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    Wednesday
    Jun192019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500h

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500h, the first multistage hybrid luxury sedan, delivers one of the most poised and engaging driving experiences around. You and four friends will be embraced by plush and spacious seating and surrounded by a sophisticated cabin. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area for a first-class encounter.

    Performance

    A 354-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine with dual electric motors and a self-charging lightweight lithium-ion battery power the LS 500h. A multistage electronically controlled continuously variable transmission is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters. The standard rear-wheel drivetrain accomplishes 0 – 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a top track speed of 136 mph and earns an estimated 33 mpg highway and 25 mpg city. Drive modes consist of Normal, Sport, ECO, EV, and Manual. Optional features include all-wheel drive, a Torsen® limited-slip center differential, and an adaptive variable air suspension.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Leather seating with heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, power rear sunshade, moonroof, dual-zone climate control, voice command, Apple CarPlay®, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a hands-free power trunk are standard features. Semi-aniline leather seats, 28-way and 22-way power-adjustable front and rear seats respectively, butterfly power-retractable front headrests, power-reclining rear seats with butterfly headrests, massage settings in both the front and rear seats, an extendable right-rear ottoman, and the Lexus Climate Concierge four-zone climate control are available.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 brings safety to the forefront with standard lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams, traffic sign recognition, lane tracing assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. An advanced 10-airbag system, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic braking, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and smart stop technology are also standard. Available safety features include a 24-inch full-color head-up display and a panoramic view monitor utilizing four high-resolution cameras.

    Pricing

    Starting at $79,960 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun122019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LC 500

    Review: 2019 Lexus LC 500

    The exotic 2019 Lexus LC 500 coupe employs a potent engine with an enhanced steering and suspension system and a refined cabin which helped it earn the #1 ranking in Luxury Sports Cars by U.S. News*. Drivers in Northern California can get behind the wheel of this luxury sports car by visiting Lexus of Stevens Creek in San Jose.

    Performance

    Powering the Lexus LC 500 is a commanding 5.0-liter V8 engine paired with a 10-speed direct shift automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a rear-wheel drivetrain. The engine produces an exhilarating 471-hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, reaches 0 – 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, and has a top track speed of 168 mph. Optional features include variable gear-ratio steering, a Torsen® limited-slip rear differential, and a speed-activated rear wing that extends at speeds over 50 mph and retracts at 25 mph for heightened handling and control. For more responsive handling, a glass or carbon fiber roof is also available.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Beautiful craftsmanship defines the soft leather seating for up to four passengers, along with the standard 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, navigation, a SmartAccess key fob, 24-hour access to a live response center through Enform Destination Assist, and Enform Remote to start your engine and unlock your vehicle doors remotely. Available features consist of 8-way power adjustable Alcantara®-trimmed sport seats, a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a full-color head-up display to present essential information onto the windshield. 

    Technology

    Standard Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa integrate with a 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Siri® Eyes Free, Bluetooth® with voice command, SiriusXM® satellite radio, HD Radio™, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and a 12-speaker premium surround sound system. A 13-speaker, 915-watt Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system is available.

    Pricing

    Starting at $92,300 MSRP

    *View U.S. News Best Cars at cars.usnews.com.

    Wednesday
    Jun052019

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus ES 350 vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus ES 350 vs 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The below comparison explores the similarities and differences of the 2019 Lexus ES 350 and the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The all-new Lexus ES sedan is a great option for San Jose drivers looking for a boldly styled, smooth handling and competitively priced vehicle. The 2019 Lexus ES 350 was awarded the 2019 Best Luxury Midsize Car for the Money by U.S. News*. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in Northern California to test drive the all-new ES.

    Performance

    2019 Lexus ES 350

    The base, F Sport, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury ES 350 trims are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a combined port and direct fuel-injection system paired with a direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The standard front-wheel drivetrain churns out 302-hp and 267 lb-ft of torque, reaches 0 – 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, and achieves an estimated fuel economy of 33 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. Available are Normal, Sport, and ECO driving modes for the times you are looking for a more responsive or efficient drive. The Lexus ES 350 earned a five out of five predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

    2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    The base E 300 trim is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a paddle-shifted 9-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain. The E 300 generates 241-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, goes 0 – 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, and earns an estimated 30 mpg highway and 21 mpg city. Available are the 362-hp E 450, 429-hp AMG E 53, and 603-hp AMG E 63 engines, an all-wheel drivetrain, and the AIR BODY CONTROL® self-leveling suspension.

    Comfort and ConvenienceM

    2019 Lexus ES 350

    Standard features include an elegant cabin with synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, class-leading rear legroom, SmartAccess key fob, and a power moonroof. Semi-Aniline leather-seats, heated and ventilated front seats, 14-way power driver’s seat with a cushion extender for added thigh support, a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, hands-free power trunk, and a panorama glass roof, are optional.

    2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    Synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats with memory, dual-zone climate control, power-folding side mirrors, an illuminated entry system, SmartKey with keyless start, and Car-to-X driving condition communication are standard features. Heated and ventilated multi-contour front seats with massage, a heated steering wheel, active side bolsters, three-zone automatic climate control, electronic trunk closer, Keyless-Go, a power rear-window sunshade, and Mercedes-Benz Concierge service to help make dinner reservations and travel accommodations are available.

    Technology

    2019 Lexus ES 350

    An 8.0-inch multimedia display, Amazon Alexa integration, Bluetooth®, SiriusXM® satellite radio, Siri® Eyes Free, Wi-Fi hotspot, Scout® GPS Link, a 10-speaker premium sound system, and Lexus Enform App Suite, Destination Assist, Remote, and Service Connect are standard technology features. Available features consist of an upgraded 12.3-inch high-resolution color split-screen multimedia display, dynamic voice command, Apple CarPlay® compatibility, navigation, a wireless charger, a 10.2-inch head-up display, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson® PurePlay premium surround sound audio system with Clari-Fi® 2.0.

    2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    A 12.3-inch high-resolution central display, COMAND® system with touchpad controller, voice control, Bluetooth®, HD Radio™, dual USB ports, HomeLink®, and navigation come standard. The optional technology features are comprised of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, SiriusXM® satellite radio, wireless charging, and a 1,450-watt, 23-speaker Burmester 3D surround sound audio system.

    Pricing

    2019 Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $39,750 MSRP

    2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    Starting at $53,500 MSRP

    *View U.S. News Best Cars at cars.usnews.com.
    Wednesday
    May222019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500 is a full-size luxury sedan that comfortably accommodates five passengers with its wide, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, and delivers an engaging driving experience with swift acceleration. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose has the new fifth-generation LS 500 available for you to test drive.

    Performance

    A 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine paired with a 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission powers the new Lexus LS 500. The LS 500 pumps out 416-hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, goes 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and has a top track speed of 136 mph. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, a rear-wheel drivetrain, and Drive Mode Select with Normal, ECO, and Sport modes. All-wheel drive is offered as well as an adaptive variable air suspension to help maintain the vehicle’s low center of gravity. The LS 500 is available in F Sport and hybrid trim levels.

    Comfort

    Whether it be a short or long trip in the northern California area, you are sure to find yourself sitting comfortably in your LS 500 with standard leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and a dual-zone climate control system. Optional features include semi-aniline leather seats, butterfly power-retractable headrests for both the front and rear passengers, power-reclining rear seats with massage settings, 28-way power-adjustable front and 18-way adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, and a panorama glass roof.

    Technology

    Your LS 500 is filled with standard and optional technology features. A 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Apple CarPlay® integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, dynamic voice command, navigation, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform app suite, SmartAccess keyless entry, and Lexus Enform Remote to remotely start your engine, adjust climate controls, and check your fuel level status are standard. Optional features consist of a rear-seat touchscreen control panel, 24-inch full-color head-up display, and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system with Quantum Logic® Immersion technology.

    Pricing

    Starting at $75,300 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May152019

    Review: 2019 Lexus UX 250h

    As one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the class, the five-passenger 2019 Lexus UX 250h delivers a smooth ride with comfortable seating and offers easy maneuverability with its best-in-class turning radius. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek near Santa Clara to test drive this stylish sport utility vehicle.

    Performance

    With its exclusive all-wheel drive system, the UX 250h is powered by a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine paired with powerful electric motors to produce a total system of 181-hp and achieve an estimated 38 mpg highway and 41 mpg city. To best fit your mood, you can choose from individual driving modes which alter the powertrain or throttle, including Normal, Sport, and ECO. After learning your driving patterns, the available Predictive Efficient Drive system effortlessly switches between the two power sources for optimal efficiency and is the first in the world to link with the navigation system in order to establish when to rely on battery power as well as when to recharge the battery.

    Technology

    The driver-inspired cockpit highlights the standard 7.0-inch color multimedia display with voice command, Apple CarPlay® integration and Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth®, Scout® GPS Link, a Wi-Fi hotspot, four USB ports throughout the cabin, 6-speaker premium sound system, a SmartAccess key fob, and the Lexus Enform app suite to stream music, check fuel prices, and monitor sport scores and stocks. Available technology features comprise of an upgraded 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, navigation, full-color head-up display, 8-speaker premium sound system, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist for 24-hour access to a live response center.

    Safety

    The UX 250h utilizes new safety technology to help keep you and your passengers safe when driving in the northern California area. The standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 consists of pedestrian and bicyclist detection, lane tracking assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Vehicle stability control, smart stop technology, a backup camera, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, and an advanced 10-airbag system are also standard.

    Pricing

    Starting at $34,000 MSRP