The new 2015 Lexus NX has now arrived at Lexus of Greenville and is available for delivery to your home or business! We have been very excited about the new compact luxury crossover because this is the first time Lexus has offered a turbo-charged engine on one of its models. The NX is set to redefine the luxury crossover segment with its sporty dynamics and powerful performance, all while earning an impressive 28 mpg* highway fuel economy.
The NX 200t comes with the turbo-charged engine, while the NX 300h will offer those looking for a hybrid vehicle a rather attractive choice. Both models provide the performance Lexus owners have come to expect. The NX 200t will start at $34,480 MSRP.**
Visit us today at Lexus of Greenville to take a test drive in the new 2015 Lexus NX. You can also call or contact us online to schedule a test drive or learn more about how to order your own! Submit your purchase inquiry online today to receive more information. While you’re here, check out our other new Lexus vehicles in stock.
*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.
One step closer to self-driving vehicles and improved safety on the roads
When it comes to driving, nothing is more paramount than safety. That is why Lexus is coming out with a slew of new safety features starting in 2015. Offering some of the most advanced vehicle safety to date, these technologies bring drivers one step closer to an accident-free future with more automated driving features. Keep reading for details from Lexus of Greenville.
Dubbed the Lexus Safety System+ Package, this new set of safety technologies for Lexus models has been designed to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. One of the new features is automatic high beam headlights, which ensures maximum visibility at all times. Lane departure alert will also keep sleepy drivers within their lanes thanks to an alert system triggered by sensors.
Perhaps the most advanced safety technology to be available with new Lexus models is the pre-collision system complete with pedestrian detection and radar cruise control. This incredible feature can detect when a pedestrian or other object is in the projected path of your vehicle. It will then trigger warning signals, and even brake automatically is the driver does not respond in time.
Wherever you live, the winter season can hold plenty of surprises—and not all of them good. If your vehicle falls prey to one of the many winter weather mishaps, you could be facing costly repairs to get it back on the road. Stay safe—and within your holiday budget—this season with these winter service suggestions from Lexus of Greenville.
1. Don’t forget the antifreeze
Even if you’re not expecting the blizzard of the year, cold mornings and freezing rain can wreak havoc on your engine. If the fluid in your radiator freezes, your car could overheat and your engine block could crack. Fill your engine cooling system with a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water.
2. Change oil as recommended
As always, follow the manufacturer-recommended guidelines for changing your oil. If the temperatures are consistently dropping below freezing, consider switching to a less viscous oil for the season. A Lexus of Greenville service technician can provide more information.
3. Get your battery checked
Battery capacity is reduced during the cold weather, so make sure it’s in peak condition. Check your battery cables for wear, test the fluid level, and read the charge in your battery, or visit our service department to have one of our technicians give it a thorough inspection.
4. Give your wipers the once-over
We’re bound to see some winter rain this season, and old windshield wipers can do more harm than good for your visibility. If your wipers are worn out, replace them with a fresh set. You may also want to select a wiper fluid with antifreeze.
5. Keep your emergency car kit stocked
It’s a good idea to keep your vehicle stocked with a few key items throughout the year, but it’s imperative during the winter. An ice scraper, jumper cables, extra coolant, a flashlight, and some blankets can all provide some much-needed peace of mind on both short rides and holiday road trips.
The Lexus of Greenville service department is your one-stop shop for winter service. With this month’s parts and service specials, you’ll get a great deal when you give your vehicle the attention it deserves.
Lexus is once again shaking things up in the luxury segment with the new 2015 Lexus LS. With several model choices available in the lineup, Lexus is making quite an impact on the market. The LS 460 is available in regular and long-wheelbase versions, with your choice of rear-wheel or all-weather drive. It comes standard with a 4.6-liter, 386-horsepower V8 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the LS 460 is spectacular, the LS 600h L hybrid is the ultimate Lexus flagship sedan with its 5.0-liter, 438 horsepower V8 paired with an electric motor and all-weather drive.
Drivers can expect to still enjoy Lexus’ nearly silent acceleration which has become one of the true joys of driving a Lexus. In fact, virtually the only noise you’ll hear is music from the LS’ 10-speaker Premium Sound System with a Digital Sound Processor, Automatic Sound Levelizer, and an in-dash, single-feed DVD/CD player.
You’ll also benefit from a brand new multimedia system accessed through the 12.3-inch navigation screen with the optional Lexus Enform Remote app. You can use the app to control certain vehicle features such as the remote door lock/unlock; remote stop/start for the engine and climate control; vehicle finder, guest driver monitor and more.
Inside the LS, you’ll find standard comfort features such as heated and ventilated front seats with 16-way power adjustment and 12-way power adjustment for the passenger side seat. The Lexus Climate Concierge is a four-zone system that caters to the heating and cooling needs of each individual passenger. You can set temperature preferences for the main climate control system, the climate controlled seats, and the heated steering wheel.
Safety features include driver-assist technologies such as an Advanced Pre-Collision System (A-PCS) with Collision Avoidance Assist. This system is designed to help prevent frontal collisions under a wide range of speeds. If the LS is moving at a speed of less than 24 mph, the A-PCS will bring the LS to a complete stop, avoiding accidents and injuries.
Stop by our dealership today to see and hear for yourself the quiet, comfortable ride that you will enjoy in the 2015 Lexus LS, or you can call or contact us online to schedule your test drive.
New for 2015
The RC is a completely new model.
Looking the Part
Lexus is known for building cars that are comfortable and reliable, but lately it’s been trying to expand into the realm of the fast and the furious. The 2015 RC is the brand’s first mass-market coupe since the ill-fated SC, and brings Lexus to a new level of sportiness and style.
The RC does what a coupe should—look good—and it has the performance to back up those looks, thanks to some nifty hardware. Of course, this is still a Lexus, so it’s also got a well-appointed interior with all of the latest features.
Powertrains and Performance
A sporty coupe needs a sporty powertrain, and the 2015 Lexus RC doesn’t disappoint. It marries the well-balanced chassis of the IS sedan with plenty of horsepower.
As its name implies, the RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, which produces 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive models get an eight-speed automatic that can trace its lineage back to the old Lexus IS F, and that combination makes for a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. It also gets an EPA-rated 22 combined (21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway).*
For snowier climates, Lexus also offers the RC 350 with all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic is substituted here, while the 0 to 60 mph sprint takes six seconds flat, and top speed decreases to 130 mph. EPA-rated gas mileage is 21 mpg combined (19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway).*
There’s also an F Sport package that sharpens the RC 350’s handling with variable-ratio electric power steering, adaptive suspension, a Lexus Dynamic Handling feature for rear-wheel drive models that includes rear-wheel steering.
Note that Lexus also offers the RC F, a high-performance version of the RC with a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque, as well as numerous other upgrades that essentially make it a separate model. Gas mileage does suffer a bit, though, at 19 mpg combined (16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway).*
Features and Trims
The 2015 Lexus RC is only available as a two-door four-seat coupe, with prices starting at $42,790.**
That base price buys a lot of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, heated exterior mirrors, automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free voice control (for iPhone users, Bluetooth® for everyone), and a 10-speaker audio system.
Notable options include a navigation and infotainment system with touch pad controller. It includes Lexus Enform Destinations telematics (subscription required) that helps find nearby points of interest, as well as the Enform App Suite with Pandora®, Bing®, Yelp®, iHeartRadio©, and other apps.
A Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound system can be added to that, with 17 speakers and 835 watts of audio power.
Upgrading to the F Sport nets the above-mentioned performance hardware, plus model-specific 19-inch wheels, and a unique front fascia with black mesh grille.
In the past, Lexus was criticized for producing cars that looked like copies of other carmakers’, or were just plain boring. The 2015 RC won’t be accused of either sin.
Showing that it really did have something to prove, Lexus went all out on the RC, making every line curve and arc in an unexpected way, and festooning the car with plenty of scoops and ducts, as well as an aggressive version of its signature “spindle grille.”
Standard LED headlights and taillights add to the look, and the lighting package includes the daytime running light slashes also seen on the IS sedan and NX crossover.
The interior has a complimentary bold and modern look. It also borrows cues from the IS and NX, including a stepped center console that not only looks like nothing in any other luxury car, but also helps put controls within easy reach. A touchpad controller for the optional infotainment system replaces the joystick used in previous Lexus models.
The F Sport model further jazzes things up with aluminum pedals, sport seats, and a TFT gauge cluster taken straight out of the LFA supercar.
A sporty coupe like the RC is a fairly frivolous kind of car, but that doesn’t mean Lexus ignored the practical consideration of safety. The RC comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability and traction controls, and front, knee, side, and curtain airbags. Blind-spot monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and radar-guided cruise control are optional.
When Lexus set out to build a sporty, stylish coupe, it didn’t mess around. The 2015 RC has style to spare, and sporty mechanicals that provide plenty of go as well as show.
For more information, or to schedule a test drive, contact or visit our dealership today.
*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.
Q: What are the most important things to do to maintain a new car?
A: It’s often said that a car is the second most expensive thing you will ever own, apart from your house, so it makes plenty of sense to make sure you take care of it. This is especially true if and when it becomes time to sell the car. At this point, its condition and history will largely determine the selling price. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to get the most out of your car – with reliability while you own it and good resale value when you sell it.
Dealer service history
Every car comes with a service book that details when or at what mileage your car is due for a service. Some higher-end cars have automatic countdowns on the instrument panel to make it even clearer. Many car brands these days have free service plans built into the sale price, which certainly makes dealer servicing very attractive.
A full and authentic service history tells the next owner that you have taken care of the car properly. It also ensures that not only will the car remain as reliable as possible, but it will also be fixed for free in the event of a car recall for a specific problem. Once you move out of the dealer’s network, the auto company can lose track of you and may not be able to alert you to recalls.
Use correct fuel
Cars can use different grades of fuel, so read the manual and find out which grade your car takes. You might save money by buying lower grade fuel, but it can mean lower engine performance and possible damage to the engine. Fuel with an ethanol mix might also not be compatible with your car, as it can degrade seals in the car’s fuel and engine systems.
You car’s wheels are designed to be aligned in an exact direction when on the road, and even a soft bump on a curb can cause the settings to get out of spec. Getting a regular wheel alignment means that your tires will last longer, you will use less fuel, and your car will drive much better.
Car paint these days is pretty tough – it consists of several layers of paint, topped off by a clearcoat that protects the paint and gives the car its shine. It’s the clearcoat that you have to care for, so keeping your car as clean as possible is important.
When you clean your car, use a reputable brand of car care products. Use them following the instructions exactly, and remember the secret to taking care of paint is to use the gentlest means possible to apply each product (no hard brushes, for example). Follow these simple measures and your car will thank you for it.
Long holiday car journeys can not only be uncomfortable, but also are likely to give rise to passenger boredom, which can make everyone grumpy and irritable. This is especially the case with children, whose threshold for suffering long journeys is much shorter than adults. Where an adult might consider any journey over two hours in duration to be long, for a child, the definition of long is probably no more than a third of that time.
Therefore, as a means of stopping the continual stream of questions, such as, “How much longer?” and “Are we there yet?” here are a few ideas that are likely to make holiday road trips more entertaining.
Plan and break
The art of keeping holiday road trips entertaining, particularly for children is, as advised by Traveling Mom, in the planning. Journeys that are likely to last for more than two hours need to be planned to incorporate at least one break every hour for children, especially those of a young age. These breaks do not all have to be associated with food and refreshments, although with longer journeys this does have to be taken into account.
The breaks in between meal times should be organized in a manner that just allows passengers to stretch their legs for a matter of 15-20 minutes. Dependent upon the age of the passengers, these could take the form of retail therapy for adults, or for children, simply park visits where they can stretch their legs and be entertained by something new. Such stops may also have the added advantage of helping to tire them out, which with long journeys means they are likely to spend less time complaining and more time dreaming sweet dreams.
Boredom can soon set in on long journeys, especially if most of the time is spent traveling long distances along bland highways with little changes in views available to break the monotony. To combat the onset of this boredom threshold, no matter the age of the passenger, items that create entertainment and distraction should be included for the journey. These could consist of mobile entertainment systems, and even tablets and other hand held devices. Such devices are likely to keep passengers and young children engrossed and amused for hours, therefore reducing their frustrations with the length of the journey. Of course, to avoid irritation and arguments, it will be important to provide individual sets of headphones for those using these entertainment facilities.
A much cheaper way of providing entertainment and interest can be met by turning the journey itself into a voyage of discovery and interest. To achieve this requires, again, careful planning before you start the holiday road trip. All you need to do in this respect is to identify key places of interest likely to be passed during the trip. Then children can be provided with a list of the places and can discuss them as those places are passed by.
The key to keeping long holiday road trips entertaining relies upon careful planning, ensuring there are sufficient interesting breaks during the journey, and adding that extra level of fun and entertainment by treating it as an adventure. Combining these three elements will serve to make the journey an integral part of the holiday experience.
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Many car drivers use their vehicle every day, but from time to time it's necessary to consider long-term storage. Some people don't use their car over the winter months or need to leave the country for a while, and this means that it's time to store away the family auto. If you need to put your car into long-term storage, use the following tips to make sure that your vehicle remains in excellent working order.
Find a good place to store the car
You probably won't want to leave your car exposed to the elements if you're not going to use it. Find a sheltered place to keep the car like a garage, shed, or outhouse that can protect the vehicle from the rain. Search local ads for reasonably priced accommodation if you don't have your own garage. If there's nothing available, invest in a high-quality weatherproof car cover which will at least protect your car from the weather.
Thoroughly clean the car
Dirt and debris on your car may cause damage, so give the car a thorough clean before storing it. Remove bird droppings or tree sap, which can both damage paint work, and get rid of mud or oil from the wheels and fenders. Apply a good quality wax or sealant to the exterior, as this will protect the paint from any dirt or dust that accumulates in storage.
Fill up your gas tank
Some drivers make the mistake of emptying the gas tank when they put their cars into storage. Topping off your gas tank stops moisture from accumulating inside the tank, and will also make sure the seals don't dry out. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer, which will protect the engine from rust and ensure the fuel doesn't deteriorate.
Charge the battery
Even though you aren't going to drive the car for a while, it's a good idea to make sure the battery charge doesn't run out. If you can't get somebody to come and visit the car, charge and disconnect the battery completely. Otherwise, you can buy a trickle charger that plugs into the electricity supply and continuously gently charges the battery.
Inflate your tires
It's always a good idea to inflate your tires to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. While the car is stationary, the weight of the vehicle pressing on the tires can cause damage, particularly in cold temperatures. Another solution to consider is removing all four wheels and jacking the car up on all four corners. This is hard work, but it’s worth it for cars that will be stored for a month or more.
Protect the car from pests
Cars give rats and mice lots of places to hide and keep warm and these creatures can cause damage if they gnaw at wires. Plug obvious places (like the exhaust pipe) where rodents could get in, and consider laying traps or poison. Make sure you close all the car windows tightly and remove any food or trash from the car that may attract pests.
Don't cancel your insurance
Your car is a valuable asset. Even though it's not on the road, it could still suffer damage in storage. If you cancel your insurance, you may have to pay more when you decide to start driving it again. Talk to your insurance company about the options available to you.
It's important to prepare your car properly for long-term storage. Your vehicle is probably worth a lot of money, so protect your investment and make sure your car is just the way you left it when you come back.
When the weather is hot, it’s easy to remember to eat right and exercise. The results of your fitness program are on display almost every day. But when the weather turns cold and you are bundled up in layers, the evidence can stay buried while you keep warm on the couch. Don’t lose your momentum and pack on the winter weight; there are plenty of tricks for staying fit in the colder months.
Go easy on the comfort foods
Our natural instincts still tell us to eat heavier foods to add an insulating layer of fat when it gets cold, even though we have plenty of modern ways to stay warm. Denying your cravings completely is difficult and can backfire, so if you crave macaroni and cheese or a hearty stew, have some. Just watch your portion size and consider it a treat. You can also find recipes for healthier versions of your favorite winter dishes, and a lot of produce is available now year-round to help keep your meals light.
Gear up for the cold outside
Cold weather doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying a winter workout, but heading out in freezing weather can be dangerous without the proper equipment. Dress in layers, protect your extremities with a hat, gloves, and heavy socks, and know the warning signs of frostbite (numbness or stinging on your fingers, toes, nose, cheeks, or ears). If you are walking or running in snowy or icy conditions, consider buying shoes specifically for those conditions.
Pop in a DVD
Instead of slacking off and watching the latest movie release with a bowl of buttered popcorn, get on your feet and workout with one of the hundreds of workout DVDs available. Whether you enjoy cardio or strength training, dance or boxing, fashionable equipment or old-school technique, there is a workout video for you. For far less than the cost of a gym membership, you can stock up a library of DVDs for whenever the weather keeps you inside.
Go old school
Is your budget too tight to even buy a few DVDs? You can still stay fit indoors by thinking back in time to gym class. Pull on your old sweats and sneakers, and power through alternating sets of jumping jacks, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, and burpees. Find the jump rope buried in the junk drawer and some heavy bags or cans from the pantry to use as weights. Even jogging and marching in place in front of the TV can help you burn calories.
The light at the end of the tunnel
It can be difficult to find the motivation to stay fit when it’s dark and cold, and no one will see your jiggly arms, anyway. But it can be hard losing weight you gain over the winter as you get older. So remind yourself that in a few short months your bad habits will come back to bite you. Keep your bathing suit hanging in plain sight all winter. Stick pictures of your favorite beach or park on the refrigerator. Start a contest at work or amongst your family so there are other people you are accountable to.
Staying fit in the colder months is a worthwhile challenge for anyone trying to attain a healthy lifestyle. Don’t let your good habits and hard work disappear with the nice weather. A year-round fitness plan is possible with these tips and a little motivation.
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