LEXUS LC 500 QUICK TAKES

The Lexus LC 500 blends emotional design and high performance like few other cars on the road. The Lexus LC 500 represents the most passionate expression of the Lexus brand. The eye-catching coupe displays a unique mesh grille that spreads across the front of the car. It has a large glass panel and blacked-out rear pillars that creates a floating roof appearance. The LC emphasizes a balance between function and comfort, sporting intent and luxury. The low instrument panel position, hood line and narrow pillars give the driver a commanding view of the road. Upon startup, thundering through the variable Active Exhaust, the five-liter, naturally aspirated V8 issues a full-throated engine note as a call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 has an output of 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The LC is also capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and up to an estimated 26 mpg on the highway. The 2019 LC 500 is the ultimate luxury sports coupe. With a combination of supreme comfort and dynamic performance, Lexus designers and engineers created a grand touring vehicle that is sharper, smarter and faster than ever before.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited

2020 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
When Hyundai redesigned the Sonata for the 2015 model year it decided to rein in the styling. And, as it turns out, that wasn’t the best move as the very element that catapulted this car to huge sales success was no longer present. But learning from that experience this all-new 2020 Sonata is letting it all hang out. And as a family sedan, it most certainly is one that makes its presence known and lavishes its occupants for pennies on the dollar.    

MSRP as-tested: $34,610

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2020 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab PRO-4X

2020 Nissan TITAN Crew Cab PRO-4X Review By TestDriveNow Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
We all know who the key players are in the half ton pickup segment but I myself like to root for the underdog so the Titan has always been a favorite of mine. It’s never going to challenge the leaders in volume but it’s a really cool rig if you want to stand out from the crowd.    MSRP as-tested: $58,455. https://testdrivenow.com/2020-nissan-titan-crew-cab/

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2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe Review By Auto Critic Steve Hammes.
This is an inarguable truth: BMW’s naming protocols are ridiculous; a bunch of mumbo-jumbo fully understood by only the most ardent Bimmer brain.  But as a general rule of thumb, the higher the number the bigger the body, engine and price. 
When I first heard that BMW was making a 2 Series Gran Coupe I just assumed it was going to be a 4-door version of the current model, much like the 4 Series Gran Coupe. But it isn’t. Unlike the standard Coupe and Convertible, this one is based upon a front-wheel drive car made in the UK. Is this bodystyle going to be a hit for BMW or a one and done? 

MSRP as-tested: $48,195
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2020 MINI Cooper S Clubman Review

I’m a big fan of this current generation of MINIs thanks largely to BMW’s heavy influence and the Clubman’s combination of updated tech and premium attributes makes for a truly unique choice.
Following current trends, the Clubman now sports more grille, new LED fogs and headlamps that automatically adapt their brightness to the situation on the road, LED rear lights with the Union Jack design and a host of styling and equipment tweaks inside and out.  

This is the top trim Iconic model including the $800 Driver Assistive Package which provides active cruise control, a pop up heads-up display, and parking assistant leading to an as-tested price of $40,600.  And yes, there’s always a little sticker shock when I test a MINI but this Clubman feels very modern, personalized and boutique and items with those attributes are always going to command a premium.  

MSRP as-tested: $40,600

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