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    Wednesday
    Oct252017

    Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

    Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

    As the Lexus flagship SUV, the LX 570 never disappoints. Drivers who want a spacious, luxurious cabin and a capable body-on-frame chassis have a few options, but this is the best one.

    We invite you to take the 2018 Lexus LX 570 for a test drive so you can see for yourself why it’s a best seller in Los Angeles. For more details on California’s favorite luxury SUV, read our full review:

    Performance

    One of the greatest advantages the LX 570 has on the competition is its combination of power and ease of driving, thanks to a three-mode independent suspension and full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control. The Adaptive Variable Suspension system has Active Height Control for off-road recreation, and variable gear-ratio steering helps you maneuver at low speeds and respond quickly at high speeds.

    Under the hood, the Lexus SUV has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift transmission. This power means the LX 570 can tow up to 7,000 pounds, while Trailer Sway Control ensures you get to your destination without a hitch.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Each model of the 2018 Lexus LX is equipped with a power moonroof, heated front seats, leather-trimmed interior, power-adjustable steering column, power-folding 50/50 third-row seats, power rear door, four-zone automatic climate control with air filter and smog sensor, auto-dimming mirrors, and a roof rack with rails. The ute features 14-way power driver’s seat with dual-function lumbar and cushion extender and a 12-way power passenger’s seat with lumbar support. The Lexus Memory System lets you perfect and remember your seat, mirror, and steering column positions.

    Standard equipment also includes a nine-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth tech, a Navigation System with 12.3-inch display, HomeLink universal transceiver, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote App, and Destination Assist.

    When you add the Luxury Package, you’ll enjoy semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, and four-zone Climate Concierge. Individual options include a Rear Seat Entertainment System (with 11.6-inch display, HDMI input, and wireless headphones), color Heads-Up Display, Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, cool box, and heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

    Safety and Tech

    Not to be outdone by rivals, the 2018 LX 570 has class-leading safety technology. It comes standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. All models also have a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, ten airbags, and Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps.

    Pricing

    Starting at $89,980 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Oct182017

    Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

    Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

    San Jose drivers who need an SUV with exceptional off-road capability, the latest in tech, and an upscale cabin will find it all in the 2018 Lexus GX 460, a mid-size luxury vehicle that doesn’t compromise.

    Below is a full review of the new GX 460, so read on for all the details. Then, visit us or call to see how you can secure a model of your own.

    Performance

    Sometimes, you need an escape from Silicon Valley. During such times, it’s nice to have an SUV that can handle anything, whether you want to go camping off the beaten path or haul a boat or water sport equipment to the coast.

    The 2018 GX 460 is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with standard full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control. The powertrain makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of up to 18 MPG highway. It features standard Trailer Sway Control and can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

    To ensure a smooth, controlled ride on any terrain, the GX also has a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Crawl Control, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist. Its TORSEN Torque-Sensing Limited-Slip Center Differential also helps you maintain control by distributing optimal power between the front and rear axles.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 GX 460 comes standard with black or sepia NuLuxe interior trim, with the option for black, sepia, or ecru leather seating. It seats up to seven passengers and has three rows of seating, with a 40/20/40 split reclining and sliding middle row and fold-flat third-row seats. A power moonroof, privacy glass, and dual-zone automatic climate control round out the luxury feel of the GX’s quiet cabin.

    The GX 460 is also equipped standard with Lexus Display Audio with color display and 9 speakers, subscription-free traffic and weather, a backup camera, Voice Command, Bluetooth wireless tech, Siri Eyes Free, USB input, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect telematics system for one year.

    Available interior features include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, cargo-area tonneau cover, and a Dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System. The Lexus Navigation System and Enform App Suite and Destination Assist, high-res LCD screen, and a Mark Levinson 17-speaker Surround Sound Audio System are also available via the Navigation Package and Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Safety and Tech

    All models of the 2018 GX feature a backup camera and come available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist. The Driver Support Package adds a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Wide-view Front and Side Monitor System.

    Pricing

    Starting at $51,855 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Oct112017

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 Aston Martin DB11

     Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 Aston Martin DB11

    For most drivers, owning an Aston Martin is a lofty goal, if not completely out of reach. Luckily, you don’t need to spend upward of $200K for an intense driving experience, as AMCI Global testing reveals that the new Lexus LC 500 matches the DB11 in handling, lap times, and more.

    We dug a little deeper to see how the 2018 Lexus LC 500 compares to the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 overall, including performance, fuel economy, and interior features. Read on, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose to make your dreams come true:

    Performance

    Lexus LC 500

    Comparisons to the DB11 began as soon as the LC 500 was released, with reviewers touting it as the “Japanese Aston Martin.” Rumors turned into facts when AMCI Global released its closed-course testing results, revealing that the Lexus coupe, enhanced with the Performance Package, was equal to the DB11 in overall handling, lap time, wet cornering, and slalom performance.

    The 2018 Lexus LC 500 (which also has a hybrid option, the 500h) has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. The Performance Package includes Active Rear Steering Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, active rear wing, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber door scuff plates.

    The LC has a fuel economy of 16 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the 500h gets up to 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

    Aston Martin DB11

    The 2017 DB11 has a 5.2-liter turbocharged V12 engine that's hard to beat (though, as it turns out, not impossible to match). The rear wheel-drive coupe makes 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and has an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

    This Aston Martin has a fuel economy of 13 MPG city and 19 MPG highway.

    Features

    Lexus LC 500

    The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Also, each model has a glass roof with sunshade, backup camera, heated and ventilated front seating, and dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge. Standard entertainment and convenience features include Remote Touchpad controls, Lexus Navigation System, voice command, 12-speaker Premium Audio, Bluetooth tech, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect.

    Available features include Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated leather steering wheel, semi-aniline leather seating, Mark Levinson audio, and a Heads-Up Display.

    Aston Martin DB11

    The 2017 DB11 has standard front and rear parking sensors and a 360-degree camera, and is available with Auto park assist. Notably, however, it is not available with driver assistance technology equal to the Lexus Safety System+.

    The Aston Martin coupe comes with Strathmore leather monotone interior, Alcantara headlining, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and front seat and mirror memory. In-car entertainment includes an Infotainment System, 400-watt audio, smartphone integration, satellite radio system, Bluetooth technology, and a Wi-Fi Hub.

    Pricing

    Lexus LC 500

    Starting at $92,000 MSRP

    Aston Martin DB11

    Starting at $211,995 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep202017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F 

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F

    The performance-focused sports coupe segment is no longer dominated by the Germans, as Lexus has engineered a model worthy of even the most serious drivers. Plus, you can still expect top safety ratings and a distinctively sophisticated, comfortable cabin.

    Silicon Valley drivers who are ready to take the next step and get inside a 2017 Lexus RC F should come in for a visit. Those who are still doing their homework should check out our full review:

    Performance

    The RC F is the most powerful in the 2017 Lexus RC lineup. It features a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission, and comes available with a Torque Vectoring Differential with Slalom, Track, and Standard modes. The rear-wheel drive coupe features Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, and can take you from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 168 MPH.

    All models feature a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, speed-activated rear wing, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, paddle shifters, Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ mode, and LFA-inspired instrumentation, including a G-force display and lap timer. The Performance Package adds a carbon fiber speed-activated rear wing and roof, as well as the Torque Vectoring Differential.

    Safety and Tech

    The 2017 Lexus RC F comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Additionally, all models are equipped with the Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps, and come available with premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with color multimedia display and DVD player, Remote Touchpad controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations. The All-Weather Package gives you a windshield wiper de-icer, headlamp washers, and a heated steering wheel.

    Comfort and Convenience

    You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for performance, and the RC F is proof. All models come standard with NuLuxe interior trim, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way power passenger’s seat, rear-seat armrest with trunk pass-through, Lexus Display Audio, and a Premium 10-speaker Sound System. You can also add a power moonroof and leather interior trim as individual options.

    The Premium Package adds Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package gives you Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio with 17 speakers, class-D amplifier, Clari-Fi audio processing, auto-volume tech, and machined aluminum control knobs.

    Pricing

    Starting at $64,165 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep132017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    San Jose residents comparing models of luxury sedans have some work ahead of them because the segment is highly competitive as automakers work to meet drivers’ high expectations. Luckily for us, Lexus has been ahead of the game for some time.

    When you compare the classic 2017 Lexus ES 350 to a relative newcomer like the 2017 Acura TLX, the cracks start to show in Honda’s luxury brand. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come in for a visit to see for yourself why Lexus is an everlasting favorite:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The ES 350 comes standard with exclusive Lexus technology, including Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link navigation, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote. It also comes equipped with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

    You can opt to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist as individual items, and the Navigation Package gives you the Remote Touch control pad, a premium Navigation System with voice command, and the Lexus Enform Destinations app.

    Acura TLX

    While the 2017 TLX also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHSTA, it failed to make the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick ranking after losing points in small overlap front impact tests.

    The Acura TLX includes a standard Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, but all other active driver assistance and technology are available only on upper trims or via add-on packages. The Technology Package gives you Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, rain-sensing wipers, and navigation. Upper trims are available with Head-Up Warning and Road Departure Mitigation. The TLX does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Performance

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and has standard front-wheel drive. Additionally, the 2017 ES comes with a hybrid option, the 300h, which has a net 200 horsepower output and gets up to 40 MPG.

    Acura TLX

    The base TLX comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The TLX does not come with a hybrid option.

    If you spend the money to upgrade with the Technology Package and add the V6 engine, the TLX costs about $39,500 MSRP, pushing its total MSRP beyond that of the Lexus ES 350, which comes standard with a range of premium features.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Acura TLX

    Starting at $32,000 MSRP