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2013 Lexus GS Review: Safe Comfortable Luxury

*song plays* “Reunited and it feels so goooood…”.

Lol, okay, so my last post was an intro to the new GS. Now after spending quite a weekend in viva Las Vegas I'm ready to get down to the nitty gritty. Overall, the Lexus GS is a nice automobile. The time I spent driving it and testing out the features, made me re-remember what I love about the car. The new Lexus GS is what I'd call– "safe, comfortable luxury," that's the best way I can put it.

In the Las Vegas Desert: A fleet of Lexus… Lexues… Lexi… what is the best plural of Lexus. I guess I'll just say Lexus vehicles. :)

We went to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where we became amateur racers of sort– racing around the track, going through courses, really seeing how the GS could handle. And not only was the ride smooth, while going unmentionable miles per hour, I felt really safe the entire time. This was especially true  when the seatbelts automatically started tightening during some of the less than polished moments of driving/racing around the course.

Another high point of the new GS is their Enform system. This reminds me of the iDrive system in BMW's that I'm used to, except for they seem to have way more stuff…. Voice-enabled apps let you perform local searches with Bing, make restaurant reservations through OpenTable, and get movie tickets via MovieTickets.com. You also have the ability to check in on Facebook and search for business, shopping, restaurant and entertainment reviews on Yelp. Then finally there's Internet radio with Pandora® and iHeartRadio.

Besides that it provides the usual GPS, emergency road assistance, DVD audio and video compatibility, etc that most cars provide these days.

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New Lexus GS: Superbowl Commercial and Contest

 

Lexus oh Lexus, the memories…. I used to feel so cool driving my older brothers Lexuses to school. Between the ivory metallic SC430 and black-on-black frogged-eyed GS– I was stuntin' at 16, lol. One of them later on traded up into a big body LS (white with peanut butter interior, and red painted calibers). So, I grew up very familiar with their brand, and from a young age I was able to experience the famous Lexus mix of reliability and luxury.

 

That said… can I be just a wee bit honest here? I hate to say it, but over the past few years I did start to feel like Lexus had sorta kinda lost its, well…. swag. Not in all areas of course, their trucks and sports cars always go super hard (you can park a shiny new LX570 in my driveway any day of the week (hint hint)), but I was beginning to sleep on the sedans. That's why I was super excited to learn that they were launching their new 2013 GS this year. And even more excited when they invited The Urban Gentleman out to experience it in person… it's about time we were reunited.

 

Once the weekend commences I'll have more details and real life experience specs on the GS. In the meantime, check out Lexus's first ever Super Bowl Commercial:

 

 

You likee? Keep your eye out for it on Sunday.

 

 

In the meantime we'd like to do a little bit of Lexus Trivia. Answer the question below for a chance to win:

– A one-year Pandora One premium subscription

– 2 movie tickets a month for a year from MovieTickets.com

– A $100 OpenTable dining card  (All courtesy of Lexus).

 

 

QUESTION:

What year did the Lexus GS go on sale?

 

 

Answer correctly and you can be the lucky winner! The winner will be announced Superbowl Sunday of course. So get to tweeting and facebooking @LexusGS @TheUrbanGent #Superbowl #GS #Winning

Scion iQ: The Urban Gent Test Drives the World’s Smallest 4-Seater

Last month The Urban Gent was invited to California along with various other design/art/fashion publications to check out the new Scion iQ, the world's smallest four seater. It was Toyota's first time inviting "the creatives" out to review one of their new cars instead of just the usual auto media. I knew I was in for a great time because c'mon, several days at a luxury hotel in sunny California?! I mean, it was gonna be a good time no matter what. But I'll admit that before learning about the inner details of what makes a Scion a Scion, I would have barely entertained the idea of owning one. Sure, it's a nice car, a few friends and I rented and explored  Puerto Rico in one a few years ago, but to buy one? Idk….

Well, I'm happy to say my uncertainty and one-sided "luxury or old school American car only" type mindset was challenged, my mind was opened and now? I get it. After experiencing the Scion iQ firsthand I totally get the appeal, want, and need to own this obviously-made-for-easy-city-living vehicle.

The Scion iQ press event not only revealed the detailed specifications and innovations of the iQ, but the event  also allowed us to have intimate talks with Scion's top executives and engineers. We learned more about their marketing/advertising features and plans, watched a graphic-filled and entertaining Scion iQ 3D film, and checked out a "live" version of the Scion  iQ Museum Project. The kicker of course is when we cruised to Venice Beach in the iQ of our choice during the test-drive. While the 10-feet long car is incontestably tiny, it is surprisingly comfortable and handles quite well. Not to mention we were able to squeeze into a motorcycle reserved space at one point when pulling over to turn around <— that means parking will never be a major issue in this car.

There's a ton of information I want to give you, but I think it's best if I simplify and straightforwardly write the 4 major takeaways I personally got after being educated and immersed in all-things-Scion.

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Classic Corvettes.

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Chevrolet Corvettes, they're as American as Ford Mustangs and amongst my favorite classic cars Last year I went to my local Corvette dealer to purchase an old-school 'Vette as an everyday car. But after talking to the owner of the dealership, I decided to put my corvette purchase on hold… long-story short: the cost of maintenance for an old-school ride can add up. I may be putting my purchase on the back-burner, but we can all still admire the pure hotness of a classic 'Vette today…
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427 Corvette Stingray

When it comes to style while riding in a 'vette, I say keep it clean– tailored suits, with or without a tie, nice pair of lace-ups or loafers.

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