Lexus Price Increases and Changes for 2011
For 2011, all non-hybrid Lexus vehicles come standard with a brake override system, which cuts engine power if the throttle and brake pedals are depressed simultaneously.
Other changes in the Lexus lineup include the introduction of a new model to the IS line - the IS350 AWD, starting at $41,905 (a premium of $2,460 over the rear-drive IS350).
All IS models have new grilles, rear bumpers, taillight surrounds, and 17- and 18-inch wheels. Models with HID lighting also boast LED running lights.
The high-performance IS F features revised power-steering and suspension tuning for 2011. LED running lights are standard.
The 3.5-liter V-6 engine in the ES350, which formerly required 91-octane fuel, is now designed to run on 87-octane fuel instead - helping save owners a few dollars at the pump.
But as a result, engine ratings are down, and 0�60 times slow from 6.8 to 7.0 seconds. Fuel-economy ratings stay unchanged at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.
The LS460 now offers available air suspension on all-wheel-drive LS460s. Pricing for the all-wheel-drive models climbs $1,220: the LS460 AWD is now $68,560 and the LS640L AWD costs $74,105.
Base price for the LS600hL hybrid climbs $1,200 to $110,875.
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