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    Tuesday
    Mar202018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300

    If you’re shopping for a new luxury sedan in the greater San Jose area, our one-to-one comparison can help you decide which model is best for you, based on your needs and budget.

    In this post, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus ES 350 to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300. While Lexus has an edge in horsepower as well as more modern styling, it’s not the only area where the ES stands out.

    Get all the details below, and get in touch with our expert team to take the ES 350 for a test drive.

    Entertainment and Technology

    Lexus ES 350

    Each model of the 2018 ES comes with the Lexus Safety System+, a next-generation suite of safety tech that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Available driver assistive features include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Additionally, the ES features Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch screen, Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. Other standard features include 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform app suite. The Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System and a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destination Assist are also available on the ES.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    The C300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe braking. Other safety tech will cost you extra and includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Parktronic Active Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and a Surround View System.

    Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, FrontBass system, and HD Radio receiver. Options include a touchpad controller, COMAND hard-drive navigation with 8.4-inch screen, Burmester Surround Sound System, Head-Up Display, voice control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    Safety Ratings

    Lexus ES 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The nonprofit organization reported perfect scores in all crashworthiness tests, as well as a Superior rating of its front crash prevention system, which is standard on all models. Additionally, the family-friendly Lexus sedan won the best possible rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.

    Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 ES 350 a 5-Star Overall Rating, and the federal agency has not reported any recalls.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    While the 2018 C-Class earned similar ratings for crashworthiness and systems, its Poor headlight rating means it’s not a Top Safety Pick.

    The NHTSA awarded the Mercedes C Class a 5-Star Overall Rating. However, the feds also report a recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment, which may cause injury or even accidents if it occurs while driving.

    San Jose residents who want a safe, reliable sedan that’s equipped with the latest in technology should visit Lexus Stevens Creek today to test drive the ES 350.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar072018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Infiniti QX30

    San Jose drivers shopping for a new luxury crossover usually want to know how Lexus models compare to the high-end competition. For those doing their homework, we’re here to help you out.

    Below, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 Infiniti QX30, looking at objective factors like specs and third-party safety ratings.

    See which luxury crossover comes out ahead, then visit us in San Jose for a test drive of the NX 300:

    Safety Ratings and Tech

    Lexus NX 300

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 NX 300 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has not reported any recalls, complaints, or investigations. Also, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it perfect scores in all crash tests and systems evaluations.

    Each model of the 2018 NX comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+ (Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps) as well as a backup camera, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Intuitive Park Assist with Automatic Braking, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (included with Comfort Package).

    Infiniti QX30

    While the NHTSA hasn’t rated the QX30, the federal organization has reported at least one complaint related to the crossover's structure and one recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment. The complaint, which has not resulted in any injury, states that the rear door doesn't latch properly. The QX30IIHS has not rated the 2018 QX30.

    The 2018 QX30 comes standard with Brake Assist, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a rearview camera, but if you want to add any other safety equipment, you’ll need to upgrade. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, an Around View Monitor, Intelligent Park Assist, Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

    Performance and Cargo Specs

    Lexus NX 300

    The NX 300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled transmission, with available all-wheel drive. The capable powertrain makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The NX is also available with a hybrid engine.

    Behind the rear seats, the NX 300 has 17.7 cubic feet of space, and when all seats are folded you get 54.6 cubes, so the NX is a convenient and practical choice for drivers in San Jose.

    Infiniti QX30

    The 2018 QX30 has a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The Infiniti crossover is not available as a hybrid model.

    The QX30 features comparable cargo space behind the rear seats, with 19.2 cubes. But while folding the second row gives you more room to stow luggage and equipment, it has maximum capacity of 34 cubic feet – more than 20 cubes less than the NX.

    With poorer safety ratings and less horsepower and cargo space than the NX, the QX30 has some work to do if it wants to compete with Lexus. Visit us today for a test drive.

    Pricing

    Lexus NX 300

    Starting at $35,985 MSRP

    Infiniti QX30

    Starting at $29,950 MSRP

    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

    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

    Friday
    Jul292016

    COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS IS200t vs. 2016 AUDI A4

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    Entry-level luxury sedans aren't all created equal. But if any two cars are worth comparing, it would be the Lexus IS 200t and the Audi A4.

    Both the IS 200t and A4 are comfortable, spacious, stylish and feature quality materials on the inside. In this regard, they are more or less neck and neck. Even their fuel economy is essentially matched.

    And as far as entertainment and technology go, both cars come equipped with some great features.

    So how do the cars stack up? Is one better than the other? Here is our comparison of the IS 200t and A4.

    Safety

    Lexus IS 200t

    Luxury sedans are powerful. But safety-conscious drivers want to know that they aren't in harm's way as they are riding in style.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 IS 200t a best-possible rating of 5 Stars Overall. The sedan has not yet been evaluated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    The IS 200t's features are quite robust and are a testament to its dependability. It comes standard with rigid body structure with crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) with sport mode, Enform Safety Connect, HID headlamps, LED taillamps, brake system with Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), 10-airbag system, Smart Stop technology and Tire Pressure Monitor System.

    Optional features include LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System (PCS), rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, backup camera with dynamic gridlines and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Audi A4

    The 2016 Audi A4 earned a "Good" rating in all crash tests, except the small overlap front test where it got a "Poor" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the A4 earned a five out of five rating, which suggests it is on par with the IS 200t.

    The A4's safety features include airbags, 4-wheel ABS, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, front fog/driving lights, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp, stability control, traction control, post-collision safety system and tire pressure monitoring.

    Features

    Lexus IS 200t

    The 200t's spacious interior comes packed to the rafters with technology.

    In terms of entertainment, the IS 200t comes standard with Siri® Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather via HD Radio™, color multi-information display, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging, SiriusXM® satellite radio and a premium audio system. Optional features include the Enform App Suite, Fuel Guide, Sports and Stocks, voice command and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson® premium surround sound audio system.

    As far as other tech goes, the 200t also comes with HomeLink® universal transceiver, Enform Remote, Enform Service Connect, navigation system with voice activation, center-console controller, and illuminated entry system. If you're looking for more tech, you might consider springing for the F Sport upgrade.

    Its interior is equipped with leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, Dual-zone Climate control with smog sensor, Lexus Personalized Settings, power-adjustable sport seats, and a NuLuxe interior trim.

    Its exterior comes with variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and 225/45R V all season tires.

    Audi A4

    Looking to be entertained on your commutes? The A4 comes with a 10-speaker audio system, AM/FM stereo, satellite radio, speed sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input and USB external media control and a memory card slot.

    Additional technology includes Bluetooth® wireless data link for hands-free phone, three-zone climate control, audio controls on steering wheel, and universal remote transmitter.

    On the inside, you'll find bucket seats, leather interior, cruise control, electric power steering and tilt and telescopic leather steering wheel.

    On the outside, the A4 features variable intermittent rain sensing wipers, rear defogger, power glass sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, and 245/45R17 all-season tires.

    Fuel Economy

    Lexus IS 200t

    22 MPG city / 33 MPG highway / 26 MPG combined

    Audi A4

    24 MPG city / 31 MPG highway / 27 MPG combined

    Pricing

    Lexus IS 200t

    Base: Starting at $37,325 MSRP

    Deluxe – 350 F Sport: Starting at $44,025 MSRP

    Audi A4

    Base: Starting at $35,900 MSRP

    Deluxe – 2.0T Premium Plus Quattro Sedan: Starting at $40,100 MSRP