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    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Review: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo

    Review if the 2017 Lexus IS

    Silicon Valley is a place where technology and innovation rule, so it comes as no surprise that San Jose drivers eschew European sports cars with sky-high price tags for more modern options that deliver performance while staying within budget.

    Case in point: the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo, a compact luxury sedan with advanced turbocharger technology and advanced driver assistance features, starting at less than $40K. Check out our full review, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test spin:

    Engine

    The 2017 IS Turbo features a specially designed turbocharged engine developed in-house by Lexus engineers, so you won’t get anything like it with other automakers. The twin-scroll turbo technology gives the IS power and low-end torque for a responsive drive and a zero to 60 MPH time of 6.9 seconds. The drivetrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters, making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This rear-wheel drive model gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, making it the most fuel efficient of the IS models.

    Styling and Interior

    The 2017 IS received a few updates since last year’s model, with a redesigned front and rear, featuring the Lexus signature spindle grille, LED lighting, and chrome accents. Each model of the IS comes standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, and available rear sunshade.

    If you’re looking for a little more luxury, there’s also an available heated steering wheel, leather interior trim, wood and aluminum accents, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilting and telescoping steering column, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

    Features

    Standard tech includes the Lexus Display Audio with color multi-media display and Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/smartphone input, 8-speaker audio system, and 7-inch VGA dashboard display. Additionally, all models come with one year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app for convenience and support whenever you need it.

    The Navigation Package of features includes Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Remote Touch controls, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Package adds the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers, inverted-motor subwoofer, 835-watt 12-channel Class-D amplifier, 5.2-channel surround sound, and aluminum control knobs.

    Safety

    The 2017 IS received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, each model comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps.

    Pricing

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Mar212017

    Lexus Volunteer Scholarship Awards 2017

    YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Students, family, friends and the community can vote for their favorite Volunteer Athlete from now through Wednesday, April 12th by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lexusofstevenscreek. All high school Volunteer Athletes were chosen and recognized by Cal-Hi Sports as the “Volunteer of the Week” during the 2016-2017 season.
    The following Volunteer Athletes are particpating in the program: 
    Carson Myers from Presentation High School, Nadia Etemadi from Westmont High School, Anne Crouch from St. Ignatius High School, Josephine Cotto from Menlo-Atherton, Kirmarje Trent from Antioch High School, Christine Kim from Leigh High School, Tianna Mcburney-Lin from Los Gatos High School, Nate Mirizzi from Leland High School, and Jackson Haun from Pinewood High School.

     

    The first phase of the program kicks off Wednesday with a Facebook voting contest. You can also drop by Lexus of Stevens Creek, located at 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose, to cast your vote. The voting period will last three weeks, and the top ten participants will move on to the second phase, the essay portion. From there, a panel of judges will choose five Volunteer Athletes to be interviewed and then awarded at the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Awards Banquet on May 23rd at Levi's Stadium. The awards include (1) $3,000, (2) $2,000, and (2) $1,500 scholarship cash prizes! 


    Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

     

    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Cadillac Escalade

    Compare the Lexus LX 570 vs Cadillac Escalade

    Not all utes are created equal, as you may already know if you’ve been shopping for a luxury SUV in San Jose. Choose wisely and you’ll get a spacious ride with intuitive features that can handle any terrain; choose poorly and you’ll end up with a clunky rig that rides on pavement only and whose tech will soon seem outdated.

    When comparing full-size luxury SUVs, the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Cadillac Escalade have more than just cosmetic differences. Read our full comparison to see which one pulls ahead of the competition.

    Performance

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 is a commanding force on the road, and not just because of its size. Even with a body-on-frame chassis, it handles like a dream around corners and tight curves and comes ready for any terrain you want to explore. With standard Four-Wheel Drive, Active Height Control and Crawl Control, you’ll never get stuck in the sand or mud on your expeditions, while Multi-Terrain Select lets you choose between five different modes that optimize your traction, wheelspin, and brake pressure depending on the land you’re traversing.

    Under the hood, the LX 570 features a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s equipped with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence, advanced 8-speed paddle-shift transmission, and Adaptive Variable Suspension for a smooth ride no matter where you go.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade can take you easily around city streets, but may struggle during off-road adventures. It has standard rear-wheel drive (with optional all-wheel drive) and Magnetic Ride Control that adjusts suspension according to road conditions or weather. While relatively responsive on the road, considering its size, it may not be able to handle sand, mud, or gravel as easily as the LX because it does not have a Multi-Terrain Select equivalent.

    The Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower, so it’s a reasonably powerful ute. It also has an 8-speed automatic transmission, Variable Valve Timing, and an available Trailering Package with towing accessories.

    Safety and Features

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert.

    The LX also comes standard with triple-beam LED headlamps, power moonroof, power-folding third-row seats, Navigation System with 12.3-inch LCD screen, Panoramic View, leather trim, and four-zone automatic climate control. Standard entertainment and convenience features include 9-speaker audio, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, Lexus Enform App Suite, HD Radio, and one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, color Head-Up Display, Mark Levinson 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, cool box, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade has standard front and rear parking assist, and surround vision, but other driver assistance technologies are only available as luxury options.

    Standard interior features include keyless entry with push-button start, navigation, OnStar basic plan, Sirius XM Radio for three months, three-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, and Bose audio system.

    Premium options include a rearview camera, power sunroof, rear seat entertainment, power-folding second row, and theft-deterrent package. Available driver assistance technology includes Head-Up Display, Forward Collison Alert, Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX 570

    Staring at $89,880

    Cadillac Escalade

    Staring at $73,395

    Wednesday
    Mar082017

    Review: 2017 Lexus CT 200h

    Review of the 2017 Lexus CT 200h

    Drivers in San Jose love the Toyota Prius, and while this flagship hybrid set the bar for all others in its class, it leaves something to be desired for those seeking a luxury experience. Always the problem solver, Lexus stepped in with the CT 200h, a luxury hybrid built on the Prius platform with a refined interior and styling.

    When you take the 2017 Lexus CT 200h out for a test drive, you’ll notice the difference. But before you take one out for a spin, check out our full review:

    Engine

    Powered by the Atkinson Cycle Engine plus Lexus Hybrid Drive, the 2017 CT 200h gets an impressive 43 MPG city and 40 MPG highway, for a combined fuel economy of 42 MPG. Under the hood, it has a 1.8-liter inline-4 engine combined with an AC 650-volt permanent-magnet motor. Together, they make 134 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a smooth electronically controlled CVT, while each model is also equipped with Drive Mode Select for fuel and performance optimization.

    Features

    The 2017 CT 200h has enough standard features to keep any driver happy. Each model includes SmartAccess key fob with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration, Bluetooth connectivity, USB input, steering wheel-mounted controls, Sirius XM radio, and deluxe audio.

    Additionally, each model has available 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, 3-D Navigation, voice command, HomeLink remote transmitter, Siri Eyes Free, Remote Touch controls, HD Radio, and subscription-free traffic and weather. The available Lexus Enform App Suite gives you access to all your favorite apps for entertainment or convenience, right in your cleanly designed center stack.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 CT a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores in all crash tests, including moderate and small front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    The CT 200h features standard power-assisted brakes, SmartStop Technology, tire pressure monitoring system, eight airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, rigid body structure with crumple zones, and Vehicle Proximity Notification System that emits a sound to notify nearby pedestrians and cyclists. Additionally, you can opt for LED headlights and taillights, Pre-Collision System, Intuitive Parking Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and backup camera with dynamic gridlines.

    Interior

    Inside, the 2017 CT 200h has high-quality materials and detailed craftsmanship, with supportive seating and bright, high-tech displays and gauges. It features eco-friendly NuLuxe interior trim, cargo-area tonneau cover, leather-wrapped steering wheel, bamboo speaker frames, and accessories and trim made from 30% plant-based materials. Those looking for more luxury can add heated front seats, a moonroof, and leather-trimmed interior.

    Pricing

    Starting at $31,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Feb222017

    Review: 2017 Lexus GX 460

    When you need a ute that can handle California mountain ranges as easily as it can the streets of San Jose, a truck-based SUV is the route to go. Drivers who also want the latest in tech and a range of luxury features narrow their options down, and one stand-out model remains: the 2017 Lexus GX 460.

    This full-size SUV is a favorite for its powerful drivetrain, distinctive Lexus styling, and best available features and tech. Read on for our full review:

    Features

    The 2017 GX 460 has standard Lexus Premium Audio System for an immersive sound experience inside the otherwise quiet cabin, as well as entertainment with AM/FM/CD, dual USB ports, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone compatibility. Each model is equipped with Enform Service Connect, which gives you remote access to your vehicle’s location, fuel level, maintenance needs, mileage, and more. Meanwhile, Enform Destinations allows drivers 24-hour access to a response center that can help you get where you want to go without a hitch. The standard Enform App Suite lets you use your favorite apps in the center stack display, and Voice Command means you can do so without taking your eyes off the road. You’ll also love the standard Bluetooth technology, subscription-free traffic and weather, HomeLink universal remote, and Sirius XM radio.

    If you’re looking for even more, you have the option to add a Sport Design Package of features, as well as a Navigation Package, Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio Package, and Driver Support Package.

    Safety

    A full-size vehicle comes with responsibility, so Lexus equipped each model of the GX 460 with Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Active Traction Control, featuring a TORSEN torque-sensing limited-slip center differential and sensors on all wheels that can detect when the driver is losing control and apply the brakes. There are also 10 airbags throughout the cabin, Active Front Headrests, LED fog lamps and taillights, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Trailer Sway Control, Smart Stop technology, Backup Camera with Gridlines, Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control.

    When you opt for the Driver Support Package, you add a Wide-View Front and Side Monitor System, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, Pre-Collision System with Driver Attention Monitor, and Crawl Control for safer off-roading.

    Engine

    The Lexus GX 460 was built to go from the pavement to the mountains, so Lexus made sure it has enough power and control to handle any terrain. Under the hood, it has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horses of power and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The full-time four-wheel drive system has a two-speed transfer case and lockable center differential for serious off-road capability and a 6,500-pound towing capacity.

    Pricing

    Starting at $51,680 MSRP