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    Wednesday
    May222019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500 is a full-size luxury sedan that comfortably accommodates five passengers with its wide, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, and delivers an engaging driving experience with swift acceleration. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose has the new fifth-generation LS 500 available for you to test drive.

    Performance

    A 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine paired with a 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission powers the new Lexus LS 500. The LS 500 pumps out 416-hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, goes 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and has a top track speed of 136 mph. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, a rear-wheel drivetrain, and Drive Mode Select with Normal, ECO, and Sport modes. All-wheel drive is offered as well as an adaptive variable air suspension to help maintain the vehicle’s low center of gravity. The LS 500 is available in F Sport and hybrid trim levels.

    Comfort

    Whether it be a short or long trip in the northern California area, you are sure to find yourself sitting comfortably in your LS 500 with standard leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and a dual-zone climate control system. Optional features include semi-aniline leather seats, butterfly power-retractable headrests for both the front and rear passengers, power-reclining rear seats with massage settings, 28-way power-adjustable front and 18-way adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, and a panorama glass roof.

    Technology

    Your LS 500 is filled with standard and optional technology features. A 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Apple CarPlay® integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, dynamic voice command, navigation, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform app suite, SmartAccess keyless entry, and Lexus Enform Remote to remotely start your engine, adjust climate controls, and check your fuel level status are standard. Optional features consist of a rear-seat touchscreen control panel, 24-inch full-color head-up display, and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system with Quantum Logic® Immersion technology.

    Pricing

    Starting at $75,300 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May152019

    Review: 2019 Lexus UX 250h

    As one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, the five-passenger 2019 Lexus UX 250h delivers a smooth ride with comfortable seating and offers easy maneuverability with its best-in-class turning radius. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek near Santa Clara to test drive this stylish sport utility vehicle.

    Performance

    With its exclusive all-wheel drive system, the UX 250h is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine paired with powerful electric motors to produce a total system of 181-hp and achieve an estimated 38 mpg highway and 41 mpg city. To best fit your mood, you can choose from individual driving modes which alter the powertrain or throttle, including Normal, Sport, and ECO. After learning your driving patterns, the available Predictive Efficient Drive system effortlessly switches between the two power sources for optimal efficiency and is the first in the world to link with the navigation system in order to establish when to rely on battery power as well as when to recharge the battery.

    Technology

    The driver-inspired cockpit highlights the standard 7.0-inch color multimedia display with voice command, Apple CarPlay® integration and Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth®, Scout® GPS Link, a Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB ports throughout the cabin, 6-speaker premium sound system, a SmartAccess key fob, and the Lexus Enform app suite to stream music, check fuel prices, and monitor sport scores and stocks. Available technology features comprise of an upgraded 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, navigation, full-color head-up display, 8-speaker premium sound system, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist for 24-hour access to a live response center.

    Safety

    The UX 250h utilizes new safety technology to help keep you and your passengers safe when driving in the northern California area. The standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 consists of pedestrian and bicyclist detection, lane tracking assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, a backup camera, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, and an advanced 10-airbag system are also standard.

    Pricing

    Starting at $34,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May082019

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus GS 350 vs 2019 Volvo S90

    San Jose drivers looking for an abundance of luxury and technology will be interested in this comparison of the 2019 Lexus GS 350 against the 2019 Volvo S90. Both of these sporty sedans deliver a smooth driving experience with impressive acceleration. Lexus ranks highest in overall vehicle dependability among all brands by J.D. Power, and the GS 350 is a responsive, reliable, and comfortable vehicle. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test drive.

    Performance

    2019 Lexus GS 350

    The five-passenger GS 350 is equipped with a 3.5-liter four-cylinder V6 engine mated to an 8-speed direct-shift transmission with a rear-wheel drivetrain which generates 311-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and achieves an estimated 28 mpg highway and 20 mpg city. The optional all-wheel drivetrain is paired with a 6-speed paddle shift transmission and earns an estimated EPA-rating of 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg city. Standard features include Yamaha® performance dampers for enhanced handling and ride comfort as well as Drive Mode Select with Normal, Sport, and Eco modes. The available GS 350 Sport model adds a Sport S+ driving mode.

    2019 Volvo S90

    The Volvo S90 is powered by a standard T5 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain. The S90 base model produces 250-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and has an estimated fuel economy of 34 mpg highway and 24 mpg city. The optional T6 engine consists of a turbocharged and supercharged engine that makes 316-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and achieves an estimated 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. Three drive-modes come standard which include comfort, dynamic, and Eco.

    Technology

    2019 Lexus GS 350

    A 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Bluetooth® technology, voice command, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Siri® Eyes Free, HD Radio™ for traffic and weather service, HomeLink®, a 12-speaker premium sound system, and the Lexus Enform system for remote access to your vehicle’s status, to remotely start the engine, 24-hour access to a live response center, and access to your favorite apps including Amazon Alexa, all come standard. A 17-speaker, 835-watt Mark Levinson® premium surround sound audio system is available.

    2019 Volvo S90

    Standard technology features consist of a 9-inch Sensus touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, voice command activation, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, navigation, HomeLink®, keyless entry, and a 10-speaker audio system. Optional features include a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, and Volvo On Call to start your car and adjust the temperature remotely.

    Safety

    2019 Lexus GS 350

    A backup camera with dynamic gridlines, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, triple-beam headlamps, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alert with lane keep assist, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, smart stop technology, and an advanced 10-airbag system are standard safety features. Available options include intuitive parking assist and rain-sensing wipers.

    2019 Volvo S90

    Standard safety features consist of collision avoidance technology, pilot assist, blind spot information with cross-traffic alert, oncoming lane mitigation, lane keeping aid, rear collision warning, road sign information, run-off road mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. A 360-degree surround view camera, park assist, and active bending lights are optional.

    Pricing

    2019 Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,765 MSRP

    2019 Volvo S90

    Starting at $47,350 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr242019

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area to learn more about the new Lexus ES 300 hybrid model. This five-passenger hybrid luxury sedan is the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in luxury vehicle which delivers a first-class ride, ample legroom in both rows, and an impressive suite of safety features.

    Performance

    The Lexus ES 300 hybrid model is available in a 300h base model as well as the 300h Luxury and 300h Ultra Luxury trims which are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission paired with two electric motors. This Lexus hybrid model utilizes a front-wheel drivetrain and generates 175-hp with the engine alone and a total system of 215-hp, and earns an estimated fuel economy of 45 mpg highway and 43 mpg city. To make the drive more responsive or more efficient, the ES 300h comes standard with four separate driving modes including Normal, ECO, EV, and Sport mode which initiates six simulated gears that can be shifted manually with the paddle shifters.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The new aerodynamic design helps reduce noise and vibration and the Lexus-first hybrid-acoustics with sound-dampening measures provides the quietest drive possible. You’ll be comfortable in the standard synthetic leather seats with 10-way power-adjustable front seats or the available semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats including 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with cushion extender. Optional are heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The standard Lexus Enform system provides Safety Connect roadside assistance, Service Connect vehicle information, Enform Remote to start your engine and lock your doors remotely, Destination Assist with a 24-hour live response center, and App Suite 2.0 for access to your favorite mobile applications. Available options include navigation with 3D city views, power trunk with kick sensor, panoramic sunroof, and a 10.2-inch full-color head-up display.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 integrated suite of standard active safety equipment includes lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high beams. Vehicle stability control, traction control, smart stop technology, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, a backup camera, and a 10-airbag system come standard. Available are blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and a panoramic view monitor.

    Pricing

    Starting at $41,410 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr172019

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus GX 460 vs. 2019 Toyota 4Runner

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus GX 460 vs. 2019 Toyota 4Runner

    The below article will help you decide which midsize SUV is a better fit for you between the Lexus GX 460 and the Toyota 4Runner. Both SUVs possess off-road capabilities, advanced technology features, and comfortable interiors. However, the Lexus GX 460 has a more powerful engine and higher towing capacity, comes standard with third-row seating, and has an extended list of standard features. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California for a test drive.

    Performance

    2019 Lexus GX 460

    The Lexus GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and GX 460 Luxury models are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed sequential-shift automatic electronically controlled transmission with full-time four-wheel drive. The GX 460 generates 301-hp and 329 lb-ft of torque, earns an estimated EPA-rating of 18 mpg highway and 15 mpg city, and has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

    2019 Toyota 4Runner

    The Toyota 4Runner models are equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 DOHC engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with a rear-wheel drivetrain and produces 270-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. Available are part-time and full-time 4WD. The 4Runner has an estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg highway and 17 mpg city and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

    Features and Technology

    2019 Lexus GX 460

    Standard features include NuLuxe® interior trim, 10-way power front seats, 40/20/40-split second-row seatback and fold-flat third-row seats, dual-zone climate control with interior air filter, and a power moonroof. Semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row heated captain's chairs, 50/50-split power fold-flat third-row seats, and three-zone climate control are available.

    Technology comes standard with an 8-inch multimedia touch-screen with Amazon Alexa integration, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free, a SmartAccess key fob, two USB ports, and the Lexus Enform suite of connected services. Optional features include navigation with 3D city views, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Mark Levinson® premium surround sound audio system with 17-speakers and 330 watts, and the Lexus Enform App Suite with voice recognition.

    2019 Toyota 4Runner

    Cloth upholstery, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 40/20/40 fold-flat second-row seats come standard, while SofTex® leather seats, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, third-row seating, and dual-zone automatic climate control are available. A sliding rear cargo deck and power rear glass are also optional.

    The 4Runner utilizes current technology with the standard Entune™ Audio Plus system with a 6.1-inch high-resolution touch-screen display, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, advanced voice recognition, a USB port, and an 8-speaker sound system. The upgraded Entune™ infotainment system with the Entune™ App Suite, integrated navigation, predicted traffic and Doppler weather overlay, and a 15-speaker premium JBL® audio system, are optional.

    Safety

    2019 Lexus GX 460

    A backup camera with dynamic gridlines, LED headlamps, and a 10-airbag system are standard safety features on the Lexus GX 460. Available safety features include a pre-collision system with driver attention monitor, lane departure alert, blind spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, high-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intuitive parking assist.

    2019 Toyota 4Runner

    The Star Safety System™ comes standard and utilizes vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution and smart stop technology. A rearview camera and an advanced 8-airbag system are also standard.

    Pricing

    2019 Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $52,355 MSRP

    2019 Toyota 4Runner

    Starting at $35,110 MSRP