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Published Date: 26/08/2014

Want to drive to a holiday destination in style? Well a new Lexus is an exciting and useful choice of car to consider.

Models from the Toyota sub-brand aren’t just good to look at; most of the range also offers strong practicality for long trips even with the family included. With many models offered by Lexus also utilising a hybrid powertrain, keeping the fuel stops and running costs low is another benefit delivered from the brand.

Here are the finest and most practical choices of car from the Lexus range for holidaying.
Lexus CT 200h

Lexus CT

The Lexus CT 200h is one of the more luxurious choices of family hatchback on the market. Importantly, it has many strong points in its favour which should appeal to those thinking about a holiday trip and to family motorists in general.

Inside the interior is well built, filled with high-quality and comfortable materials and it should certainly prove sturdy during any holiday or other long-distance journeys.

The standard equipment list includes climate control, a radio/CD player, alloy wheels and front and rear electric windows.

Each specification in the Lexus CT range uses a hybrid powertrain, meaning plenty of miles can be covered in between fuel stops and running costs are kept low compared to rivals.

The CT hybrid combines a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined power output of 134bhp and CO2 emissions of just 94g/km. The official combined fuel economy meanwhile is an impressive 78.5mpg in its most efficient ‘S’ trim specification. The very low CO2 emission output means owners benefit from free Vehicle Excise Duty.

The Lexus CT 200h also has loads of safety equipment. As standard you get eight airbags onboard, plus electronic stability and traction control to help protect everybody onboard.

You certainly can’t fault the engineering and mechanical refinement of the Lexus CT’s powertrain, nor its frugality or effortless ability to switch power delivery responses. Pricing for the Lexus CT range currently starts at £20,995.
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Lexus GS

The Lexus GS executive saloon is a very luxurious and very comfortable choice of car for taking on a holiday trip. It has no problem transporting up to five passengers for many miles and features high quality seats and plentiful equipment to keep those inside happy. All specifications in the GS range use a petrol-electric hybrid powertrain.

The cabin space and load capacity of the GS put it’s as a class leader in both regards. Thanks to the smart packaging of the hybrid battery, the GS does not compromise on space for passengers or for the boot. At the back the GS can store 465 litres worth of luggage.

Standard equipment is plentiful, with the list including alloy wheels, climate control, parking sensors, heated and electric mirrors and full electric windows. Safety is to a high standard as well, with the GS carrying lots of standard features dedicated to protecting passengers.

With the GS you can combine either a 2.5-litre V6 petrol engine or a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine combined with an electric motor. Power output ranges between 179bhp and 338bhp and with either the GS delivers smooth driving and brisk pace.

Pricing for the Lexus GS presently starts at £31,495.
RX 450h

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is a high-quality SUV model that currently uses petrol-electric hybrid powertrains. It is big, comfortable, packed with equipment, easy to drive and impressively efficient for a car its size.

For a comfortable way to complete a holiday trip, the RX is a very handy choice. It has leather trim as standard, with heated and electrically adjustable front seats also included. The seating layout is also very flexible and space should prove plentiful for up to five. You can easily put three kids in the back or even realistically three adults perhaps.

At the back there’s 496 litres of boot capacity as standard, increasing to massively when making the most of the folding rear seats.

Other standard kit includes climate control, cruise control, full electric windows, headlight washers and a CD multi-changer. There’s no doubt that the RX is a premium choice of family and holiday motoring.

Each RX specification utilises a 245bhp powertrain, combining a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine with two electric motors. The power and composed ride should give the driver plenty of confidence behind the wheel, whether you’re on the motorway or negotiating twisty countryside roads. The RX hybrid drives along very quietly with a smooth automatic gearbox.

Running costs are also admirable for an SUV this size, the powertrain emits just 145g/km in CO2 and the official fuel economy returned is 44.8mpg.

Another reassuring thing about the RX is its safety kit. A lot of it is provided in the Lexus SUV as standard. As standard you get ten airbags and active head restraints to prevent whiplash. Higher specification models also get active cruise control which maintains a set distance to the vehicle in front.

Pricing for the Lexus RX begins at £44,495.

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