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    Wednesday
    May162018

    Comparison: RX 450H vs Audi Q5

    Drivers who want a luxury mid-size SUV that’s comfortable and luxe for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Lexus RX 450h compares to the 2018 Audi Q5.

    Both models offer an array of features and have impressive performance specs, so check out our comparison below and then visit us in San Jose for a test drive.

    Performance

    Lexus RX 450h

    For 2018 Lexus has coupled it’s tried and true 3.5 liter six-cylinder engine with an electric motor to generate a net output of 308 horse power along with 247 ft/lbs of torque. With all this power under the hood, it is no surprise that the RX450h can reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill in under 8 seconds.

    The RX450h is also available with many options that one might expect on a sports car, especially when opting for the F Sport package. For example, the RX450h is available with F1 inspired paddle shifters, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management and sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport+ mode and more.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 as its standard engine paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The SQ5 upgrades to a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with peak performance measured at 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive.

    Safety and Technology

    Lexus RX 450h

    In typical Lexus fashion, the RX450h achieved great marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the IIHS named the RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The IIHS was not alone in its admiration of the RX’s safety features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 RX it’s 5 star rating (the highest possible rating). Some of the features that helped the RX achieve such great safety results include; radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure alert, rear cross-traffic braking and much more.

    Audi Q5

    The base Q5 comes standard with power-operated front seats, power windows and locks, a proximity key, leather seats, xenon headlights, roof rack, and lower speed emergency braking. The Premium Plus model adds a power panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, blind-spot monitors, and automatic braking when in reverse. The Prestige model gives the consumer true luxury with 20-inch alloy wheels, Audi Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-inch display screen that displays digital gauges, Google Earth navigation, and audio controls.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 450h

    Starts at $45,695 MSRP

    Audi Q5

    Starts at $ 41,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May092018

    Review: LS 500

    Drivers in the San Jose area who are looking for a luxurious sedan should be sure to check us out at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the 2018 Lexus LS. The Lexus LS has all the class luxurious drivers are looking for while still maintaining the performance that consumers rely on in Lexus vehicles.

    Check out our review below and then come visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the 2018 LS.

    Performance

    The Lexus LS 500 has a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and is available in either rear or all-wheel drive. The new V6 produces 416 horsepower, 6,000 RPM, and 442 lb-ft of torque, and is recommended to run on premium unleaded fuel. Lexus quotes that the LS 500 can go from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 136 MPH. The 10-speed automatic transmission that the LS 500 is equipped with paddle shifters. Fuel efficiency ratings range as high as 29 mpg/highway. The Lexus LS F Sport gives drivers a sportier ride and is built on performance.

    Lexus also offers the LS model as a Hybrid in the Lexus LS Hybrid. The LS Hybrid is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 hooked up to two electric motors, a 44-kw lithium-ion battery, and a 4-speed automatic transmission. One motor is focused on moving the car at lower speeds, and the second motor kicks in at higher speeds. Fuel economy averages 33 mpg/highway.

    Features

    The Lexus LS 500 will come with the usual power features, cruise control, leather, climate control, as well as, navigation, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, active noise cancellation, 12.3” display screen touchpad infotainment system with voice command to run phone, navigation and audio systems, and 19-inch wheels.

    Safety

    The Lexus LS comes standard with a plethora of safety features including, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The optional Advanced Safety package adds a pedestrian detection system with active steering which is capable of avoiding obstacles at low speeds. Lexus also offers an HD head-up display that casts information across the bottom of the windshield.

    Pricing

    LS starting at $75,000 MSRP

    LS Hybrid starting at $79,510 MSRP

    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