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    Wednesday
    Dec282016

    COMPARISON: 2016 Lexus GS Turbo vs Audi A6

    Silicon Valley Comparison of the Lexus GS Turbo vs Audi A6

    If you’re shopping for a luxury sedan with a turbocharged engine to traverse the streets of San Jose, California, you may find that there are many options out there that give you either style, power, or features.

    However, you shouldn’t feel like you need to choose between the three, as some offer everything. When comparing the 2016 Lexus GS Turbo to the 2016 Audi A6, there are some key areas to examine, so read on for our full comparison:

    STYLING

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    Lexus can't be beaten when it comes to design, and the GS Turbo is a great example. With the signature Lexus spindle grille, a beautiful array of colors to choose from, 18-inch alloy wheels, the GS is the luxury option that truly looks the part. Inside, there's an intuitive center stack, LED ambient lighting, and high-quality details that define the brand.

    AUDI A6

    The Audi sedan has a re-styled body, with new headlights, an updated bumper and a gaping grille that’s become a signature for Audi. Compared to the Lexus, it’s conservative and dowdy, but Audi enthusiasts may prefer the more reserved style. Premium styling options include added Audi badges and logos. The interior also keeps it simple, and drivers can choose to add Beaufort wood trim and aluminum accents as an upgrade.

    ENGINE

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    Lexus engineers have mastered the art of the turbocharged engine, effectively using the vehicle’s exhaust to improve both efficiency and boost power. The GS Turbo engine is a 2-liter inline-4 with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s a Certified Ultra-Low Emission vehicle, getting up to 33 MPG.

    AUDI A6

    The A6 is equipped with a similar 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but has standard 7-speed automatic transmission with the option to upgrade to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It gets and EPA estimated 24 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

    FEATURES

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    The 2016 GS comes standard with NuLuxe upholstery that’s superior to leather, wood and metal accents, multi-function steering wheel, and S-flow automatic climate control for the best in efficiency. It also has the Lexus Premium Audio System with 12 speakers, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, and surround sound. You’ll also love the standard navigation system, keyless start, rearview camera, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system of safety features, including stability control and anti-lock brakes.

    AUDI A6

    The A6 comes with standard leather seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, automatic headlights, and seat position memory. Optional features include navigation, upgraded infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, and a selection of driver assistance features for added safety.

    Wednesday
    Dec212016

    REVIEW: 2015 Lexus IS 250

    Silicon Valley Review 2015 Lexus IS

    A pre-owned Lexus is always a great idea, because you know you’re getting a reliable, classic ride that’s a great value. Drivers in Silicon Valley time and again choose the IS for its superior quality and timeless styling – everything you’d want in a previously owned car.

    The 2015 Lexus IS 250 has all you need in features, power, and style – plus most of our inventory is L/Certified, so you know you’re getting a vetted vehicle. Read on for our full review:

    SAFETY

    The 2015 IS earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and perfect scores in tests for side and moderate front overlap impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    The Lexus sedan comes standard with an advanced system of airbags and seatbelts, as well as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, and a body structure designed to distribute energy upon impact. It also has HID headlights, daytime running lights, LED fog lights, and the option for a blind-spot monitor.

    FEATURES

    The IS 250 comes with some excellent standard features, such as push-button start with keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and Lexus Personalized Settings that let you customize your car. It’s also equipped with an infotainment system that integrates with your smartphone, and produces great sound through an 8-speaker audio system. The system has a 7-inch VGA screen, USB ports, auxiliary input, and Siri Eyes Free. 

    You can also choose from an array of available features, including the Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, ventilated and heated seating, wood accents, leather interior, and navigation system.

    STYLING

    You can choose between a sedan or convertible body style with the IS, and the sedan even comes standard with a sunroof, so either way you’ll be able to enjoy the California sun and stars. On the outside, the IS 250 is distinctly Lexus, with the signature spindle grille, sharply designed headlights, and side body panels like finely molded sheet metal. It has a wide, long wheel base for added stability, and this model introduced a number of design elements that improved function as well, such as added air ducts and high-performance chassis tuning. Standard 17-inch wheels make for nice shoes on this stylish sedan.

    ENGINE

    There are a couple of available powertrains on the IS 250. The base is a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded option is a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

    The base comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the upgrade has an 8-speed automatic transmission. Each model has the option for all- or rear-wheel drive.

    Wednesday
    Dec072016

    REVIEW: 2017 Lexus RC

    Silicon Valley Review 2017 Lexus RC

    Great style and sporty performance don’t always go hand-in-hand with high safety ratings and conservative fuel economy, so in this way, the 2017 Lexus RC is an outlier – in the best way possible. Drivers in Silicon Valley who want a sporty coupe without compromise need look no further than the RC, whether they choose the 200t, 350, or F model. Here’s our full review of this deluxe coupe from Lexus:

    FEATURES

    Each model of the RC has standard automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, and a deluxe infotainment system that has a 7-inch display screen, 10 speakers, HD radio, dual USB ports, Bluetooth technology, and eyes-free smartphone integration. Additionally, it’s equipped with Lexus Enform Service Connect to ensure you never miss a routine service appointment.

    There’s also available heated and ventilated front seats, navigation with touch-pad controller, upgraded Enform system, leather interior, heated steering wheel, and moonroof. You can also add a deluxe Mark Levinson audio system, driver assistance technologies, and performance features such as high-tuned suspension and Sport+ driving mode.

    STYLING

    The RC is a muscular looking coupe, fit for passing the competition on the highway and leaving an impression without being a showoff. The spindle grille is unmistakably Lexus, while a low roofline and turned up rear are decidedly sporty and add to the performance. The interior has a creatively designed center console, a roadster-worthy steering wheel, and stylized, high-back seats to round out the RC’s athletic look. The F model comes with standard BBS aluminum wheels, carbon-fiber roof, and rear spoiler.

    SAFETY

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 RC a Top Safety Pick+. The coupe earned perfect scores in tests for small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    In addition to standard safety features like airbags, anti-lock brakes, and daytime running lights, the RC is available with some of the most advanced safety features available. These include pre-collision warning, brake system with force distribution, dynamic radar cruise control, intuitive parking assistance, blind spot monitor, hill-start assist, and rain-sensing wipers.

    ENGINE

    You have the choice between four engine options on the RC. Note that the rear-wheel drive and F models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models are mated to 6-speed automatic transmission.

    The base engine is a 3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque; while you can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with all-wheel drive that makes 255 horses of power and 236 lb-ft of torque. The RC 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. If performance really matters to you, go with the F model, which has a 5-liter V8 engine with 467 horses of power and 389 lb-ft of torque.

    PRICING

    Starting at $40,155 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Nov302016

    REVIEW: 2017 Lexus ES 300h

    A Lexus sedan is like a well-fitted black sweater: comfortable, iconic, and goes anywhere. The new ES 300h is no exception – though it is exceptional – with superior fuel economy, a luxe interior, and an array of features for entertainment, convenience, and safety.

    Drivers in San Jose will love everything the 2017 Lexus ES 300h must offer, so read on and see for yourself just why this hybrid sedan is quickly becoming a classic:

    SAFETY

    Lexus is known for putting drivers first, and that's why it now equips many of its base models – including the ES – with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of safety systems is meant to assist drivers in unpredictable times, because even the best drivers can get caught off guard. Included in the system is Lexus Enform Safety Connect and vehicle proximity notification for when you need roadside assistance, as well as backup camera with dynamic grid lines, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, and intuitive parking assist. Additionally, the ES 300h has LED headlamps, electronic traction and stability control, and child seat tethers and anchors.

    In safety tests, the 2017 ES earned a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+.

    ENGINE

    This Lexus Hybrid has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with a permanent-magnet, high-output electric motor with EV mode. The ES 300h has 200 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission for a smooth, powerful ride. Additionally, it’s a Certified Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle, getting an estimated 40 MPG highway for top-of-class fuel economy.

    FEATURES

    Standard features on the ES 300h include an 8-speaker audio system, satellite radio, universal remote transmitter, rearview camera, keyless ignition, and adaptive cruise control. There are also a number of upgrade packages you can choose from: Luxury, Ultra Luxury, Premium, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson Premium Audio. These bundle together deluxe features that enhance the comfort and convenience of your ride, so speak to your Lexus Stevens Creek representative about which features are most important to you.

    INTERIOR

    Even the base model of the ES 300h has comfort to rival your living room, with 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, leatherette upholstery, leather steering wheel, interior air filtration, climate control, and bucket seats up front. Additionally, you'll love the one-touch power moonroof, power windows, heated mirrors, hands-free entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. For cargo space, you’ll have 112 cubic feet of interior volume and 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

    If you’re looking for more luxury, you can add heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, lighted door sills, heated and ventilated front seats, rear power sunshade, and a glass-breakage sensor.

    PRICING

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Nov232016

    Giving Back

    On Tuesday November 22nd, our Lexus team had the opportunity to truly give back this holiday season. We joined Cityteam as they partnered with the San Jose Earthquakes to feed over 5,000 families in need this Thanksgiving.

    "It was nice to take part of my day to give back to those in need," says Community Relations Manager, Cipriana Huerta. "It's so easy to forget about those around us as we get caught up in our own bubble during the holidays. Every family I met today was so gracious of what they received; its a humbling experience."

    Cityteam offers a variety of resources to meet the needs and to provide real help and hope for those in our community struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Cityteam San Jose helps individuals and families improve their lives mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The meals distributed Tuesday was just one way Cityteam helps our community. Once again, we were honored to have the opportunity to participate! #LexusCARes #CityteamSanJose