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    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    While Tesla continues to struggle to meet consumer demands, Silicon Valley drivers are starting to look elsewhere for an eco-friendly luxury sedan. Lexus hybrids are giving the automotive disruptor a run for its money as buyers recognize the value of a tried-and-true model and choose quality over hype.

    Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Lexus LS 500h and the 2018 Tesla Model S. Check it out, then visit us in San Jose to test drive a Lexus hybrid sedan.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LS 500h

    The Lexus LS embodies luxury, with standard leather seating and your choice of premium interior materials, including Open-Pore Walnut, Artwood Herringbone, Kiriko Glass, and Naguri Aluminum. All models come standard with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, power moon roof, dual-zone climate control, power rear sunshade, and LED lighting. Additionally, it features an Auto Door Closer and hands-free power open/close trunk for your convenience.

    Individual options include a Panorama glass roof, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Adaptive Front Lighting. The Interior Upgrade Package adds quilted-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather seating, a 28-way power driver's seat with massage, Ultrasuede headliner, power front seatbelt buckles, wood- and leather-trimmed console, and heated rear seats. Ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep about the features bundled in the Luxury and Executive Packages.

    Tesla Model S

    Seating options on the Model S include black multi-pattern leatherette/cloth, leather, or Next Generation leather. It also offers piano black, wood, or carbon fiber accents, as well as an Alcantara headliner, but nothing resembling the craftsmanship of Lexus’s premium interior styling.

    The Tesla Model S also has auto-dimming mirrors, one-touch power windows, soft LED ambient interior lighting, and retracting door handles, with the option for a heated steering wheel, heated seating throughout, and a HEPA air filtration system. Premium features like quilted leather seating, driver-side massage, and power seatbelts are not available on the Tesla Model S.

    Tech and Entertainment

    Lexus LS 500h

    The 2018 Lexus LS is standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. All LS trims also feature a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Pre-Collision Braking, Intuitive Park Assist with auto-stop, a backup camera, and rain-sensing wipers. Options include a 24-inch Heads-Up Display and Panoramic View Monitor.

    Entertainment and connectivity features include a 12-speaker Premium Audio System, Remote Touchpad controls, Dynamic Voice Command with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display, and Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, Remote, and Destination Assist apps. Options include the Mark Levinson 23-speaker Quantum Logic Immersion Reference Surround Sound Audio System.

    Tesla Model S

    The Model S comes standard equipped with Maps and Navigation, mobile connectivity, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and GPS-enabled HomeLink.

    Options include Autopilot Convenience Features, Ultra High Fidelity Sound, and Executive Rear Seats. The Tesla sedan does not feature the option for a Heads-Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor, or intelligent high-beams.

    If you want to skip the waiting list and choose a true luxury car, visit us today in San Jose to test drive the LS 500h.


    Lexus LS 500h

    Starting at $79,510 MSRP

    Tesla Model S

    Starting at $74,500 MSRP


    Comparing Cars and Deals

    You've got your eyes on two different brands of new cars. You visit the dealerships and shop. You test drive both cars and even discuss deals with the salespeople. You like both cars, but you're not sure which to buy. You realize you need to go home and think it over. While you're doing this, you might consider the following:

    Are you settled on what purpose your new car should fulfill? If you want to drive a convertible in warm weather and also carry your kids (and their friends) with all of their gear, then the same car most likely will not serve both purposes well. To expect one car to do both will only lead to disappointment.

    If you do agree on the intended use for the car, are you comparing apples to apples?

    1.- Are the two cars of the same class? Are you comparing one luxury sedan with another luxury sedan with both cars designed to compete in the same market?

    2.- If in the same class, do both cars have the same features and the same options?

    3.- Are their warranties the same? Warranty coverage may be different for drive trains than for electronics and systems. Warranties may state coverage over mileage and/or over calendar time. Make sure you compare specifics.

    4.- Are the service requirements and costs the same? Service coverage with one car may be different when compared to another car. What is the reputation of the service department, i.e., is the response professional and attentive, are loaners available, can you enjoy free flat-bed service for the pick-up of your car, etc.? Check the details.

    5.- Are independent statistics for reliability and safety the same for both cars? You almost can't put a price on reliability and safety numbers, but you certainly can put a value on both to your peace of mind. Consider carefully.

    6.- Is your deal the same financially? Financing or leasing terms, and hence your costs, can be totally different from different dealerships even though your purchase prices are the same. Even if you purchase outright with cash, make sure that your final walk-away figures are similar.

    A key for your long-term satisfaction is to know as much about your choices and your deals as possible, so that you have no future surprises. As Yoda would advise, Choose wisely.

    At Lexus of Steven Creek all of us are trained and certified professionals, and we pride ourselves on helping you get it right.