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The 2014 Lexus IS 250 and 350 models were launched a little over a year ago, and ever since then they’ve made history with records sales. Lexus went with an edgy exterior design, making the IS very sporty, and stuck with V6 engines for both models. The Lexus IS was then tested against the BMW in its segment. The results were startling to most:  on and off the track, the Lexus was the better driver’s car, according to Torque News. Then, Car and Driver tested the IS versus the BMW and the rest in the class of sports sedans (think Audi, Mercedes, Infiniti), and they picked the Lexus, too. Road and Track was up next; they also picked the Lexus IS as best in its class overall.

All of the most reputable car review outlets dutifully reported their findings, and as news spread, Lexus had quite a year – this wasn’t supposed to happen for an American car up against European superiors, but it did. To get even more exhilaration out of your Lexus IS sports sedan, opt for the F SPORT Performance package.

Come visit Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria or check us out online at LindsayLexus.com to look out our awesome inventory of the history-making Lexus IS models!

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It’s not easy to earn consumers’ trust.  That’s why Lexus is honored to be named Most Trusted Luxury Brand for the second consecutive year in the 2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards.

Strong shopper perception of the ES sedan, IS sedan, RX luxury utility vehicle, and LX 570 luxury utility vehicle helped Lexus secure consumer confidence.

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automakers’ outstanding achievements in creating and maintaining brand attributes that capture the attention and enthusiasm of the new-vehicle buying public.

The 2014 Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence’s Brand Watch study.  Brand Watch is an online brand and model perception tracking study tapping into 12,000+ in-market new-vehicle shoppers annually on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

You can come in for a test drive and see for yourself why KBB named Lexus as the Most Trusted Luxury Brand. You can view our inventory at LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com.

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DealerRater Honors Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction Based on Customers’ Online Reviews Posted on DealerRater Web Site

 

DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review web site, recently announced Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria as a winner of the 2014 Dealer of the Year Award Program.   The DealerRater Dealer of the Year Award Program recognizes a select number of car dealerships throughout the United States and Canada for outstanding customer satisfaction as expressed through customers’ online reviews posted on DealerRater.

“We congratulate Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria for achieving this distinction for customer satisfaction amongst Lexus dealers across Virginia and look forward to their continued success through unparalleled customer service,” said Chip Grueter, president of DealerRater.  “It was a tight competition among many outstanding dealers throughout Virginia and Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria should be proud of this accomplishment.”

Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria has demonstrated consistently high PowerScore™ ratings for customer satisfaction, placing them in the top of their class.  The PowerScore is determined using a Bayesian algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2013 calendar year.

You can learn more about Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria at LindsayLexusofAlexandria.com

About DealerRater

DealerRater was founded in 2002 as the first car dealer review website worldwide.  DealerRater is the world’s #1 online resource for anyone seeking trusted third-party information on automobile dealerships.   DealerRater features nearly 41,000 U.S. and Canadian car dealers, more than 1,200,000 consumer reviews and over 1 million cars for sale.  DealerRater attracts more than 9.5 million consumers every year who visit the site to search for car dealerships, read reviews, write their own descriptive reviews, and find car deals – all for free.

Click here to see why customers love it at Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria.

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It’s tough to argue against informed, unbiased research.

In this case, the researcher is AMCI Testing, one of the go-to names in automotive evaluations, and what the organization is saying is this: They’ve confirmed that the Lexus 2014 GS F SPORT outperforms the 2014 BMW 535i M Sport in 12 key areas that affect safety and performance.

Each year, AMCI conducts rigorous independent studies at their own Proving Ground Road Course in California, and this year, testing included a comparison between these two vehicles. So where did the Lexus GS F SPORT outperform its BMW competition? In every area below:

• Better Overall Handling Performance
• Better Overall Handling Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Overall Handling Performance on Wet Pavement
• Better Maximum-Performance Handling (ESC Off)
• Better Overall Active-Safety Handling Performance
• Better Overall Evasive-Action Handling Performance
• Better Overall Cornering Performance
• Better Cornering Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Cornering Performance on Wet Pavement
• Better Overall Slalom Performance
• Better Slalom Performance on Dry Pavement
• Better Slalom Performance on Wet Pavement

You can test drive our Lexus vehicles by visiting Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria at 3410 King Street, Alexandria, VA. You can contact us at 800-944-1925. Visit us online at LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com.

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Defining a coupe these days isn’t an easy task.

Once upon a time, it meant a sleek, two-door vehicle that implied a few things about its driver, namely success, style, and—if the owner happened to be a family man—an appreciation of a second car to contrast the family sedan or wagon.

Over the years, automakers have marketed all kinds of coupe derivatives: the business coupe (two doors and two seats, made for traveling sales people), the four-door coupe (four doors but coupe proportions), and even the opera coupe, designed with a high roof to allow theater-goers to travel in style without the need to remove any hats.

Lexus has its own dramatic definition for a coupe, however, and you’re looking at it. The new RC, unveiled with a bit of attitude at the Tokyo Motor Show, is a respectful nod to the “purity” of the coupe tradition—and what that tradition says about the person who gets behind the wheel.

This then begs the question: Who exactly is that driver these days? What sort of person should be looking closely at the Lexus RC, a prestige performance car that’s designed to deliver, in the words of Chief Engineer Junichi Furuyama, “an extra” driving response?

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We say that driver is you—especially if you agree with any of the following:

Image matters: How you carry yourself is important, you say, which is, in many ways, what the Lexus RC is all about. Its dimensions are sleek, pure, with hints of aggression—a trait distinctly apparent in the RC’s Lexus-signature spindle grille.

So do the details: If you agree with this one, know this: Lexus engineers gave the RC genuine shimamoku wood highlights, which are the result of an intense, layered wood production technique refined by Lexus. The vehicle also sports small but significant accoutrements such as aluminum door trim and scuff plates.

Leaders don’t shy away from power: Furuyama decided to give the vehicle a 3.5-liter engine that produces a maximum 306 horsepower. His team also outfitted the coupe with an eight-speed, Sport Direct Shift transmission, which is purposefully adapted from the Lexus IS F.

Advanced tech is put on this Earth to be adopted:The Lexus RC offers a touch-sensitive Lexus Remote Touch Interface for audio and navigation systems. It’s also the first Lexus to adopt the enhanced Blind Spot Monitor system, which is designed to detect vehicles that are approaching at a higher speed and from a greater distance than the current system.

First impressions are vital: An RC coming your way shows off triangular headlamps that evoke the sporty characteristics of the LF-LC concept’s styling, while concept-vehicle inspiration is evident in the unique three-lamp LED design. At low beam, the lamps adopt an L-shaped pattern as an expression of the Lexus identity.

The act of driving should be a good time: Remember that Sport Direct Shift transmission? The RC comes with Formula One-style paddle shifters, and in manual driving mode, a torque converter lock up from second to eighth gears allows for quick down shifts.

Hospitality is a gentlemanly quality: “We developed RC to deliver extra response that exhilarates rather than overwhelms drivers, in keeping with the true spirit of Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi,” explains Furuyama, referring not just to your experience in the coupe but that of your guests and passengers.

One needs to stay in touch with their inner supercar: And finally, when you sit down for your test drive next year, take a close look at the Lexus RC’s gauges—they’re inspired by none other than those in the Lexus LFA.

You can test drive our Lexus vehicles by visiting Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria at 3410 King Street, Alexandria, VA. You can contact us at 800-944-1925. Visit us online at LindsayLexusOfAlexandria.com.

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The 2014 Cadillac CTS was named the 2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year. After two weeks of testing, the CTS beat out 21 other vehicles including the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The CTS excelled in all six of the Car of the Year criteria:

  1. Advancement in Design – Cadillac’s Art and Science design is contemporary
  2. Engineering Excellence – CTS rides on a composed and tossable chassis that’s significantly lighter than its rivals
  3. Efficiency –  CTS has three available powertrains: 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, 3.6-liter V-6, and twin-turbo 3.6 liter V-6. CTS is available in rear or all-wheel drive.
  4. Safety –  Scored high in the Safety category due to its many active safety systems and five-star NHTSA crash test ratings
  5. Value – CTS pricing is lower than its German competition.
  6. Performance of Intended Function

Click here to browse our selection of 2014 CTS models.  Our inventory changes daily and deals have never been better on the best ever Cadillac model.  Call us at 888-966-4252 to schedule a demo today!

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Video: Consumer Reports Loves the 2014 Cadillac CTS 

Video: 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport – Boosting Ahead of the Germans in their Own Game! – by Motor Trend

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2014 Cadillac CTS: The Jalopnik Review
Review by Travis Okulski
Oct. 15, 2013

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I’ll just say it. The 2014 Cadillac CTS is easily the best sedan General Motors has ever built. Ever.

(Full Disclosure: Cadillac wanted me to drive the 2014 CTS so bad that they gave me considerable seat time in both the 2.0T and the Vsport. I also definitely didn’t go on a dirt road and slide it all over the place at one point. Nope. That certainly didn’t happen.)

When Cadillac started reinventing itself, the CTS was the workhorse in its lineup. It was positioned to compete with both BMW 3-series and BMW 5-series sized competitors. And other than the glorious CTS-V, the hard working Caddy suffered for it. They compared it to the 3-Series at some times, the 5-Series at others, which meant that the CTS didn’t have a defined identity. It had to be all things to all people all at once.

Sure, the last generation car looked pretty great, but it was too small to be a real 5-series competitor and too bloated to compete with the 3-series. It fell into some weird sports sedan purgatory where it just couldn’t thrive. It also hurt Cadillac from within. The CTS was too close in size to the STS, and it was the better car. It made the STS totally redundant.

Then the brilliant Alpha platform came along, and with it Cadillac introduced the ATS, a car which was a true 3-series/A4/C-Class competitor. It also made the CTS the sad old dog in the Cadillac lineup. For a while I thought the ATS would kill the CTS like the CTS killed the STS.

But no!

GM made the Alpha platform bigger and said a new CTS would grow longer, lower, and leaner, ready to fire a shot straight at ze midsize Germans. The new car is five inches longer, which moves it directly in line with the 5-Series/A6/E-Class. It has three engines, including an all new 3.6 liter twin turbo V6, gorgeous interiors and probably the prettiest face in the business.

The real story here is the development of American luxury, and just how differently our two biggest automakers have gone about revamping their marquis brands. Ford’s Lincoln has been lost in a terrifying horror forest for the last 15 years, and instead of getting closer to the tree line they’ve been going deeper into the darkness. The MKZ is an economy car in a funky tuxedo, but at its heart it’s still an economy car.

GM has taken a measured, long term approach with Cadillac. There’s a clear vision for the brand, they know what they want it to be, and the vision is finally culminating. Cadillac was Season One of Seinfeld just a few years ago. It wasn’t funny and it should have been cancelled. But some people saw the vision, they knew where it could go, they caught some brilliant moments, they understood. Now we’re entering season four. The brand is hitting its stride. It’s Cadillac’s Summer of George.

Exterior: 8/10

Pictures don’t do the new Caddy justice. From the front it’s imposing and aggressive, with narrow LED accents, a huge gaping grille, and some very distinct character lines. There is absolutely no mistaking the new CTS for any other car in the class or any other car on the road. The Vsport also rides on attractive anthracite 18-inch wheels, which is as hard to write as it is to believe.

Wait, you’re sure they aren’t 38-inch wheels? You mean they picked an appropriately-sized wheel?

But there is a detriment to smaller wheels in the appearance department. The CTS has quite a few character lines running at an angle towards the back, it accentuates the height of the car. This makes the rear wheels look exceedingly small.

I’m also a bit blasé about the rear end of the car. It’s like they spent all the time designing the front end, then ran out of time and drew something that looked like a Cadillac for the back. Or perhaps they only decided to distribute styling to the front, because the rear is a bit more on the boring side and looks rather XTS-ish.

Interior: 8/10

Cadillac has eight interior environments for the CTS. Yeah. Environments. But don’t let that marketing speak send you screaming into the moonlight. This is a gorgeous interior, especially the sport… environment.

There you have black and red two-tone, with real carbon fiber trim that has a bit of red in the weave. I do prefer brushed aluminum or a dark wood to carbon fiber, but this actually looks rather tasteful. It also has well bolstered seats that are nice and tight and quite comfortable. It’s not a recliner like Caddys of old.

One of the CTS’s I drove had a more luxury-oriented environment, which means less bolstered seats and more wood and chrome in place of the carbon fiber. It’s more traditional Caddy than new school performance, but it’s all beautifully put together.

Acceleration: 8/10

The 2.0T is the 270 horsepower engine you know and love from the ATS, except now it has a considerable amount more torque, like 50 pound feet. My Timex ass timer gave me a 0-to-60 time of about 5.5 seconds, but apparently official numbers put that closer to six seconds.

For the Vsport, Cadillac throws in its all new, 3.6 liter, direct injection, twin-turbo V6 with 420 horsepower. This is a quick car. It’s not CTS-V levels of fast, but it is BMW 550i levels of fast. It’s a responsive engine, with great punch in the mid-range and little discernable turbo lag.

The power of the Vsport is mighty impressive, but my money would go to the 2.0T. It’s better than you’d expect and is definitely the secret sauce in the CTS recipe. Though it is the base engine, which I guess makes it less of a secret sauce and more like a tasty bottle of three cheese marinara.

Braking: 8/10

Really solid brakes, great pedal feel, and you have Brembos up front. The new CTS is also around 200 pounds lighter than the last gen car, so it’s just that much more responsive and solid under braking.

It feels very old school BMW, which is a good thing.

Ride: 8/10

Magnetic Ride, you beautiful bastard. I’ve professed my love for MRC before, and it still holds true here in the CTS. Tour mode is the soft, do anything mode, and it’s spectacularly comfortable. But it’s also controlled and solid, which means it doesn’t float like a Cadillac of old. You’re connected.

The smaller wheels add to the ride quality, which makes it less harsh over bumps and you don’t run the risk of bent wheels and popped tires every time you hit a pothole. Maybe that’s a note to take, German luxury car makers…

You can also put the MRC in Sport, and in the Vsport, there’s a Track mode, which just stiffens it up and makes it kind of uncomfortable. But if it didn’t have a Sport or Track setting, people would complain that it isn’t a real sport sedan because it doesn’t have those buttons. And that’s probably because people just don’t want to accept that the Cadillac is as good as it is, so they’ll find a reason to bash it.

We challenge you to try it.
Handling: 7/10

Everything you like about the ATS is just as good or better in the CTS. The handling here is about the same, which is no small achievement since the ATS is a fun little car. The CTS is a fun midsize car. Steering is also direct and nicely weighted, with enough feedback to let you know that you aren’t navigating a yacht.

Gearbox: 8/10

There are two gearboxes on offer in the CTS. One is a six speed auto, the other is an eight speed. Both are quick and crisp, and make a nice little pop on shifts. In a change, the eight speed isn’t the ubiquitous ZF gearbox that is in basically every great car these days, but is instead an Aisin developed box. It’s not quite as good as the ZF in all situations, but it’s still fast enough that Herbert B. Cadillac Drivist won’t complain.

The paddle shift is also fast and responsive, with nicely matched downshifts and quick upshifts. It does do the first-to-second upshift for you in manual mode, which I don’t care for. But I also doubt that most people will use the paddles or care that it does that.

Audio: 7/10

The Bose stereo sounds great. My 90s rock selections came through loud and clear, the Gin Blossoms sound just as good in the Caddy as they do live.

The V6TT and I4 both sound throaty, aggressive, and vaguely like Janis Joplin in the mid-range.

Cadillac has also made a bit of an interesting decision by piping sounds into the cabin depending on what mode you’re in. What it does is take elements of real engine noise and then send it through the speakers to make you feel extra sporty, I guess.

I tried to tell the difference in the engine note when I was in tour, sport, and track, and I couldn’t really pick up on any changes. It must be really subtle. Or maybe I’m going deaf? Or perhaps I’m going blind? Maybe I’m out of my mind?

Toys: 8/10

It has every single toy you’d expect in this class, like a reconfigurable digital dash on some models, lane departure warnings, radar cruise, collision warnings, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and all the other bibs and bobs you want.

Then it has CUE, Cadillac’s sometimes maligned, sometimes beloved, infotainment system. Certain parts are great, like the voice recognition. I also dig the haptic touch interface. It was slow to load my iPod and respond to searches on there. The navigation system also couldn’t find a nearby train station, which was a bit of a concern since those are fairly large landmarks.

Value: 8/10

If you know how much an E-Class, A6, or a 5-Series costs, then you know how much a CTS costs. It’s worth every penny.

It’s a great looking, great driving car that I’d put against basically anything on the road today. Every person I drove in the car was impressed, and it consistently impressed me. The CTS is that high school student that was in all honors classes, was friends with everyone, and played varsity sports. Only a few people in school hated that kid. And those kids are BMW, Mercedes, and Audi.

Cadillac has been promising that they’d be the standard of the world for more than a decade now, and it’s finally true. This is the best car in the Cadillac lineup, and I think it’s even the best car in its class.

When did you think you’d hear that?

78/100

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