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    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
    Jul122017

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Bay Area drivers know quality when they see it, which is why Lexus has long been a favorite in the region. Those seeking a crossover SUV with elegant styling, a luxurious interior, and top safety ratings will want to come take the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo for a test drive.

    But first, check out our full review to see why it’s the perfect small ute for California roads:

    Entertainment and Convenience

    You expect to have everything you need at your fingertips in a luxury car, and the NX delivers. It features an available Remote Touchpad for easy access to media, climate, and navigation controls via a responsive touch surface area with intuitive pinch, swipe, and flick gestures and pulse feedback. Additionally, the NX Turbo comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth tech, and Siri Eyes Free.

    You also have the option to add a Qi-compatible wireless charger, a 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destinations, and the entire Enform App Suite for access to all of your favorite apps, wherever you go.

    Interior and Comfort

    Each model of the 2017 NX is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, NuLuxe interior trim, and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. As individual add-on options, you can also choose heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, power moonroof, power rear door, and a heated steering wheel.

    The Comfort Package adds Lexus Memory System for the driver’s seat and mirrors, as well as a power tilting/telescoping steering column. The Luxury Package gives you Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed seating, rain-sensing wipers, heated steering wheel, and power rear door.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Also, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, as it earned perfect scores in all crash tests.

    The 2017 NX comes available with Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and heated, auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

    Performance

    The 2017 NX Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain makes a solid 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive or optional with all-wheel drive. If you have plans to haul a small boat or trailer, you’ll be glad to know that the NX Turbo has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. According to EPA estimates, it gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $35,285 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Feb152017

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo

    Drivers in San Jose refuse to compromise, which is why Silicon Valley residents time and again turn to Lexus as their automaker of choice. Timeless design, unrivaled performance, the latest in tech and safety are just a few reasons why it’s a perennial favorite.

    One shining example is the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo, a small luxury crossover with a turbocharged engine and a whole lot of personality. Read on for our full review:

    Safety

    The 2017 NX is a favorite of major safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores on all tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    The NX Turbo was built with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, advanced Anti-Lock Braking System with Brake Assist, LED fog lamps and taillights, Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System, Hill-Start Assist Control, eight airbags, Smart Stop technology, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and backup camera with dynamic gridlines. You also have the option to add a Pre-Collision System with Brake Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, rain-sensing wipers, Lane Departure Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps.

    Features

    Each model of the NX has standard power adjustable seats, dual-zone climate control, leather accents, Lexus Display Audio with 7-inch display, voice recognition, and configurable screen. Also standard are Lexus Enform Remote, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, weather and traffic, Bluetooth connectivity, SmartAccess key fob, and Scout GPS Link navigation that gives you real-time traffic updates, personalized commute times, and automatic traffic avoidance.

    Optional features on the NX Turbo include Lexus Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, and Qi wireless phone charging tray. The available Remote Touchpad lets you control entertainment and convenience features just like you would on your smartphone, with a swipe, flick, or pinch of your fingers.

    Interior

    This five-passenger crossover has almost 43 inches of legroom in the front, 36.1 inches in the rear, and about 38 inches of headroom, making it a roomy crossover which makes good use of its space. The NX Turbo features NuLuxe seating, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, 8-way power adjustable passenger seat, Lexus Personalized Settings, self-gripping cupholders, 60/40 split folding rear seats, Lexus Memory System, and generous cargo and storage space. You also have the option to add power folding and reclining rear seats, leather accents, outer-sliding moonroof, heated and ventilated seating, perforated leather-trimmed interior.

    Engine

    The 2017 NX Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable transmission. This model has a powerful yet efficient engine, getting an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway. You also have the option between front- or all-wheel drive.

    Pricing

    Starting at $35,285 MSRP