|The Lexus NX 300h, ready for its close up|
This summer has been dubbed the Summer of Hell for commuters, with much needed track repairs at Penn Station causing delays for Amtrak, LIRR and NJ Transit riders.
|Central Park, from the highest vantage point|
So I was glad to have the Lexus NX 300h to tool around the city for a week. Twice, we drove to Central Park to explore the park, rather than riding our bikes there and being too third to enjoy the great expanse.
|The cream leather seats, which look perfect against a New Yorker's back wardrobe|
|The driver info panel, with directions front and center|
|Usually, we riding the bike path over the Brooklyn Bridge [photo taken by my husband]|
We also climbed up Belvedere Castle to survey the park. This is the highest point in the park, and overlooks the reservoir and the Ramble.
Another day, we explored the east side of the park. At 750 acres, the park really does require several days to see.
|A model boat, with rubber ducks on for a ride|
On this side, we went to the model boat pond, formally known as the Conservatory Water. This is the backdrop for countless movies, from One Fine Day to Stuart Little. We also walked around The Ramble, which seems like a forest. It is totally artificial, but the city literally disappears around you.
|The Lexus NX 300h is perfect for a stylish New Yorker|
Though gas prices are still relatively low, saving the environment is important to me. It's one reason I often bike rather than drive. But since there are times you have to drive, and the subway is so unreliable, a hybrid makes sense. The Lexus NX 300h actually gets better gas mileage in the city, 33 mile per gallon. It gets 30 mpg on the highway.
Why not get a hybrid?
Note: Lexus loaned me the NX 300h for a test drive. Opinions expressed are my own.