One of the real revelations of my Lexus IS 300 AWD has been the Safety System+ (LSS+) — safety is hardly the most exciting part of owning a car, but this is a set of features that have transformed the way I drive.
Last summer, my family travelled cross-country to pick up our new 2017 Lexus IS 300 AWD at OpenRoad Lexus in Richmond, British Columbia.
My wife Karissa and I have done the trip before, back in 2014. That time, it was a mad rush — colliding schedules made it necessary to bomb across the country in five days. It was an adventure, compressed.
This time, our daughter Pepper will be with us. Having turned 7 in June, Peppy has done car trips, but nothing on this scale. We plan on roughly 12 days to drive from the West Coast to the Great Lakes, though the timeline changes as we progress.
One idea I have is to document the entire trip using a GoPro suction-cupped to the front windshield. It’s impractical to record all the driving, so instead I set it to take a photo every 10 seconds.
One of the best parts about being an automotive enthusiast is choosing a new vehicle. There’s nothing quite like digging deep into car configurators, researching used car prices, comparing this package against that package, lining up all the variables and making a decision.
Of course, there are always parameters, certain criteria that needs to be met. Price is always a factor, but when it came to replacing my 2014 CT 200h F SPORT, there was only one other box that need to be checked: my next vehicle had to be a Lexus.