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    Wednesday
    Apr192017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Drivers shopping for a luxury coupe have more options today than ever before, and more competition means better quality for consumers. As such, San Jose drivers should do their homework and never compromise.

    In this one-to-one comparison, we have two examples of modern coupes that give other brands a run for their money: the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 BMW 440i. Read on to see which one pulls ahead in the luxury coupe segment.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus RC 350

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

    Each model of the 2017 RC has SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seating, LED headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, LED daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Remote App. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features standard Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, 10-speaker premium sound system, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Available features include power moonroof, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential, and Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 4 Series has not been evaluated by any major safety organizations.

    All 4 Series models feature power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, and adaptive xenon headlights. Standard entertainment features include AM/FM/CD/HD Radio, USB input, Bluetooth technology, a 9-speaker audio system, and 6.5-inch display. It also features a standard moonroof, though a rearview camera will cost extra.

    Premium features include a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, hands-free trunk, and leather seating. Other upgraded features are available only in groups, such as the Technology Package (navigation and apps) and Driver Assistance Package (blind spot monitor, lane departure alert, and collision-mitigation system).

    Performance

    Lexus RC 350

    The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between rear-wheel drive with an 8-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All models feature paddle shifters and Drive Mode Select for optimal use of power in any road condition.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 440i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. All models have the option for all-wheel drive and standard 8-speed automatic transmission, with available 6-speed manual transmission.

    Pricing

    Lexus RC 350

    Starting at $43,010 MSRP

    BMW 440i

    Starting at $48,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr122017

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    If you value quality above all else, there’s no reason to look anywhere other than Lexus. The automaker proves this time and again, but this year is special. It’s included several high-tech features standard on every model, adding value to vehicles that already deliver it all.

    The 2017 Lexus ES 350 is exemplary in this way, delivering classic Lexus styling, a powerful yet sophisticated drivetrain, and a full suite of driver assistance technologies. Read on for our full review of this luxury sedan:

    Features

    The ES 350 comes with standard Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an eight-speaker premium sound system, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, the sedan comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, and a year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch mouse-like controls, Lexus Navigation System, Enform App Suite, Enform Destinations, and voice command. You can also choose the Navigation with Mark Levinson Audio Package, which includes premium surround sound, 15 speakers with Clari-Fi technology, inverted-motor subwoofer, and an 835-watt Class-D amplifier.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 ES a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores on all crash tests. Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Most 2017 Lexus models, including the ES, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features that includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Additionally, all models feature a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Vehicle Stability Control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

    Interior

    As is to be expected from a luxury sedan, the ES 350’s cabin is superb in every way. With standard power moonroof, dual-zone climate control with air filtration and smog sensor, power adjustable front seats, perforated NuLuxe interior trim, and intuitively designed controls, you might wish for a longer commute. Each model also has available heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, and power rear sunshade.

    Those seeking more luxury can opt for the Premium Package, which includes your choice of wood trim, power adjustable steering wheel, seat and mirror memory, and remote keyless entry-linked memory. The Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch and perforated leather trim, a wood-trimmed console, and heated and ventilated seats, while the Ultra Luxury package includes all the features above, plus power sunshades, panorama glass roof, driver's seat power cushion extender, ambient interior lighting, and passenger's seat memory.

    Engine

    Under the hood, the ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 31 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Review: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo

    Review if the 2017 Lexus IS

    Silicon Valley is a place where technology and innovation rule, so it comes as no surprise that San Jose drivers eschew European sports cars with sky-high price tags for more modern options that deliver performance while staying within budget.

    Case in point: the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo, a compact luxury sedan with advanced turbocharger technology and advanced driver assistance features, starting at less than $40K. Check out our full review, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test spin:

    Engine

    The 2017 IS Turbo features a specially designed turbocharged engine developed in-house by Lexus engineers, so you won’t get anything like it with other automakers. The twin-scroll turbo technology gives the IS power and low-end torque for a responsive drive and a zero to 60 MPH time of 6.9 seconds. The drivetrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters, making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This rear-wheel drive model gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, making it the most fuel efficient of the IS models.

    Styling and Interior

    The 2017 IS received a few updates since last year’s model, with a redesigned front and rear, featuring the Lexus signature spindle grille, LED lighting, and chrome accents. Each model of the IS comes standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, and available rear sunshade.

    If you’re looking for a little more luxury, there’s also an available heated steering wheel, leather interior trim, wood and aluminum accents, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilting and telescoping steering column, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

    Features

    Standard tech includes the Lexus Display Audio with color multi-media display and Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/smartphone input, 8-speaker audio system, and 7-inch VGA dashboard display. Additionally, all models come with one year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app for convenience and support whenever you need it.

    The Navigation Package of features includes Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Remote Touch controls, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Package adds the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers, inverted-motor subwoofer, 835-watt 12-channel Class-D amplifier, 5.2-channel surround sound, and aluminum control knobs.

    Safety

    The 2017 IS received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, each model comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps.

    Pricing

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Mar212017

    Lexus Volunteer Scholarship Awards 2017

    YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Students, family, friends and the community can vote for their favorite Volunteer Athlete from now through Wednesday, April 12th by visiting our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lexusofstevenscreek. All high school Volunteer Athletes were chosen and recognized by Cal-Hi Sports as the “Volunteer of the Week” during the 2016-2017 season.
    The following Volunteer Athletes are particpating in the program: 
    Carson Myers from Presentation High School, Nadia Etemadi from Westmont High School, Anne Crouch from St. Ignatius High School, Josephine Cotto from Menlo-Atherton, Kirmarje Trent from Antioch High School, Christine Kim from Leigh High School, Tianna Mcburney-Lin from Los Gatos High School, Nate Mirizzi from Leland High School, and Jackson Haun from Pinewood High School.

     

    The first phase of the program kicks off Wednesday with a Facebook voting contest. You can also drop by Lexus of Stevens Creek, located at 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose, to cast your vote. The voting period will last three weeks, and the top ten participants will move on to the second phase, the essay portion. From there, a panel of judges will choose five Volunteer Athletes to be interviewed and then awarded at the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Awards Banquet on May 23rd at Levi's Stadium. The awards include (1) $3,000, (2) $2,000, and (2) $1,500 scholarship cash prizes! 


    Please follow us on Facebook for updates.

     

    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Cadillac Escalade

    Compare the Lexus LX 570 vs Cadillac Escalade

    Not all utes are created equal, as you may already know if you’ve been shopping for a luxury SUV in San Jose. Choose wisely and you’ll get a spacious ride with intuitive features that can handle any terrain; choose poorly and you’ll end up with a clunky rig that rides on pavement only and whose tech will soon seem outdated.

    When comparing full-size luxury SUVs, the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Cadillac Escalade have more than just cosmetic differences. Read our full comparison to see which one pulls ahead of the competition.

    Performance

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 is a commanding force on the road, and not just because of its size. Even with a body-on-frame chassis, it handles like a dream around corners and tight curves and comes ready for any terrain you want to explore. With standard Four-Wheel Drive, Active Height Control and Crawl Control, you’ll never get stuck in the sand or mud on your expeditions, while Multi-Terrain Select lets you choose between five different modes that optimize your traction, wheelspin, and brake pressure depending on the land you’re traversing.

    Under the hood, the LX 570 features a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s equipped with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence, advanced 8-speed paddle-shift transmission, and Adaptive Variable Suspension for a smooth ride no matter where you go.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade can take you easily around city streets, but may struggle during off-road adventures. It has standard rear-wheel drive (with optional all-wheel drive) and Magnetic Ride Control that adjusts suspension according to road conditions or weather. While relatively responsive on the road, considering its size, it may not be able to handle sand, mud, or gravel as easily as the LX because it does not have a Multi-Terrain Select equivalent.

    The Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower, so it’s a reasonably powerful ute. It also has an 8-speed automatic transmission, Variable Valve Timing, and an available Trailering Package with towing accessories.

    Safety and Features

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert.

    The LX also comes standard with triple-beam LED headlamps, power moonroof, power-folding third-row seats, Navigation System with 12.3-inch LCD screen, Panoramic View, leather trim, and four-zone automatic climate control. Standard entertainment and convenience features include 9-speaker audio, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, Lexus Enform App Suite, HD Radio, and one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, color Head-Up Display, Mark Levinson 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, cool box, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade has standard front and rear parking assist, and surround vision, but other driver assistance technologies are only available as luxury options.

    Standard interior features include keyless entry with push-button start, navigation, OnStar basic plan, Sirius XM Radio for three months, three-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, and Bose audio system.

    Premium options include a rearview camera, power sunroof, rear seat entertainment, power-folding second row, and theft-deterrent package. Available driver assistance technology includes Head-Up Display, Forward Collison Alert, Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX 570

    Staring at $89,880

    Cadillac Escalade

    Staring at $73,395

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