This car looks so freaking good.
Every manufacturer has a halo car, and for Lexus, it’s the LC 500. Toyota’s premium brand might be best known for making luxurious sedans and staid crossovers, but the LC is something totally different. It’s fast and gorgeous, and in addition to the coupe, the LC 500 is now available as a convertible.
LikeExcellent design inside and outSilky-smooth V8 engineQuiet for a convertible
Don’t LikeInfotainment is tough to useVery little cargo spaceNeeds more power off the line
Regardless of body style, the LC is a looker. My tester is covered in a luscious shade of red paint, which is probably the most gorgeous rouge this side of Mazda’s Soul Red. Lexus’ spindle grille doesn’t look bad in this application, and I love how the distinct headlight shape is echoed in the taillights. Front to back, the LC is stunning.There’s performance to back up that style, too — mostly. The LC uses a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine with 471 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, and Lexus says this convertible can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. But when I hit the throttle, all I feel is hesitation. I want the LC 500 to leap off the line, but you’ve got to give it a second for the engine to rev into the heart of its powerband.
Once you’re up and moving, however, the LC is a total blast. The 10-speed automatic transmission is happy to let the engine hang out high in its rev range, only upshifting when it almost touches the redline. The brakes have linear stopping feel and power, giving me the confidence to brake late before diving into corners. The transmission downshifts preemptively, making sure I’m in the perfect gear for maximum attack on a corner exit.Despite its 4,540-pound curb weight, the LC is plenty nimble, eager to be tossed into corners with plenty of grip available from the Michelin Pilot Sport ZP tires (wrapped around 21-inch forged alloy wheels). Even though these are run-flats, the Michelins don’t have that hard-as-a-rock feeling common with this tire type. My tester also has the optional Torsen limited-slip differential, which helps this rear-wheel-drive behemoth rotate around turns. The LC is incredibly well balanced with nary a hint of oversteer.
The LC’s interior is nicely appointed but that infotainment tech has got to go.
The EPA rates the 2021 LC 500 Convertible at 15 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined. Despite my heavy right foot, I managed to see 20.2 mpg during a week of testing.
With the four-layer convertible top up, road and wind noise are kept to a minimum. But when I want to let the sunshine in, the roof folds back in 15 seconds and can be operated while driving at speeds up to 31 mph. Oh, and FYI, the top control button is hidden under the palm rest for the infotainment controls. I went absolutely crazy trying to find this; there’s no way to know it’s there.As with most convertibles, the top mechanism cuts into storage space, leaving the Lexus LC with just 3.4 cubic feet of space in the trunk, which is hardly enough for two soft-sided travel bags. You’ll likely put those in the back seat, which is fine, since most adults should never attempt to sit back there.With the top down on a sunny day, I’m reminded that the cooled seat settings are buried in the infotainment controls, which is annoying as hell. I also wish the seats’ neck air outlets fed cold air as well as heat.Good looks will take you far.
Speaking of infotainment, this might be the LC’s most obvious Achilles’ heel. The Enform multimedia tech is housed on a 10.3-inch screen, controlled by a touchpad on the center console. Lexus says the pad should work like a smartphone, with tap, swipe and pinch-to-zoom controls. Problem is, it’s extremely difficult to use, especially while in motion. It’s easy to swipe past icons, the graphics are dated and the whole thing should just be scrapped. The LC doesn’t yet have Lexus’ new touchscreen, but at least Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa are standard. Other standard technologies include blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, precollision braking and full-speed adaptive cruise control.The 2021 LC 500 Convertible starts at $102,175 including $1,075 for destination. My tester takes things a bit further with a number of options, including upgraded wheels, a head-up display and a few accessories, for $113,320 as tested.Problem is, I’m not sure what the LC 500 is trying to be. It’s not a sports car like the Porsche 911 but it’s not accommodating enough to be a grand tourer like a BMW 8 Series. The LC 500 is sort of in this weird ‘tweener space. But damn if those good looks don’t make it compelling regardless.
Amazon’s latest Fire Tablet discount makes it cheaper than Black Friday’s deal – CNET
Sarah Tew/CNET One of my favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s for the holiday is the Chocolate Passport. It’s eight chocolate bars, each from a different country, and I genuinely look forward to testing it out with friends and family when we gather. Today, Amazon gave me a weird choice. I could order a…
One of my favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s for the holiday is the Chocolate Passport. It’s eight chocolate bars, each from a different country, and I genuinely look forward to testing it out with friends and family when we gather. Today, Amazon gave me a weird choice. I could order a two-pack of my Chocolate Passport instead of picking it up the next time I was in the store, or I could spend nearly the exact same amount of money on a full Fire tablet to download movies on before I fly to visit family next week.Prime Day and Black Friday are usually the best two times of the year to buy Amazon’s hardware for its cheapest pricing, but that’s not the case this year. Both of those times have already passed, but the best deal has actually just arrived — as long as you don’t mind buying two of them. During Black Friday we saw the Fire 7 drop down to $35, but with the code 2SAVE10 you can get each of them for just $30.There are a bunch of other Fire tablet deals as well, like the Fire HD 8 for $55, Fire HD 10 for $100 and more. Several of these are also eligible for the additional discount using the code 2SAVE10 and if you have an older Fire tablet lying around you could trade it in for an extra 20% discount.We’re not sure how long these discounts will last, so if you’re interested in picking one of these up you should do so sooner rather than later.
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5 Prayers for desperate students during final exams
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will…
Sometimes during final exams we may need a little extra help!Whenever exam time rolls around each semester, students often become desperate, hoping and praying that they will pass their exams.While God may not give you the answers to your exam questions, he doesn’t mind giving you a little extra grace at exam time that will help you approach the exam with peace.Whatever happens, give it all to God.Here is a short collection of prayers that you can say to ask God for some extra grace during your exams.Prayer of St. Thomas AquinasCreator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, the obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.Prayer to St. Rita before a testSaint Rita,In your company,I present myself to God, the wise Creator of the universe,the light of human mind.To learn through application in my studies,I will need attention:help me focus,you who were always so collected.I crave the internal peace to tame the passions,the external calm to avoid intemperance.I need intuition:the easy comprehension of essential. I need to memorize:help me to remember. Most of all, help me learn through my studies about the divine life,so I can live my time on Earth and in eternity.For all this Saint Rita,entrust me to the goodnessof Jesus and the Holy Virgin.Thank you.Amen.Prayer to Mary, Seat of WisdomUnder your patronage, dear Mother, and calling on the mystery of your Immaculate Conception, I desire to pursue my studies and my literary labors: I hereby solemnly declare that I am giving myself to these studies chiefly to the following end:that I may the better contribute to the glory of God and to the promotion of your veneration among all people.I ask you, therefore, most loving Mother, who are the Seat of Wisdom, to bless my labors in your loving-kindness.Moreover I promise with true affection and a willing spirit, as it is right that I should do, to ascribe all the good that shall come to me there from, wholly to your intercession for me in God’s holy presence. Amen. Prayer to St. Joseph of CupertinoO holy Joseph of Cupertino, who loves to bestow your favors upon all in need of your assistance, I implore your help with my studies and upcoming examinations. Despite my hard work and good will, I am anxious about these tests, and how I will perform. Remember, Saint Joseph, that you too endured a similar difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father, you were providentially helped toward your calling and vocation.Remember that you found yourself in the same difficulty and that through obedience and the powerful protection of your spiritual father you came out providentially well.I beg your assistance now; help me to be confident in my testing, and prompt and alert in all of my answers. I ask your prayers for my intention, in the name of Jesus, and also with a special supplication to Mary and Saint Francis, your Holy Father.O patron saint of academic examinations, I am convinced that my hope in your prayerful assistance will not be disappointed. Amen
8 Amazon Prime membership benefits you might not know about – CNET
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier. Angela Lang/CNET This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift. Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able…
Your Amazon Prime benefits make shopping easier.
This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2021, our list of ideas, by topic, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the perfect gift.
Everyone knows about Amazon Prime’s two-day shipping, which is the biggest reason I’m a member. I love being able to buy paper towels or cat litter online, and then see it on my doorstep a few days later. But this isn’t the only benefit if you’re paying for a Prime membership.For instance, you can get packages delivered much sooner than you would think — in a few hours, even. Or you can schedule a delivery date that’s more convenient for you, in case you’re not home. And you can even get exclusive deals, simply by using Alexa on your Amazon Echo.If you’re new to Amazon Prime, or simply don’t know much about what it has to offer, here are some of the ways you can get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership.Read more: Holiday gift guide 2021: CNET editors’ top picksGet free same-day delivery on qualifying itemsIf there’s a product you want immediately, you can see if it’s available for delivery the same day you order. To check a product’s eligibility, look for delivery that’s marked as “Prime FREE Same-Day” while shopping. Note that your order will need to contain over $35 of qualifying items. If not, you’ll have to pay a small fee.Amazon will deliver from morning until evening, so you won’t have to worry about receiving your order at 3 a.m. However, same-day delivery isn’t available in all locations, so enter your ZIP code on the Amazon Same-Day Delivery page to see if you’re eligible.Schedule a convenient shipping date during checkout with Amazon Day.
Get extra discounts by shopping with Alexa You can use your Amazon Echo to ask “Alexa, what are my deals?” anytime. Alexa will then share Prime-exclusive deals and you’ll have the option to add the item to your cart, buy it now or move on to the next deal. Schedule a convenient shipping date for your packageEveryone knows about Amazon’s free two-day shipping, but another option is to choose a delivery date
during checkout. It’s called Amazon Day and it’s helpful if there’s a specific day you know someone will be at home to answer for packages — especially if it’s something pricey that you don’t want to risk leaving unattended. If you order multiple items on different days, you can have them delivered on the same day as long as they’re eligible for this offer. Use your Amazon Echo to help track packages If you have an Amazon Echo of any kind, you can use it to track your orders. Just say “Alexa, where’s my package?” and your Echo will let you know where it is, who it’s for and when it’ll arrive. Once your order has been delivered, the Echo’s ring light will pulse yellow and if you have the Echo Show, the delivery notification will appear on the screen. Use any Amazon Echo to track your packages.
Shop Early Access deals before non-Prime members If something you’ve been eyeing says “Prime Early Access,” as a Prime member you can shop that sale 30 minutes before non-Prime members. However, you’ll still have to compete with other Prime members who are interested in the product before it sells out.Send a gift to someone without knowing their addressA new Amazon Prime feature lets you send someone a gift, even if you don’t have their address. For instance, if you’d like to send a coworker something for the holidays or their birthday but don’t know what their address is, you can still send a gift. But there’s a catch — that person must also have a Prime account and you need either their phone number or email address associated with the account.Be aware: Not every item on Amazon is eligible. Share your Prime perks with family If you’ve got another adult living in your household, like a significant other or friend, you can share your Prime membership with them. You’ll still be able to keep your personal accounts separate, but you’ll both have access to all the same Prime benefits. You can also share your account with up to four teens and up to four children in your household. While they’ll have their own logins, you can still manage their profiles. Amazon employees can leave a package inside your house with Amazon Key.
Amazon can leave your package inside your house or garage When you know you’re not going to be home for a while and you’ve got a shipment on the way, it’s much safer to have an Amazon employee leave your items inside your house or garage to avoid theft. At this time, in-home delivery is currently paused due to COVID-19, but we’ll still tell you how to use it once it’s resumed.For in-home delivery, you’ll need a Key-compatible smart lock and an (optional) Amazon Cloud Cam. The Amazon driver will send you a notification when they’ve arrived at your house and will request to unlock your door. Amazon will verify the package is at the right address and the driver is near the door, then will turn on Amazon Cloud Cam and unlock your door. You can also use Amazon In-Garage Delivery — just select Key Delivery at checkout. The garage kit is on sale for $25 and turns your garage into a smart garage. It works the same as in-home delivery so Amazon will do all the verifying for you.
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If you’re wary of letting a complete stranger into your home, keep in mind that you’ll also receive notifications during the entire process. Note that you can opt to block delivery access to your home — for example, if you know you’ll be home during that time. For more shopping tips this year, here’s how to send your Amazon packages back the fast, easy and free way. Also, read this before you buy a tech gift this holiday season.