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What its Like to Drive a Top End Audi SUV

October 13, 2017 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , ,

There are few people today that own a high-end luxury SUV. They’re very costly, but there’s a lot being offered in these premium packages. Read on to learn exactly what you can expect from a top-end SUV like the 2018 Audi SQ5. This premium SUV packs in the features, giving you the luxurious ride and driving experience, but it all comes at a pretty significant cost.

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Driving is Very Fun

First let’s start off by saying that the SQ5 can really go. This high-powered SUV packs in 354 horses in its turbocharged engine and delivers power exactly when you need it. Stomp on the gas pedal and the SUV takes off down the street with confidence. Of course the performance Pirelli P-Zero tires help on that front, and so does the smooth all-wheel drive that delivers maximum traction from the very beginning. Overall, when you want to get going, it’s so easy to do in the SQ5 that you’ll probably end up driving a bit too fast like we did.

Speed isn’t the only thing that this SUV has to offer though. It’s also very easy to handle. The steering is responsive and the moment you turn the wheel you’ll feel the SUV move with you. This makes sharp corners a blast to go around, did I mention that body roll is pretty minimal for an SUV? That’s right, you can whip this SUV around corners comfortably, in fact, it almost seems to enjoy being whipped around. When it’s time to slow down the powerful ceramic brakes do the job just fine and will drop your speed down in a split second.

Gorgeous Inside and Out

Inside the SQ5 strikes a balance between quality materials and top-notch design and flash. Audi works hard to keep the interior as minimalist as possible, and what you get is a very nice-looking interior, with seats coated with quality materials, diamond stitching, soft touch materials throughout, but a pretty simple looking interior. Audi is showing that they have no need to be ostentatious and instead the automaker decides to let the pure quality of the interior show through. The result is a nice-looking interior, but something that isn’t over the top at all.

On the outside, the SQ5 draws stares wherever it goes. It’s edgy, trim and in proportion all over. The rear end is neat and tucked in giving the mid-sized SUV an almost compact footprint, and the front end features a big beastly grille and a chrome finish that looks nice as well. The exterior of the SQ5 is similar to the interior that it’s clearly luxurious, it stands out, but it’s not over the top like some sporty vehicles are.

An Enjoyable Tech Experience

Audi put a lot of effort into making a user-friendly but capable techno infotainment system. There’s a heads-up display, there’s a pretty capable nav system built right into the cluster, and the media system is almost entirely customizable. It’s simple to get the features you want to show, while hiding all the rest. Even though the infotainment system packs dozens of cool features, you won’t be overwhelmed by everything that you see while using it, which makes the whole system very user-friendly. The system also makes use of a track-pad as well as a set of buttons to help you navigate the features as fast as possible.

The Audi SQ5 is a true experience and a pleasurable vehicle to own on a daily basis. It’s a bit tight in back and there are only two rows, which might be a downside to customers with large families. The SUV packs plenty of power, it’s nice to look at inside and out and it’s a true user-friendly experience overall, but it’s not cheap. You’ll be spending north of $50,000 and should expect a price closer to 60k once you get the addons that you want. That’s not overpriced for the segment, but it’s certainly not a budget vehicle either.

The Lexus LX 570 is Surprisingly Good

August 5, 2016 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , , , ,

If you’re looking for a rugged and highly capable luxury SUV the Lexus LX 570 is a surprisingly good option. While testing one of these vehicles out recently I picked out several key features of the SUV that stood out as useful to both off-roaders and the everyday driver. These are the things that would lead me into a Lexus dealership to pick up one of these SUVs and each one of these features is pretty darned exciting.

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The 360 Camera is Very Useful

The Lexus LX 570 comes with a 360 degree camera system that lets you see what’s going on at every side of the vehicle. Not only on either side but front and back you’ll be able to see small objects and large ones. This is useful for climbing in and out of tight parking spaces, but also for off-roading situations where trees and other foliage must be navigated.

Crawl Control Offers Smooth Ascents and Descents

If you’re ever tasked with going up or down very steep inclines you will quickly realize how uncomfortable it is handling the braking and gas on your own. Unless you’re a seasoned expert at off-roading you’ll be pressing both pedals too hard or two soft and jarring the vehicle all over the place. That’s why SUVs like the Lexus LX 570 come with a Crawl Control feature. These vehicles are capable of going over steep grades without any input from the driver other than steering the vehicle. It will keep a constant and smooth speed and leave you feeling very secure about how the SUV is handling overall.

It Turns Really Tightly

The Lexus LX 570 comes with a special feature that enables it to take corners more sharply than a large SUV should be able to. The system brakes the inner back wheel during a corner to help sharpen up the turning radius, and it makes a pretty big difference.

Ground Clearance Aplenty

The Lexus GX 570 is designed to offer plenty of ground clearance for standard everyday objects. The suspension is enhanced to give an additional 3” of ground clearance, which is a lot if you aren’t sure how beneficial that is. This means that you can easily go over most mid-sized rocks and other obstacles without catching anything important on them along the way.

The 2016 Lexus GX 570 is an awesome product for off-roaders, but it’s also comfortable, spacious and good in all-weather conditions. Things that standard drivers are going to enjoy as well, and hey if you need to do some off-roading in the process the SUV will handle it with aplomb.

Lexus Reveals Further Details About 2014 GX 460

August 26, 2013 lacarguy Lexus Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

The first thing that stands out in the all-new, redesigned 2014 Lexus GX 460 is the “new interpretation” of the now trademarked spindle grille. The oversized hourglass outline is clearly unique and surely makes the GX stand out. In addition, standard LED headlights, daytime running lights, and fog lamps complete the front end look.

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Expected to hit dealership showrooms in September, the 2014 GX 460 luxury utility vehicle (LUV) will be offered in two grades: standard and luxury. The standard is priced at a MSRP of $49,085, which is $4,710 less than the previous year, while the luxury model will be priced at $60,715.

The redesigned 2014 GX 460 features a luxurious and spacious interior with enhancements that include a new touch-screen display with an eight-inch screen, backup monitor, HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, automatic phone book transfer, a vehicle information display, and complimentary traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio.

An optional premium package provides additional value to customers who want a fully capable LUV and is priced the same as the 2013 base model GX. Features include navigation system with backup monitor, perforated leather trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Three Zone Climate Control.

The luxury model adds Adaptable Air Suspension, Navigation, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Intuitive Parking Assist, and 18-inch split six-spoke wheels with liquid graphite finish.

With all the luxurious appointments, let’s not forget that the 2014 Lexus GX 460 is a bona fide trail runner especially since it’s equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine and standard fulltime four-wheel drive, including low range for off-roading. Power is rated at 301 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. Estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

Safety highlights include a class-leading standard 10 airbags and on the luxury model, available Advanced Pre Collision with Drive Monitor. To learn more about the all-new 2014 Lexus GX 460, contact us or visit our showroom in a few weeks.

Audi Reveals North American Pricing for All-New 2014 SQ5

June 19, 2013 lacarguy Audi Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

For those of you who’ve been looking forward to the all-new high-performance 2014 Audi SQ5, you’ll be glad to hear that Audi has recently announced pricing for the North American market. The luxury cross over is the first-ever S variant of any Audi Q model and will be priced from $51,900 when it arrives in showrooms this summer.

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Audi has improved performance of the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 to produce 354 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque which is a gain of 82 horsepower and 32 lb-ft of torque over the standard 3.0-liter Q5. As a result, it is capable of achieving 0-60 in 5.1 seconds, on its way to a limited top speed of 155 mph. The engine will be mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission and will feature the Audi quattro® all-wheel drive system which will provide superior traction and handling.

Like all S models, the SQ5 will feature upgraded standard features like aluminum roof rails and 20-inch wheels, where 21s are also available. Unique features to the S-line include S model front and rear bumpers with Platinum Gray grille and diffuser, aluminum exterior mirror housings and quad exhaust tips, giving the Audi SQ5 a sporty and distinctive look. In addition, the Audi Singleframe® grille and Audi Xenon plus headlights with automatic self-leveling and LED daytime running lights give the SQ5 the unmistakable Audi signature look.

On the inside, Alcantara leather sport seats are standard, while fine Napa and the comfort package, featuring Milano leather, are also available. A host of advanced technologies and driver assistance features are offered, like Audi advanced key (keyless start, stop and entry) which comes standard. Audi side assist and adaptive cruise control are available options. And for the music lover, the standard Audi music interface with iPod® integration and standard Bluetooth® wireless technology enhance the overall driving experience. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 14 speakers is also available on the 2014 Audi SQ5.