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    Wednesday
    Jul252018

    Sneak Peak: 2019 ES

    The Lexus ES is nothing new; in fact, the first ES250 arrived in 1989. Since 1989 there have been six generations of the Lexus ES with the seventh generation coming out in October. ES stands for Elegant Sedan and has indeed grown into that. When the vehicle first came out, it was intended to be Lexus’ version of the Toyota Camry.

    Long gone are those days of mundane vehicle design. Today the Lexus ES that we have available to us is a dynamic, powerful, and head-turning vehicle that gives consumers much to look forward to come October.

    Read on to learn what’s new in the 2019 Lexus ES.

    Performance

    The 2019 Lexus ES will take you from 0 to 60 in just 6.6 seconds. The previous six-speed transmission has been replaced with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the ES to accelerate even faster. We have come to expect quiet comfort with Lexus, but the new 2019 ES might be to most tranquil interior we’ve seen yet.

    You also still have the option for a gasoline-electric hybrid, which was released with the previous generation and labeled ES300H. In the 2019 hybrid model, you’ll get a little more horsepower than the 2018 model and will top out at 215-hp. What’s truly impressive about the hybrid model is the fuel economy. The new 2019 ES has improvements of 4 mpg on the city and combined features and a 6-mpg improvement on the highway. These improvements bring the 2019 ES in at an impressive 44 mpg city, 45 highway, and 44 combined.

    And, new in 2019, drivers will have the option to opt for a sportier ES – the F Sport. This new model is the first model in ES history that can be classified as a sport sedan, and it does not disappoint.

    Comfort & Convenience

    Lexus did not cut any corner with the design of the 2019 ES. They use superior materials, elegant design, and top of the line technology. Standard features on the new ES include onboard Wi-Fi, a premium audio system, Apple CarPlay compatibility, Siri Eyes Free and Amazon Alexa integration, an optional head-up display, an easy to read TFT instrument cluster, and an 8-inch touchpad-controlled central infotainment screen located atop the dash and the option to upgrade to a 12.3-inch screen.

    And, of course, Lexus provides drivers with a slew of safety features that all come standard.

    Wednesday
    Jul182018

    Comparison: 2018 NX vs. BMW X3

    In today’s world of SUVS, CUVs, Crossovers, and everything in between, consumers may find the options overwhelming and numerous. For the unscrupulous luxury shopper, the options narrow and the best options begin to shine, and the leaders begin to shine. For San Jose drivers, the BMW X3 and Lexus NX 300 are familiar names, but which vehicle is the best choice?

    PERFORMANCE

    LEXUS NX 300

    When the rubber meets the road, California drivers will appreciate having the power they need, when they need it. The 2019 Lexus NX 300 comes standard with a 2.0L Turbo In-line 4-Cylinder that produces 235 HP all while getting 25 MPG combined MPG*. All-wheel-drive models give up one mile per gallon and gain all weather performance to give drivers the ultimate confidence.

    For drivers looking for a sportier feel, the F-Sport trim adds enhanced styling, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and selective drive modes that deliver the ideal driving performance for any situation.

    BMW X3

    Delivering on its promise of being the ultimate driving experience, the BMW X3’s standard 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder delivers 248 HP in a rear wheel drive configuration. BMW puts this power to the wheels with an 8-Speed automatic transmissions with a sport mode for manual shifting if drivers prefer. EPA estimates put the BMW X3 at 26 MPG combined, and 25 MPG for all-wheel-drive models.

    For thrill seeking drivers the X3 offers a 3.0L Turbo model that produces 355 HP, Sport focused suspension, and enhanced styling features. The drawbacks become evident when looking over the window sticker since BMWs top model adds over $13,000 to start from the base model.

    COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

    LEXUS NX 300

    NX shoppers will find Lexus makes no reservations when it comes to delivering on driver comfort. With 4 no cost interior options, and 4 more as apart of the Luxury package, drivers are sure to notice, no two NX’s are alike. Standard features include 10-way power-adjustable driver's, dual-zone climate control, illuminated door handles, and a tilting/telescoping steering wheel.

    Optional features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Triple Beam LED Headlights, and Navigation are a big plus for long drives through the San Francisco Bay area.

    BMW X3

    Entry level X3 models offer buyers SensaTec upholstery, Engine Start/Stop, a 12-speaker sound system. Drivers seat positions are recalled with drivers memory seats, and power folding mirrors make this wide crossover, easier to park.

    One you have deciphered your way through BMWs lengthy trim, package, and option offering, buyers can add heated leather seating, panoramic sunroof, and many safety features not found in the standard equipment list. Style and performance minded shoppers with enjoy the ability to add bold M Sport styling to their X3 without having to spend the full $13,000 to move up to the actual M Sport.

    PRICING

    As with all SUVs these days, the options are competitive, with options and features all looking fairly similar. The real test comes when shoppers review the bottom line, and this is an are where Lexus shines bright, saving California customers thousands.

    LEXUS NX 300

    Starting at $36,185 with top models starting at $39,975

    BMW X3

    Starting at $41,000 with top models starting at $54,500

    Wednesday
    Jul112018

    Review: 2018 GX 460

    The 2018 Lexus GX 460 is the perfect luxury SUV for drivers who refuse to sacrifice anything when it comes to their vehicle. The 2018 GX delivers drivers with everything they could want when it comes to technology, a luxurious cabin, all combined with off-road capability.

    Performance

    The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has a 4.6 liter V8 engine pair with a 6-speed automatic, all working together to produce 301 horsepower. When looking at fuel efficiency, you need to consider the amount of power the GX holds in its engine, giving the vehicle 15/18 MPG city/highway and 16 MPG combined. This vehicle set up is top of the line, so drivers need to feed the 2018 GX with premium fuel.

    Features and Technology

    The 2018 GX 460 offers three model options: GX 460, GX 460 Premium, and the GX 460 Luxury. Regardless of the model you choose, every GX comes with power features, cruise control, four-wheel drive, a moonroof, 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, power front seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen. The base model of the 2018 GX comes with a heated steering wheel, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and smartphone app-connectivity.

    The 2018 GX 460 Premium model adds features inside the cabin that include heated and cooled seats as well as a mahogany trim throughout. The Luxury model adds adaptive suspension, a premium grade leather, rear air suspension, and a heated steering wheel. There are also options to add on a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and a rear seat DVD entertainment system with a dual screen to keep the kids entertained no matter the length of the ride.

    Safety

    Each model of the 2018 Lexus GX 460 comes standard with ten airbags, active head restraints, rearview camera, and Bluetooth for handsfree calling. There are options to add forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, attention assist, lane-departure warnings, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitors and surround-view cameras.

    In the San Jose area, you will surely stand out in the 2018 Lexus GX when you roll up to pick the kids up from school or are heading out of town for a summer vacation. The last thing you will need to think about is your SUV when gearing up for family vacations if you purchase the 2018 GX. The luxury SUV provides you with everything you will need and we would love to show you. Call us to schedule your test drive today and come to meet our team at Lexus Steven’s Creek. We would love to send you home in the 2018 GX 460.

    Pricing

    Starts at $52,155 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun202018

    Review: 2018 LC 500

    San Jose drivers are always looking for style and performance. Those in the market for a high-performing sports car need to check out the 2018 Lexus LC 500. The luxuriously powerful vehicle will be sure to meet all the standards that you are looking for in a sports car.

    After checking out our review below, be sure to visit us in San Jose to test drive the 2018 Lexus LC 500.

    Performance

    The new LC 500 is built on an all-new rear-wheel drive GA-L platform, the first of many to come for Lexus. Its design optimizes mass and weight distribution to give the LC a low center of gravity and minimal shifting while making room for newly designed multi-link suspension.

    A 5.0-liter V8 engine powers the 2018 LC 500, mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque and goes from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The LC also comes as a hybrid variant, the LC 500h.

    Styling and Tech

    The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Enform Apps, Navigation with 10.3-inch LCD screen, Remote Touchpad controls, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ mode and a 12-speaker audio system. It's also available with a Mark Levinson premium sound system, Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Comfort and convenience features include heated and ventilated front seats, voice command, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a glass roof with sunshade, and leather or semi-aniline leather seating. The Performance Package adds an Alcantara headliner and carbon-fiber door scuff plates, as well as Active Rear Steering, an active rear wing, and Variable Gear-Ration Steering. Accessories include a carbon fiber rear spoiler and lower grille insert.

    Pricing

    Starting at $92,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun132018

    Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs Acura MDX

    If you're in the San Jose area and are in the market for a luxury SUV that can caravan the whole family in style, then be sure to check out the 2018 Lexus RX 350. This luxury SUV puts an emphasis on style, performance, safety, and comfort. Car shopping can be a complicated process. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus RX 350 to the 2018 Acura MDX.

    After checking out our comparison, be sure to come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the Lexus RX 350.

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Acura MDX

    he Acura MDX comes with optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Front-wheel drive models have a fuel economy of 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The 2018 MDX will soon offer a hybrid option, the Sport Hybrid. It will have a 3.0-liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus RX 350

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Acura MDX

    The MDX comes as a standard model, with the option to add the Technology Package, Advance Package, or Entertainment Package. The standard model features a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and Easy Entry, 8-way power passenger’s seat, and Driver Memory System for seating, mirrors, audio, and climate. The standard seating setup includes second—row seating for three, giving you a total passenger capacity of seven, as well as a 50/50 split-folding third row. Another standard feature is third-row One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In seating.

    The Acura SUV is available with second-row Captain’s Chairs. You can also opt for a leather-trimmed interior, perforated Milano Premium leather with piping and stitching, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, and GPS-linked climate control.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

    Acura MDX

    Starting at $44,200 MSRP