Lexus for Luxury

By: Evander Klum

Lexus, Toyota's luxury arm, has grown to emerge as The United States' top-selling automotive luxury brand. In 2006, Lexus sold 322,434 vehicles in the U.S., more than any other luxury competitor, foreign or domestic. Lexus has also been the number one selling luxury marque in the largest automotive market for the past seven years. And things are only getting better for Lexus as they continue to build the best luxury vehicles and auto parts like as well as accessories.

Considering the price, a Lexus is almost too good for ?71,000 or even for ?65,000 with some extra kit and space. However, ?57,100 is perceived a little much for a four-door saloon. But with that price you'll get the world's most sophisticated luxury car, the original of which was priced ?40,000 eighteen years ago.

The latest Lexus model, the Lexus 460, is considered much larger and more rounded when compared to the original and the mark-two version. Lately, Lexus designers have made use of fashion to put elegance on Lexus vehicles.

This new Lexus flagship has no doubt been upgraded - the auto maker has given it multiple airbags and all sorts of electronic stability and safety systems sure to satisfy future owners and enthusiasts alike. Traction control and assistance systems, which belong to the category, can be switched off by the drive at will. Warning devices, on the other hand, only become prominent when necessary, such as in case a car ahead suddenly slows down or stops.

On the technical issues, Lexus increased the engine size a little; from four liters in the original to 4.3 liters in the mark two. Currently, engine size for this model is now 4.6 liters. Such engine allows the car to run 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, and delivers a top speed of 155 mph.

Another significant feature is the switches and buttons made available everywhere in the car and the best thing about them is that you don't have to read the owner's manual to know how to operate them. That's a lot more of a user friendly control panel which everyone will especially be thankful for.

On the exterior, the radiator grille was changed from just being a big square grille to a one closely similar to the Mercedes Benz S-class'. Not exactly the most original of the lot you may say, but Lexus vehicles certainly live up to its reputation of being one, if not the best in the industry.

Some owners and test drivers have been reported to point out a detectable engine noise on the latest car, though not much to be considered loud. Regardless this new Lexus model has been gaining praises, including that of its interior smelling of real leather which was used in the upholstery.

Priced at about ?55,000, though itcouldn't be closely compared with the prestige of Audi or BMW with regards to a cross-country dash, the Lexus delivers luxury, safety, comfort, and reliability all in one swoop.

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