Dad's Car: Lexus LS 460 Touring or Chevrolet Sonic?


When announced a price of $73,000 ( delivery, processing and handling fee of $875) earlier today for the Touring Edition I immediately thought of it as a "Dad's car". It must be that time of the year or perhaps I view Lexus as a car for older people? Has Lexus, after 22 years on the market, become a modern day "Oldsmobile"?

Obviously Lexus is also concerned judging from the statement it released along with the announcement of the special model that goes on sale later this month.

"The Touring Edition adds excitement to our flagship sedan," said Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager. "The package on this car enhances styling and comfort, allowing us to attract younger buyers to the LS line-up."

What's special about the 2011 LS 460 Touring Edition, which will be available on both the LS 460 Rear Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive models? Lexus says it will be distinguished from other LS models by a Smoky Granite Mica exterior and the following equipment: 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels (18-inch on All-Wheel Drive model), Sport kit and grille, Sport seats, Wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob.

Co-incidentally, a couple of hours earlier announced the price of the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic will start at $14,495, including destination, when it goes on sale in the Fall. It comes standard with a 1.8-liter Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission. However, based on my experience with the , I'd rather spend an extra $700 for a Sonic with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission.

I don't know about you but, although I am easily old enough to be a grandfather, I'd rather have a Sonic than a LS 460. I must be getting younger as I get older! Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there.


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