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    Wednesday
    Jun202018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus RX 350 vs 2018 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 difficult process. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus RX 350 to the 2018 Acura MDX.

    After checking out our comparison, be sure to come 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

    The 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

    Wednesday
    Jun132018

    Review: 2018 Lexus 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 come 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.

    The 2018 LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, 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
    Jun062018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX vs 2018 Cadillac Escalade

    If you need a full-size SUV that can seat up to eight passengers, and provide a luxurious comfortable ride for all passengers check out below what we have to say about the 2018 Lexus LX. This monster of an SUV has everything you should ever need in a family vehicle.

    Below we will take some of the headaches out of car shopping by reviewing two full-size SUVs. We will compare the 2018 Lexus LX to the 2018 Cadillac Escalade. After reading our comparison be sure to come into Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the Lexus LX.

    Performance

    Lexus LX

    The 2018 LX is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It tows up to 7,000 pounds and comes standard with an integrated towing hitch receiver.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2018 Escalade comes with a 6.2-liter V8 truck engine that generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft and has the capability to tow up to 8,300 pounds. The V8 engine also comes with a smart cylinder deactivation feature that shuts off four cylinders while cruising.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LX

    The 2018 LX has seating for five to eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration you choose, and 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With all seats folded, it features 83.1 cubes of cargo volume.

    The Lexus comes standard equipped with a power moonroof, power rear door, leather interior trim, the Lexus Memory System for seating, a power-sliding second row, four-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker audio, SmartAccess key system, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. Additionally, it features the Lexus Safety System+, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display.

    Options include semi-aniline leather interior, heated and ventilated seating, Color Heads-Up Display, Qi-compatible wireless charging, a Cool Box, and a heated wood and leather steering wheel. For the ultimate family vehicle, you can also opt for a Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays and the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System with 19 speakers.

    Cadillac Escalade

    Cadillac offers the Escalade in four trims. The base model gets a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an automatic parking system, a surround-view camera system, Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights, a power liftgate, and a 16-speaker Bose audio system. The seats are leather and the front chairs feature 12-way adjustability and three-stage heating, while drivers grasp a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

    The Escalade Luxury takes all that and adds 22-inch wheels, a suite of active safety systems that has just about everything but adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a full anti-theft suite. The Escalade Premium Luxury adds adaptive cruise control and automatic rear braking to the safety suite, along with LED cornering lights and a rear-seat entertainment system with a single 9.0-inch screen and a Blu-ray DVD player.

    Finally, the Escalade Platinum adds upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped dash, a suede headliner, 18-way front seat adjustability with massage and cooling functions for driver and passenger, a cooler function for the center console, 22-inch wheels, a grille with even more chrome, power side steps, and twin 7.0-inch displays in the back of the front headrests, rather than the Premium Luxury’s single-screen setup.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX

    Starting at $85,380 MSRP

    Cadillac Escalade

    Starting at $74,695 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May232018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus RX 450h vs. 2018 Audi Q5

    Drivers who want a luxury mid-size SUV that’s comfortable and luxe for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Lexus RX 450h compares to the 2018 Audi Q5.

    Both models offer an array of features and have impressive performance specs, so check out our comparison below and then visit us in San Jose for a test drive.

    Performance

    Lexus RX 450h

    The 2018 Lexus RX 450h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine combined with an electric motor, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. The hybrid system makes a net 308 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds.

    The RX 450h comes with the option for the F Sport package, which adds paddle shifters, sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport+ mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and specially crafted interior and exterior styling features. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 as its standard engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The SQ5 upgrades to a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with peak performance measured at 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

    Safety and Technology

    Lexus RX 450h

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Most Lexus models, including the RX hybrid, come equipped standard with the Lexus Safety System +, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Panoramic View Monitor, and Heads-Up Display.

    Audi Q5

    The base Q5 comes standard with power-operated front seats, power windows and locks, a proximity key, leather seats, xenon headlights, roof rack, and lower speed emergency braking. The Premium Plus model adds a power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, and automatic braking when in reverse. The Prestige model gives the consumer true luxury with 20-inch alloy wheels, Audi Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch display screen that displays digital gauges, Google Earth navigation, and audio controls.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 450h starts at $45,695 MSRP

    Audi Q5 starts at $ 41,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May162018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs. 2018 Toyota 4 Runner

    San Joes drivers who are looking for an SUV with off-road capability, top of the line technology, and luxury comfortability should definitely check out the Lexus GX 460. If you’re in the market for the GX 460 you are sure to be shopping around and looking at other SUVs. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus GX 460 and the 2018 Toyota 4 Runner.

    After checking out our comparison come visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek and compare for yourself.

    Performance

    Lexus GX 460

    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.

    Toyota 4Runner

    The 4Runner is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, making 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. You have your choice between rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive, and full-time four-wheel drive with a limited-slip locking center differential. All models are equipped with skid plates, an integrated towing hitch receiver, and wiring harness. Maximum towing on all trims is 5,000 pounds.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 GX 460 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.

    Toyota 4Runner

    The 4Runner SR5 an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, 4-way passenger’s seat, 40/20/40 split reclining, fold-flat second row, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. It also comes with the option for a 50/50 split fold-flat third row, sliding second row with one-touch third-row access, and sliding rear cargo deck. The SR5 Premium adds SofTex seating, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

    The 4Runner SR5 has Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, with the option for Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Upper trims have Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $51,855 MSRP

    Toyota 4Runner

    Starting at $34,610 MSRP