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    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

    Wednesday
    Nov222017

    Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350 

    Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350

    Bay Area drivers who want a performance sedan that’s more than just a roaring engine should consider the 2018 Lexus GS 350, a vehicle that manages to have it all without trying too hard.

    Intuitive technology, athletic styling, and a range of features for comfort and entertainment mean the GS 350 can take you anywhere, and keep you engaged while doing so.

    Below is a full review of this groundbreaking performance sedan, so read on, then visit our San Jose location to get behind the wheel:

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters, while all-wheel drive models have a 6-speed paddle-shift transmission.

    The F Sport package adds Drive Mode Select with additional modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, 14-inch two-piece front brake rotors with monoblock four-piston calipers, and F Sport interior and exterior styling. Additionally, you can opt for a Torsen limited-slip differential and Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering on F Sport models.

    According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 with RWD gets 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while AWD models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The GS 350 F Sport gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 GS comes standard with NuLuxe seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilting/telescoping steering column, power moonroof, 10-way power front seats, Lexus Memory System, auto-dimming mirrors, and Smart Access with push-button Start/Stop. Convenience and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, a 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist.

    Additionally, the GS 350 is available with leather seating, power open/close trunk, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, intermittent rain-sensing wipers, and Heads-Up Display. A Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System and Lexus Navigation system with 12.3-inch high-res display are also available on the GS. Your Lexus Stevens Creek representative can fill you in on everything included in the Premium, Navigation, and Cold Weather packages.

    Safety and Technology

    Each model of the 2018 GS is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, all models have LED lighting and a backup camera, and come available with premium triple-beam LED headlamps and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Pricing

    Starting at $46,310 MSRP