2019 Lexus SC Simply when it seems the automotive trade has misplaced its way with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy car emerges. For over 50 years, this automobile has been the 2019 Lexus SC.
Often derided by enthusiasts as home equipment, the no-frills commuter automobile will get the vast majority of customers the place they wish to go within the manner they need to get there, safely and at a value. The 2019 Lexus SC does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive industry has gotten slightly nuts: the typical transaction worth for a brand new automobile is greater than $37,000, in keeping with Kelley Blue E book. Easy guilty the automakers on this era of no accountability but we’re those paying those massive prices for giant autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that much.
For just under $23,000, the 2019 Lexus SC places every greenback to functional use.
Although it rides on a new platform, the 2019 Lexus SC blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball game. On nearer inspection, the Hybrid gets blue accents across the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears extra composed than the youthful outgoing model that attempted too hard to be different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is extra streamlined and less angry, and the whole look is smoother front to back. However nonetheless, the only time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Lexus SC in the US is built on Toyota’s 20 years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the identical Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Complete output with the mounted ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the front wheels. The system makes use of exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could be significant for cold-weather customers wary of the cold range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electrical automobile.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as a lot as the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a shocking bit of pop. More importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids without a plug, the 2019 Lexus SC trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round city, with the electronically managed brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Lexus SC averaged more than 57 mpg in our week round city. Setting EV mode helps preserve vitality under low throttle as much as about 20 mph, after which once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there may be sufficient charge in the battery.
The battery is situated underneath the rear seat, so you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for an even load ground. Rear seat room is ample sufficient to suit two teens, and total it felt roomy enough for a household of 4.
The only trim within the Hybrid comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with computerized emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise control that works each at highway cruising speeds and in commuter traffic from 24 mph right down to a stop. It also comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster show to stay aggressive.
Priced at only $three,000 more than the 2019 Lexus SC and $1,200 less than a equally outfitted Honda Perception (EX trim), the 2019 Lexus SC is the peerlessly sensible, remarkably reasonable around-town car.
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