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    Entries in hybrid (38)

    Wednesday
    May092018

    Review: 2018 Lexus LS

    Drivers in the San Jose area who are looking for a luxurious sedan should be sure to check us out at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the 2018 Lexus LS. The Lexus LS has all the class luxurious drivers are looking for while still maintaining the performance that consumers rely on in Lexus vehicles.

    heck out our review below and then come visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the 2018 LS.

    Performance

    The Lexus LS 500 has a new twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and is available in either rear or all-wheel drive. The new V6 produces 416 horsepower, 6,000 RPM, and 442 lb-ft of torque, and is recommended to run on premium unleaded fuel. Lexus quotes that the LS 500 can go from 0-60 MPH in 4.6 seconds with a maximum speed of 136 MPH. The 10-speed automatic transmission that the LS 500 is equipped with paddle shifters. Fuel efficiency ratings range as high as 29 mpg/highway. The Lexus LS F Sport gives drivers a sportier ride and is built on performance.

    Lexus also offers the LS model as a Hybrid in the Lexus LS Hybrid. The LS Hybrid is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 hooked up to two electric motors, a 44-kw lithium-ion battery, and a 4-speed automatic transmission. One motor is focused on moving the car at lower speeds, and the second motor kicks in at higher speeds. Fuel economy averages 33 mpg/highway.

    Features

    The Lexus LS 500 will come with the usual power features, cruise control, leather, climate control, as well as, navigation, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, active noise cancellation, 12.3” display screen touchpad infotainment system with voice command to run phone, navigation and audio systems, and 19-inch wheels.

    Safety

    The Lexus LS comes standard with a plethora of safety features including, forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The optional Advanced Safety package adds a pedestrian detection system with active steering which is capable of avoiding obstacles at low speeds. Lexus also offers an HD head-up display that casts information across the bottom of the windshield.

    Pricing

    LS starting at $75,000 MSRP

    LS Hybrid starting at $79,510 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr042018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 450h

    San Jose area drivers looking for a three-row, mid-size luxury SUV with a hybrid powertrain should visit us today to test drive the 2018 Lexus RX 450h.

    Loaded with features to make your trips as comfortable and convenient as possible, the RX 450h and its new luxury trim, the RXL, are quickly becoming favorites in Silicon Valley. Get all the details below then experience the new Lexus hybrid SUV in person.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus RX 450h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine combined with an electric motor, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission with standard all-wheel drive. The hybrid system makes a net 308 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds.

    The RX 450h comes with the option for the F Sport package, which adds paddle shifters, sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport+ mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management, and specially crafted interior and exterior styling features.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2018 Lexus RX 450h gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Standard features on the 2018 RX include perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a power rear door, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rain-sensing wipers. The RXL adds a power-folding and reclining 50/50 split third row, second-row captain's chairs, leather interior, three-zone climate control, power folding and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, and the Lexus Memory System.

    All models feature Lexus Display Audio, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, Voice Command, and Bluetooth wireless tech. Buyers can also opt for the Navigation or Navigation/Mark Levinson Packages to add premium entertainment and connectivity features.

    Individual options include a heated leather and wood trimmed steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a power-folding second row, power moon roof, panorama glass roof, and a Touch-Free Power Rear Door. The Premium and Luxury packages bundle premium interior features, so ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep for more details.

    Safety and Technology

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Most Lexus models, including the RX hybrid, come equipped standard with the Lexus Safety System +, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist.

    Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, Panoramic View Monitor, and Heads-Up Display.

    Pricing

    Starting at $45,695 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec202017

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 300h vs 2018 BMW 530e

    In Silicon Valley, innovation is key to becoming the next big thing. This is why models with the Lexus Hybrid Drive are so popular among drivers in the greater San Jose area, as the unique system maximizes energy use with regenerative braking and eliminates lag with increased torque. But, how do Lexus models compare to the competition?

    In the battle between the 2018 Lexus ES 300h and the BMW 530e, one main difference is that the BMW is a plug-in and the Lexus is a regular hybrid. Below, we’ll cover what that means for car owners and how to choose the best model for you.

    Performance and Efficiency

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2018 ES 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module, making a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. According to U.S. Department of Energy estimates, it gets 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

    The agency also reports that the ES 300h’s annual fuel cost is around $950 and that drivers save about $2,250 on fuel over five years, versus the average new car. Also, you can go 688 miles on a single tank, making this Lexus hybrid an ideal ride for trips up and down the California coast.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 530e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an AC synchronous electric motor. The plug-in makes a combined 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is more power than the Lexus, but that’s where the favorable numbers end for the Beemer.

    Unlike a regular hybrid that optimizes fuel and kinetic energy to power its motors, a plug-in relies on your electrical outlets to gives its battery pack a boost – and that can add up. The U.S. DOE reports that on gasoline only, the 530e gets 29 MPG, and combined with electric energy, it gets 72 MPGe. That last figure sounds impressive, but is it?

    According to the DOE, it costs $1,300 in fuel and electricity to drive the BMW 530e, which is a savings of $500 every five years when compared to a traditional new car. Not bad, but the numbers pale in comparison to the ES 300h. Plus, you’ll only go about 370 on a full tank, and the electric-only range is just 16 miles.

    Driver Assistance Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    While both the 2018 Lexus ES and the 2018 BMW 5 Series earned top scores from both major safety organizations, only Lexus includes standard driver assistance technology on every model. The ES comes equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, it’s available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    BMW 530e

    The BMW 5 Series comes standard with Dynamic Cruise Control, and that's about it for standard models. Adding a blind spot monitor, parking aids, automatic high beams, or side collision avoidance system to your BMW will cost extra – and that's in addition to the higher energy costs and substantially higher base price.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    BMW 530e

    Starting at $52,395 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec132017

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300h

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300hThe Lexus NX is one of the best-selling vehicles in California, so it makes sense that its hybrid variant is one of San Jose’s favorites.

    The 2018 Lexus NX 300h is a luxury crossover SUV that has it all, including drivability, fuel efficiency, contemporary styling, and a cabin so luxe you won’t want to leave.

    See our full review below, then visit our convenient location to get behind the wheel:

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    Under the hood, the NX 300h has a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor, controlled with the Lexus Hybrid Drive system that optimizes energy use and ensures a smooth, sporty ride with zero lag thanks to enhanced torque and an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission. The system makes a net 194 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 9.1 seconds.

    According to federal estimates, the NX 300h gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, which saves you $1,000 over five years (when compared to a gas-only vehicle). The annual fuel cost associated with this model is $1,200.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 Lexus NX seats five passengers and comes standard with NuLuxe seating, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. You can also opt for leather or perforated leather seating, heated front seats, a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, auto-dimming interior mirrors, the Lexus Memory System, and power-folding and reclining rear seats.

    Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch screen, Scout GPS link navigation, Remote Touch controls, a backup camera, 8-speaker premium audio, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res display, Enform Destination Assist and Dynamic Navigation, 10-speaker audio, HomeLink universal transceiver.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus NX a perfect 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 model a Top Safety Pick+. (The IIHS has not yet evaluated the 2018 model.)

    New for 2018, the NX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of driver assistance technology was developed in-house by Lexus engineers, and each feature has a unique potential to prevent or mitigate accidents. Features include a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps. Additionally, the NX 300h comes available with a Panoramic View Monitor, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,335 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr262017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

    Review: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

    We love serving Silicon Valley because its residents know what they want and refuse to compromise, making Lexus stop No. 1 for San Jose drivers. Our roster of luxury cars and SUVs ensure that there’s something for everyone, whether it’s techies looking for the latest in entertainment and convenience or eco-conscious buyers seeking a next-level hybrid.

    In the case of the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, you’ll find modern features, a hybrid option that delivers on performance, and so much more. Read our full comparison to see all the reasons why it’s the perfect ride for San Jose drivers:

    Engine

    The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with a 123-kW electric motor mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on this model, and the powertrain makes a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, letting the RX 450h go from 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds. According to EPA estimates, this RX model gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick+, as the SUV scored best possible ratings in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    The 2017 RX 450h comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Other standard safety features include a backup camera, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for one year.

    Technology

    The RX 450h comes standard with the Navigation Package, providing Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with 8-inch color multimedia display, 12-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, DVD and CD player, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations. It also has standard Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Each RX hybrid is equipped with the Premium Package, which includes rain-sensing wipers, Lexus Memory System for driver's seat and mirrors, power-folding electro chromatic exterior mirrors, aluminum roof rails, interior leather trim, and the option between Espresso Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Matte Linear Dark Mocha wood trim.

    Additionally, all RX models have standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power rear door, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and power-adjustable front seating. It’s also available with a panorama glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, power moonroof, and Heads-Up Display.

    Pricing

    Starting at $53,035 MSRP