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    Wednesday
    May242017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    San Jose is an exceptional place, so it’s no surprise that our drivers demand exceptional vehicles. Whether you’re looking for a reliable family ride to cruise the streets of Willow Glen or Silver Creek Valley, or need a comfortable sedan for the commute to Silicon Valley, Lexus Stevens Creek can guide you in the right direction.

    Drivers shopping for a luxury sedan often ask us the difference between the 2017 Lexus GS 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. Below we’ve listed some of the details that set these two popular cars apart:

    Features

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The GS 350 features standard LED headlights and daytime running lights and an Adaptive Front Lighting System, as well as Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

    Entertainment and convenience features include dual-zone climate control with air filter and smog sensor, Lexus Memory System for drivers, power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats, backup camera, Lexus Display Audio, and a 12-speaker Premium Sound System.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 comes with the option to add a rearview camera, Blind Spot Assist, Parking Pilot, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. It comes standard with adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and LED daytime running lights. Other safety technologies are available in the Premium 3 Package of features.

    The E300 features standard dual-zone climate control, power front seats with three-position memory, LED ambient lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, a 12.3-inch high-res color central screen, COMAND hard-drive navigation, and a FrontBass audio system. The Mercedes E-Class does not come available with a moonroof.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters (rear-wheel drive models), or a 6-speed paddle-shift transmission (all-wheel drive models). The powertrain makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which, combined with its lightweight aluminum structure makes it exceptionally fun to zip around the streets of San Jose. RWD models go from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds, while AWD models have a zero-to-60 time of 5.8 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the 2017 GS 350 rear-wheel drive gets 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The system makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds.

    The E300 RWD gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the AWD gets 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    Starting at $52,150 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May172017

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX 300h

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX 300h

    San Jose has everything you’d ever want in a city, from the booming Silicon Valley tech scene to the waterfronts and nature preserves of the San Francisco Bay. As such, drivers here look for vehicles with comfort, versatility, and fuel efficiency to get them everywhere they need to go.

    We often find that a hybrid crossover is the perfect solution for people who live in the city but need their weekend getaways. With all the options out there, the 2017 Lexus NX 300h is the only one that offers the full package. Check out our review to see what we mean:

    Engine

    The 2017 NX 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with a battery-powered electric motor, utilizing the Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch your power source between gas and electric for optimal efficiency. With standard all-wheel drive and a net output of 194 horsepower, this is a hybrid that performs. According to EPA estimates, you’ll get 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, saving you time and money at the pump.

    Safety

    With excellent ratings from major traffic safety organizations and a full suite of advanced protection features available on every model, the NX is hard to beat in the safety category. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ because it earned top scores in all crash tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Standard safety features include eight airbags throughout the cabin, Vehicle Stability control, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and LED headlamps. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    Features

    In Silicon Valley, technology isn’t as much of a want as it is a need. You’ll be glad to know that the NX comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio and subscription-free traffic and weather. It also has available Qi-compatible wireless device charger, Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Lexus Enform Destinations, and a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System.

    Interior

    The NX 300h has a cabin designed for the modern driver, with razor-sharp lines and luxury details like a stitched dash and soft-touch surfaces. It comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and you’ll love the available heated and ventilated front seats, power moonroof, power-folding and reclining rear seats, and heated steering wheel.

    The Luxury Package adds Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed interior, and power open/close rear door.

    Pricing

    Starting at $39,720 MSRP

    Thursday
    May112017

    Lexus of Stevens Creek: Helping the Homeless 2017

    For the months of March and April, Lexus of Stevens Creek partnered with the non-profit organization Cityteam for our very first Hygiene Drive. Thursday afternoon, Community Relations Manager Cipriana Huerta and team visited Cityteam’s Community Services Center to drop of bins full of donations. Thank you to the all of the generous Lexus guests who donated travel sized toiletries, which will be put into hygiene kits and distributed to those in need.

    Cityteam is a wonderful organization working hard to help the poor, homeless, and lost in San Jose, as well as neighboring Oakland and San Francisco. The most recent Santa Clara County Homeless Census and Survey found more than 6,000 people are homeless. Cityteam has various programs throughout the city including a two women’s homes, a men’s shelter hosting 57 guests, both men and women’s recovery programs, a learning center, medical and dental services and more! Cityteam also opens its dining hall doors 365 days a year and serves about 600 meals a day to men, women, the elderly, and families.

    Thank you to our generous Lexus guests for helping to make a difference in the community and the lives of so many!

    Wednesday
    May102017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

    If you’re in the greater San Jose area and want a luxury coupe that can compete with European brands, come to Lexus Stevens Creek and test drive the 2017 Lexus RC Turbo.

    With styling and power that can go head-to-head with cars twice its price, the RC Turbo isn’t just a great ride, it’s a great value, too. Check out our full review for all you need to know about this quintessentially Californian sport coupe:

    Performance

    The 2017 RC Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, connected to an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The rear-wheel drive coupe goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds and makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. According to EPA estimates, the RC Turbo gets 22 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, and 26 MPG combined.

    RC Turbo F Sport models come with TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, and orange brake calipers.

    Features

    Each model of the 2017 RC comes with Smart Access with push-button start/stop, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, Lexus 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

    Additionally, it’s available with a power moonroof, Navigation System with DVD/ player, Remote Touchpad, Voice Command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. If you’re an audiophile, you’ll love the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 17 speakers and subwoofer.

    Interior

    Cruise the streets of Silicon Valley in luxury, with standard dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, and power-adjustable front seats. You also have the option to add heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather interior trim, heated steering wheel, and Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column.

    The F Sport package adds active sound control, perforated leather-trimmed accents, F Sport seats with enhanced holsters, stainless steel door sills, and F Sport interior details, including a black headliner, Silver Performance trim, and aluminum sport pedals, among other styling and performance features.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 RC a Top Safety Pick+. It earned best-possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    The RC is equipped with a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system for stability and control, as well as LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, eight airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You also have the option to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED fog lamps, Intuitive Parking Assist, Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    Pricing

    Starting at $40,155 MSRP

    Tuesday
    May022017

    Relay for Life Cambrian 2017 

    Walking to end cancer! This year's Cambrian Relay for Life was held on April 28-29th at Dartmouth Middle School in San Jose. Hundreds walked during the 24-hour relay event... some even walked in the middle of the night! As a team, Lexus of Stevens Creek Cares raised over $1,000! We even had one of our 2017 RX 350s wrapped especially for the occasion. 66 teams and 594 participants raised a total of $202,360 for the American Cancer Society.

    Lexus of Stevens Creek hosted the Penske Pit Stop booth where relay participants and volunteers were invited to Relax & Rejuvenate! There was coffee donated by Panera Bread a swell as water donated by Zanotto's. We also sold hand warmers throughout the chilly night, and handed out racing flags and glowsticks. All proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

    The Relay for Life event kicked off Friday night at 6pm with the Opening Ceremony. It was a time to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, to inspire hope by sharing recent accomplishments and progress, and to remind everyone that while we are winning this battle, fighting cancer is a year-round priority. During the relay, there was also a Survivors Lap, Caregivers Lap, Luminaria Ceremony and more. 

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and take action to finish the fight once and for all. With the support of thousands of volunteers, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day and they will not stop until they finish the fight against cancer!

    This year Lexus of Stevens Creek plans to keep giving back to American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, far beyond the 24 hour walk. As a part of our team cause this year, we informed all who walked about the Road to Recovery program of the American Cancer Society.  In this program, volunteer drivers donate their time and use their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need. This year, with our ‘swagged’ out Relay for Life RX 350, Lexus of Stevens Creek will be registering to participate in the Road to Recovery Program and provide rides to local cancer patients.

    THANK YOU TO THE LEXUS OF STEVENS CREEK CARES TEAM!