Lexus of Greenville has always been a trusted source for all of your service and maintenance needs. Not only do we want to help you find the perfect new Lexus for your lifestyle, we want you to know we are here to ensure you enjoy a long, worry-free experience with your vehicle. Now, to add to your convenience, we have extended our Service Department hours. We will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 am- 9:00 pm.
Lexus of Greenville invites you to call for more information or visit our Service Department online to view specials and check out the list of services we provide. When you’re ready, you can schedule your service appointment anytime during our new hours. And as always, feel free to call or contact us online for additional information on our selection of new Lexus vehicles.
Introducing a sporty new CUV designed for young luxury drivers
Always thinking outside of the box, Lexus has decided to introduce two new entry vehicles starting this fall: the NX 200t and the NX 300h. At Lexus of Greenville, we can’t wait to see what these hip and surprisingly affordable new models will have to offer.
The new NX lineup is designed to be the entry-level luxury crossover from Lexus. Though it may look similar to the RAV4, the NX models are luxury vehicles, top to bottom. Starting with the 200t, this model is available in AWD and offers extremely fast and responsive steering that handles well through turns and highways. Its powerful 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine comes with a unique twin-scroll turbocharger. The results speak for themselves with 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque at the disposal of drivers. Despite being speedy and agile, the new NX 200t is expected to receive an estimated 28 mpg highway.* The NX 300h’s hybrid powertrain system offers an improved fuel economy and 194 horsepower to drivers.
Inside these new models is a beautiful interior complete with all the latest technology. The cabin looks sporty, and simultaneously gives off a high-class feel. The new NX models will boast the same high-standard luxury of all Lexus models, with a lower starting price. New interior amenities will also make your ride easier. These include a touchscreen with more convenient features and accessibility, a wireless phone charger and many others.
The NX 200t and 300h are set to go on sale November of 2014, so do yourself a favor and don’t wait to contact us at Lexus of Greenville and reserve a test drive. We will be more than happy to give you more information about the upcoming NX models and other exciting new Lexus vehicles.
*EPA estimated value. Actual mileage may vary. See dealership for details.
Improved technology, interior, and additional features
If you have ever had the luxury of enjoying the smooth-riding 2014 Lexus IS, then you’re not going to want to pass up the opportunity to test-drive the up-and-coming 2015 model. Keep reading to learn more about its retouched cabin, improved technology and other additions from Lexus of Greenville.
One of the best advancements to the new 2015 IS models is the addition of Siri® Eyes Free technology. Seamlessly compatible with the iPhone 4S and 5S, this standard features lets drivers play music, get directions, and more without ever taking their eyes off of the road. Drivers also have the option to download the Lexus Enform Remote. This app lets owners control a number of useful features in their vehicle remotely from their mobile device.
Technology is not the only addition to the new IS. Other features include a piano black trim around the interior, LED foglamps, ventilated and heated front seats on the F Sport model, and an optional heated steering wheel. What won’t change is the powerful 204 horsepower from its 2.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Lexus IS will go on sale later this summer, so don’t wait to reserve your model at Lexus of Pembroke Pines today. For more information the new IS or any of our other new Lexus inventory, feel free to contact us online or stop by to talk to our friendly staff at your convenience.
Keep your car rolling safely and efficiently with Lexus of Greenville
One major cause of accidents, and financial distress, is not maintaining your vehicle properly. When it comes to driving, your vehicle’s tires are one of the most important parts to maintain. If you are looking to save money and increase your car’s safety, then you should consider regular tire balancing and rotation as well as alignment checkups. Lexus of Greenville has the reasons why.
One of the biggest reasons that you should make sure your vehicle’s tires are aligned is safety. Misaligned tires can cause a number of problems including pulling to one side, less control over your vehicle, and an increased rate of wear on your tires’ tread. Not only is this dangerous, but you will have to replace your tires much more frequently if the alignment is off, which will put a big hole in your wallet. Another thing to consider is that misaligned tires will negatively affect your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Balancing and rotating your vehicle’s tires is also very important. Think about everything your tires encounter on a day-to-day basis. Whether it is potholes, sticks, or rocks, your tires go through a beating every day. Sometimes, certain tires will wear more than others, creating an imbalance in your vehicle. The result is often a slight shaking of the car, which will get worse with speed.
Even the slightest imbalance can cause big problems, which is why it is important to take your car into the shop and have its tires balanced every so often. Together with regular tire rotation, the result is that no one tire will be worn to an exaggerated amount, and wear will occur more evenly on all four tires.
If you need your tires balanced, rotated, and/or aligned, then don’t hesitate to contact the Lexus of Greenville service department for friendly assistance. You won't regret it and your car will thank you by running better than ever!
Toyota and luxury division Lexus have long been championing hybrid vehicles. From the popular Prius liftback to the regal RX Hybrid, Toyota and Lexus have become synonymous with hybrid fuel efficiency over the years thanks to the brand’s commitment to various hybrid technologies and its litany of appealing hybrid models.
Not content with resting on its laurels, the Japanese automaker recently announced plans to increase efficiency in its hybrid vehicles by a further 10 percent, thanks to the development of new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors for use in power control units (PCUs).
The new PCU, which will begin testing on Japanese roads sometime next year, utilize a new silicon carbide compound and suffer less electrical resistance, which improves efficiency when passing electrical current between the vehicle’s battery and electric motor. Additionally, the new PCU units lose less power once shutting off, and can operate at a higher frequency than existing models.
Toyota says that the net power loss of the new PCU measures in at one-tenth of the current silicone versions, which equates to a roughly five-percent increase in fuel economy, with the potential of a further ten-percent increase once the new silicon carbide models actually come to market.
Additionally, the new PCU is smaller (roughly 80 percent smaller), which when coupled with improvements to other key areas such as enhanced engine technology, aerodynamics, and lighter materials, should prove a boon to overall MPG in future Toyota hybrids.
Toyota aims to have the technology up, running, and implemented by 2020. And while the future looks bright (and green) for Toyota, this new initiative bodes well for future Lexus vehicles as well, which will undoubtedly benefit from new PCU technology and further enhancements to hybrid powertrain technology.
Of course, interested parties don’t have to wait years to drive an incredibly fuel-efficient hybrid. Lexus already offers a varied lineup of hybrids vehicles, including the CT Hybrid (43/40 City/Hwy MPG) RX Hybrid (32/28 City/Hwy MPG) ES Hybrid (40/39 City/Hwy MPG) GS Hybrid (29/34 city/Hwy MPG), and the all-wheel drive LS Hybrid 19/23 City/Hwy MPG).*
For more information, or to experience a Lexus hybrid for yourself, be sure to contact your local Lexus dealer and schedule a test drive today.
*Ratings achieved using the required premium unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 91 or higher. If premium fuel is not used, performance will decrease. Your mileage will vary.
New for 2014
The 2014 Lexus GX 460 receives and updated exterior, a new eight-inch touchscreen, and a number of advanced new available safety technologies.
Brains meet Brawn
Better to be good at one thing rather than be average at many things, right? Not for Lexus and its muscular 2014 GX 460. The GX 460 is blessed with unrivaled talent, and prefers to simply "knock it out of the park" across the board, rather than focus on a few areas to excel in. That’s because this smart and sinewy mountain mover has the off-road capability of a mountain goat and the IQ level of a Harvard grad. So if you’re searching for an SUV that can virtually do it all, look no further than the 2014 Lexus GX 460.
Power and Performance
A quick peek under the hood exposes the beastly 4.6-liter V8 that lurks beneath. This potent powertrain puts out an impressive 301 horsepower and 329 pound-feet of tough torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a full-time four-wheel-drive system with dual-range transfer case, which allows for the GX’s impressive off-road capability.
The GX 460 also utilizes Lexus’ "Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System" that enhances cornering maneuverability and stabilizes body sway during more dynamic and spirited driving conditions. Alternatively, the system can independently relax sway control for increased wheel articulation and greater off-road traction.
Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that – when properly equipped – the 2014 Lexus GX 460 can tow up to 6,500 pounds, which uncommon among luxury SUVs.
Features and Trims
The 2014 Lexus GX 460 is offered in both base and luxury trim levels.
Standard exterior equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, roof rack side rails, and sporty rear spoiler. Other exterior details include heated mirrors, a sunroof, and rear privacy glass. Inside, drivers are treated to standard dual-zone climate control, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats, and driver memory settings. Other interior highlights include sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split second-row seats, a 50/50-split third-row seat, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Standard electronic and tech features are also in abundance. The base Lexus GX 460 comes with a rearview camera, which has practically become a necessity in larger SUVS, Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity, eight-inch touchscreen, and a nine-speaker audio system with CD player, HD radio, and dual USB/iPod ports.
Naturally, the Luxury trim ups the ante in terms of premium content. Here we find an adaptive suspension and a number of driver assistance technologies, such as blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Creature comforts are heightened as well, with the Luxury trim providing upgraded leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, and power-folding third-row seats.
Both the base and luxury trim models can be further enhanced with a number of optional packages, which add in various features such as 17-speaker Mark Levinson® surround-sound system, rear-seat video entertainment, and much, much more.
Lexus has bestowed a welcome facelift upon the 2014 GX, slotting perfectly in line with other Lexus models. Much of that credit goes to the new “spindle grill,” which distinguishes the very best of Lexus’ design in one bold and striking visual signature. Elsewhere, the GX features a more elegant if not slightly conservative look, with simple boxy lines that bend and stretch in all the right places making for one clean and athletic design theme.
Lexus has augmented the rough and tumble exterior for a self-described “tough premium” look. In place of chunky trim and bulky door handles, we find soft-to-touch materials that befits a luxury vehicle of Lexus’ stature. Gauges and instrumentation is easy to see and access for both driver and passengers, further adding to the welcoming nature of the GX’s cabin. Interior accommodations are another highlight, with enough space to comfortably seat seven and an impressive 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third-row seats folded down.
Safety is a priority in every Lexus model and the 2014 Lexus GX 460 is no different. This potent people-mover comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, hill descent control, hill start assist, and a rearview camera. Front- and rear-seat side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and side curtain airbags are also standard.
The GX 460 also comes with Lexus Safety Connect system, which provides a number of emergency services such as automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator, and emergency assist.
As mentioned, the Lexus GX 460 is available with a number of optional safety features, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, a lane departure warning system. A frontal collision warning system that prepares the cabin in the event of a detected collision is also an available feature.
Smart, stylish and with the strength and confidence to match, the 2014 Lexus GX 460 is the perfect choice for drivers looking to get the most out of their SUV. With impressive towing capable and dynamic off-road ability, the GX 460 makes short work of virtually all driving conditions thrown its way. What’s more, it does so with the same level of luxury and refinement expected from a vehicle wearing the Lexus badge.
Finding a good hair stylist that you can trust is a precious thing. Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve just gotten bored with your current stylist, there are several factors to consider when looking for a new hair stylist or salon.
Do Your Research
An Internet search is one way to locate salons and hair stylists in your area, but a search this broad generally isn’t the best way to go. Instead, ask your friends, family and coworkers for personal recommendations. See a woman at the gas station that has the exact hair style that you’ve been looking for? Ask for her stylist’s name and number. Most women are flattered to be asked for their style secrets, so don’t be embarrassed to ask a stranger for a recommendation. Remember that some stylists specialize in certain hair types and services, so keep that in mind by asking for recommendations from people who have a similar hair texture.
Location, Location, Location
Convenience is another factor to consider when searching for the best hair stylist. Most women go to the salon at least once every two months, and many men make the trip once every four weeks. Considering this, the best hair stylist for you is one that is convenient to your home or office. You may find an amazing stylist several hours from home, but driving several hours for a hair cut may not be worth it.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you’ve found a few salons that are convenient for you and collected some valuable recommendations, you may want to schedule a few consultations. If you’re ready for a trim, you might go ahead and book an appointment. However, it’s generally not a good idea to try out a new stylist if you’re ready to make a drastic change.
Consultations are generally free or inexpensive, and they give you an opportunity to get a sense of the stylist’s personality and experience before you give him or her free reign on your hair. A good hair stylist listens to you and gives you a thorough consultation; if a potential stylist rushes you through the process or doesn’t have much to say about your hair, he or she probably isn’t the best stylist for you.
Stopping by for a consultation also gives you a chance to check out the overall ambiance of the salon. Finding a good stylist may be your most important goal, but you should enjoy your overall salon experience if you’re going to be frequenting an establishment.
You may get lucky and find your perfect stylist on the first try, but don’t hesitate to shop around for a bit and schedule several consultations close to home. If you do decide to get your hair cut and colored with a particular stylist and you aren’t wowed, give someone else a try next time. You should never feel guilty about shopping around for the best fit.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to find a hair stylist that is convenient for you and more than capable of giving you the look that you want. Keep in mind that even the best stylists aren’t mind readers, so come prepared with some ideas about what you want (photos are great). He or she should be able to take it from there based on your hair texture, face shape, and skin tone.
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Even with relatively average mileage, it can be hard work to keep your car in tip-top condition. Dirt and grit from the road can easily damage your paint work, and your tires and hubcaps are equally vulnerable from curbs and other obstacles. While tires and hubcaps can, at least, be replaced, you should still aim to keep them in the best condition possible. Dirty, damaged, or worn tires and hubcaps can really spoil the overall look of your car. The good news is that there are various things that you can do to keep them looking new.
You can easily look after your hubcaps with relatively low amounts of maintenance. When cleaning your car or completing other forms of general maintenance, don't forget to include your hubcaps. Lost hubcaps are still surprisingly common, and even if you are fortunate enough to spot one fly off on the highway, the chances are that when you find it, it will be damaged. Check any clips or bolts that are used to keep the cap in place on your car on a regular basis, and particularly if you are about to drive a long distance. Some clips also work more effectively if the area that they come into contact with is sanded down slightly.
Hubcaps sometimes come loose when new tires are fitted, thanks to excess lubricant. Ensure that this is wiped off after a tire change so that the cap is snug and tight. Ask your local dealer for any specific advice related to your make and model of car.
You should also aim to keep your hubcaps as clean as possible. Brake dust quickly builds up as you drive your car, and if you don't remove it quickly and on a regular basis, it can do permanent damage to the caps. You can buy specialty cleaners for hubcaps. Check your car's owner's manual or talk to your dealership about the right cleaner for your hubcaps. According to whether they are made of plastic, chrome, or aluminum, different types of product are required. A simple solution of baking soda and clean warm water applied with a clean, soft sponge or brush can also work wonders. Regular, light cleaning should keep the caps in great condition and remove the need for more intensive chemical cleaning.
Aluminum and chrome hubcaps look great when they are polished, too. Ensure that they are completely clean and that all dirt and debris has been removed before you use a polish. Again, there are a number of different specialty polishes on the market, but you can also use some mild household cleaners. Always check with your local dealer before using a product to ensure that it is suitable.
There are various waxes that you can apply to your hubcaps which provide protection against everyday dirt and grit while on the road. Waxes can be used on your wheels and some types of hubcap to seal in the surface and make them easier to keep clean. If you use a wheel wax, then you should only need to use warm water to keep the wheels clean.
It's also important to keep your tires clean and to wash them as regularly as the rest of the car. You should always start with the tires before any other part of the car, as they tend to throw up spray and dirt that may cover an otherwise clean panel. Use warm soapy water and a stiff brush to remove particles of mud and dirt that are ground into the tread. You will need to move the car partway through cleaning as there will always be part of the tire that is inaccessible. Ensure that you wash the car on a clean driveway or other surface that you have swept first to remove dirt and debris.
Tire dressings can improve the look of older tires and are frequently used by car dealerships to give second-hand cars a bit of extra dazzle. Tire dressings are best applied in multiple, thin coats. It is important to ensure that each coat dries before applying the next—and certainly before driving the car again.
Spending time and money on products to look after your tires and hubcaps may seem like an unnecessary expense, but by improving the overall look of the wheels, you can greatly enhance your car's aesthetics. When undertaken regularly, this kind of maintenance actually requires very little effort—and your car will look so much better for it.
America's roads are always busy, but the summer months are particularly hectic. As millions of Americans head off for their annual summer vacation, you can expect long traffic jams and frustrated drivers.
Modern cars may be mechanically advanced, but they are still susceptible to heat, and the summer sun can be particularly hazardous for certain parts of your car. Allow our skilled service technicians to equip you with information pertinent to your warm weather journeys.
Hoses and Belts
Though it may seem rather obvious, it is very important to keep the engine cool when driving in the summer heat. Hoses help pump coolant to and from the engine while belts enable the fan to run effectively and continually cool your car's engine. In extreme heat, however, hoses can crack and belts can snap. You can check the hoses and belts yourself by looking for visual signs of wear or damage. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment with our service department before you set out on a summer road trip.
Modern cars have very effective cooling systems, which can counter relatively high extremes of temperature, but they have their limits. Aside from problems with hoses and belts, low levels of coolant, a leak in the radiator or a missing radiator cap can spell disaster if you are driving in hot weather.
Your car's tires are vulnerable throughout the year, however, under-inflated, over-inflated or worn tires can be particularly dangerous during the summer. Tire pressure changes as the temperature increases. If the tire is under-inflated, it can bulge outward and put pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. If this continues, the tire can eventually burst. If the tire is overinflated, you are also at greater risk of hydroplaning in the event of a rain shower. Contact our tire center team to avoid potential road hazards.
The car you drive relies heavily on oil, as this substance allows car parts to run efficiently. Heavy driving during the summer puts additional pressure on the oil, and on the oil filters in your car. Aim to change your oil filters as often as the owner's manual recommends, and certainly get them checked before you head off on a summer expedition.
Whether you are staying local this summer or driving hundreds of miles, we encourage you to contact us soon to protect your car from the rigor of summer heat.
1. The scoop about sugar
Everyone knows that sugar, in all of its forms, is dense in calories and has the ability to sabotage diets. Below are a couple of other nutritional facts about sugar that might surprise you:
- Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes: Just because diabetes causes elevated blood sugar levels, that doesn’t mean that people with diets high in sugar will develop the disease. Research has shown that more important triggers for the disease can be found in genetics and lifestyle factors like obesity and lack of exercise.
- Sugar is addictive: You can add sugar to your list of addictive substances right along with tobacco and caffeine. Scientists at Princeton University have reported that when digested, sugar releases the chemicals opioids and dopamine, affecting your brain’s pleasure sensors just like other addictive substances.
2. “Fat” isn’t a dirty word
Dietary fats are also dense in calories, but not all fats are created equal. Without the proper balance of healthy fat in your diet, you might suffer from vitamin and hormone deficiencies. When you include healthy fats found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados, you also reap the following nutritional benefits that might surprise you:
- Fat improves your skin: Skin continues to renew itself by sloughing off dead skin cells and regenerating new ones. Without healthy fat in your diet, and the important vitamins found in them, your skin would be unattractively dry, itchy and scaly.
- Sex and fat: Your reproductive organs need fat to function properly. Sufficient fat levels produce hormones to regulate reproduction.
3. The truth about “low fat”
Most dieters gravitate toward low-fat diets without understanding that eating low-fat doesn’t necessarily translate into healthy food choices. High-fat content foods do have more calories. When compared with a low-fat or no-fat product without any fiber or nutritional content, though, you’d be better off reaching for a handful of walnuts or a piece of whole-grain bread with more calories but much higher nutritional value.
4. Misconceptions about buying “fresh”
By all means, if you live where farmers’ markets are available, buying fresh produce is always the way to go. The bigger question is, are you really better off buying fresh products during winter? The answer is, not necessarily. Keep in mind that the nutrients in fresh produce fade quickly. If you don’t know exactly when that bunch of broccoli was actually picked, or how far it had to travel to reach your market, you may be better off buying frozen because that produce is picked and processed quickly.
5. Be smart about organic foods
As your market shelves expand with organic products, don’t be fooled by phony claims. Food labeled “organic” doesn’t mean that it is nutritionally superior. What the label does mean is that the food is supposed to be absent of any synthetic fertilizers, added hormones, pesticides, or any genetically-modified ingredients. That expensive box of “organic” cookies or candy you just bought for your kids probably contains the same amount of sugar and fats as similar products and should not be considered a healthy choice just because the word “organic” is on the label.
Staying on top of important nutritional facts is the best way to be sure that you're eating a diet rich in many different types of food. When your nutrition levels are normal, your body will perform at its best every day.
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