2016 Lexus IS 200t review: Kicking up a 33-mpg storm
The powerful and precise 2016 Lexus IS 200t is fun to drive down the twisty-turny streets and alleyways of Downtown Atlanta. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

2016 Lexus IS 200t review: Kicking up a 33-mpg storm

The powerful and precise 2016 Lexus IS 200t is fun to drive down the twisty-turny streets and alleyways of Downtown Atlanta. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)
The powerful and precise 2016 Lexus IS 200t is fun to drive down the twisty-turny streets and alleyways of Downtown Atlanta. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

As tested: $45,195
2.0L 4-cyl, 241hp
8-speed auto, 22-33mpg
Base model: $37,325

An all-new, “Ultra White” 2016 Lexus IS 200t rolled into my driveway, and it put a smile on my face.

The Monroney (window sticker) I’d received in advance said this eight-speed four-cylinder would pump out 241 horsepower but still offer up to 33 miles to the gallon. It said my week-long loaner was equipped with F SPORT tuned suspension and ventilated seats. (more…)

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2015 Lexus ES 350 and IKEA / The new rule on ninth-anniversary gifting
We were a bit ambitious, but we made the cargo fit. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

2015 Lexus ES 350 and IKEA / The new rule on ninth-anniversary gifting

We were a bit ambitious, but we made the cargo fit. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

[Click here to read the review “2015 Lexus ES 350: You don’t need a quicker car”.]

Nine years.

My wife Joni and I have, as of July 2, been married nine years, and that’s just in this country. Our unofficial wedding ceremony, or “blessing ceremony” as we called it, took place in England two weeks earlier, and it bore more of the markings of a traditional wedding than did our American version, but perhaps I’ll wait until our next anniversary to go into all of that.

Our oldest child will be seven in August. Our fourth child is due in August. Joni is a very busy stay-at-home mom (or “mum” as her kind would say), and (more…)

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2015 Lexus ES 350: You don’t need a quicker car
The 2015 Lexus ES 350 is a champion in our book. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

2015 Lexus ES 350: You don’t need a quicker car

[Click here to read the feature story “2015 Lexus ES 350 and IKEA / The new rule on ninth-anniversary gifting.]

When it came time to choose a vehicle for another review, I asked my Toyota media relations friends to pick something that would be appropriate for a ninth-anniversary trip to Midtown Atlanta and to be featured in a Fourth of July parade.

They sent me the 2015 Lexus ES 350. They chose well.

Every time I review a new car, I compare it to some other car I’ve owned. The 2015 Toyota RAV4 compact SUV, for example, was pitted against the 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan my wife currently drives. The 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan was compared to… well, (more…)

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GX 460 review: Puts the beach in reach with energy to spare

 

By Danny Harrison
danny@fayette-news.com

The 2015 Lexus GX 460 our family recently reviewed was delivered just in time for us to put it to a few days’ worth of ’round town testing before subjecting it to perhaps the ultimate test of any SUV: Family vacation at the beach.

The verdict? While the beautiful and stylish mid-sizer is a delightful daily driver, it is a hands-down champ on the interstate.

When Lexus’ concierge service dropped the GX off at my office, I was reasonably impressed with its handsome aesthetics, but when the driver opened the door to show me the (more…)

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