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2015 Lexus LX570 Short Take Review

The 2015 Lexus LX570 is essentially the luxury version of the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, whose off road prowess is legendary all over the world.  Luckily the essence of the car isn’t spoiled but actually extended by the Lexus version.  The first big plus is air suspension- the addition of this adds a level of civility and comfort usually reserved for much less capable vehicles.

Locking differentials all around mean this thing still can get down and dirty if you need to, and the air suspension can lift the truck to clear all but the tallest of obstacles.  The 383 horsepower V8 never has any trouble pulling this truck along, probably due to it’s 403 pound feet of torque.  The 5.7 engine sounds great and is never too loud.  The luxury appointments are quite nice, with comfortable seating for 7, rear entertainment system, power folding rear seats, heated second row, and heated and coolest first row seats, there’s definitely luxury to go around.

On road manners are good, a bit soft as one would expect, but surprisingly agile for such a huge vehicle.  While I didn’t have a chance to test this truck off road, I’m confident with its ground clearance and off-road features it would do very well.  It has locking differentials and adjustable suspension, as well as a live axle rear end.  Even with the more street oriented tires, I’m sure the Lexus would handle whatever nature throws at it

The price for all this?  Around $90,000.  Not bad when you think about just how capable and large the 2015 Lexus LX570 is, and the luxury doesn’t hurt either.  Make no mistake though, this is a body-on-frame truck, not a crossover meant for traversing mall parking lots and never getting dirty.  This thing can rock in the mud and still keep you in perfect comfort, and for that it definitely earns my respect.

 

Vehicle provided by Lexus

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2015 Infiniti Q60S Road Test Review

I’ve always been a fan of the Infiniti G series, so it wasn’t a shock that I was excited to see a 2015 Infiniti Q60S in my driveway one Friday.  With a manual transmission, naturally.  While Infiniti’s new naming conventions confuse me, did the name change dilute what already was a good sports car?  Hardly.

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2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Road Test Review

When the Jaguar F-Type V8 S first came out, I wasn’t quite sure it was up to the monumental task of it’s name:  following in the steps of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, which Enzo Ferrari once called “The most beautiful car ever made.”  It also had quite a sporting pedigree, and the sonorous and powerful inline six and V12 engines were nothing short of amazing for their time.  Could any modern car possibly be worthy of succeeding that storied automobile?

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2014 Infiniti Q50S

2014 Infiniti Q50S Road Test Review

Infiniti recently changed it’s naming standards and the venerable G-series sedans are now known as the Q50.  This particular model is a 2014 Q50S sports variant, which is powered by the newest generation of Nissan’s 3.7 liter VQ engine coupled to a 7 speed automatic transmission.  With a new name, does the Q50S continue it’s performance heritage, or does the new name signal the end of the G-series sedan as we know it?

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2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The New Face of Lincoln: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review

This review has been a long time coming.  I was fortunate enough to meet the Lincoln MKZ exterior styling manager Solomon Song around a year ago at the Mandarin Oriental in South Beach.  What a nice guy, and what a great car!  I didn’t know how it drove because we only had pre-production prototypes, but the passion Mr. Song had for this car was apparent- and it shows.  So how was the car to have for a week?  And how is the hybrid?  And how on earth is Lincoln offering this car for the same price as the non-hybrid model?

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2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport

What’s in a letter? The 2014 Cadillac CTS V-Sport Road Test

Long story short: This is the best Cadillac I’ve ever driven.  The 2014 Cadillac CTS V-Sport takes a very good sport sedan and gives it a twin turbo pick-me-up along with subtle performance upgrades to make it one of the best sport sedan values on the market.  So how is the rest of the package?

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The one that got away: The 2013 Lexus LS460 F-Sport Road Test

I didn’t really know what to make of the 2013 Lexus LS460 F-Sport at first.  The LS series of cars have been among the best luxury vehicles around since their introduction in 1989.  Reliability and comfort are really second to none.  I was wondering how far Lexus went with the F-Sport package: would it be too plush?  Would it ruin a fantastic luxury car? Is it just a fancy trim package?

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Defining the Luxury Convertible Segment: the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Road Test

Merecedes-Benz has been defining the luxury convertible market since the introduction of the SL in 1953. Though I have only driven the two most recent SL class vehicles, they’ve stood out as the best luxury roadsters on the market.  The unique thing about the Mercedes SL class of vehicles is they combine the quiet and poise of a coupe with the open air fun of a convertible.  The SL also has all of the latest technology, from heated, cooled, and massaging seats, to radar cruise control, to a twin turbo V8 engine.  More on that last bit later.
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