*Don’t cheat yourself when it comes to purchasing your next ride. You may as well treat yourself. It’s time to get serious about the car you drive. There are lots of vehicles from which to pick. Here are some classic choices: the 2014 Lexus LS460 4-Dr Sedan, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4X4 and the Lexus 9900A CT 200h.

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 THE CAR: 2014 LS460 4-DR SEDAN

If you want to look like a million bucks, simply drive this car.

You can’t beat this car, especially in liquid platinum, which is a striking color. All you can say is ‘wow’ and you’d be right!

This Lexus is big on looks, big on power and big on prestige. The interior is classy and spacious. The ride is smooth and comfy and the steering is fantastic. It’s a treat and a luxury to drive this car.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 4.6 Liter 386 HP Four Cam 32-Valve V8 Engine with electronically controlled intake valve timing; dual fuel injection system, 8-speed sequential automatic transmission, drive mode select with eco/normal and sport modes, 4-wheel independent multilink suspension electronic power steering system, hollow chamber 18” aluminum alloy wheels with liquid graphite finish, 235/50R18 V-Rated tires; driver’s and front passenger’s advanced airbag, automatic electronic parking brake, smart stop technology, navigation with high resolution 123 inch screen, remote touch interface, advanced active headrests, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, leather trimmed interior with Lexus memory system: driver and passenger seas, steering wheel and outside mirrors.

MSRP: $75,550

FUEL ECONOMY: 16/24

THE DRIVE: Do you even have to ask?

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THE CAR: JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED 4X4

Me likey! You don’t even have to try to sell anyone on the merits of Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4×4. It sells itself. First, the interior quality is on point. It has a smooth ride, great styling, improved shift paddles, it looks good, it has increased mileage and off-road capability. That’s just for starters. What else do you want? It’s efficient and sturdy. More? Ok, it’s roomy and trendy.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Automatic transmission, Standard Engine – 3.6L V6, 16 Valves, Horsepower at RPM: 290 @ 6,400, hill start assist, Quadra-Trac II 4WD System, advanced multistage front airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes, keyless enter-n-go, cruise control, power liftgate, supplemental side-curtain front and rear airbags, automatic headlamp leveling system, SiriusXM Satellite radio with one year subscription, heated front seats and more.

MSRP: $49,885
FUEL ECONOMY: 21/28
THE DRIVE: Cool!

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THE CAR: 2014 9900A CT 200h

Whether you’re young or more mature, looking for something sporty, traditional, a family car or a great luxury vehicle, the CT 200h will work for you.

The interior ROCKS!!! The driver is literally in the driver’s seat. You get the feel of being in a cockpit with a computer within arm’s reach. There is a mouse or something like a mouse to navigate around the retractable LCD screen. WHAT? Yep! There are bells and whistles and buttons and such. You’ll love the navigation system. You may want to take your time getting  where you’re going because you’re having so much fun driving the car. With Enform you can even plan trips from your own computer and send the information to the car. WHAT? Yep! Pandora and Yelp are right at your fingertips.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 1.8 liter in-line 4-cyl 16-vlve DOHC w/CCT-1 electric drive motor with Lexus Hybrid Drive, electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission, 10-way multi-adjustable power driver seat, electronic power rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel independent suspension, lots of trunk space, 4-wheel power assisted front & rear disc brakes, 17” alloy wheels w 215/45R17 all-season tires, anti-lock braking system, fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, power tilt-and-slide Moonroof with sliding sunshade, front aluminum scuff plates, leather trimmed shift knob, NuLuxe Trim Interior and more. The navigation system includes: backup camera, Lexus Enform with App Suite, Destination Assist & eDestination, (includes 1-yr trial subscription), remote touch controller, Lexus Insider, Voice command, Gracenote, HD Radio, 2 USB, 10-speaker preminum audio system.

MSRP: $39,095
FUEL ECONOMY:  43/40
THE DRIVE: SOLID!

 

Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy, CYH, BlackVoices.com and more. Contact her via: dcdwriter@aol.com.

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