The 2015 Lexus ES 350 is so much more than it seems. Placed in the entry-luxury position of the Lexus lineup, the ES 350 offers flagship-type luxury with front-wheel drive. You won’t be disappointed in the performance department either, with a 268 horsepower V6 engine that promises an impressive 31 MPG* highway fuel efficiency.
Inside, you’ll find NuLuxe upholstery with available genuine leather trim or semi-aniline leather for a truly luxurious feel. The instrument panel, doors, and upper console are all trimmed in your choice of piano-black, espresso bird’s eye maple, or bamboo. Expanded connectivity adds to your experience, with a seven-inch touch-screen Display Audio that includes HD Radio, Bluetooth audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio. The Lexus Enform Remote allows you to view and control certain features such as remote door lock/unlock and remote stop/start for the engine and climate control, all using your smartphone.
The ES 350 continues to defy its entry-luxury label with standard features such as 10-way adjustable power front seats, clear Optitron gauges, and automatic climate control. While you’re enjoying the ride, you’ll also be safe. The ES 350 includes safety features such as 10 airbags and driver aids like a Pre-Collision System (PCS) and Lane Departure Alert (LDA). You can also opt for a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). This helps detect vehicles in side blind spots and will alert you if a vehicle, person, or object is behind your vehicle when backing out of a parking space.
With the Lexus ES 350, you get so much more than an entry-luxury vehicle. Visit Lexus of Greenville today to test drive the new ES 350, or you can call or contact us for more information on the newest vehicles in our showroom.
* EPA estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
Sports cars are a luxury to drive, but when it comes to the perfect blend of looks and performance, the new 2015 RC F from Lexus is one of the finest. At least, that’s what we’ve found here at Lexus of Greenville. Slated to replace the IS F, the new RC F offers luxury drivers that want a lot of bang for their buck a stunning option.
Virtually everything about the RC F is new. The signature Lexus spindle grille seems more prominent than ever – and combined with the front headlamps, air intakes, and wider stance, it looks so sleek aggressive it could cut through anything. Its powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine backs up its look with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. It goes without saying that everyone on our team will be clamoring to be the first to drive this model around our lot!
When you look at the coloring of the 2015 RC F, you might notice there is something different about it. That’s because of the unique paint job that utilizes a new process of application. It includes a primer, a silver coat, a clear coat, and then the color coat that reflects off the silver coat. Finally, the topcoat is applied – and the results speak for themselves.
Inside you will find bucket-style sports seats that are so comfortable you really won’t want to get out of the RC F. Luxury is the name of the game here with all of your connectivity, navigation and entertainment features controlled by an easy touchpad. The RC F offers a number of convenient driving modes. The most fun is arguably ‘Sport+’. Providing high-performance driving at its finest, this mode also utilizes Active Sound Control that brings the roar of the engine into the cabin to give everyone inside a better feel of what’s happening under the hood.
Designed for the most comfortable high-performance driving on the track and off, the new 2015 RC F is everything you could want in a sports car. Even more incredibly, it starts at just above $62,000. Though it is not yet available at Lexus of Greenville, contact us for more information about its arrival. In the meantime, stop by to take a look at our other extensive new Lexus inventory.
October is Fall Car Care Month, an annual event sponsored by the Car Care Council. During this month, the council recommends drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for changing temperatures with fall service. At Lexus of Greenville, our expert technicians are ready to help get your vehicle ready for winter—or simply make sure it’s performing at its best.
“The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh winter weather,” says Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Winter magnifies existing problems like hard starts, sluggish performance and rough idling.” The council created the Fall Car Care Month Checklist as a resource to help drivers know what to look for as the temperatures drop. Here are some of the highlights.
Get tires and brakes checked
- Make sure your tire treads are at an acceptable depth. If winter weather is expected in your area, consider special tires to combat the snow and ice.
- Check tire pressure weekly during the winter.
- Make sure your brakes (your vehicle’s most important safety device) is working properly.
Test heating, wipers, and lights
- Make sure these visibility-enhancing features are working properly before an emergency.
- Ask about winter wiper blades and cold-weather washer fluid.
Check gas, oil, and filters
- Keep your gas tank at least half full during cold weather to prevent freezing in gas lines.
- Change oil and filter when recommended and consider “winter weight” oil for cold climates.
- Don’t forget to check fuel, air, and transmission filters.
The Car Care Council also recommends getting your charging, cooling, and exhaust systems checked and stocking your vehicle with winter essentials (including ice scraper, jumper cables, and flashlight).
The Lexus of Greenville service department is here to make sure you’re confident about your vehicle’s performance in the months ahead. This month, we’re running a number of fall service specials to make taking care of your vehicle even more affordable and efficient. To learn more, contact us today.
Lexus is no stranger to innovation. From the automaker’s stunning LFA supercar to its plethora of hybrid models, the Japanese luxury automaker is used to breaking the mold and leading the way. In keeping with brand’s innovative personality, Lexus is introducing the all-new NX compact luxury crossover.
The NX is an exciting prospect and slots into Lexus’ lineup rather nicely. Not only is this an increasingly important and appealing segment for consumers, but the NX marks the first time Lexus has offered a turbocharged engine.
By combining sporty urban driving dynamics with the invigorating power of an SUV, the NX is poised to redefine the luxury crossover segment. Two engine variants exist for the upcoming model. The NX 200t will be fitted with a turbo engine, while the NX 300h will add to Lexus’ already robust selection of attractive hybrid models. Needless to say both models will provide engaging drives and true-to-form Lexus performance.
Lexus recently announced that production for the NX has already begun and will soon make its way to dealerships around the world. In fact, the stunning crossover isn’t even out yet and already has an astonishing 6,500 preorders in Japan, which Lexus says is more than it originally anticipated. Needless to say initial feedback for the NX is extremely positive!
In true Lexus fashion, owners can expect uncompromising quality when the NX arrives. Indeed, The Miyata Plant, where the NX is being built, won the Gold Plant Quality Award in the 2014 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM published by J.D. Power and Associates.
The Lexus NX has already begun production in Japan. Click on the video above for a look at the NX Line-off ceremony in Kyushu, Japan. And when you’re finished, feel free to contact or visit our dealership for more information on this and other great Lexus models.
New for 2015
The Lexus IS sedan was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, so changes for 2015 are relatively minor. They include standard LED fog lamps, new trim options, grid lines for the backup camera, and other small updates.
This IS the One
The entry-level luxury sedan crowd is a competitive one, with many fine choice available. With the 2015 IS, Lexus encourages buyers to look beyond the obvious with extroverted styling, a modern interior, and a different take on performance. The 2015 Lexus IS is a car for people who want to stand out from the crowd.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2015 Lexus IS comes in two flavors, depending on your preferred blend of performance, efficiency, and smoothness.
The IS 250 is powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine that produces 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
While most rivals are moving to small turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the six-cylinder, naturally-aspirated IS 250 provides smoother power delivery. It can also get up and go, hitting 60 mph from a standstill in 7.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph with rear-wheel drive or 8.3 seconds and 131 mph with all-wheel drive.
Yet it’s also quite efficient, achieving 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway) with rear-wheel drive,* and 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.*
For a bit more power, Lexus also offers the IS 350, with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 306 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models get an eight-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models get a six-speed auto.
That extra power pushes the IS 350 from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph with rear-wheel drive and 5.7 seconds and 131 mph with all-wheel drive.
EPA fuel-economy ratings of 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 28 mpg highway) for rear-wheel drive,* and 21 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive* mean that performance won’t have too much of an impact on your wallet.
Features and Trims
No matter which engine is under the hood, the 2015 Lexus IS will cosset its occupants with an array of features worthy of the italicized “L” Lexus badge. The IS is available solely in four-door, five-seat sedan form, and starts at $36,550.**
Standard features include a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, seven-inch display screen, audio system equipped for HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice recognition (including Siri Eyes Free for compatible Apple devices), and a heated steering wheel and front seats for all-wheel drive models.
Each IS model can also be specified with an F Sport performance package, which adds unique wheels and tires, sportier chassis settings, and a TFT binnacle adapted from the Lexus LFA supercar.
For those that that value tech over lateral g-forces, the optional navigation system adds a backup camera with dynamic gridlines, the Lexus Enform App Suite with Bing, Yelp, iHeartRadio, and Pandora, among others, and the Lexus Enform Remote app (for iOS and Android), which allows owners to remotely lock and unlock the car, pre-set the climate control, and monitor different vehicle parameters.
There’s also a Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound system with 15 speakers, 835 watts, and Clari-Fi technology. Other notable factory options include twin-projector LED headlights, variable gear ratio steering, and rain-sensing wipers.
While most luxury sedans have staid and restrained styling, the 2015 Lexus IS bucks that trend. Rather than simply build a four-door box, Lexus designed a dramatic sculpture decorated with LED slashes, organic curves, and the brand’s signature “spindle” grille, which gives the IS an aggressive presence on the road.
Sitting on 17-inch (or optional 18-inch) alloy wheels, the IS has an athletic stance, with a stretched wheelbase created by a sharp curve that extends from the rear door to the taillight. Polished exhaust outlets poke out of the back, while a shark-fin antenna literally tops it all off.
The interior features an equally modern design theme, with a stepped center console that makes the many buttons and touch points easier to reach. However, the clock is analog.
The upgraded infotainment systems also feature Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, a mouse-like device for scrolling and clicking, while the Mark Levinson® audio system has lovely metal knobs that add a quality touch.
Standard safety equipment on the 2015 Lexus IS includes anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control systems, driver and passenger front, knee, and aide airbags, as well as front and rear side-curtain airbags.
In addition, the IS is available with blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and radar-guided adaptive cruise control with pre-collision system.
The 2015 Lexus IS is an atypical entry in a very well-defined segment. You may think you know what a luxury sports sedan should be, until you lay eyes on this Lexus’ strikingly-folded sheet metal.
For more information, or to schedule a test drive, be sure to contact our dealership.
*2015 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
**MSRP does not include delivery, processing and handling fee of $925. Excludes taxes, title, license and optional equipment. Dealer price will vary. Does not include accessory
Image: Lexus (Vehicle shown with optional equipment)
Are you one of the many drivers who never thinks about tires until they go flat? By taking simple action, you can extend the life of your tires and determine when you need to buy new ones. This helps you avoid the danger and inconvenience of flat tires. If you have your dealer rotate your tires regularly, you help extend your tires’ life by helping them wear evenly. By regularly checking your tire pressure, you can also extend the life of your tires.
Regardless of how well you care for your tires, the time will come when you must replace them. Safety as well as convenience is at stake. You don’t want a flat tire, but driving with worn tires also makes your car more difficult to control, especially in bad weather. Although many people get so busy they forget to check their tires, others do not know how to tell when they need to replace their tires. The following pointers will help you learn how.
As tires roll over highways, the friction between them and the road wear down their treads. When tires have inadequate tread depth, they will not grip the road well and can lead to unsafe driving conditions, especially in the rain. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the minimum safe depth of a tread is 2/32 inches. You may not have a ruler handy to measure your tread, but a simple technique makes checking your treads easy.
Take a penny and insert it into the tread groove with Lincoln’s head pointed downward toward the center of the wheel, facing outward. If you can see Lincoln’s forehead, the tire still has useful life. If you can see Lincoln’s hair on top of his head, you will soon need a replacement. Finally, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head or the empty space above it, you should replace the tire as soon as possible.
In the United States, tires have wear bars that provide a visual signal when they need replacement. Wear bars are shorter than healthy treads, so they are not noticeable to most drivers. When treads wear, the wear bars become visible. They look like bridges across the tread grooves. When this happens you need to buy new tires. Some drivers have trouble identifying wear bars at first, so if you can’t see them on your tires, ask a service technician at our dealership to show you.
Tires lose their integrity with age. Heat, sunlight, chemicals from the road, and gases from the air cause tires to corrode and oxidize, making them unsafe for use. This problem can especially affect spare tires which often sit in trunks unnoticed and unused for prolonged periods. Develop a replacement plan for any cars you own that get little use and for your spare tires. Tires wear at different rates depending on how often the car is driven and how many miles are put on it each year, so there is no exact time frame for tire replacement.
Other Signs of Wear
Not all tires wear evenly, so motorists should periodically inspect every part of their tires. Look for uneven wear and flat spots on the edge of the tread. Replace tires that bulge on the sides. Visible wires signal that a tire has gone too far. The wires you see come from the metal belts that strengthen tires; manufacturers do not intend for this part of a tire to contact the road.
To avoid problems with your tires, inspect them regularly or have our dealership inspect them anytime you come in for a service appointment. Try adding a reminder to your task list, calendar, or schedule to make sure your tires never leave you stranded or put you or your car in danger.
One of the best parts about Halloween is neighborhood decorations. If you’re hosting a party this year, these tips will help you set up some spooky scenery.
Even if your Halloween party is mostly indoors, it’s a good idea to decorate your yard to set the scene (weather permitting). If you have a yard with trees or bushes, you can hang tissue paper ghosts from the branches, weather permitting. You can also pick up a big pack of cobwebs and turn your front yard into a graveyard.
Porch and Patio
Carved jack-o-lanterns are a classic, but with uncarved pumpkins you can go with a more rustic theme by adding Indian corn and piles or bales of hay. If you’re going for a creepy look, try some convincing fake spiders on webs. If you have a concrete patio, you can stage a fake murder scene by tracing a victim’s outline with white chalk and surrounding the scene with caution tape.
For indoors, you can go two different routes with decorations: use party supplies in black and orange, or cover everything with white sheets to simulate the look of a haunted house. When using the black and orange theme and for more formal Halloween parties, you can use hollowed pumpkins and other gourds as vessels for flowers and candles. For the haunted house theme, bring in the spider webs, paper ghosts, and (fake) bugs, as well.
Whenever you can, use candles in heavy candle holders for a gothic ambiance. You can get cheap, old candle holders in thrift stores and spray paint them gold to give them that medieval look. Of course, do not set the candles on tables with paper decorations, or where people will walk by in flammable costumes. Instead, place them on mantles, shelves, and accent tables spaced apart from other decorations. If candles are not a safe option, strobe lights or black lights will create the ideal Halloween party atmosphere.
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Keep calm and stay aware
However experienced a driver is, there will be times when bad weather or other factors will make road conditions more dangerous and they'll find themselves in a position where their car suffers a loss of traction. This can quickly cause a loss of control and increase their risk of their becoming involved in an accident. In addition to the effects of snow, rain, and ice, oil and other spillages can reduce the grip between a car's tires and the road surface. It's important for drivers to understand what to do if their car loses traction.
An instinctive reaction of most drivers when their car loses traction and begins to slide out of control is to apply the brakes. However, even when the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this response is likely to make it harder to regain control of the car. Reducing speed by taking your foot off the accelerator will be far more effective as a means of improving the traction of the car, and it's less likely to increase the risk of an accident.
Another method of improving traction is to change your gear to a lower setting. By increasing the level of deceleration, this will improve traction by reducing the speed of the car. However, with the increased differentiation between gearing ratios in automatic gearboxes, this approach may not always be advisable. Nonetheless, a gradual reduction of speed, rather than the aggressive reduction resulting from braking, will be more effective in terms of regaining control of your car and improving its level of road traction.
When a car loses traction, it's natural for a driver to turn the steering in the opposite direction. Again, this can easily increase the loss of control of the car. The effective approach to steering if your car loses traction is to turn the steering wheel in the same direction you are already moving.
Awareness and driver behavior
Finally, awareness and adaption of driving behavior are important elements. The impact of bad weather conditions on road traction is likely to be more prevalent in rural and freeway areas, which have less protection from the elements. To reduce risk while travelling on these roads, it's important for the driver to adapt his or her driving to reflect the conditions--for example, by lowering speed and increasing distance from the car in front.
Chrysanthemums, Gerbera daisies, peonies, sunflowers, lilies, and roses in rich colors are all perfect autumn flowers. Here are some decorating ideas and how to use these in wonderful autumn arrangements.
Chrysanthemums make the perfect floral arrangements for autumn weddings. Their orange, yellow, and dark red colors, combined with organic items like colorful leaves or fall fruits, also will make perfect center pieces for receptions. Chrysanthemum arrangements bring warmth to a cool day and provide a bold splash of color to the conventional white wedding decors without going overboard.
For less traditional floral arrangements for weddings, pair sunflowers with tiger lilies and tiger roses or peonies. While many think of sunflowers as tall flowers, they come in different sizes. The smaller ones work perfectly in the middle of center pieces with smaller flowers arranged around them.
For yet another wedding option, orange Calla lilies make for perfect wedding bouquets, especially when interspersed with white flowers.
Larger sunflowers lend themselves beautifully for patio decorations during early fall cookouts when days are still mild. You can simply place them in large, earthy vases or create arrangements by using sunflower seeds. To create the latter, nestle a smaller (glass) vase inside of a larger one. Fill the rim between the two vases with sunflower seeds and arrange the flowers in the vase in the center.
For autumn dinner parties, peonies, geraniums, carnations, and lilies work well. For an elegant touch, pair them with orange roses or tulips. Keep the vases small and the flowers short as to not disturb the flow of people or hinder socialization. Gerbera daisies give autumn birthday parties a bright, cheery feel and do not need to be paired with other flowers.
Halloween certainly allows for lots of creativity. Hollowed pumpkins, squashes, and gourds make perfect vessels to hold floral arrangements. Simply nestle smaller containers of flower arrangements inside. Fill the spaces between the containers and the edges with berries, leaves, and twigs.
Thanksgiving calls for center pieces that enhance the beauty of your home while reflecting the season. Keep the floral arrangements simple, yet elegant, as to not upstage the seasonal festivities.
Do not forget your personal eating space, such as your breakfast area. With all the holiday stress, being greeted by a bouquet of flowers on the breakfast table or kitchen counter starts the day off right. A simple arrangement of Peruvian lilies would be perfect in this case because these have plenty of visual interest and need no additional flowers or greens. For formal dining areas or living spaces, step it up a notch with lively orange roses, perhaps interspersed with a few rich burgundy ones.
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