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    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

    Wednesday
    Nov302016

    REVIEW: 2017 Lexus ES 300h

    A Lexus sedan is like a well-fitted black sweater: comfortable, iconic, and goes anywhere. The new ES 300h is no exception – though it is exceptional – with superior fuel economy, a luxe interior, and an array of features for entertainment, convenience, and safety.

    Drivers in San Jose will love everything the 2017 Lexus ES 300h must offer, so read on and see for yourself just why this hybrid sedan is quickly becoming a classic:

    SAFETY

    Lexus is known for putting drivers first, and that's why it now equips many of its base models – including the ES – with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of safety systems is meant to assist drivers in unpredictable times, because even the best drivers can get caught off guard. Included in the system is Lexus Enform Safety Connect and vehicle proximity notification for when you need roadside assistance, as well as backup camera with dynamic grid lines, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, and intuitive parking assist. Additionally, the ES 300h has LED headlamps, electronic traction and stability control, and child seat tethers and anchors.

    In safety tests, the 2017 ES earned a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+.

    ENGINE

    This Lexus Hybrid has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with a permanent-magnet, high-output electric motor with EV mode. The ES 300h has 200 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission for a smooth, powerful ride. Additionally, it’s a Certified Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle, getting an estimated 40 MPG highway for top-of-class fuel economy.

    FEATURES

    Standard features on the ES 300h include an 8-speaker audio system, satellite radio, universal remote transmitter, rearview camera, keyless ignition, and adaptive cruise control. There are also a number of upgrade packages you can choose from: Luxury, Ultra Luxury, Premium, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson Premium Audio. These bundle together deluxe features that enhance the comfort and convenience of your ride, so speak to your Lexus Stevens Creek representative about which features are most important to you.

    INTERIOR

    Even the base model of the ES 300h has comfort to rival your living room, with 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, leatherette upholstery, leather steering wheel, interior air filtration, climate control, and bucket seats up front. Additionally, you'll love the one-touch power moonroof, power windows, heated mirrors, hands-free entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. For cargo space, you’ll have 112 cubic feet of interior volume and 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity.

    If you’re looking for more luxury, you can add heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, lighted door sills, heated and ventilated front seats, rear power sunshade, and a glass-breakage sensor.

    PRICING

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Nov232016

    Giving Back

    On Tuesday November 22nd, our Lexus team had the opportunity to truly give back this holiday season. We joined Cityteam as they partnered with the San Jose Earthquakes to feed over 5,000 families in need this Thanksgiving.

    "It was nice to take part of my day to give back to those in need," says Community Relations Manager, Cipriana Huerta. "It's so easy to forget about those around us as we get caught up in our own bubble during the holidays. Every family I met today was so gracious of what they received; its a humbling experience."

    Cityteam offers a variety of resources to meet the needs and to provide real help and hope for those in our community struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. Cityteam San Jose helps individuals and families improve their lives mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The meals distributed Tuesday was just one way Cityteam helps our community. Once again, we were honored to have the opportunity to participate! #LexusCARes #CityteamSanJose

    Wednesday
    Nov162016

    COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus NX vs Acura RDX

    In the world of luxury crossover vehicles, you have those that are built to perform and those that are built for looks. Drivers in San Jose, California need nothing less than a crossover that has power, features, comfort, and style – and there’s just one that fits the bill.

    The Acura RDX comes close to the 2017 Lexus NX in some areas but falls short in others. Here's our one-on-one comparison:

    Safety

    NX

    In safety evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the all-new NX received a best possible Five-Star Overall Rating, earning perfect scores in all tests by the organization. Safety features include Lexus Enform with Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S., backup camera, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage and passenger side airbags, and all of the technologies that come with the Lexus Safety System+.

    RDX

    The RDX similarly earned a Five-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA. It also has electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage driver and passenger airbags, tire pressure warning, backup camera, airbag occupancy sensor, and side impact beams.

    Features

    NX

    The Lexus NX has an 8-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free communication, full digital power amplifier, smartphone integration, 7-inch screen for audio and navigation controls, voice recognition, and traffic information.

    For your comfort and convenience, it also has 8-way power adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat, 60-40 folding split-bench rear seats, leather steering wheel, proximity key, push-button start, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, and dual-zone climate control.

    RDX

    The Acura crossover features a 7-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text function, Bluetooth connectivity, SiriusXM Radio, Pandora capability, USB port and smartphone integration, speed-sensitive volume control, and HomeLink.

    Inside, drivers have an 8-way power seat, manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, leather steering wheel, push button start, remote keyless entry, leatherette trim, cruise control, and air conditioning.

    Engine

    NX

    The NX is a sportscar in a crossover’s body, with a turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 engine that gets 235 horsepower at 4,800 RPM and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,650 RPM. It comes with front-wheel drive and has a 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets and impressive 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, for a combined 25 MPG.

    RDX

    The Acura RDX has a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine with 279 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 252 lb-ft of torque at 4,900 RPM. It’s also a front-wheel drive vehicle with 6-speed automatic transmission. When compared to the NX, you’ll be paying more at the pump, as the RDX gets about 20 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined.

    Pricing

    NX

    Starting at $36,060 MSRP

    RDX

    Starting at $35,510 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Nov092016

    REVIEW: 2017 Lexus LX 570

    In the grand scheme of luxury SUVs, it's easy to find one that looks great, performs like a beast, and is so comfortable you could live in it. But how many of these so-called utility vehicles can handle rough terrain? Not many.

    Enter the 2017 Lexus LX 570, which is as comfortable as it is beautiful and doesn’t mind getting its wheels dirty. Read on to find out why San Jose drivers love this luxury SUV:

    INTERIOR

    The LX 570 accommodates seven passengers and has three rows of leather-lined seating, not to mention best-in-class configurability. The second and third rows fold down for additional cargo space in the already roomy SUV, and they also fold to the sides with a power-operated mechanism, creating a flat floor behind the second seats – an ability matched by no other car in its class. It also has a wide center stack for ultimate visibility, particularly when checking the premium navigation and entertainment display.

    ENGINE

    The LX 570 is an SUV that's not all talk, with a 5.7-liter V8 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, which has 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It comes with standard four-wheel drive and can tow up to 7,000 pounds, so winding winter roads will be no problem. Additionally, it has an off-road mode that locks the center differential and engages its low-speed transfer case for when the terrain gets rough.

    FEATURES

    You’ll want comfort and entertainment on your excursions, and the LX 570 has the latest in features. It has standard quad-zone climate control, power moonroof, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, 14-way power driver’s seat, navigation system, infotainment system, 12.3-inch screen, Lexus Remote Touch, a 9-speaker audios system, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, USB input, and smartphone connectivity.

    If you’re looking for more, you can add a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear-seat entertainment, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated wood-and-leather steering wheel. Plus, you can personalize your temperature settings and opt for ambient welcome lighting.

    SAFETY

    Traveling with the family makes safety of utmost importance, and Lexus values its drivers, so it includes the most comprehensive safety systems available standard on many of its models, including the LX 570. You'll love the peace of mind that the Lexus Safety System+ provides, with a myriad of active safety systems that bolster the SUV's rigid body design and other passive safety features.

    The LX 570 comes with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Crawl Control with Turn Assist, Advanced Multi-View Monitor, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, active traction control, advanced braking system, ten airbags, intuitive parking assist, stability control, rain-sensing wipers, and Smart Stop Technology.

    PRICING

    Starting at $89,380 MSRP

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