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Thermal - do I order BD or AD sizing?
Having extensively cross-shopped the S versus a ton of other cars. I'd definitely say that if they improved their interiors (leather quality, etc), it would dominate the class. The drivetrain is amazing, the torque was intoxicating. The touchscreen is too fussy, the leather quality just seemed so-so, and the gaps are better and better as time goes on, but are nowhere near Lexus or Mercedes.
I am not saying Tesla is the be-all/end-all. People who buy Teslas are still on the early adopter curve... That is why I think 6 years, you won't be buying a top SUV without electric being in high contention. I could be wrong, since car makers are terribly slow at these things, so I am not placing bets on it. As for road trips - I think doing 30 minutes to charging every 200 miles does kind of suck, but by pure use case, you can justify it by every other single time you...
I just don't see that as an issue. You plug it in at night like your phone, and you get up in the morning and the damn thing has pulled out of the garage, is sitting right outside with the engine running and everything nice and toasty. If you regularly drive more than the 200+ miles, it (a) isn't the car for you and (b) you should consider moving closer to work since you don't value your time very highly.Battery costs will decline once the new factory goes operational....
Frankly given that 4-cylinders nowadays have the power that V8s had not that long ago, I don't really care that much. A 4 cylinder Accord does 0-60 in what? Just under 8 seconds? A 1998 Ferrari 308 GTSi was 7.8 seconds. And if you want torque - the era of electrics will be a revelation - Piob will be able to haul a shit-ton of wine in a 3-row seated monster with instant torque at zero in maybe not the next two cars he leases, but the next one after that (so let's say 6...
I love that grey. It is perfect.
FYI Current ES is on the larger Avalon platform.And, my parents owning an early ES300, there was a ton more sound deadening, the leather quality is still great (they still have it), and numerous other tweaks that, to their mind, more than justified the premium over the Camry equivalent. Hell, in free car washes alone they probably made up the difference. That being said, the current Avalon is a lot closer to the Lexus in refinement (and a lot less floaty and shitty...
I was thinking about a random article about Ralph Lauren's cars a while ago and it mentioned something about how he paints all his cars one of several colors (sports cars are a particular red; other cars are a sterling gray, etc)... It is why whenever you see photos of his cars, they all match.
Yeah, you are wealthy. Relax about it. False humility is pretty bourgeois.But anyway, being driven around is cause you have better things to do (e.g. spend time with your wife or work or whatever).
I am the opposite way. I see Americans driving themselves around in S-classes and other full-size luxury cars and wonder why Americans don't know how to be wealthy? If you are buying a car that big, you should have a driver. Otherwise, one side down is a much more fun-to-drive car (E-class or equiv).It is kind of like when I visited Carmel and saw those tiny $5M homes near the ocean - where the hell would servants live?
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