A Golf Trip to Prescott in the 2013 Lexus LS460
I needed to test drive a sophisticated, comfortable luxury vehicle with the trunk space to fit four large golf bags and extra clothes for four to change for dinner.
It gets hot in the summer in Phoenix (110), so a golf trip to Prescott (89), for the day with friends, seemed like the right thing to do. The drive time averages about an hour and half from our home to Prescott and I wanted to travel there in comfort and style. This meant I needed to test drive a sophisticated, comfortable luxury vehicle with the trunk space to fit four large golf bags and extra clothes for four to change for dinner.
Boy did I luck out… I test drove a Lexus LS460 4-Door Sedan in Nebula Gray Pearl. The comfortable seats were semi-aniline (perforated) leather, and the car seated the four of us with plenty of room to spare, almost limousine like.
The LS 460 is an immense, luxurious car, with a wheelbase of 116.9”, and overall length of 200”; weighing in at 4,233 pounds. Sturdy, with a smooth comfortable ride, is what our guests kept raving about. The roads to Prescott, for the most part are well paved, but there are some patches where you would normally feel the road; but not in the LS. In fact, towards the golf course there were some speed bumps that we drove over that felt more like a ripple than a bump.
The Lexus is all-wheel drive and is provided by a 4.6 liter, 380 horsepower V-8 with a great fuel economy rating of 16 city, 23-highway and 18-overall mpg. The LS460 will go from zero to sixty in 5.5 seconds and according to another “source” it can top out at 130 mph.
I wish my golf swing was close to even 10 mph as I wound up talking more to Ellen in the golf cart than concentrating on the game itself. The guys were using all sorts of binoculars to see
distance and throwing blades of grass in the air for wind velocity or something like that. I address the ball and swing… no practice swings or circling the ball five times and moving my feet like it would make a difference. My approach is similar to Lexus, get up and go.
On the drive up we noticed the blind spot monitor came in handy as well as the lane change departure warning and radar cruise control. It also had a gigantic navigation screen and 19-speaker Mark Levinson stereo with satellite radio. The LS had Bluetooth and Lexus Enform app suite which aptly made our dinner reservations at the Hassayampa Inn.
The 2013 has the new spindle grille and the taillights have three “L”s molded within each. The wheels l8”, ten-spoke and the twin exhausts were actually sexy popping out of two sculpted chrome finishers molded into the rear fascia.
The Prescott Golf and Country Club was the picture perfect background for the 2013 Lexus LS 460 and dinner at the historic Hassayampa restaurant was the story-book ending to a wonderful day. Our drive back to Phoenix that evening was again like a limousine ride gliding by desert mountain landscapes and the afterglow of glorious sunsets.
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