September 23rd, 2014 at 3:00pm
Seat Time is a chance for us to share our impressions of vehicles being tested in the Autoline Garage and at media previews from around the globe.
Reviewer: Chip Drake
Type: 4-door sedan
Competitors: Cadillac ATS, Acura TL
Price: MSRP: $36,470; AS TESTED: $42,195 + $910 D & H = $43,105
Made in: Toyota’s Miyata plant in Miyawaka, Fukuoka in Japan
Drivetrain: 3.5 Liter 268HP Four Cam 24-Valve V6
EPA Ratings: 21 City, 31 Highway, 24 Combined
Let’s start with what’s to like about the car. The design is good, not great, but good for a mid-range luxury car. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that 3.5-Liter V6 engine. It delivers on performance both on the highway and driving around town along with the promised MPGs. Plus, the 4-wheel independent MacPherson strut-type suspension gives you the sweet ride that Lexus is known for.