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    Wednesday
    Dec202017

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    In Silicon Valley, innovation is key to becoming the next big thing. This is why models with the Lexus Hybrid Drive are so popular among drivers in the greater San Jose area, as the unique system maximizes energy use with regenerative braking and eliminates lag with increased torque. But, how do Lexus models compare to the competition?

    In the battle between the 2018 Lexus ES 300h and the BMW 530e, one main difference is that the BMW is a plug-in and the Lexus is a regular hybrid. Below, we’ll cover what that means for car owners and how to choose the best model for you.

    Performance and Efficiency

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2018 ES 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module, making a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. According to U.S. Department of Energy estimates, it gets 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

    The agency also reports that the ES 300h’s annual fuel cost is around $950 and that drivers save about $2,250 on fuel over five years, versus the average new car. Also, you can go 688 miles on a single tank, making this Lexus hybrid an ideal ride for trips up and down the California coast.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 530e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an AC synchronous electric motor. The plug-in makes a combined 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is more power than the Lexus, but that’s where the favorable numbers end for the Beemer.

    Unlike a regular hybrid that optimizes fuel and kinetic energy to power its motors, a plug-in relies on your electrical outlets to gives its battery pack a boost – and that can add up. The U.S. DOE reports that on gasoline only, the 530e gets 29 MPG, and combined with electric energy, it gets 72 MPGe. That last figure sounds impressive, but is it?

    According to the DOE, it costs $1,300 in fuel and electricity to drive the BMW 530e, which is a savings of $500 every five years when compared to a traditional new car. Not bad, but the numbers pale in comparison to the ES 300h. Plus, you’ll only go about 370 on a full tank, and the electric-only range is just 16 miles.

    Driver Assistance Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    While both the 2018 Lexus ES and the 2018 BMW 5 Series earned top scores from both major safety organizations, only Lexus includes standard driver assistance technology on every model. The ES comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, it’s available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 5 Series comes standard with Dynamic Cruise Control, and that's about it for standard models. Adding a blind spot monitor, parking aids, automatic high beams, or side collision avoidance system to your BMW will cost extra – and that's in addition to the higher energy costs and substantially higher base price.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    BMW 530e

    Starting at $52,395 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug092017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Silicon Valley drivers looking to upgrade to a luxury vehicle should do some homework before deciding, because you may find that some German brands don’t always live up to the hype.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo to the 2017 BMW 320i, we found some significant differences in power and safety technology. Check out our comparison to see how they stack up, then come to our convenient San Jose location for a test drive of the IS Turbo:

    Power and Performance

    Lexus IS Turbo

    The 2017 IS Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The rear-wheel drive sport sedan makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and takes you from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The F Sport package adds F Sport suspension tuning, as well as sporty features such as LFA-inspired instrumentation, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a specially designed front bumper, grille, and rear valance.

    BMW 320i

    Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 320i has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The powertrain makes just 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, and accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. It comes with a double-pivot-type front suspension with anti-roll bar and stiffer spring struts, rear damper technology, and 17-inch light alloy wheels.

    Tech and Features

    Lexus IS Turbo

    All models of the 2017 Lexus IS come equipped with the Lexus Safety Connect emergency assistance and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a backup camera.

    You’ll also enjoy the IS Turbo’s standard power moonroof, SmartAcces with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, and Bluetooth tech. The 2017 IS is also available with power rear sunshades, heated and ventilated seating, Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destinations, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    BMW 320i

    The 2017 320i does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, even when you upgrade to the xDrive model. Its safety features include programmable LED daytime running lights, Coded Driveaway Protection, and BMW Assist eCall with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

    The 320i comes equipped with an engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, power windows, Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory, BMW Ambiance Lighting, Sirius XM pre-wiring, and HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers. It also has dynamic cruise control, manually adjustable seating, and BMW TeleService. Available features include a Surround View camera, hands-free power trunk, navigation, and head-up display.

    Pricing

    Lexus IS Turbo

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    BMW 320i

    Starting at $33,450 MSRP

    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

    Tuesday
    Aug302016

    COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS GX460 VS BMW X5 SPORT xDRIVE

    A luxury sport vehicle is like a cashmere flannel or Italian-made hiking boots - something you adopt once you’ve grown out of your starter equipment. If you want a car that will make you feel on top of the world while you climb the NorCal peaks, two of the best options out there are the Lexus GX 460 and the BMW X5 Sport xDrive.

    Not sure which one to choose? Read our side-by-side comparison.

    Safety

    Lexus GX 460

    The all-new GX 460 comes with some serious safety features, including Enform Safety Connect, a 10-airbag system, active front headrests, LED headlights and taillights, a backup camera and tire pressure monitoring system. Plus, it has four-wheel active traction control, downhill assist control and hill-start assist control. Optional features include blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert, headlamp washers, and intuitive parking assist.

    BMW X5 Sport xDrive

    Safety features on the X5 Sport xDrive include ABS and driveline traction control, side impact beams, dual-stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side airbags, and BMW Assist eCall Emergency SOS.

    Features

    Lexus GX 460

    The Lexus SUV seats 7 people and has a spacious cabin, with 74 inches in height and 192 inches in length. Plus, it has 6,500 pounds of trailering capacity and 301 horsepower at 5,500 RPM, so it’s much more than a pretty face.

    Drivers can choose between Base and Luxury trim levels, which come with varying features. The Base model is anything but basic with a sunroof, automatic LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and premium upholstery. The Luxury model takes it to the next level with automatic wipers, LED fog lights and perforated leather seats.

    As for entertainment, the GX 460 comes with premium surround-sound, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth audio tech, steering-wheel-mounted controls and SiriusXM satellite radio. The GX 460 comes standard with 10-way power front seats with lumbar support and Lexus memory system and 40-20-40 folding split-bench front facing rear seat with manual reclining.

    Additionally, the GX 460 has double wishbone front suspension with coil springs, and multi-link rear suspension.

    BMW X5 Sport xDrive

    The X5 only seats 5 people and has 68 inches in height and 191 inches in length. It’s able to tow 5,952 pounds and has 300 horsepower at 5,800 RPM.

    The X5 Sport xDrive has anti-theft AM/FM radio with CD and MP3, wireless streaming, high-fidelity sound system, satellite radio capabilities, enhanced USB, Bluetooth technology and real-time traffic display.

    For comfort, drivers will enjoy heated, 10-way power adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support and memory system. In the rear, there’s a 40-20-40 folding split front facing seat. Similar to the GX 460, the X5 is suspended with a double wishbone system with coil springs and a multi-link rear suspension.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $50,780 MSRP

    BMW X5 Sport xDrive

    Starting at $55,695 MSRP

    Friday
    Aug192016

    COMPARISON: LEXUS ES HYBRID VS. BMW ACTIVE HYBRID SEDAN

    Lexus ES Hybrid vs BMW Hybrid

    Luxury sedans are great cars from virtually every perspective – style, fuel economy, top-of-the-line technology, spacious and beautiful interiors and excellent performance. The rest comes down to make and model.

    The Lexus ES Hybrid and BMW Active Hybrid Sedan are both eye-catching cars with a lot to offer. Smooth rides, generous legroom, high-tech interfaces, stylish and durable interiors and much more.

    But how do the two cars compare? Let's take a closer look at the Lexus ES Hybrid and the BMW Active Hybrid Sedan.

    Safety

    Lexus ES Hybrid

    The 2016 ES Hybrid doesn't have a registered rating with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the car a perfect five out of five rating.

    That's not surprising when you consider that standard safety features include Enform Safety Connect, 10-airbag system, vehicle stability control, backup camera with dynamic gridlines, Traction Control (TRAC), vehicle proximity notification system, Child Restraint Seat (CRS), Whiplash Injury Lessening front seats, LED headlamps and taillamps, brake system, Smart Stop technology, rigid body structure with crumple zones and Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System. 

    There are also optional add-ons that can further reinforce the safety of your vehicle.

    BMW Active Hybrid Sedan

    The Active Hybrid Sedan has been rated "Good" in all crash tests, except for the small overlap front rating of "Marginal" courtesy of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The BMW also scored a perfect five out of five with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The Active Hybrid comes equipped with airbags, emergency braking preparation, post-collision safety system, remote anti-theft alarm system, stability control, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, 4-wheel ABS, emergency braking assist, Rear-View Camera, Park Distance Control, Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection and Parking Assistant.

    Features

    Lexus ES Hybrid

    Lexus has packed the ES Hybrid to the rafters with powerful tech. It comes standard with Enform Service Connect, Enform Remote, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, subscription-free traffic and weather, steering-wheel-mounted controls, Siri® Eyes Free, electroluminescent instrumentation, EV driving mode, Drive Mode Select, HD Radio™ with iTunes® Tagging, SmartAccess key fob, Bluetooth® technology, and HomeLink® system. 

    If you're in the market for more tech, Lexus offers many optional features to choose from.

    On the inside, you will also find 10-way power front seats, illuminated entry system, NuLuxe interior trim, and dual-zone climate control with smog sensor.

    BMW Active Hybrid Sedan

    The Active Hybrid Sedan offers 12 speakers, two subwoofers, 205-watt stereo output, USB connection, auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control, and AM/FM stereo.

    On the inside, you will also find a leather steering wheel, four-zone climate control, cruise control, electric power steering, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, universal remote transmitter, cruise, audio and transmission controls on steering wheel.

    Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES Hybrid

    40 MPG city / 39 MPG highway / 40 MPG combined

    BMW Active Hybrid Sedan

    23 MPG city / 24 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined

    Pricing

    Lexus ES Hybrid

    Base: Starting at $41,020 MSRP

    Deluxe: N/A

    BMW Active Hybrid Sedan

    Base: Starting at $50,200 MSRP

    Deluxe – 550i Sedan: Starting at $68,600