Five Toyota and Lexus Hybrids Not Sold Here...That Should Be

Hybrids don't have to be boring to drive. Toyota's overseas models show us this in excess.

By Jacob Brown | Photos By Jacob Brown | September 19, 2013

Toyota Crown Royal

So much want. This car, by far, was our favorite overseas vehicle we had the privilege to drive at the Toyota Hybrid World Tour. It should be noted, however, that your humble author is a huge fan of American land yachts like the now-defunct Lincoln Town Car. This car would fill the void left by the full-size Lincoln with aplomb.
Powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 and a hybrid system that makes a combined 340 horsepower, the rear-wheel-drive Crown Royal isn't like any luxury car sold in the U.S. It has "premium" cloth seats, two stacked infotainment screens not unlike what you might see in a rival Infiniti Q50/Nissan Skyline sedan, and makes an aural cocoon of sound upon startup as if it were the symphonic version of the Dolby noise you hear before a movie starts in a theater. While based on parts from both the Lexus IS and GS, the Toyota Crown Royal rides nothing like either. It's ridiculously quiet and smooth, with a Jell-O-like suspension that numbs the driving experience and soothes the other souls that have the privilege of riding in this fine automobile. Ordinarily, we'd knock a ride like this one, but how can we? Toyota turned up the luxury and the kitsch to a whole new level with this car, and we love it. Unfortunately, it'd make no sense in the U.S., but we'd still love to see Toyota make a car like this for limousine duty.
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