is motorized.  Easy to control from the rear or side.  There isn’t much room for an adult to sit back there but perfect for kids.  Like most 3rd row vehicles there isn’t much room behind the 3rd row once it’s up.  I sat back in 3rd row and head was hitting the roof.  Might be a rough ride if taking a long trip.  I did have trouble securing the 3rd row tonneau cover.  Once the 3rd row seat is up you can collapse the ends to fit on the floor tide down to floor by straps.  This takes good amount of room. Thought they be a way to secure it under floor board but guess not.  

 

Overall it’s a basic suv.  Nothing really impressed me other than the crawl mode but honestly how often will you be using it?  This particular vehicle will probably never see off roads and used to haul family around the burbs.  Have many great features like lane departure, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision sensors and high power audio system by Mark Levinson.  Vehicle drove great around town.  Suspension is really soft but stiff enough for when and if you go of roading.  Gas milage was average.  Did close to what they advertise with 12 mpg in city and 17 on highway.  For the price honestly it’s fair. You are getting a lot of features with an luxury appearance package.  

 

Like to thank Lexus USA for the opportunity to spend time with this vehicle.  For more information please visit your nearest Lexus dealership.

 

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2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

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2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

2.0L i4 EcoBoost Engine

Starting Price - $ 37,595

Price as tested - $ 43,190

My wife and I have been eyeing the new Ford Edge for some time and were hoping to have the chance to spend some quality time with one.  Eventually we will upgrade from our mid-size sedan to an SUV, and we’ve always though the Edge would be a perfect fit for us.  As luck would have it, we were able to review a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD recently.  Though it was not a 2016, I would say there is no significant difference between the model years based on the research I’ve been able to do.    

I was delivered a beautiful Magnetic Metallic 2-15 Ford Edge Titanium AWD.   This is the 2nd generation of the Ford Edge, which was first introduced in 2006.  The Edge falls between the Escape and Explorer in the Ford SUV lineup.  I previously reviewed a 2014 model and I immediately noticed the 2015 had a definite upgrade in appearance.  The exterior presents with a whole new modern, sleek look. Though subtle, there is a bit more of a sport feel to it as well, which is a nice change in design.    

For 2015, Ford introduced a whole new exterior.  The sleek headlights nicely wrap around the fenders.  The grill was made slightly smaller to accommodate added accent lighting along the area where the fog lights would be.  The taillights also wrap around the rear fender and across into the rear tailgate.  This gives more visibility for drivers following behind you in inclement weather.  It also looks bigger, as Ford added about 4” to the wheel base, allowing more room for passengers and cargo space. 

The interior received a facelift as well, making it more driver friendly with upgraded technology, convenience features, and storage space.  Ford kept it simple for the dash by using push buttons to easily navigate through the settings.  Near the top of the dash is a nice sized display screen that both the driver and passengers can easily see.  The format is nicely laid out, and the touch screen allows for quick adjustments to climate, sound, etc.  It was very easy to figure it out and use on the road.  The steering wheel is wheel equipped with all your driving options right at the tip of your fingers, as well as the option to customize what pops up on the dash.  The seats felt really comfortable and overall the cabin felt very roomy.  One thing I did notice was how much storage space you have.  No lack in keeping valuables hidden.  I especially like the small storage tray just underneath the center dash.

Adding 4” to the Edge is nice for providing more room for the back passengers.  Having two children (1 & 4 years old) it makes it so convenient not having to fight to put in the toddler and infant baby seats.  Most of time front passengers tend to lose leg room with the seats installed, but there has been a trend around the crossover market in making the back seats with more room to accommodate those with children.  It’s very open and has a good amount of head room for those tall passengers.  I love seeing the option to charge whatever device you like.  If you’d like to charge your phone or your laptop, you can without messing with adapters.  I don’t know why manufacturers don’t just go ahead and add this great feature on vehicles that are ideal for long travels.  The rear seats recline and also fold down in a 60/40 split, giving you a massive amount of room.  For convenience, there are two release buttons that will automatically lower either of the rear seats down without having to manually go in the back seat and do it.  

The only real problem I had with the Edge was when it came time to install the toddler car seat.  The infant seat was fine as it used the traditional LATCH system like I use in other cars.  Our toddler seat is a Britax Frontier Click Tight (an amazing seat btw).  The seat has a flip up component that allows the shoulder belt to be fed through, then latches down to lock the seat belt and seat in place.   The problem arose when I noticed that the seat belt was equipped with air bags ON the shoulder belt.  Clearly that would not work with the seat, as an accident would cause it to inflate and push my son out of the seat or crush him between his seat and the front seat.  I was thinking I could use the LATCH for this seat as well, but then I remembered that the Britax rep who sold me the seat said the LATCH was only good for up to 40 pounds. The seat weighs 25 alone, and our son is around 35, so we are over the limit.  The other issue with the seat belt is that it keeps slack until the brakes are applied, so the car seat is never truly secured.  I was not comfortable using the seat in the truck so I didn’t take him on a ride.  I am sure that there is a solution, but my recommendation would be to decline the shoulder strap airbag option if you have a seat with the internal locking mechanism like ours.  

Moving under the hood.  Not only did Ford redesign the Edge, but they also added a new more efficient engine to its line-up.  The Edge I reviewed has a 2.0L 4 cylinder Eco-boost pushing out 245hp.  This is quite a bit of power from a small motor.  At first I thought it would be too small of a motor to push this SUV around, but I was wrong.  It did great and was easy to drive around.  You can upgrade to a 3.5L V6 with 280hp, or purchase the Sport model with a 2.7 Twin Turbo V6 with 315hp.  All models have a 6 speed automatic transmission that really shifts smoothly.  Suspension was smooth driving around in the wonderful roads Chicago has to offer.  The sporty 19” premium wheels on 245/55/19 tires really gripped the road and provided great handling, though it was a little loud at times in heavy acceleration.  I wasn’t getting the best gas efficiency, averaging about 15mpg in city and 24mpg on the highway.  I do live in downtown Chicago though, so gas mileage usually on the low side.  I would have liked to get a little more out of a 4cyl, but it is a heavy SUV and you typically need to give it little more gas to get up and going.  

Overall this is a nice truck.  I did enjoy driving around but the shoulder airbag in the backseat threw me for a loop.  I didn’t install my toddler seat but did drive with my infant running errands around town.  Personally I would prefer to purchase the bigger V6 motor.  I do love all the safety and technology upgrades that went into this generation.  Adaptive cruise control, blind spot sensors, parking assist and my favorite, it can park itself.  Not only parallel but also backs in.  If you are concerned with pulling out of a parking spot, no worries it can do that for you too.  This is a huge improvement from previous generation in a very competitive market.  This model will compete with Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Nissan Murano, and the Chevrolet Traverse to name a few.  I’d like to thank Ford for the opportunity to review this vehicle.  

 

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2016 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport

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2016 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport

2016 Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport

Starting price - $ 57,045

Price as tested - $ 60,015

The newly redesigned Lexus RX 450h AWD F Sport was first revealed in 2015.  Since then, there has been a lot of talk regarding the fresh new look.  Since the first crossover model was revealed in 1998, Lexus has really set the bar high for the luxury crossover market.  Four generations later, the Lexus RX has become one of the top selling vehicles in its class.  Lexus was sure to provide everything that one needs for everyday driving, from performance to traveling with a family.  Further enhancing the experience is the hybrid motor, which has increased efficiency and reliability since the first one was produced in 2005.   

At first look, you can certainly recognize the new styling Lexus has introduced during the redesign of its lineup.  From the IS to the RX, the massive grill has become an instant identifier of the newer Lexus models.  The RX received a facelift in its redesign, as well as 5” in additional body length.  We were able to review the F Sport model, which has additional features to contribute to the upgraded performance look, such as 20” aluminum alloy wheels.  It also has a tighter suspension than the traditional model, but I don’t really think it makes a huge difference.  The F-Sport designation doesn’t necessarily mean it’s faster, just has a sportier look and badging.  Perhaps most noticeable, the grill on the F-sport model is different.  The standard models have a straight grill where the F-Sport model has the honeycomb look.  The front has a lower front defuser and small aero trim along the edge.  The back, since this is a hybrid the exhaust is slightly hidden.  On non-hybrid models you’ll have a dual chrome tip exiting the back. 

The interior received a massive make over, for which I give big applause.  In previous models, I was never too thrilled about the small dash screen being hidden far back into the dash.  Immediately I noticed bigger 12.3” monitor that is way more visible than previous models.  The dash has been lowered giving a cleaner look than a bulky rounded off dash.  Sitting in the driver’s seat is so much better...you really feel like you’re in a sports car rather than an SUV.  It really wraps around the driver with all everyday needed controls right at your fingertips.  Everything looks easy to navigate through and flows very well.  The center console might be my favorite part of the interior. 

To control the display, Lexus moved away from the mouse pad and returned to the control mouse.  I personally like it better than the pad, my wife absolutely hates it.  Where your palm would normally rest, on both sides of the mouse you have an enter button to quickly accept setting changes.  There is also a small compartment where you can store keys, chapstick, a stick of gum, etc.  One of the coolest features is in the cup holders.  Don’t you hate when the cup holders are too shallow for a water bottle and it is always in danger of tipping over?  Well now you can adjust the depth of the cup holder to match the beverage you have with a touch of a button.  Really creative.  Lexus still has the signature grandfather time clock on center dash but also added a digital clock on the driver’s instrument panel.  Really, everything is completely redesigned.  Depending on model you get, you will have your heated and cold seat options just in front of the shifter.  If you take a look at a close up of the driver’s seat, you’ll think you are seeing a picture of the RC sports coupe interior. 

As I mentioned earlier, the vehicle was stretched out by 5”, which means the already roomy back seat of the previous model RX models just got bigger.  You can have the front seats all the way back and still fit a tall person in the back.  I am 6’ tall and sitting in back I still had about 4-5 inches from my knees to the back of the seat.  The back seat still reclines and slides forward.  You do have an option to add motorized back seats so it will fold down and up automatically.  Cool, but I don’t think it’s really needed (and it’s slow).  Having the extra room in the back seat is so nice, especially with kids as there is no more sacrificing front seat leg room to accommodate massive infant or convertible car seats.  The back really feels gigantic with the leg and head room, and a large cargo area.  Though you lose a bit of room towards the rear with the way the body curves, it’s still larger than a BMW X3 or Mercedes GLX.  You also have option to add two monitors to the back of the front seats for an additional $2,000.  I don’t recommend it if you plan to use an infant seat as the back of the infant seat is perfectly leveled to the screen and can possibly damage it.  Otherwise, you are all set.  It’s a pretty large monitor and you can easy navigate through the on screen settings. 

I live in downtown Chicago.  So being a hybrid, I was really curious to see how it will do in the stop and go traffic we have 24/7.  Most hybrids don’t do anywhere close to what the advertised mpg ratings are.  This Lexus is equipped with a 3.5L 24 valve DOHC V6.  The combination of the engine and electric motor produces 309 horsepower.  Lexus advertises 30mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway giving you an average of 30mpg.  I was averaging 26mpg in the city and about 29mpg on highway.  I have to say I was impressed with the mpg I was getting in the city from a big heavy SUV.  I was driving it pretty aggressively and it still gave me that average.  You have 4 power options you can choose from.  Eco, normal, Super & Super+.  Nothing too crazy but it’s nice to have the option to have the power to your liking.

The RX 450h AWD drove great throughout the wonderful roads that Chicago has to offer.  Being an F-Sport model, it is equipped with a tighter suspension and low profile tires, but honestly it was still a smooth ride.  The turning ratio is average being an AWD vehicle.  This is an electronic AWD, meaning this vehicle is designed for inclement weather and not for off roading.  Most of the power is towards the front wheels, but you can still tow up to 3,000 pounds.   It’s really not a car designed to be a workhorse but it’s definitely enough to haul your wave runners, motorcycles and small trailers.  The cabin is well sealed and really reduces a lot of the outside noise.  I really like the heads up display for the driver.   One of my favorite features is the 360-degree view of your surroundings on the dash display.  It is great for parking and maneuvering in small areas.  I have seen various models with this feature but I really like it on this one.  It also has all your basic needs with blind spot warning, park assist, brake assist and my favorite proximity cruise control, something my wife not a fan off. 

Overall, in the past I don’t think we would have considered purchasing an RX, but after having spent time with this one we have changed our minds and were sad to give it back.  I like that you really don’t feel like you’re driving a cross over.  It feels and looks very sporty.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been stopped asking me questions about it.  Everywhere I drove people would point and just stare.  I liked everything about it, though ideally it would have the addition of a power inverter to plug in a 2 or 3 prong plug, rear heated seats and more aux charging plugs.  This model could also use a rear passenger climate control.  Being the 4th generation I am sure eventually they may add these options.  Oh, and last I can’t forget mentioning about the massive panoramic sunroof.  Not only does it have a massive glass roof, but you can have the sunroof in tilt mode and still have half the sunroof covered by the shade, preventing sun getting to the kids in the back seat.  Big plus!!!  Thank you Lexus.  Little things like that are what I look for when having children on board.  Who doesn’t like a sleeping child during long trips?  Please make your way to your nearest Lexus dealership if you’re in the market for a cross over.  You won’t be disappointed on the new models.  I’d like to thank Lexus USA for the opportunity to review this vehicle. 

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2015 Lexus ES300h & ES350

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2015 Lexus ES300h & ES350

2015 Lexus ES300h & ES350 AWD

2015 Lexus ES300h $40,430 - Tested $46,995

2015 Lexus ES350 $37,550 - Tested $44,145

Lexus’ entry level IS models and bigger GS have done very well and received lots of great press.  Unfortunately, they have somewhat overshadowed the ES, which to me is a great addition to the Lexus line-up.  While the IS and GS both have a sportier feel to them, the ES was designed to be a more classic model to balance the two.  Both the IS and GS have an aggressive stance with sharp body lines, sporty front bumpers and option to add the F sport performance package.  The ES gives you a nice luxury sedan that reminds you what Lexus is known for.  I had the opportunity to spend time with two ES models, the standard ES 350 3.5L V6, and the ES 300h 2.5L 4 cylinder hybrid.   

ES 350

ES 350

When I received the Lexus ES 350, I was surprised at how clean the styling was.  It didn’t have the aggressive appearance that I was used to on the IS and GS, but a very elegant luxury feel.  The sleek projector headlights wrap around the fender and a medium size front grill.  Though not as big as others, this bigger grill holds to the trend I’ve noticed Lexus moving towards in making the front grills slightly bigger and bolder.  I really liked how the front end looked with small LED daytime running lights just below the headlights and the fog lights on the far end of the lower bumper.  The ES 300h had the same exterior appearance as the ES 350.

ES 350

ES 350

The rest of the vehicle has smooth flow all the way through and towards the rear of the car.  Now here is where there is a slight difference between the ES 350 & ES 300h.  The ES 350 has a dual chrome exhaust and the ES 300h has a single exhaust aiming slightly down.  The hybrid does have a small rear defuser where the ES 350 chrome dual exhaust would have come out.  Both vehicles are equipped with 17’’ alloy wheels. 

ES 300h 

ES 300h 

ES 350

The interior is where Lexus concentrated on making sure they provided plenty of room with all the convenience you would like in a luxury sedan.   Not only does the driver side has a 10 way power seats with lumbar support, but the passenger side does too.  Plenty of leg room for both front and rear passengers.  Having two young boys, this is very important to make sure we are all comfortable.  Both my wife and I are tall and with our massive Britax toddler and infant seats, we tend to have to sacrifice leg room to accommodate them in most vehicles.  The seats are a very soft leather with heat and cool features for both of the front passengers.  Both models have a wood trim along the dash, door panel and steering wheel, though on the hybrid it’s the traditional bamboo.

ES 300h

ES 300h

The seats are comfortable but not anything spectacular.  They have subtle styling and are great for long rides.  The controls and accessories are pretty easy to navigate around.  There is a learning curve on using the mouse to navigate through the settings on the 8’’ display screen on the dash.  The piano black trim along the center console is nice and adds to the luxury look.  I am not too crazy about the cup holders though.  You may be able to fit a normal size cup in one but there is another located just below the climate control which will cause some problems with the same size cup or water bottle. Everything felt nice and soft, and the padded dash with double stitching along the edges is nice touch.  Both the hybrid and non-hybrid models are identical with just slight differences in drive settings.  Neither models have fold down rear seats, however the ES 350 does have a cut through in middle.  Both cars have a good size trunk, even on the hybrid model.  You do lose some space but we still had room to fit a full size stroller, golf bags and groceries. 

ES 350  

ES 350  

ES 300h 2.5L 4cyl. 

ES 300h 2.5L 4cyl. 

The Lexus ES was one of the top selling vehicles in its line-up for 2014.  With the newly redesigned IS & GS models targeting the younger market, it will be interesting to see what the top selling Lexus will be for the near future.  The ES concentrates more on comfort and luxury, but it’s no slouch when it comes to performance. The hybrid model has a 2.5L 4 cylinder hybrid engine pushing out 200hp.  With its massive 17.2 gallon gas tank, it will give you close to 700 miles on a full tank.  It’s one of the highest average mpg producing hybrids in its class, averaging 39 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.  I wasn’t able to get close to what they advertise since I don’t live in the burbs, considering my big city driving equals an average speed of about 15mph.  There is always traffic and most of the time it’s stop and go.  In these driving conditions, it really doesn’t give much time for the hybrid batteries to charge up and drive in EV mode.  Those who live in the burbs or outskirts of a big city you will see the increase in mpg.  That being said, it wasn’t too bad for me at all, averaging 33 mpg.  I was surprised mostly on how big the gas tank was.  Most hybrids I’ve been in the gas tank has been slightly small but still exceed the total miles of a non-hybrid. 

ES 350

ES 350

ES 350 3.5L V6

ES 350 3.5L V6

The ES 350 has a 3.5L V6 pushing out 268hp.  There was a big difference on the mpg from the hybrid model with average of 21mpg in city and 31 in hwy.  It was close to what Lexus advertised with mpg until I drove it around the city.  In the city I averaged 19 mpg and in the highway 28 mpg.  It had a good amount of acceleration, but not much more than the hybrid.  Between both models you really couldn’t feel the difference other than when hybrid engine kicked in.  Both were really comfortable and there was minimal road noise both in the city and on the highway.  They both had good handling and performance with a suspension to really absorb the beautiful roads Chicago has to offer. 

ES 300h

ES 300h

Overall both vehicles are great. As a current hybrid vehicle owner, I was impressed on the mpg I received on a full size vehicle and how much cargo room I had on the hybrid.  Both models have a good amount of room and the only difference really is that the non-hybrid model has a bigger trunk.  Both were great traveling installing a toddler and infant seat and we had plenty of leg room and space to stretch out in both models.  The car drove great and was easy to operate without having to pull out the manual.  Comfortable, spacious, reliable, stylish and a good amount of power to get you through the day.  Thank you Lexus for the opportunity to spend time with both ES models. 

ES 350

ES 350

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2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport

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2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

List - $42,790

As Tested - $54,815

Ever since Lexus released the RC line up, it’s really set the future path for what they have planned for the luxury performance market.  Earlier I had the opportunity to spend some time with the RC’s bigger brother, the RCF…a machine that is unbelievable.  I had great time with it and only wish I would have had it when it was warm and not when it was the beginning of winter.  But I can say it got my wife and our soon to be born newborn to the hospital FAST!!! 

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This time around I had the pleasure to drive the RC 350 F Sport.  With the RCF starting at $62k pushing out 467hp in a 5.0 L V8, the RC 350 F Sport is more on the affordable level and geared towards someone not looking to have that much power.  A starting price of $42k and a 3.5L V6 pushing out 306hp is more realistic for today’s roads. 

Having already spent some time with the RC line up, I knew what I was in for a treat.  The RC is such a cool and sporty looking car that certainly will turn heads wherever you drive.  It is ever so slightly different from the RCF that you’ll really have to know the differences between the two to even notice.  As with the rest of the Lexus line-up, from the IS all the way to the SUV’s, the big front grill was the real focus point upon first look.  I received the F-Sport model, so the grill was complemented by bigger wheels and interior accent pieces. 

On the exterior, the RC 350 has quite a bit of subtle aerodynamic changes from the RCF.  First the front is different with smaller intake holes and fog lights.  The hood has intake holes, the fenders are smoother and don’t have the side ventilations, the lower side skirts are slightly different and the rear bumper is completely different.  The RC 350 has small fish scales on lower corners of the rear bumper that is a black plastic.  The exhaust is still dual exhaust but with single outlet.  In contrast, the RCF has a smooth back bumper and the traditional quad tip exhaust.  The roof is traditional on the RC, without the carbon fiber roof option on the RCF.  Lastly the RC 350 doesn’t have a retractable wing, whereas the RCF has a rear wing that will raise up after it exceeds a certainly mph.  It may seem like a lot of changes but honestly you really have to know both vehicles in order to see any differences other than the badging.  My wife didn’t notice a thing and she was in both cars multiple times.

The interior has a sporty feel with carbon fiber trim along the dash and door panels, while retaining a touch of the Lexus luxury.  The seats are slightly different then the RCF, which has more of a bucket seat that hugs you while seated, but they are still very supportive and comfortable for long rides.  The interior is specious and really accommodates tall people.  I had plenty of room to stretch out and think it would be great for long trips.  The dash controls are pretty easy to navigate through.  The control mouse pad does have a learning curve to get used to, and it can get a little frustrating until you do.  Other than that, everything flows well and there is great driving visibility.  This is the top model so it has a kick ass Mark Levinson Premium sound system. 

Having a 3.5L V6 is certainly fun to have while driving around the city.  The 306hp is enjoyable and provides plenty of power to get up and go.  Be careful!  You can still get in trouble if you don’t pay attention to how fast you’re driving.  It really grips the road with the tight f-sport suspension and upgraded 18’’ alloy wheels.  At times driving it I looked down and was in the triple digits.  You really can’t tell how fast you’re going, it’s that smooth.  There are four drive settings you can play with - Eco, Normal, Super and Super+.  Really they just adjust the rpms to how aggressively you are planning to drive.  For mileage I was slightly off from the advertised mpg, averaging 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.  The pedal shift is a nice touch, but I found it more distracting than anything (as my wife would say, if you want to manually shift, get a stick shift!)  With all of that horsepower, it has great acceleration.  This model is a RWD but you have option to purchase the AWD model, which will increase the price by approximately $2,000.  I highly recommend it if you live in the upper Midwest or areas that get more snow than summer.  Why just restrict yourself to driving it in summer when you can have fun year around?

Overall this is an awesome vehicle to own.  It’s fun to drive around town and definitely turns heads.  It also has sufficient power to put a grin on your face but not break the bank.  It has good amount of room for everyday use, and the trunk is even big enough to hold some luggage.  Don’t get too ahead of yourself, it’s not huge, but still a good size.  For all you dads out there that wondered if a car seat will fit…yes it does.  It will fit most cars seats, but I have to note that if you have a rear facing seat, you might have a little problem getting the seat in the car.  The front seats only fold down a certain amount and it’s all motorized, so you are limited in room.  Long story short, if you have toddler seat, you are all set. 

Lexus is really making a stand in the luxury performance market and the RC line is a great start.  There is tough competition with other brands like with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, but they also have been making luxury coupes for some time now.  Lexus does have several other models as in the RC 300 and soon to be released RC 200t (early 2016), which will start at $39k.  Stay tuned for update on the 200t. 

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I’d like to thank Lexus USA for the opportunity to review this vehicle. 

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