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Lexus Self-Closing Doors and Power Trunk Video Review

Cherise Threewitt
by Cherise Threewitt
September 12, 2013

When Autobytel gets a chance to test drive the 2013 Lexus LS 460, a new and interesting feature gets most of the attention. This Autobytel video focuses on the LS 460’s self-closing doors, which Lexus recently introduced to help differentiate its cars amongst the crowded and competitive luxury car segment. In the Autobytel test video of the Lexus LS 460 self-closing doors feature, we explain and demonstrate how the Lexus engineers intended for this feature to work. It’s easy to see how potential buyers might assume that the Lexus LS 460 has a button that opens and closes the doors, but as the video shows, the self-closing doors are more subtle than that, designed more for safety than for convenience. It’s not really supposed to be a substitute for closing the door yourself; rather, it’s designed to make sure that if someone doesn’t close the door all the way, the door will still be able to latch shut. The car’s computers can sense when a door is slightly ajar, and the door mechanism gently pulls closed on its own. Autobytel’s video of the Lexus LS 460 also demonstrates the car’s power closing trunk feature, which didn’t quite function as well as it’s advertised. 


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