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    Wednesday
    Jan182017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RX 350

    San Jose Review of the 2017 Lexus RX 350

    Luxury SUVs aren’t always practical, with the exception of the Lexus RX. This ute was a trailblazer in its segment and continues to pave the way for rides that are roomy and luxe while remaining easy-to-drive and fuel efficient.

    This year, there are even more reasons why drivers in San Jose will love this vehicle. Here’s our full review of the 2017 Lexus RX 350:

    Features

    Each model of the 2017 RX is equipped with the latest in entertainment and convenience technology, including deluxe infotainment system with USB port, Micro SD card slot, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, 9-speaker audio system, and HomeLink garage door opener. If you’re looking to add some features to the base model, your options include a 12.3-inch display, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear-seat entertainment system with DVD and two screens, and navigation.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 RX a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap impact, rear crash, roof strength, and side impact.

    Perhaps the RX’s shining test scores are the result of the advanced features in the Lexus Safety System+, a package that comes standard on each model (in fact, the automaker has started including this as a standard feature on many of its 2017 models, because that’s how Lexus rolls). The system includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure alert, and rearview camera.

    Styling and Interior

    The uniquely styled 2017 RX has a prominent spindle grille flanked by fluid headlight housings illuminated with LED lights, and a “floating” roof thanks to a blacked-out C-pillar behind the rear windows. Inside, Lexus designers made smart use of center console space and built in 18 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are up, and 56 cubes when they're folded. Standard NuLuxe interior gives the look and feel of leather, but it’s not as heavy and is eco-friendly to produce.

    Standard styling and interior features include 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, and 18-inch wheels. When you upgrade to the F Sport model, you’ll enjoy a panoramic glass roof, ambient lighting, roof rails, dual-zone climate control, and the Touch-Free Power Rear Door, which allows the hatch to open simply by hovering your hand over the emblem in the rear.

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    The 2017 RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horses of power and 267 lb-ft of torque. It has available all-wheel drive, 8-speed automatic transmission, and drive mode select for optimum efficiency and responsiveness.

    The EPA estimates that the front-wheel drive model gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while the all-wheel drive gets 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $43,120 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan042017

    COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs BMW 330e

    Silicon Valley Comparison of the Lexus ES 300h vs BMW330e

    The luxury hybrid sedan fits in perfectly in Silicon Valley, where drivers want style and performance while maintaining a low carbon footprint. While the Lexus ES has been a perennial favorite, the BMW 3 Series’ hybrid option has drawn some eyes as well.

    However, there are real differences between these two vehicles, so check out our side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs the BMW 3 Series Hybrid.

    SAFETY

    LEXUS ES 300h

    The 2017 ES earned the title of Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after it scored perfect results in all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Results like these don’t happen by chance. Lexus outfitted each model of the new ES with the Lexus Safety System+, a package of features that would normally cost extra. It includes pre-collision system, lane-departure alert, steering assist, intelligent high-beams, and dynamic radar cruise control.

    BMW 330e

    While the 2017 3 Series did earn a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, it has not yet been evaluated by the IIHS.

    The BMW sedan has standard safety features like airbags, head restraints, and impact sensors (as does the ES). However, driver assistance technologies similar to those found standard on the ES will cost extra, and do not come in an integrated package like the Lexus system.

    ENGINE

    LEXUS ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with hybrid electric motor and nickel-metal battery module. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and has a continuously variable transmission.

    The front-wheel drive Lexus ES is lighter than its BMW competitor, so it has a more effective power-to-weight ratio – in other words, it has better acceleration despite having less horsepower.

    BMW 330e

    The 2017 3 Series plug-in hybrid option is powered by a turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor. It gets an EPA-estimated 30 MPG combined, and has either a manual or automatic transmission.

    FEATURES

    LEXUS ES 300h

    An excellent package of standard features extends beyond safety, as the new ES is also equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats, rearview camera, HomeLink garage door opener, and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also equipped with the Lexus Enform infotainment system, Sirius XM Radio, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

    BMW 330e

    The 2017 3 Series has standard faux-leather seating, manually adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and entertainment system with 9 speakers, 6.5-inch LCD screen, USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity.

    PRICING

    LEXUS ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    BMW 330e

    Starting at $44,100 MSRP

    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

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