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    Wednesday
    Nov292017

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    If you need a reliable luxury sedan, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2018 Lexus ES 350. It’s modern, elegant, and you’ll notice the special attention to craftsmanship as soon as you enter the spacious, well-equipped cabin.

    San Jose residents can visit our convenient location for a test drive. But first, read our full review to get all the details:

    Comfort and Convenience

    All models of the 2018 Lexus ES come standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, a power moonroof, voice command, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with air filters and smog sensor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Lexus sedan has perforated NuLuxe interior trim and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a panorama glass roof, and power trunk can be added as individual options.

    For an even more luxe cabin, you can add the Luxury Package, Ultra Luxury Package, or Premier Package to the ES 350. Talk to your Lexus Stevens Creek representative if you’re interested in interior features such as embossed-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather, wood trim, driver’s seat power cushion extender, or premium wheels.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Safety comes first and foremost for Lexus, so each model of the 2018 ES comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Additionally, all models have a LED daytime running lights, headlamps, and tail lamps, as well as Vehicle Stability Control. Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps are also available as individual options.

    Silicon Valley commuters will love the Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen display and Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream. Also, the ES is standard with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You can also opt for upgraded navigation or a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System via the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive sedan has an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds.

    Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. If you’re interested in an efficient hybrid sedan, talk to our reps about the 2018 Lexus 300h.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep132017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    San Jose residents comparing models of luxury sedans have some work ahead of them because the segment is highly competitive as automakers work to meet drivers’ high expectations. Luckily for us, Lexus has been ahead of the game for some time.

    When you compare the classic 2017 Lexus ES 350 to a relative newcomer like the 2017 Acura TLX, the cracks start to show in Honda’s luxury brand. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come in for a visit to see for yourself why Lexus is an everlasting favorite:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The ES 350 comes standard with exclusive Lexus technology, including Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link navigation, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote. It also comes equipped with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

    You can opt to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist as individual items, and the Navigation Package gives you the Remote Touch control pad, a premium Navigation System with voice command, and the Lexus Enform Destinations app.

    Acura TLX

    While the 2017 TLX also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHSTA, it failed to make the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick ranking after losing points in small overlap front impact tests.

    The Acura TLX includes a standard Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, but all other active driver assistance and technology are available only on upper trims or via add-on packages. The Technology Package gives you Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, rain-sensing wipers, and navigation. Upper trims are available with Head-Up Warning and Road Departure Mitigation. The TLX does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Performance

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and has standard front-wheel drive. Additionally, the 2017 ES comes with a hybrid option, the 300h, which has a net 200 horsepower output and gets up to 40 MPG.

    Acura TLX

    The base TLX comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The TLX does not come with a hybrid option.

    If you spend the money to upgrade with the Technology Package and add the V6 engine, the TLX costs about $39,500 MSRP, pushing its total MSRP beyond that of the Lexus ES 350, which comes standard with a range of premium features.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Acura TLX

    Starting at $32,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr122017

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    If you value quality above all else, there’s no reason to look anywhere other than Lexus. The automaker proves this time and again, but this year is special. It’s included several high-tech features standard on every model, adding value to vehicles that already deliver it all.

    The 2017 Lexus ES 350 is exemplary in this way, delivering classic Lexus styling, a powerful yet sophisticated drivetrain, and a full suite of driver assistance technologies. Read on for our full review of this luxury sedan:

    Features

    The ES 350 comes with standard Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an eight-speaker premium sound system, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, the sedan comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, and a year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch mouse-like controls, Lexus Navigation System, Enform App Suite, Enform Destinations, and voice command. You can also choose the Navigation with Mark Levinson Audio Package, which includes premium surround sound, 15 speakers with Clari-Fi technology, inverted-motor subwoofer, and an 835-watt Class-D amplifier.

    Safety

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

    Most 2017 Lexus models, including the ES, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features that includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Additionally, all models feature a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Vehicle Stability Control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

    Interior

    As is to be expected from a luxury sedan, the ES 350’s cabin is superb in every way. With standard power moonroof, dual-zone climate control with air filtration and smog sensor, power adjustable front seats, perforated NuLuxe interior trim, and intuitively designed controls, you might wish for a longer commute. Each model also has available heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, and power rear sunshade.

    Those seeking more luxury can opt for the Premium Package, which includes your choice of wood trim, power adjustable steering wheel, seat and mirror memory, and remote keyless entry-linked memory. The Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch and perforated leather trim, a wood-trimmed console, and heated and ventilated seats, while the Ultra Luxury package includes all the features above, plus power sunshades, panorama glass roof, driver's seat power cushion extender, ambient interior lighting, and passenger's seat memory.

    Engine

    Under the hood, the ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 31 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP