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    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun142017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

    Drivers in San Jose don’t like to compromise, which is why so many turn to Lexus Stevens Creek when shopping for their next vehicle. Our expert staff is happy to make recommendations and answer any questions on how our models stack up to the competition.

    In the case of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 and the 2017 Acura MDX, there are some key differences you should know about – particularly if road trips to the West Coast’s ample national parks are on your agenda.

    Read our one-to-one comparison, then come see firsthand why the GX 460 is a Bay Area favorite:

    Performance

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2017 GX 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine with full-time four-wheel drive, mated to a 6-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, and has a 6,500-pound towing capacity.

    The GX 460 has a body-on-frame construction that allows you to handle any terrain with ease, as well as Trailer Sway Control to keep you steady on the road, no matter what you’re hauling. The Driver Support Package adds Crawl Control, which gives you precision and control when climbing hills, as well as a Driver Attention Monitor, intelligent high beams, wide-view front and Side Monitor system.

    Acura MDX

    The 2017 MDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission, with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. It makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

    The MDX has a unibody platform, which makes it less agile off-road. It comes standard with Hill Start Assist and has available LED fog lights, but does not come available with Crawl Control or Trailer Sway Control.

    Features and Tech

    Lexus GX 460

    The Lexus GX comes standard with push-button start, Lexus Display Audio, 9-speaker sound system, HD Radio with subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, backup camera, power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    The GX Premium adds a Navigation System and Lexus Enform App Suite, voice command, high-res LCD screen, Lexus Enform Destinations, leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, and Intuitive Parking Assist. Additionally, the GX is available with second-row captain’s chairs, semi-aniline leather trim, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System.

    Acura MDX

    The 2017 MDX comes standard with push-button ignition, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text capability, On Demand Mult-Use Display, power moonroof, 8-speaker audio system, and HD Radio. Traffic and weather are available via the Technology or Advance Packages, but the MDX does not come with an equivalent to the Enform apps.

    Upper trims include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, heated steering wheel, and navigation system. Other available features include a Head-Up Warning, Blind Spot Information System, Surround-View Camera System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $51,680 MSRP

    Acura MDX

    Starting at $44,050 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun072017

    Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    San Jose drivers won’t settle for anything less than the best, which is why we’ve been getting so many inquiries about the all-new 2018 Lexus LS 500. Featuring award-winning design and an innovative eco-conscious engine, the flagship sedan is fully redesigned and nearly ready for you to take home. Bay Area residents can sign up to reserve one now for Fall 2017. But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect from this groundbreaking luxury sedan:

    Powertrain

    You don’t need to sacrifice power for fuel economy, and the all-new LS is proof. The LS 500 has a newly designed 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission, built on a rear-wheel drive platform. While the previous generation of the LS was powered by a V8, the new iteration boasts more horsepower, churning out 415 ponies and 442 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the LS 500 will take you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. EPA estimates on fuel economy haven’t been released yet, but the Lexus twin-turbocharged mechanics typically equate to class-leading efficiency.

    Additionally, the LS comes with a hybrid option – the LS 500h. This model has been built with the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, and combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery. It features a continuously variable transmission, and makes a net 354 horsepower, going from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

    Styling

    While slightly larger than the previous generation, the all-new 2018 LS maintains a sleek profile with its newly designed exterior. It’s the first Lexus to feature six side windows for visibility – particularly useful for drivers, but your passengers will also love the expanded view of the Bay Area during cruises. Add to that an outer-slide moonroof, and you’ve got the ultimate ride for scenic drives. The 2018 LS also features windows that are flush with the body and a classic Lexus spindle grille with a redesigned mesh for a unique, 3D look. Drivers get the option between five wheel designs, such as the innovative 20-inch electroplated version with a hollow rim for noise reduction.

    The 2018 LS 500 was awarded the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Interior Design. It's something you'll need to see in person to truly appreciate because it's unlike anything you've ever seen. Some key interior features include hand-pleated leather door panel details and handmade Kiriko glass ornamentation.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus is keeping with its trend of equipping all new models with standard Lexus Safety System+. This advanced suite of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, drivers can opt to add the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering, as well as a color Heads-Up Display, with the Advanced Safety Package.

    Tuesday
    Jun062017

    Helping Our Furry Friends: HSSV Drive in Full Swing

    It's that time of year again! Our serivce promotion benefiting the Human Society of Silicon Valley is in full swing.

    During the months of May and June, folks who donate $10 or more or at least $10 worth of needed items will receive 10% off their service bill at the Lexus of Stevens Creek Service Center (located at 300 Martin Ave. in Santa Clara). Items needed include dog and cat food, kong chew toys, nylabones, new beds and pet carriers. Last year, generous Lexus guests donated more than 800 much needed items and hundreds of pound of dog and cat food.

    The Humane Society Silicon Valley is on a mission to save and enhance the lives of animals in our community. By connecting thousands of animals with thousands of people, to enrich the lives of both, HSSV places nearly 4,000 animals in permanent homes per year, spays or neuters more than 8,000 animals a year, and reaches more than 8,000 school-aged children, including at-risk youth, through its Humane Education Programs.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit www.hssv.org

    Monday
    Jun052017

    Saturday Fundraiser Campaign has Begun! 

    Lexus of Stevens Creek is proud to announce our 1st year of the Saturday Fundraiser Campaign benefiting local high school and college students. The program is a spin off the traditional team car washes you see on street corners or gas stations, but we provide a safe and secure fundraising environment for all who participate. This is a great opportunity for your clubs or teams to raise funds for your organization while learning the value of teamwork and responsibility.

    Saturday June 3rd was the kickoff of our first Saturday Car Wash Fundraiser at our Lexus of Stevens Creek Service and Parts Center in Santa Clara. We had the pleasure of hosting the lovely young women of the De Anza College Cheer and Dance Team. The team helped in greeting our guests with donuts and coffee in the morning as well as our car wash department vacuuming mats and cleaning windows.

    For more information on available dates, campaign details, or how to sign up your team or club, please email our Community Relations Manager at carwashfundraiser@lexusofstevenscreek.com

     

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