*You’d have to hire someone to help you NOT like a Lexus!!!

While driving down the street in the Riviera Red Lexus GS350 4-Dr Sedan, the Fire Agate Pearl Lexus ES350 4-Dr Sedan and the Deep Sea Mica Lexus IS350 AWD Sedan, I noticed that heads were turning. Naturally, I thought it was because I was looking particularly fetching. But, no, it was the cars.

People were looking and pointing at the cars – and for good reason. To find out why, keep reading!


THE CAR: 2014 Lexus IS350 AWD Sedan

I like this car a lot. I look good in this car, but to be honest, anyone would! First, it’s a good-looking car. Second, it handles well. Third, there is power under the hood. Fourth, it’s classy. At $50K, one would expect to have all of the above. However, the IS350 is exceptional. It’s not an arrogant car, although, the way it looks and handles, it could be! It has a confident ride with comfortable seats. The fuel economy isn’t spectacular, but it’s not awful either. Although I prefer my cup holder near the top of the center console and not the back, given the benefit of driving the IS350, I can learn to live it.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 3.5 liter V6-24 valve, dual overhead cam (DOHC), direct and port injection, Variable Valve Timing (VVT-1), 306 hp 277 lb-ft Torque; 17” aluminum wheels, dual chrome exhaust, power tilt/slide moon-roof with one-touch open/close, 6-speed automatic transmission; paddle shifters, electronic control with Intelligence (ECT-1), full time All-Wheel Drive; Drive Mode Select – ECO Normal, Sport & Snow; double wishbone front & multi-link rear suspension’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with/electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist (BA); Bluetooth hands free phones & media streaming; Lexus Premium Display Audio System-HD Radio with real-time traffic and weather. Gracenote album art, MP3 player USB integration, SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

MSRP: $50,220




 THE CAR: GS350 4-DR Sedan

My parents always told me to stay away from red cars because they attract cops. They were right about this little red number. It not only attracted cops, it attracted everybody! Driving this car, which can go from 0-60 in 5.6 seconds, is effortless. It’s as if the car already knew where I wanted to go. The ride is so smooth – it almost feels like you’re floating several inches off the ground. That’s not to say that the car isn’t grounded, because it is. It seems to have a dual characteristic. It hugs the road while somehow suspended in air. Go figure.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Smart access Keyless entry with Push Button Start/Stop, 3.5 Liter V6 with direct injection and port, fuel injection 306 hp @ 6400, 277 lb-ft torque, 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, drive mode select, front independent double-wishbone ad independent, multi-link rear suspension, , 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan; backup monitor, Lexus premium audio system, advanced voice, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/Remote Touch10 airbags.

MSRP: $59,104


THE DRIVE: Smooth!


THE CAR: ES350 4-DR Sedan

If you want comfort, reassurance and luxury, you don’t have to look any further than the ES350. If you want to look stylish, you don’t have to look any further than the ES350. If you want to be the envy of everyone you drive pass, don’t look any further than the ES350. The car handles exceptionally well and has a charming ride. The display screen has the feel of a video game. You can control everything from the screen, which is bright enough and wide enough to see clearly. It’s well crafted and well equipped. The Plano Black trimmed interior is sharp and classy. This sports sedan is an easy ride packed with satisfaction.

VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: 3.5 Liter 268 HP Four Cam 24-Valve V6 Engine, all aluminum engine construction and dual VVT-1, 6-Speed Automatic Transmission w/Sequential Shift Front Wheel Drive, dual exhaust with chrome finished tips, 4-wheel independent MacPherson Strut-Type Suspension with gas pressurized shock absorbers, front and rear stabilizer bars, 17” aluminum alloy split 6-Spoke Wheels, 4-Wheel anti-lock braking system with electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, SiriusXM satellite radio, one-touch open/close power tilt and slide moonroof.

MSRP: $47, 039


THE DRIVE: Outstanding!

 Darlene Donloe is an 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: [email protected].

DARLENE 9-05-10