Kaizen
Search
Social Media

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Contact
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Wednesday
    Apr182018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Silicon Valley drivers who need a new luxury sedan often ask how Lexus models compare to those offered by Mercedes-Benz. For some buyers, it’s a subjective matter, while others like to do their homework.

    For those in the latter camp, we’ve written a one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus ES 350 and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300. Read on, then visit us in San Jose to test drive the new ES 350.

    Performance and Reliability

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2018 ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. The powertrain produces 260 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Plus, Lexus backs its class-leading engine technology with a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

    J.D. Power and Associates rates the ES 350 among the best in many categories, awarding it five out of five points for Overall Quality, Powertrain Quality, and Body and Interior Design. In its list of the most reliable premium compact cars, J.D. Power rates the Lexus ES three spots above the Mercedes C Class.

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    The 2018 C 300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain and basic warranty on the 2018 C 300.

    The reliability ratings for the C Class may make you think twice. J.D. Power gave it just two points for Overall Quality, making it average for its class. In fact, the only category in which it scored more than three points was for the design of its Body and Interior, which earned five points.

    Safety Ratings and Features

    Lexus ES 350

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has reported no recalls for the model. Additionally, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it top scores in all categories and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

    The ES 350 comes standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps, as part of the Lexus Safety System+. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    The 2018 C Class also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, but the federal agency has reported two recalls on the Mercedes sedan. The first was filed in October 2017 and pertains to inadvertent driver air bag deployment and the second, filed in March 2018, reports incorrect welding of the backrest rail and fittings, affecting the front seats. The IIHS has not rated the C Class for passenger-side small overlap front impact and gave its headlights a Poor rating.

    The 2018 C 300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Rearview camera, and LED daytime running lights.

    Visit us in San Jose today to test drive the 2018 Lexus ES 350, one of the best luxury sedans on the market, according to third-party ratings.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr112018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    While Tesla continues to struggle to meet consumer demands, Silicon Valley drivers are starting to look elsewhere for an eco-friendly luxury sedan. Lexus hybrids are giving the automotive disruptor a run for its money as buyers recognize the value of a tried-and-true model and choose quality over hype.

    Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Lexus LS 500h and the 2018 Tesla Model S. Check it out, then visit us in San Jose to test drive a Lexus hybrid sedan.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LS 500h

    The Lexus LS embodies luxury, with standard leather seating and your choice of premium interior materials, including Open-Pore Walnut, Artwood Herringbone, Kiriko Glass, and Naguri Aluminum. All models come standard with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, power moon roof, dual-zone climate control, power rear sunshade, and LED lighting. Additionally, it features an Auto Door Closer and hands-free power open/close trunk for your convenience.

    Individual options include a Panorama glass roof, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Adaptive Front Lighting. The Interior Upgrade Package adds quilted-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather seating, a 28-way power driver's seat with massage, Ultrasuede headliner, power front seatbelt buckles, wood- and leather-trimmed console, and heated rear seats. Ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep about the features bundled in the Luxury and Executive Packages.

    Tesla Model S

    Seating options on the Model S include black multi-pattern leatherette/cloth, leather, or Next Generation leather. It also offers piano black, wood, or carbon fiber accents, as well as an Alcantara headliner, but nothing resembling the craftsmanship of Lexus’s premium interior styling.

    The Tesla Model S also has auto-dimming mirrors, one-touch power windows, soft LED ambient interior lighting, and retracting door handles, with the option for a heated steering wheel, heated seating throughout, and a HEPA air filtration system. Premium features like quilted leather seating, driver-side massage, and power seatbelts are not available on the Tesla Model S.

    Tech and Entertainment

    Lexus LS 500h

    The 2018 Lexus LS is 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 with Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. All LS trims also feature a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Pre-Collision Braking, Intuitive Park Assist with auto-stop, a backup camera, and rain-sensing wipers. Options include a 24-inch Heads-Up Display and Panoramic View Monitor.

    Entertainment and connectivity features include a 12-speaker Premium Audio System, Remote Touchpad controls, Dynamic Voice Command with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display, and Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, Remote, and Destination Assist apps. Options include the Mark Levinson 23-speaker Quantum Logic Immersion Reference Surround Sound Audio System.

    Tesla Model S

    The Model S comes standard equipped with Maps and Navigation, mobile connectivity, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and GPS-enabled HomeLink.

    Options include Autopilot Convenience Features, Ultra High Fidelity Sound, and Executive Rear Seats. The Tesla sedan does not feature the option for a Heads-Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor, or intelligent high-beams.

    If you want to skip the waiting list and choose a true luxury car, visit us today in San Jose to test drive the LS 500h.

    Pricing

    Lexus LS 500h

    Starting at $79,510 MSRP

    Tesla Model S

    Starting at $74,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr042018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    San Jose area drivers looking for a three-row, mid-size luxury SUV with a hybrid powertrain should visit us today to test drive the 2018 Lexus RX 450h.

    Loaded with features to make your trips as comfortable and convenient as possible, the RX 450h and its new luxury trim, the RXL, are quickly becoming favorites in Silicon Valley. Get all the details below then experience the new Lexus hybrid SUV in person.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    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.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Standard features on the 2018 RX include perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power rear door, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing wipers. The RXL adds a power-folding and reclining 50/50 split third row, second-row captain's chairs, leather interior, three-zone climate control, power folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and the Lexus Memory System.

    All models feature Lexus Display Audio, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, Voice Command, and Bluetooth wireless tech. Buyers can also opt for the Navigation or Navigation/Mark Levinson Packages to add premium entertainment and connectivity features.

    Individual options include a heated leather and wood trimmed steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a power-folding second row, power moon roof, panorama glass roof, and a Touch-Free Power Rear Door. The Premium and Luxury packages bundle premium interior features, so ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep for more details.

    Safety and Technology

    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.

    Pricing

    Starting at $45,695 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Mar202018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300

    If you’re shopping for a new luxury sedan in the greater San Jose area, our one-to-one comparison can help you decide which model is best for you, based on your needs and budget.

    In this post, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus ES 350 to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300. While Lexus has an edge in horsepower as well as more modern styling, it’s not the only area where the ES stands out.

    Get all the details below, and get in touch with our expert team to take the ES 350 for a test drive.

    Entertainment and Technology

    Lexus ES 350

    Each model of the 2018 ES comes with the Lexus Safety System+, a next-generation suite of safety tech that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Available driver assistive features include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Additionally, the ES features Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch screen, Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. Other standard features include 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform app suite. The Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System and a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destination Assist are also available on the ES.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    The C300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe braking. Other safety tech will cost you extra and includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Parktronic Active Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and a Surround View System.

    Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, FrontBass system, and HD Radio receiver. Options include a touchpad controller, COMAND hard-drive navigation with 8.4-inch screen, Burmester Surround Sound System, Head-Up Display, voice control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    Safety Ratings

    Lexus ES 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The nonprofit organization reported perfect scores in all crashworthiness tests, as well as a Superior rating of its front crash prevention system, which is standard on all models. Additionally, the family-friendly Lexus sedan won the best possible rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.

    Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 ES 350 a 5-Star Overall Rating, and the federal agency has not reported any recalls.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    While the 2018 C-Class earned similar ratings for crashworthiness and systems, its Poor headlight rating means it’s not a Top Safety Pick.

    The NHTSA awarded the Mercedes C Class a 5-Star Overall Rating. However, the feds also report a recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment, which may cause injury or even accidents if it occurs while driving.

    San Jose residents who want a safe, reliable sedan that’s equipped with the latest in technology should visit Lexus Stevens Creek today to test drive the ES 350.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar142018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Silicon Valley knows a thing or two about disruption, which is why the introduction of the new Lexus LC made such an impact. But naturally, San Jose drivers want to know how the luxury coupe compares to the European brands.

    In our one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera, we’ll detail how these high-end grand tourers compare in terms of value, performance, and features.

    Check it out below, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test drive of the groundbreaking LC 500.

    Engine and Driving

    Lexus LC 500

    The LC is Lexus’s most powerful creation, so it competes among the best. Under the hood, it has a 5.0-liter V8 engine connected to a newly designed 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. Its engine makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and has a zero-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds. If you prefer an eco-friendly alternative, the LC has a hybrid model.

    In addition to a fresh new engine, the LC 500 is built on a state-of-the-art rear-wheel-drive GA-L platform that has a low center of gravity and intuitively distributes weight to reduce shifting and give you an effortless yet dynamic drive. All models of the 2018 LC include Adaptive Variable Suspension, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, Active Sport Exhaust, and the option for a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. The Performance Package adds Active Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, an active rear wing, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber scuff plates.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The Porsche 911 lineup is wide-ranging, from the $91K base model with a flat-6 engine to the nearly $300K GT2 RS that churns out 700 horsepower. Since we’re comparing apples to apples here, this review will focus on the base model that has a comparable MSRP to the LC 500.

    The 2018 911 Carrera has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. If it’s important to you, the Porsche also has the option for a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes just 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, but it’ll take you from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds or 4 seconds with the manual.

    Features and Interior

    Lexus LC 500

    If you’re shopping for a luxury coupe for everyday use, the LC is your best bet because it comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable ride. All models feature heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a glass roof with sunshade, and the choice between leather or semi-aniline leather seating. For your convenience, it also features Voice Command, rain-sensing wipers, a Navigation System with a 10.3-inch display, Remote Touchpad controls, and Lexus Enform Apps.

    The Lexus Safety System+ is a suite of driver assistance technology that’s standard on all LC models. Additionally, you have the option to add a Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The 911 Carrera is no budget car, so it also comes standard with luxe features, including leather seats, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, a sport leather steering wheel, and day-night rearview mirror. However, it doesn’t have the option for a glass roof, semi-aniline leather seating, or carbon fiber accessories.

    Standard equipment includes Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services. However, its navigation screen is smaller than that of the LC, and it’s not available with Mark Levinson audio, Remote Touchpad, voice-activated navigation, or an equivalent to the Lexus Enform apps.

    Pricing

    Lexus LC 500

    Starting at $92,00 MSRP

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    Starting at $91,100 MSRP