2013 Subaru

2013 Subaru

Not everyone is ready to jump into an SUV. While there is no denying the added utility and comfort these high-ridin’utes deliver, there are those that prefer to keep themselves much more grounded – literally – opting instead for the more car-like dynamic a wagon affords. Thankfully, the 2013 Subaru Outback manages to straddle both sensibilities. More than that, it does so with an astounding amount of automated tech features that one simply won’t encounter until moving well beyond the segment’s modest price point. But is it the all-purpose, well-rounded ultra-wagon Subaru fanatics make it out to be? We haven’t tasted the Kool-Aid, but it’s certainly looking that way.
Not quite all grown up, but getting there

If you’re looking for a beefier, more aggressive wagon that sheds, say, the old-school wood-paneling of the 1980’s, then you’ll certainly be pleased with new Outback. Here we have a vehicle that knowingly (and happily) blurs the line between high-riding wagon and crossover SUV. Although it’s been a few years since the Outback has received a major styling overhaul, the recent design tweaks run concurrent with Subaru’s vision for the car, which seems to suggest a desire to slowly move the vehicle away from the original wagon roots and into the realm of crossovers.
Like an adolescent yet to fully grow into their frame, the 2013 Subaru Outback occupies an awkward space between two worlds. It’s grown up from being low-riding wagon version of the Legacy sedan, but hasn’t quite matured into the small SUV segment the Forrester occupies. From a design perspective, this leaves the 2013 Subaru Outback in a rather uncooperative situation when trying to define it. It’s not quite an SUV or crossover, though it’s not a full blown wagon either. For most, the encroachment upon crossover territory and all the added utility will be welcomed, but for longtime fans of previous Outbacks this might serve as a point of contention. We happen to fall somewhere in between.

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For 2013, The Subaru Ouback looks meaner and more aggressive demeanor than ever before. Up front, Subaru has widened the grill and swept back the headlamps, while running character lines atop the hood to help lend more visual nuance. Down below we’re greeted by a wider, somewhat exaggerated front bumper beneath the front ends gaping rectangular maw, while to the side the Outback’s profile highlights the tapered greenhouse, flared out wheel arches, and raked rear-end.
Keepin’ it simple

It may derive its name from the remote and arid lands of Australia, but there is nothing rugged or desolate about the 2013 Subaru Outback’s interior. From the driver’s seat, the Outback is fairly straightforward. The perforated leather-trimmed seats and subtle, yet appropriately employed wood trim found in our 3.6R Limited review model, offer a great feeling of luxury and indulgence, while the three-spoke steering wheel felt comfortable to the touch — sporting a three-tiered button cluster on the left and two-tiered cluster on the right. Behind that sits the vivid illuminated instrument gauges that sandwich the excellent EyeSight driver assist system’s dedicated 3.5-inch LCD display (much more on that in a minute).

In the middle we find the center console which houses the optional navigation system, and just below that sits the cabin’s dual climate controls. Generally, it’s not too difficult to navigate and the buttons detailing each function are fairly large and easy to get to. There are some minor gripes though, like the tiny volume dial, and much-smaller-than-they-need-to-be temperature and fan adjustment buttons, but they remain just that — minor gripes.

Overall, we really enjoyed the 2013 Subaru Outback’s interior and it happens to be much less polarizing than anything else about the car. You might not like the look on the outside, you might disagree with its more overt SUV styling, but the 2013 Outback is comfortable. Of course, a good chunk of that stems from the sheer amount of space you’re afforded. Again, Outback purists may have lamented its growth spurt, but the move to a larger, more crossover-like design translates to a much roomier interior up front and in the rear.

Without question the Outback has and will always be geared to those that lead an active lifestyle, which is exactly why potential buyers will be pleased with the sheer volume on hand. Loading up your daily baggage shouldn’t be a problem with 34.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold those backseats down and that number swells to 71.3 cubic feet. And if that isn’t enough, the Outback’s roof rails with folding crossbars should make hauling everything from bikes, skis, and kayaks a breeze.
Brawn and brains

Adding to the already impressive and spacious interior is the wide array of tech features the 2013 Subaru Outback is packing. Standard across the Outback lineup are both AUX and USB outputs for Smartphone or MP3 player connectivity. Up the ladder, and indeed in our 3.6R model trim, the Outback employs an upgraded nine-speaker, 440 watt Harman/Kardon audio system. Premium trims also include XM Satellite radio and a four month free subscription. Other comfort/tech features include a 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, four-way adjustable passenger, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel with mounted audio/interface controls.

For users looking to get the most out of their digital music, the Outback offers Bluetooth audio streaming. Pairing your device is a snap, as is streaming content through various apps like Pandora and Spotify. While wirelessly streaming was a breeze, the Outback‘s interface oddly refused to recognize both apps when physically plugged in, meaning if we wanted to stream music from our phone we couldn’t have it charging at the same time, which is a fairly large oversight for tech users. The alternative is to simply use an iPod or other type of MP3, but in our opinion that severely limits the Bluetooth’s functionality.

Thankfully, making calls and uploading contacts list required no compromises at all, as was using the Outback’s hands-free voice calling system. The voice activation also integrates into the option navigation system and comes with a seven-inch LCD display and backup camera. We liked Subaru’s display a lot, actually, especially during the day when natural light never seemed to cause severe screen washout. And considering voice recognition systems can be as fun to deal with as overbearing in-laws , we were happy to find that requesting directions was fairly simple, requiring only a minimal amount of fuss before we became well-adjusted to the specific command structure.

Technically speaking (see what we did there?), the fun doesn’t stop at smartphones and nav systems. Perhaps more importantly, the 2013 Outback packs a punch in regards to its safety tech. In fact, Subaru’s recent partnership with Toyota has yielded more than just the FRS and BRZ. The new EyeSight driver assist system, which will also make its debut (albeit in fancier form) in Lexus’ upcoming flagship sedan, the 2013 Lexus LS, features heavily in the 2013 Outback 3.6R Limited.

As we mentioned before, this new safety system integrates with a number of things, like a 3.5-inch display located in the center gauge cluster, as well as windshield-mounted cameras. While driving, EyeAssist will alert you of a number of potential dangers, like oncoming obstacles (applying pre-collision breaking measures if need be), unintentional lane departure (If you haven’t activated your turn signal), and unwarranted car sway. For those that continue to text and drive, or become distracted when stopped at a light, EyeAssist will alert you if the car in front of you has begun to move and you remain stationary for too long. The best part: it’s all seamless, never becomes overbearing, and designed to simply keep you alert and engaged when human error simply gets the best of you.

More power means more petrol

Several powertrains exist for the various Outback models, like a 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder good for 173 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Our top end Outback 3.6R version upped the ante, however, and came equipped with a 3.6-liter boxer six-cylinder capable of producing 256 horsepower and 257 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options remain pretty straightforward with the 2.5-liter varieties offering either a six-speed speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the 3.6R is offered in a five-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

For the Outback’s 2.5-liter boxer four, fuel economy remains vigilant with an EPA-rated 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined when mated to the CVT. Models featuring the six-speed manual suffer a little and return 21/28/24 across the board, which is actually pretty decent given the Outback’s four-cylinders and all-wheel-drive composition.

Unfortunately, for fans of the 3.6R, fuel economy buckles under the pressure of the grizzlier 3.6-liter engine, which when combined with the Outback’s all-wheel-drive, returns a rather underwhelming 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined. For what it’s worth, we liked the 3.6R; it’s a throaty, pliant engine that provides that gas guzzling gusto when needed without sacrificing too much in the fuel economy department. It’s also astonishingly quiet and won’t muffle your ears needlessly with its endless engine notes.

Ultimately thought, it’s up to drivers to choose whether they want power over fuel economy. If you’re considering doing some light off-roading we see the 3.6 making sense, but if your plans are simply to make use of the Outback’s added ride height and utility, sticking with the smaller CVT seems to be the way to go. To add some segment context, a 2013 Volvo XC70 T6 with all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder making 300 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque returns an EPA-estimated 17/23/20, while the new Audi Allroad with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 211 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, and nets 20/27/23 when coupled to an eight-speed automatic and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive.
Signature sure-footed Subaru

In the past, complaints have been levied at the Outback for providing a pillowy, roll-tastic ride that left a lot to be desired. For 2013, Subaru has addressed this issue with a retuned suspension that is stiffer and delivers a much more compliant ride. Cabin roll still seems to be an issue though, and one that’s been left unresolved for the new model year, but we definitely felt the Subaru sported some respectable and nimble car-like handling given its 8.7-inch ground clearance. That being said, one of the things we loved about the 2013 Outback was its added utility and the fact that it rides higher than your average wagon, yet doesn’t exactly approach dramatic heights seen in SUVs or even CUVs for that matter, making it perfect for light to moderate off-road jaunts when the need arises.

Given Subaru’s all-wheel-drive pedigree we weren’t surprised in the slightest to find that the 2013 Outback maintains an almost vice-like grip on the road. While we can rightfully complain of the slight sway and roll felt during light to moderate turns, the 2012 Outback plants itself firmly on the road and never lets go, and it’s this composed and competent handling that helps inject a greater degree of driving dynamism despite some slightly sloppy road manners.
Finish Line

Simply put, there is a lot to like about the 2013 Subaru Outback. It’s added space and utility is a huge draw for those looking to lug the family around or frequent the great outdoors. It might not carry the offroad ability of a dedicated SUV, but for trips up and down the mountain, and even off the beaten path, the Outback will more than suffice. What’s more, with Subaru’s signature AWD system standard in all models (base prices starts at $24,000, while our fully optioned review model came in at $37,000) drivers can rest assured the Outback will be able to tackle the roads regardless of whether they’re paved or of a more rugged variety. And with automated safety features that seem more at home in a luxury vehicle as well as a strong list of tech features, the 2013 Subaru Outback allows you the convenience of the civilized world even when you’re surrounded by nature’s more humble embrace.

The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner

2012 Bentley Mulsanne The Bentley Mulsanne Mulliner

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Bentley has an interesting opinion on how a ride feels in one of its cars. It has been somewhat of an argue that passengers sitting on the back seats not only enjoy the ride, but they actually drive the car. The Mulsanne has a new Mulliner Driving Specification that seems to be a hit. The £13410 option does not stop at styling changes on the outside and inside, but also adds improvement to the dynamics of driving due to the suspensions being tuned in a sport style, together with the steering.
Well, you might find it weird to add sport style on a luxury saloon with a weight that gets over 2.5 tonnes. But there is no need to worry about that. The twin turbo V8 with its 6.75-litre feature is able to deliver 505bhp and 1018 Nm. and these outputs are not boosted by the Mulliner option. Still, engineers worked on adding to the appeal of driving by tweaking the chassis.
Suspension and steering changes are hardly spotted on the road. The control settings of the drive offer Comfort, Sport or Custom and Bentley. While you explore these you add weight to the steering without increasing the feel.
2012 Bentley Mulsanne front angle view
The car has also been given a touch that feels classic if you consider the door handles, the air vets controls and the gearlever. The leather with its diamond-quilted feature brings the same classy touch to the seats. The front wings have B badges of the Mulliner type that are also ‘flying’. The alloy wheels are two-part, have 21-inches and are completed with titanium fasteners.
2012 Bentley Mulsanne rear
So, you will not get a sport saloon in the Mulliner Driving Specification Mulsanne. But it does have something of an edge while keeping the refinement and comfort it is known for. So put it on the must have list, especially because it is an incredible value in the world of cars pricing at £225900.

New 2013 Toyota Verso

New 2013 Toyota Verso

The next generation of the Auris five-door hatchback in both regular and hybrid trims won't be alone at Toyota's Paris Motor Show stand as the automaker announced today that it will also introduce the station wagon and minivan variants of the new Auris family.

The estate model will be called Auris Tourer, or in some markets such as Germany, Auris Combi. This is the first time that Toyota has offered a station wagon body style to the Auris range.

It will launch together with the hatchback model with which it will share its entire engine range including, a 1.4-liter turbo diesel, 1.33-liter and 1.6-litre petrols and in a first for a C-segment estate model, a hybrid powertrain.

The latter uses the same setup as the Prius combining a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four cylinder gasoline to an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery.

The Auris Touring is an important addition to Toyota's European lineup as station wagons account for around 25 percent of all compact / C-segment model sales in the region.
The third addition to the Auris family is the revamped 2013 Verso people carrier. From what we understand, this is a heavy facelift of the current model. As such, the compact minivan adopts Toyota’s new design language featuring the same, sharper front end styling, while the company notes that the interior has been upgraded as well.
Toyota pointed out that it has also re-engineered the Verso's 2.0-liter D-4D diesel engine "to give stronger performance with lower CO2 emissions", and its chassis to improve handling.

Visitors to Toyota's booth in Paris will also be able to see the 2013 Yaris Trend special edition that was recently announced for the UK market, a new line of TRD Performance accessories for the GT 86 Coupe, the Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid WEC race car and the FCV-R fuel cell vehicle.

Volkswagen Eos will not be replaced, Golf Cabriolet possible.

Volkswagen Eos will not be replaced, Golf Cabriolet possible?

Los Angeles Auto Show hosts the launch party for the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, which gives the German automaker a pair of four-seater convertible grouped within walking distance of all price ranges. It will not be the case for long, however, as the Eos hardtop convertible recently renewed not a successor.

The writing was on the wall for the slow-selling model, the price is above the new Beetle convertible from $ 34,350, despite offering a propulsion system similar to the Beetle Turbo, which still sounds 27,795 in dollars (base Beetle Convertible 2.5 liter starts at $ 24.495). Until October, Volkswagen managed to sell 5529 units only, down from 17.8 percent in 2011 Eos. And, despite a modest facelift and modernization of equipment for the 2012 model year. While the Eos was cooled VW introduced similar size and Golf Cabriolet similar research for Europe, despite the construction of a rigid folding roof seemingly obvious if the company Eos. Cabriolet variants then led to GTI and R, which gives the momentum and attractive model.

Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer of Volkswagen World Autoblog does not be deleted when the Eos - VW model launched in 2013 - but he confirmed that the replacement is not in the cards. However, Bischoff did express clear support for the idea of ​​bringing the Golf Cabriolet in North America and GTI Cabriolet.

Land Rover Range Rover - 2013

  • Land Rover  Range Rover  - 2013

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Land Rover in India is preparing to introduce the new Range Rover 4, revealed last week in India in the first quarter of 2013, autojunction.in can reveal. The new Range Rover 4 is the flagship model of Land Rover, and will compete with the most exclusive SUV and luxury sedans in the Indian market.
In terms of design, the new Range Rover continues its classic design language and instantly recognizable, with simple shapes and straight lines. YEARS wraparound headlights taillights are new, and have a distinctive look to the new Range Rover 4.
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The biggest change for the new Rover is in the form of construction. Given the synergies that Jaguar and Land Rover now share much of the technology used to manufacture the new Range Rover comes from Jaguar. Bonding and riveting is widely used in new construction chain greatly Rover aluminum, which leads to a significant reduction in weight and increase rigidity. Land Rover's engineers say the new Range Rover helmet is up to 185 kg lighter than the steel hull of the current model.
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Of course, Land Rover can not leave the factory without any true SUV credentials and Range Rover 4 best results of anything in this regard. Fording depth of up to 900mm is huge, while the range of 597mm wheel travel is really amazing! Ground clearance is 310 mm, which means that the Range Rover 4 should be more than capable of anything owners throw at it.
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Land Rover Terrain Response system brand has evolved to include "Auto" which automatically detects the type of surface of the Range Rover is on (if mud, grass, gravel or snow or sand), and automatically switches to that mode.

Chevrolet Malibu Eco - 2013

Chevrolet Malibu Eco - 2013

Do not judge a book by its cover. The sentiment certainly applies to too many cars, but twice. Years of driving and shooting new vehicles we have learned that you can not evaluate a new model - or even judge its style - from photos only, no matter how good or bad images or sheet that appears. And you can not really know anything until you get this car out of Auto Show position and nature, driving on the street in their natural habitat.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco rear 3/4 view

We explain what we saw the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, we do not think much about it: Mainly REMAINS front fascia, taillights grafted Camaro, Bangle butt. Move along, nothing to see here. But a funny thing happened when he was behind the wheel of the Malibu Eco for a week. We heated it. We really liked it.
The more you look at the Chevrolet grille, unless we saw the oldest and noticed the headlights and foglights pretty. We appreciate how the new 2013 Malibu front accentuates greatest width, and saw the symmetry between the bonnet and bustle on the trunk. While Chevrolet is a big deal about the justification for the aerodynamic design - that says Malibu drag coefficient of only 0.30, which is almost as slippery as the Volt - there is a strong argument for saying that the exterior design just looks good because it is. In person, the Malibu is a nice car, much more than the pictures.
Inside, the design is just as well-executed. The dual-cockpit instrument panel wraps nicely into the doors, and the materials and fit-and-finish are excellent. The car has the same substantial feeling we enjoyed in theChevrolet Cruze – a solid weight to all its touch points that implies quality.
Driving the Malibu Eco isn't half bad either, at least not once you acclimatize yourself to the fact that this is not a particularly powerful automobile. Its 2.4-liter four-cylinder makes 182 horsepower, and a 15-kilowatt electric motor chips in an additional 15 horses. This is the eAssist mild-hybrid system that General Motorshas been selling on Buick models for a little while now. In the Malibu Eco, it is seamless under both acceleration and braking, which is good, though a bit more of a boost when you flex your right foot would be nice, and a more direct and linear pedal feel under braking would certainly improve confidence during panic stops. Chevy says the Eco will accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 8.7 seconds, but in the real world it feels slower because you really have goose the throttle to get the little 0.5-kWh battery pack to do its discharge thing. But the Malibu Eco is quiet, its seats are comfortable, the steering wheel points the car where you turn it rather well, and the brakes definitely stop the car. Though none of this happens in a particularly engaging fashion, it's not meant to be a sporty car and we can live with that.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

What we're having a harder time living with, however, are the numbers. Because even though we enjoyed the Malibu Eco, we still can't see how the car makes sense, vis-à-vis the competition – or even compared to other Chevys.
The Malibu Eco has an EPA rating of 29 miles per gallon combined, though we managed just 27.1 during our week in the car. Giving Chevy the benefit of the doubt, however, 29 is still just one more than the base four-cylinder Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Toyota Camry. So the Eco isn't setting any records for being thrifty – and isn't that the point of the badge?
At $25,995 (including delivery), the Malibu Eco isn't cheap either. While the midsize sedan market encompasses a broad spectrum of pricing, from just over $20,000 for the value versions all the way up to nearly $35,000 for some fully loaded models, the Malibu Eco lies somewhere in the middle. Yes, equipment levels vary and the Malibu Eco does include some nice stuff, like Chevy's pretty MyLink Touch Radio and automatic climate control. But by comparison, the aforementioned 2013 Sonata starts at $21,670. You'll sacrifice a few bells and whistles, but we like the idea of living with a base Sonata and pocketing over $4,000. That's enough to buy all the gas you'd be saving in the Malibu even if you drove the car for the rest of your life.
So you have the various standard four-cylinder models of Chevy's competitors, delivering almost the same fuel economy while hitting price points that can give them a much better value equation. That's bad enough, but then there are the real hybrids, principally the Camry Hybrid, which starts at just $26,750. Offering 40 mpg combined, the fuel economy improvement over the Malibu Eco is enough that in your second year of ownership, you'll have paid for the difference in MSRP and the Camry will start saving you over $500 per year compared to the Malibu Eco. Of course, you'd be stuck driving a Camry, which isn't anything to get excited about. But there's also the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, with a combined 37-mpg rating and a base price of $26,625, and the forthcoming 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, which promises to deliver over 45 mpg combined, though at what price point we don't know. (And the new Fusion looks stunning.)
But what really kills our interest in the Malibu Eco isn't the competition. Remember, we like the Malibu. We're trying to talk ourselves into recommending one. And we just might – but it won't be the Eco.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco side view

A standard Malibu sporting a 197-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder with direct injection (but without eAssist) will be offered later in the year, and we are eagerly awaiting its arrival. See, there's a reason the General is rolling out the Eco first. Because when this regular Malibu shows up, it will certainly be priced lower and the three cubic feet of trunk space lost to the Eco's hybrid battery will be regained. We also imagine the regular Malibu's fuel economy will be nearly as good as its Eco sibling.
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco engine
While Chevrolet hasn't indicated pricing or fuel economy for the non-Eco 2013 Malibu yet, comparing a 2012 Malibu in similar trim (1LT, for the record) isn't likely to be too far off. Even with a three mile-per-gallon advantage for the 2013 – a delta that you have to hope would shrink, given the aerodynamic improvements that will be shared by all Malibus – it would take over seven years of driving with $4-per-gallon gas to level out the nearly $1,800 price differential.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco front seats2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco multimedia system

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco gauges2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco interior

So that seems like a pretty good argument against the Malibu Eco, but hey, we're dealing largely in theoreticals here. We haven't driven the standard Malibu yet, and lest we not heed our own good advice, we're not going to anoint a car that doesn't exist yet.
We have, however, driven the Chevrolet Cruze. And though GM isn't going to like it when we write this, the best argument against the Malibu Eco is sitting next to it on Chevrolet dealer lots.
Compare, if you will, some key specs:
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco taillights2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco badge
2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco wheel detail2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco headlight
2013 Malibu Eco 2012 Cruze Eco
Front Headroom 39 inches 39.3 inches
Rear Headroom 37.5 inches 37.9 inches
Front Legroom 42.1 inches 42.3 inches
Rear Legroom 36.8 inches 35.4 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 95 Cubic Feet 94 Cubic Feet
Cargo Volume 13.2 Cubic Feet 15.4 Cubic Feet

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco rear 3/4 view
The EPA classifies both vehicles as midsize sedans, and save for the Cruze's slightly smaller backseat and narrower width, the cars aren't that dissimilar in interior size. The Malibu Eco certainly doesn't feel that much more spacious inside, nor does it offer a significant upgrade in power or handling. The interior appointments are nicer, but you can get a top-of-the-line, automatic Cruze LTZ with leather and navigation for a few hundred dollars less, a car rated at a combined 30 mpg.

Yet despite all this conjecture, we've been ignoring two crucial aspects of car buying. The first is that a great many midsize sedan shoppers head to their local dealer completely uninformed and drive off in whatever is new and pretty. While we can't understand that sort of behavior, we do get the second: Sometimes even afteryou've done your homework and talked yourself out of the rationality of a purchase, you stand before that shiny new car and say, "Damn the torpedoes, I'll take it. Because I like it."

Lexus LS New Model in 2013

Lexus LS New Model in 2013

Lexus LS unveiled in 2013, the new incarnation of its flagship sedan in the middle of a photo exhibition in San Francisco. The pictures were supposed to decide on the nature of the attraction, but it was all PR hype. If buyers choose a LS 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8, the choice is purely rational. The new LS, unveiled the sporty 460 F Sport trim, seems more evolutionary than revolutionary.
Lexus says the car over 3,000 new parts, but not many of those outside. 2013 LS combines the "spindle grille" new taillights and the GS and ES sides with majestic model 2012 is. Most changes can be in the front of the car, but give it an aggressive look that LS did not have before.
2013 Lexus LS 460 F Sport front three-quarter view
For 2013, the LS offers the same LS 2012: short wheelbase 460, LS 460L LWB and hybrid LS600hL. No hybrid LS models are available in rear-or all-wheel drive, the LS600hL is to all four wheels only.
Sport LS F 460 is the only new model, bringing a touch of sportiness to the big Lexus. The F Sport networks "sport tuned" suspension, which is 0.4 inches lower than the original, a Torsen limited-slip differential (on models with rear-wheel drive) and six-piston Brembo brakes. Drivers get much improved seats and oars.

All models retain the 4.6-liter V8 from 2012 LS. In the LS 460, V8 of 386 hp at the hotel (360 in all four wheels) and 367 lb.-ft. of torque (347 in all four wheels). The LS600hL hybrid gets a boost from an electric motor of 221 hp and 288V nickel-metal hydride battery.
Two transmissions are available: an automatic eight reports of non-hybrid models, and a continuously variable drive the LS600hL.
2013 Lexus LS interior

status of Lexus, the focus is really on technology, not performance. In the safety department, Lexus Advanced Pre-Crash Safety LS can stop speeds up to 24 mph if it detects a follow obstacle.It also comes with mandatory electronic aids: adaptive cruise controller, control maintenance SPOT Assist lane and blind to alert traffic behind Cross to help drivers when backing up.
Lexus owners can control most functions of the car thanks to the 12.3-inch touch screen in the center console. Remote Touch system combines a controller buttons, and commands a confirmation button to operate the air conditioning of the LS, audio and navigation systems.
The LS 2013 also comes with its own application suite. Lexus Enform system is Pandora, iHeartRadio, MSN and other applications within reach of the driver LS.
The LS has everything a buyer could want modern luxury sedan, but may not be enough. When Toyota launched Lexus LS with origin in 1989, stunned the world by its quality, attention to detail and the relatively low price. In the process, poached sales of Lexus brands like old silver Mercedes.
The LS 2013 is almost identical to the German competition, not to mention the LS 2012, it seems, but no more. This will likely keep the faithful happy Lexus, but it will not inspire the emotion of the brand has to attract another person.
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