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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

    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

    Monday
    May142012

    Welcome to the world of GS! 

    Have you heard?  The Ultimate G(ran)S(edan)350 is sitting on top of America !  The GS350 has been reviewed by several journalists reciting high honors.  Most notable are the articles from Motor Trend displaying the GS versus Infiniti, Audi and BMW.  And the winner was.....YOUR GS350!  If that doesn't start your engine then maybe our recent allocation of the GS450h will surge some electricity!  The reviews on the Hybrid are just as stellar.  We are batting 1,000 when it comes to the reaction to our new GS lineup.

    Even GS F Sport production was increased so we could support trying to stay ahead of the competition and by increasing our sales to availability.  It has been approximately 90 days since the launch of the GS and already we are the G(ran) nemesis to every other competitor.  Grabbing congratulatory levels of excellence such as:

     

    Western Area Accolades:

       562% over prior YTD Sales for GS350 !

       27.7% National Share of GS

       Dropped to a 16 Days Supply in Feb '12

    Please read these two great articles and share them with your guests!

    GS 450h Comparison

    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/alternative/1207_infiniti_m35h_vs_lexus_gs_450h_vs_porsche_panamera_hybrid/

    GS 350 F-Sport Comparison

    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1206_six_cylinder_midsize_luxury_sedans/

    Tuesday
    Apr102012

    2013 Lexus GS350 Buyer's Guide

    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Front Three Quarters
     
    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front End In Motion Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Front Three Quarters Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front End
    2013 Lexus GS350

    MSRP: $46,900 - $49,450

    MPG Range: 26 - 28 mpg

    Body Style: Sedan

    From the June, 2012 issue of Motor Trend

     

    By Ron Kiino
     

    When you turned 40 and promised yourself a big reward for the promotion at work, life proceeded to get crazier than normal. Translation: you got sidetracked and never splurged on that big-ticket item. Worse, three neighbors -- guys around the same age -- stayed on track and filled their garages with snazzy sheetmetal.

     

    Take John the banker. He never stopped raving about his Audi A4's turbo engine and Quattro AWD -- until he stepped up to the all-new A6. Now he won't stop bragging about LED running lamps and the supercharged V-6. And when he concludes with, "It's got the latest generation of Quattro," you've already heard it so many times that you now say it in unison. Forget anger; you're jealous.

    Then there's Mitch the lawyer. Nice guy, but if you have to endure one more speech about how the badge on his 328i really stands for "Brilliant Motor Works," you're going to hurl. So the day he comes home in a sparkling 535i touting an M Package, you tell your wife she'd better buy a case of Pepto. "I thought you liked Mitch?" "I do -- I just want his car!"

     

    Finally, there's Tim the tennis pro, who's never shy about giving pointers on your backhand. Former owner of an Infiniti G25 with the vanity plate ACE, Tim recently pulled up to your house in an M37S. "It hits 100 mph in less time than my serve." Despite the self-serving (ahem) joke, Tim's still likable. Well, he was -- until you caught his new vanity: LOVE40.

    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front End
    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front Three Quarter Low
    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front Three Quarters
     

    Unlike Tim, you're not loving 40, certainly now that it's three years gone and your once-hot Lexus IS 250 is decidedly lukewarm. But when you recently took the IS to the dealer for an oil change, you saw a glimmer of hope -- the 2013 GS 350. "Whoa, check out that face -- if that doesn't make the guys jealous, at least it will scare 'em."

     

    But if there's one thing that got you this far, it's never making a hasty decision. Before writing a $60,000 check, due diligence is required on the A6, 535i, M37, and, of course, the new GS 350. Each is a fine example of what you aspire to drive: a high-style midsize sedan with a 300-hp V-6 and lofty levels of luxury and technology. To that end, you can't forget about the Mercedes-Benz E350. Looks like the toughest midlife crisis will be deciding.