Since its inception, Lexus has meant luxury. “The idea that you can only get a luxury car from a luxury brand may be specifically American. Brands like Acura, Infiniti and Lexus were invented to sell luxurious Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas to Americans who probably don’t think of Hondas, Nissans and Toyotas as luxury cars.” HuffPost.com.
We are a country full of people with short memories. I remember when Lexus as a brand came out. Its purpose – to sell Toyotas as luxury cars, and compete with ‘brands’ like Mercedes, BMW, (foreign luxury cars), Cadillac and Lincoln (home grown, luxury brands). I also remember Acura and Infiniti as well, and their marketing regarding luxury was to provide competition for an American car dominated, luxury market.
The idea of a luxury vehicle transcends the sedan models these days too. Now SUV’s, coupes, hybrids, performance models, and even futuristic models are available under the luxury label.
Let’s talk about the uniqueness and luxury of our UX 250h F Sport. How about the basics – Our UX 250h F Sport is a hybrid, with the highest combined MPG estimate, 39 MPG, of any non-Electric Vehicle luxury SUV. The 250h F Sport starts at $36,350 (can you say ‘affordable’?) It does have a load of options that will drive the price upwards, and you will have to choose what you need beyond the standard model. Our F Sport came with 18” five spoke alloy wheels and run-flat tires. Other standard features of the F Sport included LED foglamps and cornering lamps, F SPORT bolstered seats (the kind that help protect you), paddle shifters (for you sports car “wanna be’s”, F SPORT–tuned suspension (rides like a sports car), Active Sound Control (also known as ‘noise cancelling’), perforated leather trimmed sport steering wheel and shift knob (raced inspired addition to an SUV), and Performance-Inspired Digital Gauges (race cars again). But it did have that guttural sports car sound I love.
Safety is always a key issue with me and, like most cars these days, Lexus comes with some great technology for safety. The Lexus Safety System 2.0+ is standard and includes very important aspects like – Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Tracing Assist (keeps you centered), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (try to get out of your lane without signaling and you get an audible, visual, and steering wheel vibration alert, plus it will try to correct your steering as well), Road Sign Assist (a built-in camera actually provides road sign information in the instrument panel), All Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (maintain speed and distance, slow you down if overtaking a slower vehicle, and even stop you if necessary), and Intelligent High Beams (they react to approaching lights to know whether to dim your lights or turn them to high beam). Overall, that a pretty comprehensive safety suite.
As you know by now, most of our vehicles come loaded and our UX 250h F Sport was no exception. The extras pushed our car from $36K to over $45K, but if you can afford most of them, get them. They make it more comfortable, handier, and safer. Add on included Blind Sport Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Color Head Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Power Tilt and Slide Moonroof, Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor (just wave your foot to open), Heated Steering Wheel, Wireless Charger, and a Navigation System with a 10.3” Split Screen Multimedia Display like the one above.
I almost forgot a word or two about the engine and driving choices. The UX 250h F pairs a 2.0 L with a powerful battery to produce “the most efficient non plug-in luxury SUV available.” There were four driving modes on our 250h F Sport – Sport, Normal, Eco, and even EV (electric only for short distances at low speed using electric only)
The ride, beautiful; the handling, exceptional; the luxury, obvious. Somehow, this hybrid model seems more like where we are headed than where we have been. Cars with better and better mileage; using batteries that recharge without plugging them; more environmentally friendly transportation; more high tech – works with our watch, your phone, your voice, your touch; these are all things that seem to be expanding rapidly into the automotive world we know.
Did we like it? Yes, we did. Could be own one? Yes, we could. Good job, Lexus.
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To find a Lexus dealer near you, log onto https://www.lexus.com/dealers
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In the PINEHURST area, contact:
JOHNSON LEXUS OF DURHAM at 1013 Southpoint Auto Park, Durham, NC 27713;
FLOW LEXUS OF GREENSBORO at 85 Norwalk Street, Greensboro, NC 27407;
JOHNSON LEXUS OF RALEIGH at 5839 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27626
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In the NEW YORK METROPOLITAN area, contact:
LEXUS OF MANHATTAN, 627 11th Avenue, New York City, NY 10036
RAY CATENA LEXUS, 1435 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538
LEXUS OF MT. KISCO, 75 Kisco Avenue, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
LEXUS OF GREENWICH, 19 Railroad Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830
LEXUS OF QUEENS, 4040 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101
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John and Laurie Wiles review the 2020 Lexus UX 250h F Sport review on the Driving Me Crazy segment of the Westchester On the Level broadcast heard this Thursday, November 7, 2019th, from 10-10:30am DST. You can familiarize yourself with the review (https://www.yonkerstribune.com/2019/11/2020-lexus-ux-250h-f-sport-review-by-john-and-laurie-wiles) and thereafter listen to the broadcast live as noted below. The code to access the broadcast “live” or “on demand” is the same … http://tobtr.com/s/11564339. Share your experience with this model and/or make your inquiry known. The call-in number is 347-205-9201.