Buying a car can that meets the needs of one person is difficult enough, let alone one that will meet the needs of an entire family. Thankfully, this isn’t so much of a problem with the Lexus RX luxury utility vehicle.
That’s because the Lexus RX 350 and RX450h were recently honored with U.S. News & World Report “2014 Best Cars for Families” awards. The RX 350 was named Best 2-Row Luxury SUV, while the RX 450h was appointed Best 2-Row Hybrid SUV.
The awards recognize vehicles that make family life on the road easier and never has that been more the case than with the Lexus RX and RX Hybrid. Standard equipment in all 2015 EX models include 40 cubic feet of cargo space, a 12-speaker Display Audio system with backup camera, and 60/40 split rear seats that slide and recline.
Perhaps more impressive is the RX model’s commitment to safety. With 10 standard airbags, including roll sending side curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, rear side airbags and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, parents can take comfort in knowing that their loved ones are protected in the case of a collision. And whether it’s the RX 350 or the fuel-efficient 450h, both models are available with front or all-wheel-drive.
Indeed, it’s no hard to see why no other vehicle managed to come close to delivering the same value, utility, and comfort of the 2014 RX and RX Hybrid. Families looking for a sportier option are sure to enjoy the RX 350 AWD F Sport, which features an eight-speed automatic transmission with dynamic paddle shifters, F Sport tuned suspension with front and rear performance dampers, dramatic 19-inch wheels, and unique touches to the exterior and interior of the car.
Of course no matter which RX you choose, everyone will surely appreciate the RX’s spacious cabin and available Dual-Screen Rear Seat Entertainment system that includes dual wireless headphones and a DVD player with wireless remote control. There is literally something that everyone can enjoy
But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself what sets the award-winning Lexus RX apart from its competition by contacting our dealership and test driving one today!
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Summer is nearly upon us and that means hitting the open road with friends and family (both four-legged and two). But before you go planning your next adventure, make sure your vehicle’s tires are up to the task. After all, an unexpected pit stop on the side of the road is the fasted route to a vacation meltdown.
Thankfully, Lexus of Greenville is here to help. To ensure your summer road trip is a resounding success, be sure to follow these helpful tips and stop by our friendly and oh-so-convenient service center.
There are a wide range of tires for your car, and choosing the right one is not always as easy as you might imagine. Your car's tires have a critical role to play in ensuring that your vehicle remains safely on the road, and that you can brake effectively when you need to. When choosing your tires, always consider the following factors.
Your make and model. It might seem obvious, but you should always ensure that you choose a tire that is suitable for the make and model of car that you drive. For example, from one production year to the next, subtle changes to the car's build are often made, even if the basic body shape remains the same. Make sure you take this into account. Consult the Lexus of Greenville service department to find out which tires are suitable for the make and model of car that you drive, according to size, speed rating and load carrying capacity.
Your driving needs. Everybody has different needs from a car. Some people just want a car to get them around town. Other drivers are looking for a family vehicle that can be used for vacations or days out. Some drivers will be looking for a car with off-road capabilities. The type of driving that you do has an impact on the sort of tires that you buy for your car, and it's worth remembering that if you do different types of driving, you may require different types of tire as well. A tire that can withstand the rigors of driving off-road, for example, will be very different than one required solely for use on the highway.
Your driving locations. Where you do your driving also makes a big difference to the type of tire that you use. If you drive in a cold climate where the roads are very treacherous, then you would almost certainly want heavy-duty winter tires. If you do a lot of long-distance driving, then you might want to opt for luxury tires, which maximize comfort and safety. If you do off-road driving or live in a rural location, you may want hardier, more durable tires.
Your driving style. How you drive your car also makes a difference. If you drive relatively sedately and tend not to be demanding of the vehicle, then standard all-season tires are likely to give you everything that you need. If you drive a faster vehicle, or if you generally look for more oomph from your car, then performance tires may give you the edge that you want. Performance tires are normally made from a type of rubber that gives better traction and reduces braking distances.
The tires you buy for your car will have a significant bearing on the performance that you can expect from the vehicle. Before you make a decision on which ones to buy based solely on price tag, consider these additional factors to help you choose the best tires for your car and driving style.
New for 2014
While the Lexus RX 450h is one of the longest-running luxury hybrid SUV models, it’s managed to remain a top competitor over the years while staying true to its original vision. The 2014 model sees some new feature additions that make it an even more attractive option for modern drivers. Notably, newer iPhone users can now take advantage of the Siri Eyes Free feature.
Comfort meets efficiency
The 2014 Lexus RX 450h offers two distinct advantages. Like its gas-powered sibling, the RX 350, the RX 450h comfortably seats five in a spacious and well-appointed cabin. Of course, the advanced hybrid powertrain also remains a top selling point, featuring a standard V6 paired with electric motors and battery pack for a smooth and fuel-efficient ride.
With all this, the RX 450h still manages an affordable MSRP of $46,410,* making it well-suited to drivers looking for a higher level of luxury while still staying practical. One ride behind its lush steering wheel, and we think you’ll fall in love with this premium SUV option.
Power and Performance
At the heart of the 2014 RX 450h is a 3.5-liter V6 and Lexus Hybrid Drive system. Front-wheel drive models are paired with two motors, while the all-wheel-drive option adds a third motor driving the rear wheels. The RX 450h features a smooth-shifting continuously variable transmission (CVT), which makes driving a breeze whether you’re on the freeway or a city street.
Regardless of drivetrain, the powertrain is capable of 295 total system horsepower,** which is an impressive number in this class. More impressive, though, are the highway and city fuel economy estimates. The front-wheel-drive RX 450h is rated at 32 city/28 highway/30 combined mpg,*** while the all-wheel drive model returns 29 combined mpg.***
With those kinds of numbers, you can think less about your fuel tank and more about the pure driving enjoyment at which the RX hybrid excels.
Features and Trims
If you’re considering the Lexus RX 450h, chances are that you’re looking for a luxurious hybrid ride with plenty of standard features. In that case, it’s a good thing that the RX 450h is available in a single trim so that Lexus can focus on making the best version possible. This extra attention is evident at first glance—the authentic wood trim and luxe leather make for a level of luxury that’s unexpected at this price range.
Every 2014 RX 450h comes with automatic headlights, foglamps, LED running lamps, power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, automatic dual-zone climate control, and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The driver and front passenger seat get eight-way power adjustment (with two-way power lumbar adjustment), and Lexus’s Safety Connect™ emergency communication system and Bluetooth® connectivity comes standard. Siri Eyes Free integration is now included, along with a new 115-volt power outlet for the backseat. A nine-speaker sound system with six-CD changer, aux jack, and iPod/USB interface rounds out the list of standard features.
While there’s just one trim level, there are a number of package options available to customize your vehicle. The Premium Package outfits the RX 450h in premium leather upholstery, sunroof, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, and driver memory. A version with blind spot monitoring system is also available. In contrast, the Comfort Package includes automatic wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, and xenon headlamps. Some of these options are available individually.
Other packages include Display Audio (rearview camera and in-car connectivity technology), Navigation (Display Audio features plus navigation system with 8-inch display), and Luxury (upgraded wheels, 10-way power front seats, heated wood and leather steering wheel, and other high-class features).
The standard Safety Connect™ system includes automatic collision notification and an emergency assist button, plus a stolen vehicle location service. Every RX 450h also features an array of standard safety features like antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and airbag system. Drivers can choose from available features like parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and the aforementioned blind-spot monitoring system and rearview camera package options for even more peace of mind.
Efficiency, luxury, and comfort combine in an exciting way in the 2014 Lexus RX 450h—all at a price tag that makes it easy to take advantage of additional options. Visit us today to see why the RX hybrid considers to be a top option for drivers.
*Dealer price may vary. Does not include accessory options installed by dealer.
**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.
***2014 EPA-estimated ratings. Actual mileage will vary.
Understanding your luxury vehicle’s new car warranty will make the ownership experience even more enjoyable. So before you buy that car, educate yourself on new car warranty basics.
Not all policies are the same. This is a general list of things covered in your new vehicle. Each warranty is different. Make sure you take a close look at it, so you know the specifics of your new car warranty.
Bumper-to-bumper warranties. As the name implies, a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers almost every major component in the car. This includes components such as air conditioning, vehicle sensors, major electrical components, audio systems, and vehicle sensors. Bumper-to-bumper warranties do not normally cover routine maintenance—oil changes and fluid top-offs, for examples. A recent trend, however, is the addition of separate free maintenance provisions.
Powertrain warranties. Powertrain warranties do not guarantee you'll be free of car repair costs for the life of the warranty. A powertrain warranty covers the engine and transmission, along with other moving parts, such as the drive shaft. Powertrain warranties do not normally cover routine maintenance—tire rotation or engine tune ups, for example.
Roadside assistance. There are very few things that ruin one's day more than being stranded at the side of the road. If you have a roadside assistance provision or a separate roadside assistance policy, you won't be stranded for long. Roadside assistance policies cover a myriad of problems, including flat tires, locksmith services, jump starts, and other unforeseen potential day-ruiners. Keep in mind that these policies rarely cover incidental expenses.
Tires and batteries. If the tires and battery aren't covered in the car's bumper-to-bumper warranty, most are covered by an individual warranty. With tires and batteries, most warranties have a year and mileage limit. These warranties are pro-rated, meaning if they go bad early, you'll get a portion of the money back toward a replacement. Tire warranties normally do not cover punctures or collision damage.
Factory accessories. Chances are if you bought a new luxury car, you want to drive around in style--and it's hard to drive around in style when the accessories don't work properly. Audio system upgrades, engine upgrades, and other add-ons are usually under warranty for a period of between one and three years, or for as long as the bumper-to-bumper warranty is in effect—whichever is shorter.
Seat belts, airbags and third party accessories. Seat belts and airbags are sometimes covered in the powertrain or bumper-to-bumper warranty and are sometimes covered separately. Third-party components typically carry their own warranties.
Other warranties. The proliferation of hybrid vehicles has led to a need and a market for hybrid components warranties. Coverage usually includes the high-voltage battery pack along with the hybrid assist motor and all the electrical connections in between.
If you have any questions about the care or ownership of your new luxury vehicle, just visit our dealership or contact us to learn more.
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Tips from the pros to help you take control of your game
What does it take to become a great golfer? Practice, practice, practice. But golfing technique isn’t the only thing that can be developed over time. Confidence can also be practiced and improved, and is key to achieving real, lasting success on (and off) the course.
As Tom Ward, PGA Tour Instructor, explains, “We all lose confidence from time to time; the important thing is to minimize the occurrences and the duration of these self-doubt spells.” Tom offers up four main ways you can achieve the results you want on the course, and we’ve explained them in-depth below.
Set defined goals for your training regimen.
With proper training, your mind and body will both develop over time. If your training is unstructured or aimless, though, it will take much longer to achieve the desired results—if they come at all. Set goals that correspond to what you want to achieve on the course. You’ll find this much more productive than simply hitting balls at the range. Plus, you’ll know when you’re getting closer to your goals and can adjust your training as needed.
As an added benefit, practicing specific swings can help you draw on these movements more naturally in an actual game. Two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange calls this building “movement memory” in his book Win and Win Again!.
Establish a pre-shot routine that makes sense for you.
Jack Nicklaus, “the Golden Bear,” was famous for a pre-shot routine that he repeated down to the second throughout his professional career. That should be evidence enough of the importance of a well-defined routine. Coming up with the steps that work for you won’t be a one-time process, but you should be able to start seeing what feels “comfortable” and puts you in the best position—physically and mentally—before you take your swing.
Move forward by using past successes—even those off the field.
It’s easy to give in to defeat when approaching a hole where you’ve had difficulty before. If you’ve letting memories of past failures keep you from achieving future success, it’s time to make a change. Focus instead on the memories of your best shots—or other successes from throughout your life. No matter where your inspiration comes from, the result will be a more confident, more relaxed “you” who’s ready to face the challenges ahead.
Accept that you will make mistakes.
It would be nice to think that you will eventually play a perfect round of golf with enough practice, but the best players accept that making mistakes and adapting to new challenges is a mark of true success. As you build confidence, you’ll begin to trust more in your ability to handle whatever the next shot brings your way.
These tips for building confidence may bring the biggest results to your golf game, but they can also have positive results on other aspects of your life. When you put your mind to improving yourself, you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
Animated movies now incorporate A-list stars, top-notch technology, and million-dollar budgets. However, it hasn't always been that way.
Early animation. Animation first appeared before 1910 and consisted of a series of drawings with each successive drawing possessing a slight difference. When flipped rapidly, the drawings gave the impression of movement, or animation. Winsor McCay of the United States and Emile Cohl of France are considered early pioneers of animation. Many consider Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906) by J. Stuart Blackton as the first animated film. Early animations were laborious and required hundreds of drawings per minute of film. The development of cel animation in 1914 made the new art form much easier to manage.
Walt Disney. Even a brief history of animated movies needs to mention Walt Disney, who took the genre to new levels with the addition of a post-produced soundtrack with the release of Steamboat Willie in 1928. In 1937, Disney released Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length cel-animated feature film and the first commercially successful animated movie. Despite technological advances, the film still relied on frame-by-frame drawings to display the illusion of movement. Disney ushered in the Golden Age of Animation, a 20-year period that saw the creation of animated legends Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and more.
Other innovators. Once a market for animation was established by Disney's Snow White, other innovators stepped in during this Golden Age. Warner Brothers created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. The Fleischer Brothers came out with Betty Boop and Koko the Clown, and MGM introduced more adult-themed characters, such as the Wolf, Droopy, and Screwy Squirrel.
TV animation. Because animated cartoons took too much time to be serialized into daily or even weekly TV shows, it took a while for television executives to embrace the genre. United Productions of America and Norman McClaren experimented and simplified the animated process in the 1940s, paving the way for its inclusion on TV. It wasn't until the 1960s, however, that animation became a success on the small screen. Hanna-Barbera dominated the early market for TV animation with The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, and Scooby-Doo. Hanna-Barbera's success eventually evolved into a Saturday-morning cartoon extravaganza and a slew of kids-themed movies.
Computer animation. Animators began experimenting with computer animation in the 1960s, experimentation that would eventually lead to the first fully computer-animated major motion picture—Toy Story—in 1995. Computer animation is now the norm with the production of one box office success after another—Finding Nemo, How to Train Your Dragon, Shrek, and many more. The advent of computer animation has led to the creation of animation in non-cartoon movies. Classics such as Star Wars, Twister, Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, and many others incorporate animation to dazzle audiences worldwide.
So what are you waiting for? Pick up your date and impress him or her with your knowledge of animation history.
Most people have to pay for their car themselves, but a few lucky individuals have a car purchased for them as a gift. This is not just the playground of the rich and famous. Teens and first drivers may well have their first car given to them as a gift, as they simply do not have the cash to make the investment themselves. If you are looking to purchase a car as a gift, then there are a few things you should consider to keep your thoughtful and generous gift from becoming a waking nightmare.
You may need to sign a gift form
If you decide to give somebody a car as a gift, even if it is a family member, you may need to complete a gift form. This is because in some states, taxes can be waived for recipients of such gifts. As such, in order to ensure that the transaction is entirely above board and legal, the appropriate documentation must be complete. Check your state motor vehicle agency to confirm whether or not you need to fill out a gift form.
You will need to sign a title transfer
When you give someone a vehicle, you need to legally sign ownership of that vehicle over to the other person. Similarly, if you are receiving a car as a gift, then you need to ensure that ownership has been legally transferred to you. You should check with your state motor vehicle agency about what documentation is required and how and when it should be filed.
The recipient must complete the appropriate tax forms
Normally, the recipient of the gift will be required to complete the paperwork related to tax for the transaction. The principle is that only you know how much you earn, and therefore how much tax you owe. If you are gifting a car, it is worth ensuring that the recipient understands this obligation. The requirements differ from one state to another. In some cases, the tax office will calculate the tax for you if you make an appointment. In other states, you have to fill out a series of forms. In other states, you do not need to fill out a form at all, as there is no tax exemption. You should always check the tax regulations with your local office.
There may be other requirements
In some states, other requirements must be fulfilled, although these could be waived if the gift is to a family member. In California, for example, a smog test is required for all new owners, in order to ensure that the car meets new emissions requirements. If you give the car to a family member, however, you do not need to carry out this test. Check with your local DMV agency to be sure.
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