Remilekun Safaru, popularly known as Reminisce, is one of the rappers rocking the entertainment industry. And for an artiste that was once listed by TIME magazine as one of the seven rappers the world should meet, one would admit that Reminisce is making rapid progress in his music career.
Even though he does more of indigenous rap, he also performs in English language, which has helped to expand his fans base.
Few months ago, the rapper got himself a Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle. As expected of the Lexus brand and for a vehicle of that class, the GX 460 costs millions of naira in the auto market.
Arguably, only a couple of automakers, including Land Rover and Lexus, bother to build luxury SUVs with worthwhile off-road capability these days. Lexus has a couple of capable off-roaders in its line-up, one of which is the GX 460. It combines traditional body-on-frame construction and a high-clearance suspension.
Apart from being a luxury SUV, it is a family vehicle, given that it has three rows of seating that can move a family to any destination in enviable comfort. Whether on a long journey or not, it rides softly and it manages to coddle its occupants whether on pavement or rough roads.
Its interior quality is also up to Lexus standards of luxury as it is attractive and nicely put together.
The 2016 Lexus GX 460 is a seven-passenger luxury SUV offered in two main trim levels – Base and Luxury.
The 2016 Lexus GX 460 has a 4.6-litre V8 engine that produces 301 hp and 329 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is a full-time four-wheel-drive system with a dual-range transfer case.
All seems right with the world when you leave the pavement behind. Select one of Crawl Control’s three speed presets and the computer takes over both the accelerator and brake pedal, leaving you to concentrate on steering with a minimum of fuss.
In Edmunds testing, the GX 460 accelerated from zero to 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds, which some reviewers consider a below-average time for a luxury SUV. Environmental Protection Agency-estimated fuel economy is underwhelming at just 15 miles per gallon in the city, 20mpg on the highway and 17miles per gallon in combined driving.
Standard features on the base model include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, sunroof, keyless entry/start, aux audio input and a rear spoiler. Inside, you would find dual-zone automatic climate control and power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Tech features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment interface and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, Siri Eyes Free, satellite radio, HD radio and two USB ports.
Optional features include automatic wipers, windshield de-icer, front and rear parking sensors, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation system and Lexus’ Enform smartphone app system.
The luxury trim adds headlight washers, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, mahogany wood trim on the steering wheel and shift knob, cargo cover and power-folding third-row seats. The options on the luxury model include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound audio system, rear seat video entertainment system and the Driver Support package, which includes front and side parking cameras.
The 2016 Lexus GX 460 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, front and rear seat side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, and side curtain airbags that cover all three rows.
Also standard is Lexus Safety Connect emergency communications, with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle locator and emergency assist. The available Lexus Enform system can provide additional control of vehicle functions and information via a smartphone app.
There are also a number of safety features that are either optional or come bundled in higher trim levels, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warning system and a frontal collision warning and preparation system, which determines if a crash is imminent and automatically tightens the seatbelts and primes the braking system for a quicker response.
In Edmunds brake testing, the GX 460 came to a stop from 60 miles per hour in 127 feet, a longer than average distance for this segment.
The good: The Lexus has an intimidating, impressive appearance and it is not gimmick; it’s an excellent performer. It is capable on-and off-road and it has plenty of luxury features. Front seats are satisfactorily comfortable, even though the second-row bench is noticeably less so.
The bad: Reviewers complained about its uncomfortable second-row seats, inconvenient side-swinging cargo door, lackluster acceleration, poor fuel economy and relatively ponderous handling. Also, the dinky third-row seats are suitable for small children only.
Source: The Punch News