Meet the high-performance sedan at Lexus of Greenville
Golfers know the importance of finding the "sweet spot": that place on the club head where the design comes together for maximum performance. In the same way, the 2014 Lexus IS 350 hits the automotive "sweet spot," combining performance, style, and technology in one perfectly-balanced package. Read on for more information regarding the high-performance sedan from Lexus of Greenville.
Longer and wider for 2014, the Lexus IS 350 is a premium, four-door sporting sedan. Its bold "spindle" grille integrates cleanly with the crisp lines of the hood, but it's the striking daylight running lights that will draw most attention. Reminiscent of a certain athletic logo, these are incorporated into the upper surface of the bumper and below the headlamps. It's daring, different, and shows Lexus is no bland also-ran.
The side view is every bit as striking. A dramatic line sweeps up from beneath the doors to where the tail lamp cluster wraps around, while an almost fastback roof flows down for a sleek, modern look.
It's the same story inside, where high-quality materials and modern styling combine to create an impressive cabin. A high center console separates driver and passenger and slopes up to the clock and air inlets, and above them the seven-inch LCD screen. Most car makers still struggle to incorporate these screens, but in the IS it forms a natural focal point, complemented by the horizontal lines and levels of the instrument panel.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the 350 features 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet. Available with all-wheel drive, the 350 adapts to the road surface, splitting power between front and rear to maximize traction and keep the driver out of trouble. AWD versions of the 350 come with a six-speed automatic transmission. RWD 350 models, however, get an eight-speed automatic. Paddle shifters are standard across the range and the "Drive Mode Select" function adjusts shift points and throttle mapping to suit the driver's style mood. 350 models go further still by sensing cornering forces and adjusting gear shifts to provide more power when accelerating through a curve.
Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control with touch controls that respond to a swipe of the finger, a sunroof, an eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, and eight-way power front seats.
Several packages upgrade are available. Premium adds projector LED headlamps and heated and ventilated front seats. Luxury is Premium plus a blind spot monitor, driver's seat memory, perforated leather, and dark gray or brown wood trim. Audiophiles may lust after the Navigation system, which also gets a backup camera. A Mark Levinson Premium Audio system can be added to this package.
Perhaps the most interesting package, though, is the F Sport. This includes a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch rims, upgraded brakes, and a full mesh grille set into a fascia that replaces fog lamps with larger air intakes. Inside, the F Sport features bolstered and heated front seats and sporty touches. Of greatest interest, though, is an instrument cluster lifted from the Lexus LFA supercar.
In summary, the 2014 Lexus IS 350 is that rare car that's well-built, well-equipped, looks great, and goes like a true sports car. You might say it hits the automotive sweet spot. Contact us today to schedule your test drive at Lexus of Greenville.
You always want to get the best deal possible, but the price you pay for a new car is only the beginning. Fuel, financing and insurance are a few of the costs that add up every month, and the actual cost of the vehicle itself -- the amount you pay minus the amount you recover when you sell it -- is typically less than half of the total cost of owning a vehicle over five years. You can save a lot more money by simply choosing the right car than by working a great deal on the wrong car. That is why our team at Lexus of Greenville is proud to announce Lexus has earned top honors in KBB.com’s 2014 Five-Year Cost to Own Awards.
Each of the Five-Year Cost to Own Awards is based on data from Kelley Blue Book for new cars after the five-year period of ownership, and we’re thrilled that two popular Lexus models were chosen this year. The Lexus LS won in the high-end luxury car category and the Lexus RX was awarded in the Hybrid SUV/Crossover segment. Lexus was also named the most affordable luxury automotive brand to own over a five-year period.
Act quickly to prevent rust and undercarriage damage
Each year, drivers face the same challenge in the aftermath of wintry weather: potential rusting and other vehicle damage due to the buildup of road salt, ice, and grime. Road salt serves an important function by actively melting snow and ice that may have formed on the surface of the highway in addition to preventing snow and ice from settling in the first place, improving traction for road users and helping to keep the traffic flowing more safely. The main disadvantage of road salt is that, if left unchecked, it can potentially cause damage to your car.
When road salt builds up on your vehicle, don’t wait to get your vehicle thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible. This guide from Lexus of Greenville illustrates just how damaging road salt can be—and how easy it is to prevent with our professional cleaning services.
Prevention is key to avoid long-term damage
Many experts recommend applying a coat of protective wax, followed by a coat of wax sealant, before road salt buildup, since it is far more difficult to prevent damage to the car after the fact. These products help protect the paint work from the corrosive effects of road salt.
But it’s not just the paint work that requires protection. Your brake and fuel lines are very susceptible to damage from corrosion. Therefore, road salt can not only have damaging aesthetic implications—it can have a significant impact on your vehicle’s safety as well.
Get salty deposits removed quickly
When you have been driving on salted roads, it is important to remove salt deposits as soon as possible. A simple car wash may not always be the most effective option. With professional detailing services at Lexus of Greenville, you can count on getting a thorough cleaning which will help protect your vehicle against possible damage. Additional services like steam cleaning and undercarriage cleaning offer even more peace of mind.
Professional detailing services may be more affordable than you think, especially when you consider the long-term damage that can result if road salt is left unchecked. After the cleaning, we recommend getting your vehicle re-waxed and sealed to protect your vehicle against any future wintry conditions during the season.
To learn more about our detailing services at Lexus of Greenville, contact our service department today.
A powerful and sporty new coupe for Lexus enthusiasts
If you’re a Lexus enthusiast, then you have undoubtedly been waiting for the reveal of the luxury brand’s latest RC F coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. This stunning new coupe offers drivers a powerful experience on the road coupled with an incredible new look.
Before seeing what was under the hood, onlookers at the Detroit Auto Show were amazed by the striking appearance of the RC F coupe. The model sported the new trademark Lexus spindle grille, made exclusively of interlocking “F”s that are unique to the RC F. Moving down the body, it’s flared fenders, carbon fiber roof and self-deploying rear spoiler also made it stand out from the pack.
The RC F’s appearance makes sense when you consider that, next to the LFA super car, it is the most powerful Lexus ever created. In fact, its 5.0-liter V8 engine only fit when designers put a slight bulge in the hood. Producing 460 horsepower with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, the Lexus RC F is a powerful dream car for driving enthusiasts everywhere.
It gets better when you take a closer look at the unique engine. It has the ability to run on the Atkinson cycle for high-efficiency driving, or the more typical Otto cycle for higher performance. It also comes with a torque vectoring differential that has the ability to manage traction control throughout every part of a curve.
If you’re as excited as our dealership team is about the Lexus RC F coupe, then feel free to contact us today for more information.
For more than twenty years, the Lexus GS series has been redefining what buyers expect from a luxury sedan. The Toyota-owned luxury brand consistently delivers cars that ooze class and style, without the sort of price tag that will make the average buyer's eyes water. The latest generation of the Lexus GS 350 first arrived on the market for the 2013 production year model, and there are already some new features to note for the 2014 Lexus GS 350.
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 sport sedan is available in a single trim level. Buyers can opt to add an additional package to the base model to increase the specification level, and can choose from Premium, Luxury, Cold Weather or F Sport packages. The GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which effortlessly produces 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. For 2014, rear-wheel drive models will only be available with a brand new 8-speed transmission. All-wheel drive models will continue to have the 6-speed automatic transmission seen on the 2013 model.
The GS 350's naturally aspirated engine means that the driver feels completely at the center of the car's acceleration. Without a turbo or super charger to help, the GS 350 needs high revs to achieve maximum acceleration, which creates an exhilarating driving experience. You will feel that experience throughout every other aspect of the car, too. The GS 350 is alert, nimble and responsive, with a comfortable, confident ride. Fuel economy is comparably good too, with an estimated 29 mpg* on the highway if you opt for the rear-wheel drive model.
The car's interior ticks all the boxes that you would expect from a car in this class. The finish is excellent, with luxury materials throughout. The build quality here is of the highest standard, with no attention to detail spared. The standard specification is comprehensive and includes leather upholstery, keyless ignition, dual-zone climate control and eight-way power seats. The Premium package adds to this, with heated and ventilated front seats and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury package focuses on refinement, and includes a 14-way power driver seat for maximum comfort. The Cold Weather package pretty much allows you to heat everything up, and you can also bundle this package up with the Luxury package too.
Drivers looking for the best combination of luxury and performance should turn to the F Sport package. This package is not just about aesthetics, although the rear spoiler will definitely turn heads. This package includes upgraded steering and suspension tuning to help you throw the car around corners, and the larger front brakes provide even more comfortable stopping capability. There's also a 12-way power sport driver seat to improve the driving position.
The GS 350's safety specification is comprehensive, even on the standard model. All the different packages include anti-lock brakes, traction control and comprehensive airbags. There's also an onboard safety system called Safety Connect®, which provides emergency safety assistance and can also locate stolen vehicles. Adaptive cruise control is an optional extra, along with front and rear parking sensors.
The 2014 Lexus GS 350 starts at $47,700** for the rear-wheel drive model. This represents excellent value for money for a car in this class. If you want to find out more, book an appointment with a dealer and explore what the Lexus GS 350 has to offer you.
*2014 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $910. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price may vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
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Advantages of highway driving for your vehicle
When it comes to wear and tear on your vehicle, not all miles are the same. City driving, due to its stop and go nature, leads to more wear and tear on the engine, transmission, and other critical parts.
Gas mileage. Many drivers become aware of a difference in city miles and highway miles when they go to purchase a car and notice the miles per gallon rating. A vehicle can generally be expected to get significantly more miles to the gallon driving on a highway than driving in the city. This difference in miles per gallon provides clues as to why highway miles are better for your car than city miles—and it has nothing to do with magic gasoline being sold at freeway entrances.
Efficient and inefficient miles. A car gets better gas mileage on the highway because highway miles are more efficient than city miles. How Stuff Works says that the “sweet spot” for maximum fuel efficiency “is in the range of 40-60 mph” for most cars, and you're much more likely to be close to this zone while driving on the highway. City driving also requires more stopping, which means more going, which means a car's engine spends a lot less time at efficient speeds and a lot more time revving up after a stop sign or stoplight. It is also much more likely your vehicle is able to "cruise" on the highway without having to slow down or brake.
Stopping and going. The stopping and going doesn't just increase wear and tear on the engine. Other crucial parts of an automobile are worn faster through stop-and-go city traffic. An obvious component is the brakes. There's a reason drivers take the highway if a highway route is available, even if it means traveling a few extra miles. It's because you don't have to stop every few seconds or slow down because some individual decided to go 19 miles below the speed limit (if your heart rate just accelerated at the mention of following someone going 19 miles below the speed limit, take a deep breath.).
The transmission. It costs a lot of money to replace a transmission. On the highway, you're going at a steady speed, oil pressure is higher, internal engine parts are better protected, and engine temperature is stable. In addition, your gears aren’t shifting up and down constantly as they would with stop-and-go driving. Transmissions only wear when they shift. Therefore, highway driving causes less wear and tear on your transmission.
Buying a pre-owned vehicle. Because there really is no way to truly know how many of an automobile's miles were highway and how many were city, your astute knowledge of highway miles can only be applied to maintenance on a vehicle you've been driving. If you're worried about the wear and tear on a vehicle you want to purchase, you'll want to buy a pre-owned vehicle that's been certified by a reputable dealer. Our dealer mechanics give all vehicles a thorough inspection, so you can be sure you're getting a car that will give you what you need—be it on the highway or in the city.
In the United States, the minimum age for a driving license varies from 14 to 16 according to different state regulations. Once young drivers have received their licenses, there are generally a number of restrictions in place for several years later, and in most cases, drivers are only able to drive freely after fulfilling certain conditions. There are a number of considerations to be made when it comes to considering an increase in the minimum driving age. Here are some of the main arguments for and against.
Statistically, younger drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident. What's worse is that they are much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. While it is unfair to make generalizations, young drivers are often more reckless and less sensible than older drivers, so it makes sense to increase the minimum driving age in order to try and reduce the number of young deaths on the road. Older drivers are still involved in serious accidents, of course, but any action that can reduce deaths makes for a strong argument.
There are environmental considerations, too. Despite advances in fuel technology and car manufacturing, cars are still major pollutants, and all nations need to look at ways to reduce the harmful emissions from cars. One obvious way to do this is to reduce the number of cars on the road. If the minimum age of driving was to be increased, it would cut down the number of people eligible to drive. Supporters also argue that it might encourage young people to get used to using public transport.
There is also a question of need. Supporters argue that young people simply don't need their own cars and that there is no problem with preventing people from driving until a later age, simply to cut back on fuel consumption and road congestion.
Opponents of this change argue that the accident rate in new drivers is comparable across different age groups, and that it is important to get people driving as early as possible. Increasing the minimum age for driving could simply delay the time it takes an individual to get the appropriate experience on the road. Opponents argue that recklessness is common across all age groups.
Being able to drive is a great step in gaining independence, too, and can encourage young people to become more responsible. With supervision, these young drivers can be shown good driving habits that they can carry on into life and it makes sense to start this process as early as possible. For parents that want to stop acting like a taxi service, it may be a very popular move.
For some young people, public transportation simply isn't an option, either. Without the ability to drive they may be cut off from friends and potentially from employment opportunities. Bear in mind, also, that some young people act as drivers for adults in their lives. For these people, the car can be a lifeline.
Photographers of decades past would have shouted in triumph over the advances in photo preservation technology available to picture-takers of today. Here's how to preserve your family photos.
Computerize them. Before you do anything else with family photos, scan them and save them on your computer. Recent photos from a digital camera should be uploaded to your computer on a regular basis—but don't get overconfident. Computers crash. Back-up your photos on a zip drive or file sharing website. You may want to make two backups, just in case. Have your photos for special occasions, such as weddings, taken to a high-quality developer.
Handle photos with caution. Scanned, computerized photos allow you to see these photos whenever you want without risking damage to the original. That, however, doesn't mean the originals are worthless. You still want to preserve them, so store them properly. Because dirt, dust, and oils can permanently damage photos, handle them carefully. Touch only the edges. Cotton gloves will reduce the risk of handling damage.
Store them with care. High summer temperatures and humidity combined with low winter temperatures and humidity lead to brittle photographs susceptible to cracking—or worse, separation of the image from the base of the photograph paper. Dampness causes photos to stick together and bleed. In addition, bugs will often mistake your photo of granny for their lunch. You should therefore avoid storing precious photos in an uninsulated basement or attic. Ideal photo storage occurs in a location with a consistent temperature from 65°F-70°F with a relative humidity of about 50%. If this is not possible, consider storing your most precious photos in a safe deposit box where ideal conditions can be regulated.
Choose photo albums with wisdom. Avoid cheap photo albums and albums not designed for storing photographs. Other common photo containers that should be avoided include envelopes and ziplock bags. For best results, use lignin-free, acid-free, un- buffered paper. Use only PVC-free plastics. These plastics include polyester, Mylar, polypropylene, and polyethylene.
Avoid the following. If you want to preserve you photos, avoid rubber bands or paper clips. Do not display the photo in your home—scan a copy of the original and print it out on high-quality photograph paper if you wish to display the image. Do not use glue or tape to hold repair tears. They contain substances that will cause photos to deteriorate. Anything containing carbon dioxide—fresh paint fumes, plywood, cardboard, and fumes from cleaning supplies—can damage photos. Keep photos away from fireplaces, heaters, and any heat-producing device. Never store photos in an area susceptible to plumbing problems.
Preserve your memories for a lifetime with these tips.
Good examples of this illogical voting practice include the following 5 great directors who have never won an Oscar:
The legendary Alfred Hitchcock
Nominated five times for Best Director honors for the classic films Rebecca, Rear Window, Spellbound, Lifeboat, and Psycho, Hitchcock never took home any Oscars as a director. The Academy did honor him in 1968 with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (awarded for producing consistently high quality work). Many wondered if Hitchcock’s unusually short acceptance speech of “Thank you…very much indeed” was his imposing way of mocking typically long-winded speeches or a direct slap at the Academy because he never won a directing award.
The risk-taker Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick was often called obsessive and brilliant. His unique films caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was nominated for four of his films: Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove. While these films won a fistful of Oscars in other categories, Kubrick never won as Best Director. Many insiders feel that because his iconic films always top many of Hollywood’s “best” film polls, his omission as winner of an Academy Award in the director’s category might be the biggest mistake the Academy has ever made.
The independent Robert Altman
It’s difficult to comprehend that the director who received five Best Director nominations for MASH, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park never won the Oscar. Although the Academy honored his work with a separate honorary award in 2006, throughout his career he was credited with reinventing movie art forms. Trademarks included meandering narratives, satiric humor, sometimes shockingly realistic but overlapping dialogue, a penchant for big ensemble casts, and his not-always-subtle social commentary.
The stimulating Sidney Lumet
While acknowledging that the purpose of all movies is to entertain, Lumet also added, “…the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience.” Nominated four times as Best Director for the critically acclaimed 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, and Network, the only Oscar Lumet ever took home was an honorary Academy Award. This prompted writer Manohla Dargis of The New York Times to call the award “a consolation prize for a lifetime of neglect.”
The visionary George Lucas
Unless one has been living under a rock for the last thirty years, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen a George Lucas film. Nominated in the best director category twice for American Graffiti and Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, he is the last one on our five great directors who have never won an Oscar list. The Academy found a special way to honor Lucas in 1992 with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. During the show, the crew of the shuttle Atlantis in outer space participated in the presentation of his Oscar as a unique tribute to his contribution to space and technology.
These five great directors who have never won an Oscar are perhaps the most notable and surprising. They may not have a shiny statue sitting in their living room, but they do have an amazing body of films that will forever remain classics.
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