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    Wednesday
    Apr042018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    San Jose area drivers looking for a three-row, mid-size luxury SUV with a hybrid powertrain should visit us today to test drive the 2018 Lexus RX 450h.

    Loaded with features to make your trips as comfortable and convenient as possible, the RX 450h and its new luxury trim, the RXL, are quickly becoming favorites in Silicon Valley. Get all the details below then experience the new Lexus hybrid SUV in person.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus RX 450h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine combined with an electric motor, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. The hybrid system makes a net 308 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds.

    The RX 450h comes with the option for the F Sport package, which adds paddle shifters, sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport+ mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and specially crafted interior and exterior styling features.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Standard features on the 2018 RX include perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power rear door, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing wipers. The RXL adds a power-folding and reclining 50/50 split third row, second-row captain's chairs, leather interior, three-zone climate control, power folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and the Lexus Memory System.

    All models feature Lexus Display Audio, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, Voice Command, and Bluetooth wireless tech. Buyers can also opt for the Navigation or Navigation/Mark Levinson Packages to add premium entertainment and connectivity features.

    Individual options include a heated leather and wood trimmed steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a power-folding second row, power moon roof, panorama glass roof, and a Touch-Free Power Rear Door. The Premium and Luxury packages bundle premium interior features, so ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep for more details.

    Safety and Technology

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Most Lexus models, including the RX hybrid, come equipped standard with the Lexus Safety System +, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist.

    Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Panoramic View Monitor, and Heads-Up Display.

    Pricing

    Starting at $45,695 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Mar202018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300

    If you’re shopping for a new luxury sedan in the greater San Jose area, our one-to-one comparison can help you decide which model is best for you, based on your needs and budget.

    In this post, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus ES 350 to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300. While Lexus has an edge in horsepower as well as more modern styling, it’s not the only area where the ES stands out.

    Get all the details below, and get in touch with our expert team to take the ES 350 for a test drive.

    Entertainment and Technology

    Lexus ES 350

    Each model of the 2018 ES comes with the Lexus Safety System+, a next-generation suite of safety tech that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Available driver assistive features include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Additionally, the ES features Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch screen, Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. Other standard features include 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform app suite. The Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System and a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destination Assist are also available on the ES.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    The C300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe braking. Other safety tech will cost you extra and includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Parktronic Active Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and a Surround View System.

    Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, FrontBass system, and HD Radio receiver. Options include a touchpad controller, COMAND hard-drive navigation with 8.4-inch screen, Burmester Surround Sound System, Head-Up Display, voice control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    Safety Ratings

    Lexus ES 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The nonprofit organization reported perfect scores in all crashworthiness tests, as well as a Superior rating of its front crash prevention system, which is standard on all models. Additionally, the family-friendly Lexus sedan won the best possible rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.

    Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 ES 350 a 5-Star Overall Rating, and the federal agency has not reported any recalls.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    While the 2018 C-Class earned similar ratings for crashworthiness and systems, its Poor headlight rating means it’s not a Top Safety Pick.

    The NHTSA awarded the Mercedes C Class a 5-Star Overall Rating. However, the feds also report a recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment, which may cause injury or even accidents if it occurs while driving.

    San Jose residents who want a safe, reliable sedan that’s equipped with the latest in technology should visit Lexus Stevens Creek today to test drive the ES 350.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar142018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs Porsche 911 Carrera

    Silicon Valley knows a thing or two about disruption, which is why the introduction of the new Lexus LC made such an impact. But naturally, San Jose drivers want to know how the luxury coupe compares to the European brands.

    In our one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus LC 500 and the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera, we’ll detail how these high-end grand tourers compare in terms of value, performance, and features.

    Check it out below, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test drive of the groundbreaking LC 500.

    Engine and Driving

    Lexus LC 500

    The LC is Lexus’s most powerful creation, so it competes among the best. Under the hood, it has a 5.0-liter V8 engine connected to a newly designed 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. Its engine makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and has a zero-to-60 time of 4.4 seconds. If you prefer an eco-friendly alternative, the LC has a hybrid model.

    In addition to a fresh new engine, the LC 500 is built on a state-of-the-art rear-wheel-drive GA-L platform that has a low center of gravity and intuitively distributes weight to reduce shifting and give you an effortless yet dynamic drive. All models of the 2018 LC include Adaptive Variable Suspension, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, Active Sport Exhaust, and the option for a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. The Performance Package adds Active Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, an active rear wing, Alcantara headliner, and carbon fiber scuff plates.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The Porsche 911 lineup is wide-ranging, from the $91K base model with a flat-6 engine to the nearly $300K GT2 RS that churns out 700 horsepower. Since we’re comparing apples to apples here, this review will focus on the base model that has a comparable MSRP to the LC 500.

    The 2018 911 Carrera has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. If it’s important to you, the Porsche also has the option for a manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes just 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, but it’ll take you from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds or 4 seconds with the manual.

    Features and Interior

    Lexus LC 500

    If you’re shopping for a luxury coupe for everyday use, the LC is your best bet because it comes equipped with everything you need for a comfortable ride. All models feature heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, a glass roof with sunshade, and the choice between leather or semi-aniline leather seating. For your convenience, it also features Voice Command, rain-sensing wipers, a Navigation System with a 10.3-inch display, Remote Touchpad controls, and Lexus Enform Apps.

    The Lexus Safety System+ is a suite of driver assistance technology that’s standard on all LC models. Additionally, you have the option to add a Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    The 911 Carrera is no budget car, so it also comes standard with luxe features, including leather seats, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, a sport leather steering wheel, and day-night rearview mirror. However, it doesn’t have the option for a glass roof, semi-aniline leather seating, or carbon fiber accessories.

    Standard equipment includes Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services. However, its navigation screen is smaller than that of the LC, and it’s not available with Mark Levinson audio, Remote Touchpad, voice-activated navigation, or an equivalent to the Lexus Enform apps.

    Pricing

    Lexus LC 500

    Starting at $92,00 MSRP

    Porsche 911 Carrera

    Starting at $91,100 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar072018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30

    San Jose drivers shopping for a new luxury crossover usually want to know how Lexus models compare to the high-end competition. For those doing their homework, we’re here to help you out.

    Below, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 Infiniti QX30, looking at objective factors like specs and third-party safety ratings.

    See which luxury crossover comes out ahead, then visit us in San Jose for a test drive of the NX 300:

    Safety Ratings and Tech

    Lexus NX 300

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 NX 300 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has not reported any recalls, complaints, or investigations. Also, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it perfect scores in all crash tests and systems evaluations.

    Each model of the 2018 NX comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps) as well as a backup camera, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Intuitive Park Assist with Automatic Braking, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (included with Comfort Package).

    Infiniti QX30

    While the NHTSA hasn’t rated the QX30, the federal organization has reported at least one complaint related to the crossover's structure and one recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment. The complaint, which has not resulted in any injury, states that the rear door doesn't latch properly. The QX30IIHS has not rated the 2018 QX30.

    The 2018 QX30 comes standard with Brake Assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera, but if you want to add any other safety equipment, you’ll need to upgrade. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, an Around View Monitor, Intelligent Park Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

    Performance and Cargo Specs

    Lexus NX 300

    The NX 300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission, with available all-wheel drive. The capable powertrain makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The NX is also available with a hybrid engine.

    Behind the rear seats, the NX 300 has 17.7 cubic feet of space, and when all seats are folded you get 54.6 cubes, so the NX is a convenient and practical choice for drivers in San Jose.

    Infiniti QX30

    The 2018 QX30 has a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Infiniti crossover is not available as a hybrid model.

    The QX30 features comparable cargo space behind the rear seats, with 19.2 cubes. But while folding the second row gives you more room to stow luggage and equipment, it has maximum capacity of 34 cubic feet – more than 20 cubes less than the NX.

    With poorer safety ratings and less horsepower and cargo space than the NX, the QX30 has some work to do if it wants to compete with Lexus. Visit us today for a test drive.

    Pricing

    Lexus NX 300

    Starting at $35,985 MSRP

    Infiniti QX30

    Starting at $29,950 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Feb212018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350 

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a midsize luxury SUV that’s as heavy on style and comfort as it is performance and safety will want to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Lexus RX 350.

    With top safety ratings and standard driver assistance features, the RX is more practical than its adventurous styling would suggest. You’ll need to see it in person to get the full experience, but below we’ve detailed all the features you can expect from one of California’s best-selling luxury SUVs:

    Comfort and Convenience

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Individual options include a panorama glass roof or power moonroof (both with aluminum roof rails), Touch-Free Power Rear Door, heated and ventilated front seats, heated front seats, power-folding 60/40 split heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Additional luxury features, such as seat memory, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, and aniline leather interior trim, are available when you add the Premium or Luxury Package.

    Safety and Technology

    The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible ratings in all crashworthiness categories. Additionally, the SUV’s front crash prevention system won a Superior rating, and its child seat anchors were reported very easy to use.

    Each model of the 2018 RX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Departure Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Breaking, Parking Assist, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, and a Heads-Up Display.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Pricing

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

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