Try These Spring Car Cleaning Tips

Spring Car Cleaning | Toronto, ON

New seasons are a time for fresh starts, which is why so many people spring-clean their houses. Why not do the same for your vehicle? These spring car cleaning tips will have your ride looking and smelling like new.

Wash the exterior. From road salt coatings to icy windshields, winter can cause lasting damage to your car’s exterior if grime is left in place too long. That’s why it’s important to give your car a thorough scrubbing when the weather warms up. Clean your car’s undercarriage thoroughly and make sure you wash your tires with tire-cleaning spray. Finally, dry your car off with a microfiber cloth to keep it streak-free.

Clean out your car’s cabin. Litter can really accumulate inside your car when the weather’s cold. Now that it’s warmer out, get rid of any trash that has piled up in the cabin. While you’re at it, give the interior a vacuum as well.  

Remember your floor mats. Whether it’s leftover road salt or dried mud from weekend adventures, your car’s floor mats have seen a lot of dirt this winter. Give them some extra attention by removing them and cleaning them. If your mats are carpeted, use a carpet cleaner to get them looking like new. If you have rubber mats, wipe them with warm, soapy water and hose them off.

With these cleaning tips, you and your ride will be off to a great start for spring. You’ll also want to get caught up on maintenance — and the service department here at Lexus Downtown is here to help!

Experience the All-New 2020 Lexus UX

2020 Lexus UX | Toronto, ON

The all-new 2020 Lexus UX stands out among compact luxury SUVs, combining city-smart technology and refined style into a ride that’s perfect for busy urban lifestyles.

Updates for the 2020 UX include more connectivity than before, thanks to the addition of the Lexus Enform connected services. These services allow you to not only get turn-by-turn direction from the Navigation feature, but will also allow you to control your UX from your smartphone. Use the Enform Remote app to:

  • Lock and unlock your vehicle
  • Remotely start your engine
  • Check that your windows and moonroof are closed
  • Remember where you parked
  • Monitor guest drivers

The new UX boasts a driver-centric cockpit and an athletic silhouette that hints at its sporty performance. There are two available engine options: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that generates 168 horsepower and a hybrid option that produces a total system output of 181 horsepower.

The 2020 UX provides peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel with its standard safety package, the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0. This package comes with standard technologies like:

  • Pre-Collision Safety System with Pedestrian (Low Light) and Bicycle Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beam

The 2020 Lexus UX is now available to test-drive here at Lexus Downtown, and it’s an excellent choice for your next compact crossover.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible Makes Impressive Debut

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Now you can let your hair down without having to sacrifice dynamic performance and luxurious features. That’s because Lexus has introduced the all-new 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible. This topless coupe made its global debut in late 2019 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

The exterior of the LC Convertible blends a unique roofline with all of the characters that a convertible has to offer, ensuring that it will turn heads whether the top is up or down. The LC Convertible has a low centre of gravity and optimal weight distribution for superior performance-focused handling.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Along with its athletic design, the LC Convertible shows off a front-engine layout and rear-wheel drive. It comes standard with a 5.0-litre V8 engine and a Direct-Shift 10-speed automatic transmission, helping the engine crank out an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque.

The LC Convertible comes with a soft-top design that folds down in 15 seconds. The top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50 km/h. You can also opt for a range of exterior paint colours, including Smoky Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Caviar, Infrared, Cadium Orange, Flare Yellow, and limited-edition colors like Liquid Platinum and Obsidian.  

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible | Toronto, ON

Intrigued? You won’t have much longer to wait — here at Lexus Downtown, we’re expecting the 2021 Lexus LC Convertible to arrive in our showroom sometime this summer.

Driving New Year’s Resolutions to Kick Off the New Year

Driving New Year’s Resolutions | Toronto, ON

If you’re trying to come up with a good way to start 2020, consider these driving New Year’s resolutions — they’ll help you improve your road habits, enjoy a longer-lasting car, and experience a more fulfilling lifestyle.

Become a more efficient driver. Whether you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on gas or want to help out the environment, good driving habits will help you do just that. Don’t idle if you can prevent it, make sure you avoid too-quick accelerations, and avoid rush hour traffic if possible.

Don’t forget your car’s routine maintenance. Life can get busy sometimes, which is why many of us find ourselves forgetting to make routine maintenance appointments. In 2020, make sure to keep up with vehicle service by scheduling regular checkups here at Lexus Downtown. 

Go places you’ve always wanted to go. Is there a destination you’ve always wanted to road trip to, but have been putting it off? In the new year, make a resolution to go to this place. Then, map out your route and hop into your Lexus for an adventure.

Commit to a few of these driving resolutions for 2020—and make your behind-the-wheel life better than ever. Visit Lexus Downtown in Toronto, ON to start the new year off in a new Lexus.

Holiday Events in Toronto to Celebrate the Season

Holiday Events in Toronto | Toronto, ON

The holiday season is finally here, which means it’s time to create new memories with your family and friends. Whether you’re looking to get a head start on gift shopping or simply want to enjoy the spirit of the season, here are a few of the most intriguing holiday events in Toronto this year.

Aurora Winter Festival

See Ontario Place turn into a winter wonderland at the Aurora Winter Festival. This annual event takes place this year from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5, giving you the chance to see some gorgeous light displays. You can also enjoy yourselves by perusing the Christmas market, going for a skate around the ice rink, and entertaining the little ones with fun festival rides.

“The Nutcracker” at the National Ballet of Canada

There are few plays that say “It’s the holidays” quite like “The Nutcracker”. So, why not head to the annual performance done by the National Ballet of Canada? This popular, one-of-a-kind ballet is set in 19th century Russia, creating a lovely world filled with sugarplum fairies, imagination, and adventure. Experience the beautiful dancing, gorgeous costumes, and magical sets of “The Nutcracker” from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4.

Here at Lexus Downtown, we’d like to wish you a joyous holiday as you make the most of the season at these exciting events.

Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Get Your Car Ready for Winter | Toronto, ON

Winter in Toronto can really do a number on your vehicle. From deflated tires to dead batteries, you want to be sure to follow these tips to get your car ready for winter.

Put on the winter tires. Ice, snow, and rain are expected throughout the winter months, so you want to be sure your vehicle’s tires can handle the weather. Stop by and see us at Lexus Downtown to get your winter tires so you can get better traction on rough roads.

Be prepared. Whether the snow has buried your front bumper or you find yourself stranded on the side of the road, you need to be prepared. Pack emergency tools that will help when the temperatures drop, including a flashlight, shovel, jumper cables, ice scraper, a bag of sand, flares, and an extra set of warm clothing.

Check the battery. When the temperatures drop, so does the car battery’s ability to charge. If you’ve been waiting to get a new battery, do that now so you don’t find yourself stranded with a car that won’t start.

Fill up the fluids. Top off the fluids your car needs to help make winter easier, including windshield wiper fluid and anti-freeze. This will help your car stay in working order, no matter how cold it gets.

If you’re not sure how to best prepare your car for the chill of winter, feel free to give us a call or stop by and see us at Lexus Downtown.

Lexus Announces New Lexus LC Convertible

Lexus LC Convertible | Toronto, ON

Letting your hair down in a Lexus is about to get a lot easier. The Japanese luxury carmaker recently confirmed that it will be offering a convertible version of its flagship LC sports coupe “in the near future.”

The new Lexus LC convertible was highlighted during Britain’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The brand showed off a prototype of the car wrapped up in black-and-white digital camouflage to give consumers a taste of what’s to come.

“Long, low and lean, the LC convertible will share the coupe’s athletic proportions, but project its own, distinct identity,” Lexus noted in a news release. The luxury brand went on to add that the convertible will bring “a sense of completeness” to the Lexus model lineup.

The Lexus LC convertible will be the first droptop available in the brand’s lineup since it stopped the production of the IS C in mid-2015. Before that, Lexus sold the now-discontinued SC convertible.

There’s not much information around this new convertible available at the moment, though Lexus has been hinting at this new model for years. Back in January, the premium brand previewed the new car with the LC Convertible Concept. It also showed off the 2014 LF-C2 concept with the idea of a convertible RC coupe.

Once the LC convertible becomes a reality, stay tuned for more information on how you can test-drive this exciting new model here at Lexus Downtown.

All-New 2020 Lexus RX Enhances Appeal

2020 Lexus RX | Toronto, ON

Lexus is looking to make a good thing even better. The automaker recently announced the 2020 Lexus RX, and it now offers more features and enhancements to make this top-selling luxury SUV even more appealing.

“With the new 2020 Lexus RX, we’ve taken a practically perfect luxury SUV made right here in Canada and enhanced it where it counts,” said Robert Tsang, director of Lexus in Canada.

The newest RX will take the details that have helped it become the brand’s best-selling model, and enhance them. For instance, the artisans who handcraft the SUV’s leather trim must train their manual dexterity for a minimum of six months before working on the Lexus.

This attention to detail and handcrafted luxury will come in five 2020 Lexus RX trims: RX 350, RX 350L, RX 450h, RX 450hL, and RX 350 F Sport. The standard RX powertrain will be a 3.5-litre direct-injection V6 engine, which produces 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

The hybrid 450h models will come with the same engine combined with a couple of high-torque electric motors, putting out a combined output of 308 horsepower.

Lexus will produce the RX 350 and RX 350 F Sport at the Cambridge, Ontario plant. Production is set to begin in August with the first vehicles arriving at dealerships by the fall.

For more information about the 2020 Lexus RX contact us at Lexus Downtown.

Back-to-School Safe Driving Tips: How to Keep Safe This Fall

Back To School Safe Driving TIps | Toronto, ON

A new school year is on the horizon, which means it’s time to stock up on folders and notebooks, and get the kids some new backpacks. It’s also important that you review some back-to-school safe driving tips to ensure you’re staying safe out on the road.

Drive the speed limit

School zones have specific speed limits, typically lower than the normal limit. This limit is there to ensure you are driving slowly enough that you will have enough time to react should a child dart out into the street in front of you. That’s why it’s important that you drive at or below the posted school-zone speed limit.

Watch for school buses

School busses are likely a fixture during your morning commute, which is why it’s important to know how to react, should a school bus come to a stop. If you see the bus’s stop sign come out and its lights flash red, you need to make sure you stop and stay stopped until the bus moves forward. Even then, proceed cautiously in case there are children walking slowly near the road.

Listen to the crossing guard

Crossing guards work to help keep children safe as they cross the road. If there is a crossing guard at a set of traffic lights, make sure you pay attention to the guard, not the lights.

Here at Lexus Downtown, we want to ensure our community is staying safe at all times, but especially when school is back in session. Follow these tips to help create a secure environment for all.

Sail Through Summer with These Car Care Tips

Summer Car Care Tips | Toronto, ON

Summer is finally here, which means you should start thinking about how to help your car thrive in hotter temperatures. Here are some summer car care tips to keep your car running smoothly.

Complete your car’s routine maintenance. Hotter temperatures mean your car is more likely to overheat, especially if you’re driving long distances this summer. That’s why you should visit Lexus Downtown’s service department and get your car’s oil changed so it’s fresh and clean. Also, make sure your coolant system is in working order so that it’s in peak condition to keep your engine cool.

Watch your tires. When the temperature outside changes, so can your car’s tire pressure. Make sure your tires remain in the recommended tire pressure range. That will keep your car riding smoothly and reduce the risk of an accident.

Replace your windshield wipers. Summer storms are on their way, which is why it’s important to make sure that your windshield wipers are in top condition. They should be replaced every six months to a year, so if you haven’t done so in a while, now would be a good time. You should also replace your wipers if they’re streaking the windshield or if there are cracks in the rubber.