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    Entries in 2018 (12)

    Wednesday
    Sep122018

    Review: 2018 Lexus LS 500

    The 2018 Lexus LS 500 is a luxury sedan shoppers’ perfect match. The 2018 LS is filled with luxury touches and gets up to speeds a thrill seeker would be overjoyed with. Our review below goes into the specifics for the 2018 Lexus LS 500 and gives you an overview of this exciting sedan.

    Performance

    The 2018 Lexus LS comes in two different engine options: the LS 500 and the LS 500h hybrid. The LS 500 engine is a gas powered twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that is paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission in either rear or all-wheel drive. This engine churns out 416 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Lexus cited the 0 to 60 mph speed of the LS to be 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph. Lexus also offers the LS 500 F Sport which will give your LS a more energetic feel.

    The LS 500h hybrid is a 3.5 liter V6 matched up to two electric motors, a 44kw lithium-ion battery and a 4-speed automatic transmission. The net power on the LS 500h engine is 354 horsepower available in rear or all-wheel drive and a quoted 0 to 60 mph time of 5.1 seconds with a top speed of 136 mph.

    Features & Technology

    All 2018 Lexus LS sedans come standard with a 12.3 inch display screen for infotainment input. The infotainment system utilizes touch input and voice commands to run phone, navigation, and audio system. Other standard features include leather and climate control.

    The Lexus LS has available features for navigation, a 12-speaker audio system with Bluetooth audio, USB connectivity, active noise cancellation, 19-inch wheels, and Mark Levinson audio system.

    Safety

    The 2018 Lexus LS has a valuable safety bundle that features many different technologies. Some of these features include forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise controls. Drivers can also set the LS for lane control and speed control, allowing them to remove their hands from the wheel for 5 seconds before a warning alerts the driver to regain control.

    There is an Advanced Safety package that adds features for a pedestrian detection system with active steering that can steer around obstacles at low speeds. There is also options available for a high-definition head-up display that casts information 2 feet across the bottom of the windshield.

    Come into Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California and take the 2018 Lexus LS 500 for a test drive, we promise you won’t be disappointed.

    Pricing

    Starts at $75,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep052018

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    The 2018 Lexus IS offers drivers a sporty sedan with a subtle stylish look. The LS is loaded with standard equipment and many available options. If you’ve been thinking about taking the Lexus IS for a spin, now is the time.

    Performance

    Lexus offers a few engine option for the 2018 Lexus IS. The Lexus IS 300 engine is a 2.0 liter turbo 4 making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine is exclusively paired to a rear-wheel drive 8-speed automatic transmission. The second engine option is the IS 300 AWD. This engine is a 260 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 mated to an all-wheel drive 6-speed automatic transmission. The final engine option is the IS 350 which is a naturally aspirated engine. This engine is unique because there is no flat torque because it builds power as the revolutions increase.

    Features & Technology

    Lexus has fitted the 2018 Lexus IS with tons of standard features you should get excited about. Standard features on all Lexus IS models include a rearview camera, moonroof, keyless ignition, LED headlights, synthetic leather, infotainment with a 7.0 inch display, and 17-inch wheels.

    Those features are standard, but there are other available options to up your game. The Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats and the luxury group gets a power-adjustable steering column and blind-spot monitors. Other packages add options for navigation with a 10.3 inch display, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, leather and wood features, heated steering wheel, and parking sensors.

    Safety

    The 2018 Lexus IS brought home some safety awards. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration gave the IS a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it a “good” scoring in most test and the headlights earned the IS a Top Safety Pick.

    For 2018 Lexus made a rearview camera standard on the IS and other available features include the latest collision prevention hardware which includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and active lane control. Another available option is for blind-spot monitors.

    If you are as impressed with the 2018 Lexus IS as we are, we would love for you to come see us in San Jose at Lexus Stevens Creek and we’ll get you into your new ride.

    Pricing

    Starts at $38,210 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug222018

    Comparison: 2018 LS500 vs 2018 Audi A7

    Lexus has historically been known as a leading luxury car brand, and if any vehicle is going to prove it, it is their flagship model, the LS 500. With a focus on style, craftsmanship, and performance, the 2018 LS 500 is sure to excite any luxury car enthusiast looking for a new addition to their collection. Still not convinced? Read below for our comparison of the 2018 LS 500 against the Audi A7, and then come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, CA to test drive one today.

    Performance

    LS 500

    The LS 500 comes in three different trim levels: Base, F Sport, and Hybrid. The Base and F Sport levels include a V6 Twin-Turbo engine that produces 416 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque. The Hybrid level includes a V6 engine with Lexus Hybrid Drive that produces 354 HP. The Base and F Sport trims get an average of 19 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the Hybrid trim gets an average of 25 MPG city and 33 MPG highway. All trim levels are available in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 comes in two different trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige. Both trim levels include a 3.0 TFSI® six-cylinder engine producing 340 HP and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both trim levels also get an average of 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. Both trims come all-wheel drive standard.

    Features

    LS 500

    The LS 500 is made with precise Takumi Craftsmanship, using premium Art Woods and Kiriko cut glass to create a vehicle that is more of a work of art than just a car that will get you to and from work. With features such as Adaptive Variable Suspension, rear-seat butterfly headrests, seven distinct massage settings, LED head and taillamps, and Lexus Enform® for safety, the LS 500 is sure to impress.

    Audi A7

    The Audi A7 focuses on features and style as a focus point. Features of the A7 includes the optional S line exterior®, full LED head and taillamps, MMI® display, available S Sport Valcona leather seats, Audi connect®, and Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go. The A7 is sure to make any car enthusiast happy.

    Pricing

    LS 500

    Starts at $75,000 MSRP

    Audi A7

    Starts at $69,700 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug152018

    Review: 2018 RC

    San Jose drivers, are you looking for a new and exciting vehicle to impress your peers? The new 2018 Lexus RC has enough flash and style to do just that and more. With a focus on performance, style, and safety, this vehicle will make you stand-out in just about any situation. Read our review below of this 2018 RC and then come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose to test drive your very own.

    Performance

    The 2018 Lexus RC comes in two exciting and distinct models, the 300 and the 350. The RC 300 model features a Turbo In-Line 4 engine that produces 241 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. This model gets an estimated 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway. The RC 350 model features a V6 engine that produces 311 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque. This model gets an estimated 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. Both models come in two different trims, the Base and F sport levels, and are also available as all rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.

    Comfort and Design

    The 2018 Lexus RC is as stylish as it can get. Features of this model include F Sport perforated leather-trimmed steering wheels and shift knob, bolstered F Sport seats, perforated leather-trimmed interior seating, Nuluxe interior trim, and an outer-sliding moonroof.

    Comfort features include heated front seats and steering wheel, which are available in all-wheel drive only, dual-zone climate control, the Lexus memory system, electro-chromatic inside mirrors, ambient lighting, and illuminated door handles for better nighttime viewing.

    Safety

    Safety is a key component in the 2018 Lexus RC. Features include the Lexus Safety System, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, blind spot monitoring, a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and Smart Stop technology.

    Pricing

    Starts at $40,640 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul182018

    Comparison: 2018 NX vs. BMW X3

    In today’s world of SUVS, CUVs, Crossovers, and everything in between, consumers may find the options overwhelming and numerous. For the unscrupulous luxury shopper, the options narrow and the best options begin to shine, and the leaders begin to shine. For San Jose drivers, the BMW X3 and Lexus NX 300 are familiar names, but which vehicle is the best choice?

    PERFORMANCE

    LEXUS NX 300

    When the rubber meets the road, California drivers will appreciate having the power they need, when they need it. The 2019 Lexus NX 300 comes standard with a 2.0L Turbo In-line 4-Cylinder that produces 235 HP all while getting 25 MPG combined MPG*. All-wheel-drive models give up one mile per gallon and gain all weather performance to give drivers the ultimate confidence.

    For drivers looking for a sportier feel, the F-Sport trim adds enhanced styling, Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and selective drive modes that deliver the ideal driving performance for any situation.

    BMW X3

    Delivering on its promise of being the ultimate driving experience, the BMW X3’s standard 2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder delivers 248 HP in a rear wheel drive configuration. BMW puts this power to the wheels with an 8-Speed automatic transmissions with a sport mode for manual shifting if drivers prefer. EPA estimates put the BMW X3 at 26 MPG combined, and 25 MPG for all-wheel-drive models.

    For thrill seeking drivers the X3 offers a 3.0L Turbo model that produces 355 HP, Sport focused suspension, and enhanced styling features. The drawbacks become evident when looking over the window sticker since BMWs top model adds over $13,000 to start from the base model.

    COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

    LEXUS NX 300

    NX shoppers will find Lexus makes no reservations when it comes to delivering on driver comfort. With 4 no cost interior options, and 4 more as apart of the Luxury package, drivers are sure to notice, no two NX’s are alike. Standard features include 10-way power-adjustable driver's, dual-zone climate control, illuminated door handles, and a tilting/telescoping steering wheel.

    Optional features like Blind Spot Monitoring, Triple Beam LED Headlights, and Navigation are a big plus for long drives through the San Francisco Bay area.

    BMW X3

    Entry level X3 models offer buyers SensaTec upholstery, Engine Start/Stop, a 12-speaker sound system. Drivers seat positions are recalled with drivers memory seats, and power folding mirrors make this wide crossover, easier to park.

    One you have deciphered your way through BMWs lengthy trim, package, and option offering, buyers can add heated leather seating, panoramic sunroof, and many safety features not found in the standard equipment list. Style and performance minded shoppers with enjoy the ability to add bold M Sport styling to their X3 without having to spend the full $13,000 to move up to the actual M Sport.

    PRICING

    As with all SUVs these days, the options are competitive, with options and features all looking fairly similar. The real test comes when shoppers review the bottom line, and this is an are where Lexus shines bright, saving California customers thousands.

    LEXUS NX 300

    Starting at $36,185 with top models starting at $39,975

    BMW X3

    Starting at $41,000 with top models starting at $54,500