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    Wednesday
    Dec272017

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Drivers in San Jose who want a luxury compact car will find a sure bet in the new 2018 Lexus IS. With a curated lineup of trims and engine options, deluxe standard features, and an array of options, it’s your ideal entry into the luxury market.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It goes from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds and gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

    The IS 300 with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds and gets up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The Lexus IS 350 comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. AWD models have a 6-speed automatic and get a combined 22 MPG, while RWD models have an 8-speed automatic transmission and get a combined 23 MPG. The IS 350 RWD goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

    Safety and Technology

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick. Plus, it’s equipped standard with the latest in driver assistance technology.

    Each model includes the Lexus Safety System+, including Lane Departure Alert with Steering Aid, intelligent high-beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The 2018 IS also comes with a backup camera and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and is available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Adaptive Front Lighting.

    Comfort and Convenience

    California skies never looked as good as they will through the power moonroof of your brand new Lexus IS. Also, you'll enjoy standard NuLuxe seating, Lexus Display Audio, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth wireless, and Scout GPS Link navigation. Individual options include a power rear sunshade and heated steering wheel, and you opt for feature packages to bring your IS 300 or 350 to the next level.

    The Premium Package adds heated and ventilated seats, while the Comfort Package gives you the Lexus Memory System for seating, mirrors, and the steering column, as well as rain-sensing wipers, a Blind Spot Monitor, and auto-dimming mirrors.

    The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch display, Remote Touch controls, and Enform Destination Assist. For audiophiles, the Mark Levinson Package adds a Premium Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers with subwoofer, class-D amplifier, 5.1-channel surround sound, and machined aluminum knobs, in addition to features in the Navigation Package.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,210 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec202017

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    In Silicon Valley, innovation is key to becoming the next big thing. This is why models with the Lexus Hybrid Drive are so popular among drivers in the greater San Jose area, as the unique system maximizes energy use with regenerative braking and eliminates lag with increased torque. But, how do Lexus models compare to the competition?

    In the battle between the 2018 Lexus ES 300h and the BMW 530e, one main difference is that the BMW is a plug-in and the Lexus is a regular hybrid. Below, we’ll cover what that means for car owners and how to choose the best model for you.

    Performance and Efficiency

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2018 ES 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module, making a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. According to U.S. Department of Energy estimates, it gets 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

    The agency also reports that the ES 300h’s annual fuel cost is around $950 and that drivers save about $2,250 on fuel over five years, versus the average new car. Also, you can go 688 miles on a single tank, making this Lexus hybrid an ideal ride for trips up and down the California coast.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 530e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an AC synchronous electric motor. The plug-in makes a combined 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is more power than the Lexus, but that’s where the favorable numbers end for the Beemer.

    Unlike a regular hybrid that optimizes fuel and kinetic energy to power its motors, a plug-in relies on your electrical outlets to gives its battery pack a boost – and that can add up. The U.S. DOE reports that on gasoline only, the 530e gets 29 MPG, and combined with electric energy, it gets 72 MPGe. That last figure sounds impressive, but is it?

    According to the DOE, it costs $1,300 in fuel and electricity to drive the BMW 530e, which is a savings of $500 every five years when compared to a traditional new car. Not bad, but the numbers pale in comparison to the ES 300h. Plus, you’ll only go about 370 on a full tank, and the electric-only range is just 16 miles.

    Driver Assistance Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    While both the 2018 Lexus ES and the 2018 BMW 5 Series earned top scores from both major safety organizations, only Lexus includes standard driver assistance technology on every model. The ES comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, it’s available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 5 Series comes standard with Dynamic Cruise Control, and that's about it for standard models. Adding a blind spot monitor, parking aids, automatic high beams, or side collision avoidance system to your BMW will cost extra – and that's in addition to the higher energy costs and substantially higher base price.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    BMW 530e

    Starting at $52,395 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec132017

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300h

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300hThe Lexus NX is one of the best-selling vehicles in California, so it makes sense that its hybrid variant is one of San Jose’s favorites.

    The 2018 Lexus NX 300h is a luxury crossover SUV that has it all, including drivability, fuel efficiency, contemporary styling, and a cabin so luxe you won’t want to leave.

    See our full review below, then visit our convenient location to get behind the wheel:

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    Under the hood, the NX 300h has a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor, controlled with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system that optimizes energy use and ensures a smooth, sporty ride with zero lag thanks to enhanced torque and an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission. The system makes a net 194 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 9.1 seconds.

    According to federal estimates, the NX 300h gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, which saves you $1,000 over five years (when compared to a gas-only vehicle). The annual fuel cost associated with this model is $1,200.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 Lexus NX seats five passengers and comes standard with NuLuxe seating, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. You can also opt for leather or perforated leather seating, heated front seats, a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, auto-dimming interior mirrors, the Lexus Memory System, and power-folding and reclining rear seats.

    Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch screen, Scout GPS link navigation, Remote Touch controls, a backup camera, 8-speaker premium audio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res display, Enform Destination Assist and Dynamic Navigation, 10-speaker audio, HomeLink universal transceiver.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus NX a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 model a Top Safety Pick+. (The IIHS has not yet evaluated the 2018 model.)

    New for 2018, the NX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of driver assistance technology was developed in-house by Lexus engineers, and each feature has a unique potential to prevent or mitigate accidents. Features include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps. Additionally, the NX 300h comes available with a Panoramic View Monitor, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,335 MSRP

    Thursday
    Dec072017

    Festive Lexus Red Bows at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

    The Holidays came early at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo! The Education Van Campaign reached it's fundraising goal of $30,000 and in return, able to provide not one.. BUT TWO Dodge vans for it's mobile education programs. With the additions of these vehicles, Happy Hollow can impact more students by providing Happy Hollow instructors and live animal ambassadors to visit  local schools and provide interactive science presentations. 

    General Manager/Vice President, Jared Miller and board member of Happy Hollow Foundation lead the charge in these efforts. Lexus Stevens Creek believes it is important for us to invest not only in our community, but our youth, "the future." 

     

    Wednesday
    Nov292017

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    If you need a reliable luxury sedan, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2018 Lexus ES 350. It’s modern, elegant, and you’ll notice the special attention to craftsmanship as soon as you enter the spacious, well-equipped cabin.

    San Jose residents can visit our convenient location for a test drive. But first, read our full review to get all the details:

    Comfort and Convenience

    All models of the 2018 Lexus ES come standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, a power moonroof, voice command, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with air filters and smog sensor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Lexus sedan has perforated NuLuxe interior trim and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a panorama glass roof, and power trunk can be added as individual options.

    For an even more luxe cabin, you can add the Luxury Package, Ultra Luxury Package, or Premier Package to the ES 350. Talk to your Lexus Stevens Creek representative if you’re interested in interior features such as embossed-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather, wood trim, driver’s seat power cushion extender, or premium wheels.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Safety comes first and foremost for Lexus, so each model of the 2018 ES comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Additionally, all models have a LED daytime running lights, headlamps, and tail lamps, as well as Vehicle Stability Control. Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps are also available as individual options.

    Silicon Valley commuters will love the Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen display and Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream. Also, the ES is standard with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You can also opt for upgraded navigation or a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System via the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive sedan has an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds.

    Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. If you’re interested in an efficient hybrid sedan, talk to our reps about the 2018 Lexus 300h.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP