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    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
    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

    Wednesday
    Jun132018

    Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs Acura MDX

    If you're in the San Jose area and are in the market for a luxury SUV that can caravan the whole family in style, then be sure to check out the 2018 Lexus RX 350. This luxury SUV puts an emphasis on style, performance, safety, and comfort. Car shopping can be a complicated process. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus RX 350 to the 2018 Acura MDX.

    After checking out our comparison, be sure to come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the Lexus RX 350.

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Acura MDX

    he Acura MDX comes with optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Front-wheel drive models have a fuel economy of 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The 2018 MDX will soon offer a hybrid option, the Sport Hybrid. It will have a 3.0-liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus RX 350

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Acura MDX

    The MDX comes as a standard model, with the option to add the Technology Package, Advance Package, or Entertainment Package. The standard model features a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and Easy Entry, 8-way power passenger’s seat, and Driver Memory System for seating, mirrors, audio, and climate. The standard seating setup includes second—row seating for three, giving you a total passenger capacity of seven, as well as a 50/50 split-folding third row. Another standard feature is third-row One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In seating.

    The Acura SUV is available with second-row Captain’s Chairs. You can also opt for a leather-trimmed interior, perforated Milano Premium leather with piping and stitching, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, and GPS-linked climate control.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

    Acura MDX

    Starting at $44,200 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun062018

    Comparison: Lexus LX vs Cadillac Escalade

    If you need a full-size SUV that can seat up to eight passengers, and provide a luxurious, comfortable ride for all passengers check out below what we have to say about the 2018 Lexus LX. This monster of an SUV has everything you should ever need in a family vehicle.

    Below we will take some of the headaches out of car shopping by reviewing two full-size SUVs. We will compare the 2018 Lexus LX to the 2018 Cadillac Escalade. After reading our comparison be sure to come into Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the Lexus LX.

    Performance

    Lexus LX

    The 2018 LX is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It tows up to 7,000 pounds and comes standard with an integrated towing hitch receiver.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2018 Escalade comes with a 6.2-liter V8 truck engine that generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft and can tow up to 8,300 pounds. The V8 engine also comes with a smart cylinder deactivation feature that shuts off four cylinders while cruising.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LX

    The 2018 LX has seating for five to eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration you choose, and 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With all seats folded, it features 83.1 cubes of cargo volume.

    The Lexus comes standard equipped with a power moonroof, power rear door, leather interior trim, the Lexus Memory System for seating, a power-sliding second row, four-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker audio, SmartAccess key system, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. Additionally, it features the Lexus Safety System+, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display.

    Options include semi-aniline leather interior, heated and ventilated seating, Color Heads-Up Display, Qi-compatible wireless charging, a Cool Box, and a heated wood and leather steering wheel. For the ultimate family vehicle, you can also opt for a Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays and the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System with 19 speakers.

    Cadillac Escalade

    Cadillac offers the Escalade in four trims. The base model gets a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an automatic parking system, a surround-view camera system, Magnetic Ride Control, LED headlights, a power liftgate, and a 16-speaker Bose audio system. The seats are leather, and the front chairs feature 12-way adjustability and three-stage heating, while drivers grasp a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.

    The Escalade Luxury takes all that and adds 22-inch wheels, a suite of active safety systems that has just about everything but adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and a full anti-theft suite. The Escalade Premium Luxury adds adaptive cruise control and automatic rear braking to the safety suite, along with LED cornering lights and a rear-seat entertainment system with a single 9.0-inch screen and a Blu-ray DVD player.

    Finally, the Escalade Platinum adds upgraded semi-aniline leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped dash, a suede headliner, 18-way front seat adjustability with massage and cooling functions for driver and passenger, a cooler function for the center console, 22-inch wheels, a grille with even more chrome, power side steps, and twin 7.0-inch displays in the back of the front headrests, rather than the Premium Luxury’s single-screen setup.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX

    Starting at $85,380 MSRP

    Cadillac Escalade

    Starting at $74,695 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May232018

    Comparison: GX 460 vs Toyota 4Runner

    San Joes drivers who are looking for an SUV with off-road capability, top of the line technology, and luxury comfortability should definitely check out the Lexus GX 460. If you’re in the market for the GX 460 you are sure to be shopping around and looking at other SUVs. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus GX 460 and the 2018 Toyota 4 Runner.

    After checking out our comparison come visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek and compare for yourself.

    Performance

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 GX 460 is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with standard full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control. The powertrain makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of up to 18 MPG highway. It features standard Trailer Sway Control and can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

    Toyota 4Runner

    The 4Runner is equipped with a 4.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, making 270 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. You have your choice between rear-wheel drive, part-time four-wheel drive, and full-time four-wheel drive with a limited-slip locking center differential. All models are equipped with skid plates, an integrated towing hitch receiver, and wiring harness. Maximum towing on all trims is 5,000 pounds.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 GX 460 seats up to seven passengers and has three rows of seating, with a 40/20/40 split reclining and sliding middle row and fold-flat third-row seats. A power moonroof, privacy glass, and dual-zone automatic climate control round out the luxury feel of the GX’s quiet cabin.

    The GX 460 is also equipped standard with Lexus Display Audio with color display and 9 speakers, subscription-free traffic and weather, a backup camera, Voice Command, Bluetooth wireless tech, Siri Eyes Free, USB input, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect telematics system for one year.

    Available interior features include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, cargo-area Tonneau cover, and a Dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System. The Lexus Navigation System and Enform App Suite and Destination Assist, high-res LCD screen, and a Mark Levinson 17-speaker Surround Sound Audio System are also available via the Navigation Package and Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Toyota 4Runner

    The 4Runner SR5 an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, 4-way passenger’s seat, 40/20/40 split reclining, fold-flat second row, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. It also comes with the option for a 50/50 split fold-flat third row, sliding second row with one-touch third-row access, and sliding rear cargo deck. The SR5 Premium adds SofTex seating, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

    The 4Runner SR5 has Entune Audio Plus with Connected Navigation App and a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, with the option for Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Upper trims have Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $51,855 MSRP

    Toyota 4Runner

    Starting at $34,610 MSRP