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    Wednesday
    Sep202017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F 

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC F

    The performance-focused sports coupe segment is no longer dominated by the Germans, as Lexus has engineered a model worthy of even the most serious drivers. Plus, you can still expect top safety ratings and a distinctively sophisticated, comfortable cabin.

    Silicon Valley drivers who are ready to take the next step and get inside a 2017 Lexus RC F should come in for a visit. Those who are still doing their homework should check out our full review:

    Performance

    The RC F is the most powerful in the 2017 Lexus RC lineup. It features a 467-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission, and comes available with a Torque Vectoring Differential with Slalom, Track, and Standard modes. The rear-wheel drive coupe features Brembo brakes with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, and can take you from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 168 MPH.

    All models feature a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, speed-activated rear wing, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, paddle shifters, Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ mode, and LFA-inspired instrumentation, including a G-force display and lap timer. The Performance Package adds a carbon fiber speed-activated rear wing and roof, as well as the Torque Vectoring Differential.

    Safety and Tech

    The 2017 Lexus RC F comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management. Additionally, all models are equipped with the Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps, and come available with premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with color multimedia display and DVD player, Remote Touchpad controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations. The All-Weather Package gives you a windshield wiper de-icer, headlamp washers, and a heated steering wheel.

    Comfort and Convenience

    You don’t need to sacrifice comfort for performance, and the RC F is proof. All models come standard with NuLuxe interior trim, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way power passenger’s seat, rear-seat armrest with trunk pass-through, Lexus Display Audio, and a Premium 10-speaker Sound System. You can also add a power moonroof and leather interior trim as individual options.

    The Premium Package adds Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package gives you Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio with 17 speakers, class-D amplifier, Clari-Fi audio processing, auto-volume tech, and machined aluminum control knobs.

    Pricing

    Starting at $64,165 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep132017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    San Jose residents comparing models of luxury sedans have some work ahead of them because the segment is highly competitive as automakers work to meet drivers’ high expectations. Luckily for us, Lexus has been ahead of the game for some time.

    When you compare the classic 2017 Lexus ES 350 to a relative newcomer like the 2017 Acura TLX, the cracks start to show in Honda’s luxury brand. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come in for a visit to see for yourself why Lexus is an everlasting favorite:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The ES 350 comes standard with exclusive Lexus technology, including Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link navigation, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote. It also comes equipped with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

    You can opt to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist as individual items, and the Navigation Package gives you the Remote Touch control pad, a premium Navigation System with voice command, and the Lexus Enform Destinations app.

    Acura TLX

    While the 2017 TLX also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHSTA, it failed to make the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick ranking after losing points in small overlap front impact tests.

    The Acura TLX includes a standard Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, but all other active driver assistance and technology are available only on upper trims or via add-on packages. The Technology Package gives you Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, rain-sensing wipers, and navigation. Upper trims are available with Head-Up Warning and Road Departure Mitigation. The TLX does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Performance

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and has standard front-wheel drive. Additionally, the 2017 ES comes with a hybrid option, the 300h, which has a net 200 horsepower output and gets up to 40 MPG.

    Acura TLX

    The base TLX comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The TLX does not come with a hybrid option.

    If you spend the money to upgrade with the Technology Package and add the V6 engine, the TLX costs about $39,500 MSRP, pushing its total MSRP beyond that of the Lexus ES 350, which comes standard with a range of premium features.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Acura TLX

    Starting at $32,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep062017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i 

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a safe, reliable luxury sedan often want to know how the GS 350 compares to the competition. Lexus prides itself on safety and technology, so it’s a major contender if driver assistance technology is a must on your list.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus GS 350 to the BMW 540i, we found that there are some major differences between the two models – namely, that BMW, in general, isn't quite up to speed on safety tech. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come take the GS 350 for a test drive:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus GS 350

    Each model of the 2017 Lexus GS comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, all models are equipped with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and a backup camera. The GS 350 is also available with Intuitive Parking Assist, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and Heads-Up Display.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i comes standard with programmable LED daytime running lights, BMW Assist eCall, and an Active Protection System that prepares cabin features (seatbelts, windows, etc.) for collision. But it does not come standard with any active driver assistance technology – not even a rearview camera – which is unusual for a car in the luxury segment. Further, the tech that it does offer isn't an all-inclusive package.

    For instance, the Driving Assistance Package ($1,800) adds a Head-Up Display, rearview camera, and active park distance control, while the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,400) adds Parking Assistant Plus and Surround View with 3D view. To get the same level of safety tech as the GS 350, you’ll easily add $5,000 to the BMW’s already-high sticker price.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The GS 350 and the 540i have comparable engines and fuel efficiency. The Lexus 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 automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive sedans have a 6-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets up to 29 MPG.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It comes available with all-wheel drive, and gets up to 30 MPG.

    Eco-conscious drivers may want to note that the 2017 Lexus GS comes with a hybrid option (the 450h) while the BMW 5 Series does not.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    BMW 540i

    Starting at $56,450 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug232017

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

    In Silicon Valley, early adopters get all the glory. Whether you’re the first to use a groundbreaking new app or you’re investing seed money in a promising new venture, being at the head of the pack means you’re winning. So, don’t you want a car that reflects you’re in-the-know?

    The 2018 Lexus LC 500 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, and getting behind the wheel is further proof that we’re entering the next frontier of luxury coupes. It’s smart, innovative, and within your reach. Check out our full review, then come take one for a test spin:

    Performance

    Built on an entirely new platform, the front-engine, rear-wheel drive LC 500 is as grounded and powerful as a naturally aspirated engine gets. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. It makes a head-turning 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and the sport coupe goes from zero to 60 in just 4.4 seconds.

    All models of the LC, including the hybrid LC 500h, come with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Drive Mode Select with Sport S+ mode, Active Sport Exhaust, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, and LFA-inspired instrumentation, including a G-meter. Your Lexus Stevens Creek rep can get into the details with you, including the available Sport and Performance packages, as well as the TORSEN limited-slip rear differential.

    Styling and Interior

    It’s clear to see that the all-new LC 500 is a work of engineering perfection. With premium triple-beam LED headlamps and dimensional rear combination taillamps, its stand-out lighting helps you see and be seen. Flush exterior door handles with illumination both improve its aerodynamics and give it a futuristic feel, while a glass roof with sunshade rounds out the sleek silhouette. Of course, it maintains Lexus's signature spindle grille, but in a black mesh that lets the rest of the design shine.

    Inside, you have the option of Black, Toasted Caramel, Rioja Red, or Bespoke White leather seating. The LC 500 comes standard with dual zone climate control with Climate Concierge, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. It’s also available with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats, and an Alcantara headliner.

    Safety and Technology

    All models of the 2018 Lexus LC come equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes intelligent high beam headlamps, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, it comes standard with a backup camera, Remote Touchpad controls, Lexus Navigation System with 10.3-inch screen, voice command, and a 12-speaker premium audio system. The LC 500 is available with Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Heads-Up Display, and a Mark Levinson 13-speaker Surround Sound Audio System.

    Pricing

    Starting at $93,000 MSRP

    Friday
    Aug182017

    LC 500 Launch, A Night to Remember 

    On August 15th, Lexus Stevens Creek hosted an exclusve viewing of the all-new 2018 LC 500. We had 200 guest who enjoyed an evening of live music from Valley Christian High School Band, wine from Joseph George Wines and hors d'oeuvres from Le Papillon.

    Interactive booths made it for an eventful night, such as a virtual reality configulator of the upcoming reimagined 2018 LC 500, Technology Center by Matt Esparaza (Master Certfified Lexus Technology Specalist) and Technician Corner with Steve Vergano (Master Certified Digangostic Specialist) for the LC 500. The night ended with special donation presented to community partner Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Silicon Valley for their Student Series and STEM programs. Overall, a great night with great guests.

    To see all event photos, check out our Facebook album.