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    Wednesday
    Jan242018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Audi Q7

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Audi Q7

    Drivers who want luxury SUV that’s capable of towing and off-roading but comfortable and luxe for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Lexus GX 460 compares to the 2018 Audi Q7.

    Both models offer an array of features and have impressive performance specs, but one automaker gives you a better-equipped base model and more advanced safety tech.

    If you’re in the San Jose area and want to know more, check out our full review then visit us for a test drive:

    Safety and Convenience Tech

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 GX is available as a base model, as well as Premium and Luxury trims. Upper trims guarantee a luxury experience, but even the base trim is well equipped. It features a backup camera, Trailer Sway Control, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. Additionally, all models have a power moonroof, Lexus Memory System, a reclining/sliding middle row, and dual-zone climate control.

    Available tech on the GX 460 includes a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, rain-sensing wipers, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high beams, and wide-view front and side monitor.

    Audi Q7

    The Q7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. The Q7 Premium features a rear parking camera, Audi pre sense basic and city, Audi drive select, and Xenon plus headlights, but does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform Apps. The base also features a sunroof and three-zone climate control, but lacks a memory system and sliding or reclining middle row.

    Available features include a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, top-view camera system, and lane-keep assist. It does not come with the option for a wide-view front or side monitor.

    Performance and Towing

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It features standard full-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and a TORSEN Torque-Sensing Limited Slip Center Differential, as well as a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System to give you a smooth, controlled ride on-road or off. The Lexus SUV has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

    Audi Q7

    The 2018 Q7 has two engine options. The base is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, or buyers can upgrade to a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base engine can tow up to 4,400 pounds, while the V6 can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

    While the upgraded Audi has a higher towing capacity than the GX, it doesn’t come available with a TORSEN locking differential or a kinetic dynamic suspension system, which makes it less capable off-road. Plus, opting for the V6 adds over $6,000 to the base price.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $52,155 MSRP

    Audi Q7

    Starting at $49,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan172018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX 570 vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX 570 vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

    Land Rover has a cult following among those who want a luxury ute with full off-road capability, but for drivers in the Bay Area who prefer pavement over rocky terrain, there are better options at Lexus Stevens Creek.

    When comparing the 2018 Lexus LX 570 to the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover, you’ll notice significant differences in interior space and standard features that make Lexus a far better value.

    Read on, then visit us in San Jose to experience the LX 570 on the road.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2018 LX 570 has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers, upholstered in luxe, soft leather. The Lexus SUV comes standard with a power moonroof, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, power-folding third row, a power rear door, Lexus Memory System (driver's seat, mirrors, steering wheel), and a 14-way driver's seat. It also features a power-sliding second row, four-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Smart Access with push-button Start/Stop. Additionally, all models include 10 years of Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect and one year of the Remote app and Destination Assist.

    Available features include semi-aniline leather trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone Climate Concierge, a Color Heads-Up Display, Qi-compatible wireless charger, Cool Box storage, and a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel. Premium entertainment includes a Rear Seat Entertainment System with two 11.6-inch displays, HDMI input, and wireless headphones, as well as a 19-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System.

    Land Rover Range Rover

    The Range Rover comes close to matching the LX’s standard features, but doesn’t quite hit the mark It features grained leather seating, heated front seats, and three-zone climate control, but the Range Rover has seating for just five passengers. Additionally, the base model comes without a moonroof, premium headlamps, and a memory system.

    Upper trims feature perforated Windsor leather seating, 20-way power seats, a heated steering wheel, and special badging and trims. The new SVAutobiography trim is the most deluxe, with quilted semi-aniline leather seating, Satin Santos Palisander veneer trim, perforated leather headliner, front center console cooler compartment, and rear seat refrigerator compartment. This model starts at just over $177,000, however.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus LX 570

    All models of the 2018 Lexus LX are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. Additionally, the SUV comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View camera and Multi-Terrain Monitors, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Land Rover Range Rover

    The 2018 Range Rover comes standard with a rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking, Emergency Brake Assist, Cruise Control with Speed Limited, and Front and Rear Parking Aid. Any additional features require an upgrade. Available tech includes a Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limited, Driver Condition Monitor, a Surround Camera System, and parking assistance packages.

    With Lexus, choosing your model is simpler and presents a better value. To see the LX in action, visit us today.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX 570

    Starting at $85,380 MSRP

    Land Rover Range Rover

    Starting at $87,350 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan102018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Acura RDX

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Acura RDX

    If you want a luxury crossover with technology that won’t soon become outdated, Lexus is your best bet. Its advanced system of driver-assistive technology is standard on most new models because it’s been tested and, time and again, results in top safety ratings for the automaker.

    When comparing the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 Acura RDX, you’ll notice not only better third-party ratings, but a better offering of standard tech on the Lexus. Read on to see why the NX is unbeatable in California. Then, visit us in San Jose to test drive a brand-new Lexus SUV.

    Safety Ratings and Technology

    Lexus NX 300

    The Lexus NX is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2018 Top Safety Pick. It earned best-possible scores in all categories, including crashworthiness, crash avoidance and mitigation, and child seat anchors ease of use. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    All models of the 2018 NX come standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High Beams. Options include a Panoramic View Monitor, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Acura RDX

    The new RDX is also a 2018 Top Safety Pick, but it scored lower than the NX in the following areas: front crash prevention, headlights, and child seat anchor ease of use. The Acura crossover also won a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.

    The 2018 RDX includes a standard multi-view rearview camera and other passive safety systems, but you’ll need to upgrade to an upper trim for driver assistance tech. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking, a Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot Information System, and Rear Cross-Traffic Monitor.

    Entertainment and Convenience

    Lexus NX 300

    Each Lexus NX is equipped with a Lexus Display Audio system with 8-inch color display, Scout GPS Link navigation, Remote Touchpad controls, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist.

    Individual options include a power rear door, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, heated front seats and steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Other available convenience features include a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, rain-sensing wipers, and the Lexus Memory System.

    Acura RDX

    The RDX comes standard with a 7-speaker Acura Premium Sound System, Sirius XM Radio, USB audio interface, Bluetooth, SMS text function, HomeLink universal transceiver, an auto-dimming mirror, and the Maintenance Minder system. Available features on the RDX include GPS-linked navigation, heated seats, Siri Eyes Free, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic, navigation with voice recognition, and Aha compatibility.

    The Acura crossover is not available with a heated steering wheel, power doors, or a memory system. Considering the Lexus’s lower base price and ample standard features, there’s no question which small luxury ute is the better value.

    Pricing

    Lexus NX 300

    Starting at $35,985 MSRP

    Acura RDX

    Starting at $36,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec272017

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Drivers in San Jose who want a luxury compact car will find a sure bet in the new 2018 Lexus IS. With a curated lineup of trims and engine options, deluxe standard features, and an array of options, it’s your ideal entry into the luxury market.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It goes from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds and gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

    The IS 300 with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds and gets up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The Lexus IS 350 comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. AWD models have a 6-speed automatic and get a combined 22 MPG, while RWD models have an 8-speed automatic transmission and get a combined 23 MPG. The IS 350 RWD goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

    Safety and Technology

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick. Plus, it’s equipped standard with the latest in driver assistance technology.

    Each model includes the Lexus Safety System+, including Lane Departure Alert with Steering Aid, intelligent high-beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The 2018 IS also comes with a backup camera and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and is available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Adaptive Front Lighting.

    Comfort and Convenience

    California skies never looked as good as they will through the power moonroof of your brand new Lexus IS. Also, you'll enjoy standard NuLuxe seating, Lexus Display Audio, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth wireless, and Scout GPS Link navigation. Individual options include a power rear sunshade and heated steering wheel, and you opt for feature packages to bring your IS 300 or 350 to the next level.

    The Premium Package adds heated and ventilated seats, while the Comfort Package gives you the Lexus Memory System for seating, mirrors, and the steering column, as well as rain-sensing wipers, a Blind Spot Monitor, and auto-dimming mirrors.

    The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch display, Remote Touch controls, and Enform Destination Assist. For audiophiles, the Mark Levinson Package adds a Premium Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers with subwoofer, class-D amplifier, 5.1-channel surround sound, and machined aluminum knobs, in addition to features in the Navigation Package.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,210 MSRP

    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

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