Multiple personality driving
In modern cars, a computer regulates the throttle and transmission. An increasing number of cars also have electrically boosted power-steering, and high-end models come with adjustable suspensions. Instead of having the processors running these systems run a single program, automakers implement different drive modes, letting the driver engage different drive programs at the touch of a button. The result is a car that can feel like a soft, luxury car on the freeway, then tighten up for some backroad sport driving.
The 2014 Lexus LS 600h L is one example, incorporating a number of different programs to suit a driver's mood and the road.
The good: The 2013 Lexus LS 600h L boasts nearly every tech, comfort, and luxury amenity at the automaker's disposal. The 5.0L Hybrid Synergy Drive is among the most powerful in its class without sacrificing efficiency. Multiple drive modes allow customization of the LS' performance and economy. The rear-seat comfort and tech of the Executive-Class Seating package are top-notch, boasting Blu-ray entertainment and a reclining massage seat.
The bad: The Remote Touch infotainment controller isn't as intuitive as the competitor's rotary knob controllers. HDMI input is not available for rear-seat entertainment.
The bottom line: The ultraluxe 2013 Lexus LS 600h L impresses with power and amenities that are among the best in this class, but they come at a price many thousands of dollars more than you'd pay for its closest competitor.
August 28, 2013 4:46 PM PDT
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