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    Thursday
    Oct202016

    WHY LEXUS NAVIGATION CAN’T BE BEAT

    An advanced navigation system in your car can be the difference between making that important meeting or not; between making good time on a road trip or wasting hours on the highway; between getting your family safely to your destination and experiencing confusion on the road.

    Lexus knows that navigation isn’t just a convenience feature, it’s a safety feature. That’s why the automaker has worked to update its technologies to provide drivers with fast, reliable information on where they need to go. Here’s what we love about Lexus Navigation:

    INDUSTRY-LEADING TECHNOLOGIES

    Lexus was the first automaker to install 12.3-inch, high-resolution, split-screen multimedia displays in its vehicles, which allows for better visibility of the screen you need the most. This allows drivers to quickly view their navigation screens, even while the audio or climate control screens are on. The full-screen map allows for the best visibility, and its voice-activated controls ensure that you're never distracted on the road.

    The Lexus Navigation system maps millions of points of interest around the country so it can easily search for your queries and give you the best possible route. Additionally, it has connectivity that gives you up-to-date traffic, 3D city views, and simulated views of highway junctions ahead to allow you to plan ahead and find the most efficient way to your destination. Drivers can also access weather, speed limit information, and nearby gas stations with the press of a button or hands-free with the sound of your voice.

    LEXUS ENFORM APPS TAKE IT TO NEXT LEVEL

    Available on most Lexus vehicles is the Enform suite of apps aimed at making the driving experience as convenient, intelligent, and safe as possible. The Destination Assist app gives drivers 24-hour access to a live customer service center, so if you can’t find where you’re going, you can ask an actual person instead of typing in queries. Your agent will even send directions directly to your Navigation System so that you can get on your way without a hitch.

    The Enform App Suite gives you access to all of your favorite apps, including Yelp, OpenTable, and Facebook Places. So when you’re on the road and can’t remember the name of that restaurant you wanted to check out, the answers are on your screen. Enform also includes Safety Connect with emergency assistance and stolen vehicle locator, as well as collision notification to send help in the event of a crash.

    Additionally – because you never know when you’ll be lost outside of your car – it includes Enform Remote so you can locate your car in a crowded parking lot. Remote is a great feature for parents, too, as it lets you see when guest drivers are exceeding the speed limit, a curfew, or are running low on fuel.

    Get in touch with your Lexus Stevens Creek dealer today to learn more.

    Thursday
    Oct062016

    LEXUS F AND F SPORT PERFOAMCE VEHICLES 

    Lexus has been synonymous with luxury for American drivers for the past 25 years, making it one of the few automakers out there that doesn't just know how to make a car that's beautiful and comfortable but delivers on performance as well.

     

    Drivers who are looking for top performance vehicles in San Jose should consider Lexus F and F Sport vehicles, designed for power, responsiveness, and sound. Here’s everything you need to know about Lexus performance vehicles:

    F PERFORMANCE

    The “F” refers to the Fuji Speedway in Japan, and even the trademarked emblem is designed after the first corner curve at the racetrack, suggesting that F vehicles are designed for speed and agility. Lexus introduced its first performance vehicle, the IS F sedan, in 2007 at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. Designed by Yukihiko Yaguchi, the same designer who worked on the Toyota Supra, the IS F was inspired by Japanese sports cars and carried a 5-liter V8 engine with 416 horsepower.

    Next up was the LF-A, a two-seat coupe with a 4.8-liter V10 engine and 552 horsepower. It debuted in Tokyo, and Lexus only made 500 models of the vehicle, which had a base price of $375,000. While the concept car would be tricky to get your hands on, Lexus has two current F vehicles that are more within reach.

    RC F

    The 2017 Lexus RC F is a two-door coupe with a 5-liter V8 engine with 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful production V8 Lexus has ever made. It has a specially calibrated 8-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission, an aerodynamic profile, and a compact body for handling and agility. With a base MSRP of $64,164 it’s also an attainable performance car.

    GS F

    The Lexus GS F has the same high performance engine as the RC F, but it's a more spacious four-door sedan. Its interior also has more luxurious features, such as a larger display, newly designed center stack, and embossed headrests. It also feels a bit more grounded on the road, thanks to its larger size. The 2016 GS F starts at $84,440 MSRP, but the extra money may be worth it for added space and comfort – without sacrificing performance.

    F SPORT MODELS

    To make performance vehicles more attainable, Lexus offers many of its vehicles in the F Sport model, including the RC, NX, LS, GS, IS, CT, and RX. This trim level includes bolstered sports seating, upgraded alloy wheels and tires, an assertive exhaust sound, tuned suspension, and drive modes. On the outside, F Sport models feature the spindle grille, rear spoiler and F Sport badging. Get in touch with your Lexus Stevens Creek dealer today to learn more about Lexus performance vehicles.

    Wednesday
    Sep282016

    REVIEW: 2017 LEXUS ES 350 

    Drivers in San Jose, California need a stylish ride that can go from sandy trips to the coast to navigating city streets to escapes to the vineyards in comfort and luxury. Lexus is an obvious choice for the discriminating driver, but which model to choose?

    This year’s ES 350 is more luxe and beautiful than ever, with all-new styling, updated tech, impressive performance and an interior so comfortable you won’t want to leave.

    Safety

    The ES 350 is a straight-A student in the safety department. It earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ title after getting best-possible scores in all crash tests by the agency. Additionally, the IIHS gave its front crash mitigation system a Superior rating. Similarly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the ES 350 a perfect 5-Star Overall rating.

    The luxury sedan comes with standard lane departure warning with steering assist, 10 airbags, backup camera with dynamic grid lines, electronic stability control, vehicle proximity alert and traction control. The ES's rigid body structure with crumple zones mean it's intuitively safe in case of a collision, but it also features a number of systems aimed at helping you stay out of harm's way, such as the SmartStop technology. Drivers may also opt for intuitive parking assist, collision mitigation system with pedestrian detection, intelligent high-beam headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

    Features

    The interior of the all-new ES 350 is everything you’d expect from Lexus and more, with a luxurious feel, ample legroom and streamlined tech. The dash is lit with electroluminescence for a modern ambient feel, while outside LED headlamps illuminate the road.

    This year’s model has a sound-deadening cabin, redesigned front with spindle grille and rear exterior and the option for a panoramic sunroof. It also has 10-way power seats, NuLuxe interior and trim and dual-zone climate control.

    For entertainment, drivers can enjoy a deluxe entertainment system, SiriusXM satellite radio, traffic and weather and HD radio with iTunes tagging. You can also add the premium Mark Levinson surround audio system, which has 15 speakers for the ultimate driving experience. Other options include navigation and voice activation.

    Tech features include the Lexus Enform suite of apps that gives you connectivity to all of your mobile devices, as well as Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth technologies.

    Engine and Body

    The ES 350 has a powerful V6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission and 268 horsepower. This year's model has a wider wheelbase than the last iteration, in addition to a faster steering ratio and tuned suspension for excellent handling and a fun drive. It gets about 21 MPG city and 31 MPG highway, for a combined 24 MPG.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,100 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep142016

    REVIEW: 2016 LEXUS IS 200t

    With the all-new Lexus IS 200t, the luxury automaker is turning heads and converting would-be Lexus enthusiasts into loyal customers. Perfect for zipping around the streets of San Jose, the turbocharged sportscar is a great choice for drivers looking to make an impact.

    In case just looking at the new sports car from Lexus isn't enough, here are our favorite things about the 2016 Lexus IS 200t:

    Safety

    If you're looking for a sports car that you feel safe toting the kids around in, the IS just might be your ride. Awarded a best-possible 5 Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and perfect scores in front overlap and side crash from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the IS is a family-worthy ride.

    Safety features on the IS 200t include a 10-airbag system and Lexus Enform Safety Connect so drivers have access to help in case of theft or emergency. It also has stability control, newly designed anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control.

    Entertainment

    Not that you'll ever be bored driving the 200t, but if you'd like a soundtrack or want to catch up on the news during your commute, you're covered. The Lexus sportscar comes with HD Radio with iTunes tagging, SiriusXM radio for three months, Siri Eyes Free and hands-free technologies, so you're never distracted from the road.

    Drivers can also opt for a premium Mark Levinson Audio 5.1 system with 17 speakers and 835 watts of power. Other options for convenience and entertainment include remote touch, navigation system with voice activation and a DVD entertainment system.

    Technology on the IS 200t includes Lexus Enform Remote and Service Connect and Homelink assistance.

    Exterior and Engine

    The IS 200t is sharp but doesn't take itself too seriously. Sitting low to the ground, it's high on style and rises to the occasion when it comes to performance.

    With Xenon headlamps and LED fog, daytime running and tail lights, body-colored handles and mirrors, and the ultra modern spindle grille, it's an understated type of beauty.

    The IS 200t is a rear-drive-only sportscar with a turbocharged 2-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. For its size, it's got plenty of power with 251 horses and 258 lbs-ft of torque. It also features Toyota's specially tuned variable valve timing, so it runs on either the Otto combustion cycle or the energy-conserving Atkinson cycle. Its output beats those of the Audi A4 and the BMW 328i.

    Drivers can expect to get 22 MPG in the city and 33 MPG highway with the Lexus IS.

    Pricing

    MSRP: starting at $38,275

    Wednesday
    Sep072016

    COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS CT 200h VS. TOYOTA PRIUS

    2016 LEXUS CT 200h VS. TOYOTA PRIUS

    Northern Californians are known for their eco-conscious decisions, but they're also savvy enough to know that being green no longer means sacrificing luxury. Still, some wonder just what makes the all-new Lexus CT 200h better than the 2016 Toyota Prius.

    Allow us to explain why it's worth it to upgrade from the first-generation hybrid car:

    Performance

    Lexus CT 200H

    It's a good thing you'll rarely have to fuel up in the CT 200h because it's so fun to drive you'll never want to stop. With precise handling, a compact body and 134 horsepower, the roads of San Jose won't know what hit them. A 1.8-liter I-4 gas engine and a hybrid synergy drive system mean it's efficient when it needs to be, and powerful when it's time to get up and go. Its hatchback design makes it as practical as it is sporty.

    Toyota Prius

    Comparatively, driving the Prius is a less-than-exhilarating experience, though it has the reliable feel of a traditional car, with higher gas mileage. It has 121 horsepower and a similar gas-electric I-4 engine as the CT 200h.

    Safety

    Lexus CT 200H

    Leave it to Lexus to make a car that's as safe as it is sexy. The hybrid vehicle has earned a Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, earning best-possible scores in all crash tests. It comes with all of the standard safety features, eight-airbag system, stop smart technology, and a rollover protection system.

    Toyota Prius

    The Prius similarly earned the Top Safety Pick+ title from the IIHS, earning "Good" scores in all crash test categories. The old standby from Toyota also comes with a number of standard safety features, including airbags, lane departure alert and side impact beams.

    Features

    Lexus CT 200H

    In addition to its stylish exterior, the CT 200h has entertainment and comfort features that will make you wish the drive didn't have to end. Drivers can expect standard six-speaker audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Additionally, buyers can add front and rear parking sensors, a moonroof for those beautiful San Jose nights and a rearview camera. Other premium features include a 10-speaker audio system, adaptive cruise control, Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system, Lexus Enform App Suite, Siri Eyes Free and voice-controlled entertainment.

    Toyota Prius

    Entertainment and connectivity features on the Prius include Entune Audio with a multimedia bundle, a 6.1-inch touch-screen display, AM/FM radio, CD player, a six-speaker system, USB port, iPod connectivity, voice control capability and hands- and eyes-free systems. Additionally, drivers get phone book access and streaming via Bluetooth.

    Pricing

    Lexus CT 200H

    Starting at $31,250 MSRP

    Toyota Prius

    Starting at $24,200 MSRP

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