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The Lexus Hybrid Lineup
 
The Lexus Hybrid LineupJun 24, 2012
Features Eco-Friendly Luxury Vehicles
 
 

Lexus vehicles have long set the standard for luxury and quality in the automobile world. Now, with their collection of hybrid vehicles, they are poised to do the same for a new revolution in responsible automobile engineering. The Lexus CT, RX, GS and LS models are environmentally conscious vehicles with the luxury touches Lexus is known for.

The Lexus CT Hybrid: This sport-hatchback hybrid is affordable and loaded with features. The combination of a 1.8-liter engine with an 80HP electric drive motor gives it a good fuel economy rating of 43 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city. On the inside, both driver and passengers will be pleasantly surprised at the comfortable bucket seats, 8-inch LCD display and eco-friendly features such as simulated leather, bamboo frames for the speakers and trim made from plant based materials. Outside, the CT boasts a sporty look and Gray Pearl paint. You'll know it's a Lexus when you see luxury touches such as the standard model's audio system, keyless entry and technologically advanced controls. Several customized packages are available, with add-ons ranging from a backup camera to a pre-collision warning system.

The Lexus GS Hybrid: This is the hybrid mid-size luxury-sport sedan. Multiple improvements have been made to this model, for better driving and power plus greater luxury. The GS hybrid option is the 450h, which boasts a modified 3.5 liter V6 engine with the Lexus Hybrid Synergy Drive, for 339HP and 29 mpg in the city or 34 mpg on the highway. Inside, it is immediately apparent this is a luxury vehicle, with leather upholstery plus eco-friendly bamboo wood trim, power moon roof, 12-speaker surround sound,  and an 8-inch center console screen. Outside, the sedan features the Lexus Spindle Grille design that will make people sit up and take notice.

The Lexus RX: This is the Lexus sport utility vehicle (SUV) that ushered in the new era of similarly styled "crossover" vehicles over 10 years ago. Today, crossovers are popular among car buyers, but this was the original and it is now available in the RX 450h hybrid. This version combines a 3.5 liter V6 engine with an electric motor, for 32 mpg in the city on the front wheel drive model and slightly less on the all-wheel drive. The RX has a sporty feel and quiet ride, with enough cargo space for most buyers' needs. Dynamic touches abound, such as the remote touch system controlling a dash mounted display and innovative organic light emitting diode display that is brighter and uses less power than other LED displays. The RX is styled in the expected crossover fashion, and features luxurious touches many other crossovers don't have, such as 10 airbags, a 15-speaker sound system add-on option, and a roomy interior.

The Lexus LS Sedan: This high end sedan is available in the 600h L version, with a 5.0-liter V8 engine coupled with two motor generators, for 438HP overall. As would be expected in a world-class luxury vehicle, the LS is a comfortable and quiet ride for all passengers, with thoughtful details such as a cup holder cover that closes, leather and wood interior and dual climate control. The exterior comes in Grey Pearl, with a clear coat finish that can actually restore itself from minor scratches. This model is the priciest of all the Lexus hybrids, with a price tag that reflects the variety of high-end features and the added green credibility.

The lineup of Lexus hybrid vehicles offers an option for every buyer, especially those who are seeking the look and feel of a luxury vehicle while keeping environmental friendliness at the top of the "must-have" list.

 
 
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