2022 Lexus NX-450h Plug-in Hybrid SUV

The Lexus was analyzed with the help of George “Elvis” Gray of Pirate Radio 104.7FM :

Ultrasonic blue mica metallic paint with red and black perforated leather seating for 5 – heated and a/c front buckets, heated rear outboard bucket seats, and console mounted electronic shifter, weighs 4,475 lbs., has a 105.9” wheelbase and is 183.5” long, 20” polished black finished aluminum spoke wheels and 255/55R20 Bridgestone all season radials, 14” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera, navigation, rearview mirror camera, wireless flatbed phone charger, remote start, heated steering wheel, head up display, power tilt and telescope steering column, dual moon roof and 14 speaker Lexus FM/AM-Satellite stereo – Android / Apple integration, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, power hands free tailgate, puddle lights and blind spot warning, 2.5 liter hybrid engine with 304 total system horsepower, 266 ft. lb. of torque and a CVT automatic transmission, paddle shifters on steering column, and all wheel drive, $61,790.00  list price –  built in Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan

2021 Lexus IS-350 “F Sport” AWD Sedan

George Gray of Pirate Radio 104.7 assisted in analyzing the Lexus sedan:

Sonic Chrome charcoal metallic paint with black NuLuxe seating for 5 – heated and ventilated front buckets, weighs 3,880 lbs., 185.4” long and has 110.2” wheelbase – 10.8 cubic ft. of cargo capacity in trunk, 19” Black aluminum wheels and 235/40R19 (265/35R19 on rear) Bridgestone all season radial tires, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, radar cruise control, rear vision and overhead camera, 10.3” infotainment screen, navigation, power moon roof, carbon fiber rear spoiler, Lexus Enform 10 speaker AM/FM premium stereo sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blackout front grill, badging for F-Sport model, color keyed door handles, and foldaway heated outside mirrors3.5 liter, 311 horsepower V-6 with 280 lb. ft. of torque and an eight speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive – zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds – top speed 143 mph, $56,790.00  list price – built in Tahara, Aichi, Japan, fuel economy 26 mpg on hwy, 19 in city – 17.4 gallon tank  – goes 452 mi. on a full tank

2021 Lexus LS-500 F Sport AWD Sedan

The beautiful Lexus was driven to Pirate Radio (FM 104.7) for opinionated review help in the person of George “Elvis” Gray:   Matador red metallic paint with black leather quilted-stitch interior for five, weighs 4,960 lbs. and is 206.1“ long, 16.95 cubic ft. of cargo space in trunk, 20” dark vapor gray chrome wheels with  P245/45R20 front and P275/40R20 rear Bridgestone summer radial tires, 24” head up display, power rear window shade, ultra suede headliner, F Sport trim, 12.3” multimedia display with Sirius satellite radio, 23 speaker Mark Levinson stereo, power panoramic tinted moon roof, radar cruise control, Apple Carplay/Android Auto setup and backup camera with navigation, 3.5 liter twin turbo V-6 with 418 horsepower and ten speed automatic transmission, all wheel drive,  zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds,  136 mph top speed, fuel economy is 27 on the highway, 17 in town and 21 mpg overall rating, fuel tank holds 21.7 gallons and car can go 586 miles on a full tank, list price is $88,885.00 and car is built in Tahara, Aichi, Japan 

2021 Lexus ES-250 AWD Sedan

George Gray at Pirate Radio helped review the Lexus sedan:

Atomic Silver metallic paint with black leather seating for 5, heated and ventilated front buckets, weighs 3,780 lbs. and is 195.9” long, 16.7 cubic ft. cargo room in trunk, 18” polished finish ten spoke aluminum wheels and 225/35R18  Michelin radials, pushbutton/remote start, navigation, dual power seats, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel and moon roof, wireless phone charger, head up display, and Android / Apple integration, 12.3” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera and 13 speaker Mark Levinson surround sound XM/AM/FM stereo, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, 2.5 liter four with 203 horsepower, eight speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive, $52,900.00.00  list price, built in Georgetown, Kentucky, fuel economy (34 mpg highway, 25 mpg city, 28 mpg combined)  15.9 gallon tank with 540 mi.range




2021 Lexus UX-250h Luxury Hybrid AWD

The Lexus was driven to Pirate Radio for a review with the help of George Gray and Matt Arguello:

Nori green pearl paint with black Nuluxe seating for 5 – heated and ventilated front buckets, weighs 3,605 lbs. and is 177” long – 21.7 cubic ft. cargo room – zero to 60 in 8.6 seconds, 18” – two toned finish ten spoke aluminum wheels and 225/50R18 Bridgestone run flat radials, pushbutton/remote start, navigation, dual power seats, leather wrapped and heated steering wheel and moon roof, wireless phone charger, head up display, and Android / Apple integration, 10.3” multimedia infotainment screen – backup camera and 6 speaker Lexus XM/AM/FM premium sound system, radar cruise control, lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning, 2.0 liter hybrid four with 181 horsepower – CVT 10 speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive, $43,875.00.00  list price  – built in Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan, fuel economy (38 mpg highway, 41 mpg city, 39 mpg combined)  10.6 gallon tank with 434 mi.range



2021 Lexus RX450h AWD F Sport

Radio review at Pirate Radio studios featuring George Gray:

Atomic Silver metallic paint with black five passenger leather upholstered interior – heated front buckets, 192.5” long, 109.8” wheelbase, 4,740# weight, head up display in windshield and navigation in touchscreen, 16 cubic ft. cargo capacity behind rear seat , power tailgate and panoramic moon roof, Mark Levinson premium stereo with 15 speakers, gas mileage ratings are 28-hwy./31-city/30-combined, range is 482 miles with 17.2 gallon tank, floor mounted gear shift, CVT automatic transmission with paddle shifters, lane change alert, blind spot monitor and cross traffic alert, 20” gray finish wheels five spoke wheels with 235/55R20 Yokohama Avid GT all season radial tires, 308 horsepower 6 cylinder 3.5 liter engine, $63,495.00 M.S.R.P. – built in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

2020 Lexus RX-570 Five-Door SUV

Radio review broadcast:Satin Cashmere metallic paint with black leather seating for
5, including heated and ventilated front and rear buckets and panoramic moon roof – Weighs 6,000 lbs. and is 112.2” wheelbase – 9.1 cubic ft of cargo capacity with all seating for eight in upright position – 21” polished aluminum wheels and 255/55R21 Goodyear all weather radial tires – Lane keep assist, rear collision alert, radar cruise control, blind spot monitor and automatic emergency braking – 12.3” infotainment screen – backup camera, navigation, 19 speaker AM/FM Mark Levinson premium sound system – Dual screen rear DVD entertainment system
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charger – 5.7 liter, 383 horsepower V-8 engine with 8 speed automatic transmission with paddles and full time four wheel drive – $101,248.00 list price – built in Toyota, Aichi, Japan – Fuel economy (Highway – 16 mpg) (City – 12 mpg) 24.6 gallon tank with 394 mi.range

“New Yellow Car” – 2020 Lexus GS-F RWD Sedan

In Dan Seals’ 1985 hit song “My Old Yellow Car”, the singer describes the dilapidated condition of his ride by referring to the stained back seat as the place where “Larry and Sandy could no longer wait”.  The song, often heard on K96.9FM, has as its provenance the fond memories that the singer has for the old days riding around in his junky vehicle.  

When I received notification that I would soon be receiving a “New Yellow Car”, specifically a 2020 Lexus GS-F, I could no longer wait for its arrival, but unlike Larry and Sandy, had to do so for a few days.  I’ve always had a fondness for yellow cars, and that fact along with the specifications of the GS-F caused my elevated anticipation.  

The 2020 Lexus GS-F rear wheel drive sedan sits on a 112.2” wheelbase, is 72.6” wide, 56.7” tall, and weighs 4,034 lbs.  In some ways I was disappointed that I did not test the Lexus during the heart of the pandemic while the roads were vacated and I could have let the GS-F flex its muscles.  

Muscular is indeed what the GS-F is, featuring a 5.0 liter V-8 with 467 horsepower and an eight speed sport shift automatic with paddle shifters along with the floor stick.  Top speed is reportedly 168 mph and zero to 60 acceleration takes 4.5 seconds.  That acceleration, along with the handling and guidance, were exceptional, and the tires were summer-only staggered Michelin Pilots mounted on deluxe 19” aluminum wheels.   

The 5 passenger interior of the Lexus was sumptuous with high-back heated and air conditioned buckets up front and ambient interior lighting that was dim or bright based on whether the GS—F was parked or in motion.  All other expected interior appointments were on hand to include navigation, moon roof, and even aluminum racing pedals.  The trunk holds 14 cubic ft. of cargo on this unit and the fuel tank holds 17.4 gallons (24 mpg highway rating = 418 miles of range).

The  M.S.R.P. of my test Lexus came in at $89, 510.00, including freight and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound stereo.  I had a lot of car in my hands for seven days and like Dan Seals, created a few present day memories of my own with it.    


2016 Lexus GX460 Luxury SUV


An elegant 2016 Lexus GX-460 Luxury edition was dropped off at my house last week, and I quickly jumped in to take it to the airport to pick up my family.  Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, and has been producing the GX series of SUV’s since 2002.  This one was painted Silver Lining metallic, a gorgeous finish.  Inside, it featured gray leather deluxe upholstery with comfortable buckets and seating for seven.  The family, consisting of the three girls just back from Disney World, oohed and ahhhd at the Lexus interior.

This GX is a big SUV, weighing 5,179 lbs. and extending out to 189.2 inches in overall length.  It’s 73.8” tall and 74.2” in width.  I mentioned the seven passenger capability, which requires a small double leather seat that folds down into the floor in the far back.  When these seats are up, there is a modest amount of luggage space, but when collapsed along with the middle row of seating, you can obtain 64.7 cubic feet of cargo space.  The back door swings out towards the curb and a hinged rear glass is incorporated into it.  All packaged up and out on the road, this vehicle rides great, and wind noise, guidance, and handling are all commensurate with a Lexus of this caliber.20160518_183452

My GX test car had a base M.S.R.P. of $61,515.00.  The entertainment system added $1,970.00, driver support package added $4,340.00, and the freight added $940.00, bringing total list price to $68,765.00.  Stereo equipment was Mark Levinson (including navigation system) with 7.1 Dolby surround sound and 17 speakers.  The GX had the blind spot monitor that I’ve grown so fond of, allowing Ruth and I to get on Highway 85 at Brighton and sale into Greeley from the south.

The 4.6 liter V-8 provided 301 horsepower (329 lb. ft. of torque) and was mated to a six speed automatic transmission with sport shift mode.  Acceleration is on target, with a zero to sixty timing that is reportedly a respectable 7.8 seconds.  Fuel economy ratings are 15/20 city-highway (17 combined), and I observed a little over 18 for the week spent with the GX.  It has full-time four-wheel drive with crawl control for four wheeling.  This car is a body-on-frame SUV with 8.1” of ground clearance, so can do more than just drive through snow.

Styling of the GX-460 has been changed since the second generation model was introduced in 2009, and personally I think they kept the styling pretty much in line with the prior series, with perhaps a little more aggressive attitude.  My GX had the roof rails, nice lighted steps on the side, ample chrome, and 18”, six-spoke Liquid Graphite alloy wheels.  The tires were Bridgestone Dueler H/T 840’s, P265/60R18 in size, with mud and snow capabilities.

Sleek, unibody “crossover” SUVs are currently the rage, and the GX460 is somewhat of a throwback.  But if the shopper wants to luxuriate with off-road and towing capabilities, the GX-460 Lexus provides an excellent option to consider.