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    Entries in hybrid sedan (3)

    Wednesday
    Apr242019

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area to learn more about the new Lexus ES 300 hybrid model. This five-passenger hybrid luxury sedan is the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in luxury vehicle which delivers a first-class ride, ample legroom in both rows, and an impressive suite of safety features.

    Performance

    The Lexus ES 300 hybrid model is available in a 300h base model as well as the 300h Luxury and 300h Ultra Luxury trims which are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission paired with two electric motors. This Lexus hybrid model utilizes a front-wheel drivetrain and generates 175-hp with the engine alone and a total system of 215-hp, and earns an estimated fuel economy of 45 mpg highway and 43 mpg city. To make the drive more responsive or more efficient, the ES 300h comes standard with four separate driving modes including Normal, ECO, EV, and Sport mode which initiates six simulated gears that can be shifted manually with the paddle shifters.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The new aerodynamic design helps reduce noise and vibration and the Lexus-first hybrid-acoustics with sound-dampening measures provides the quietest drive possible. You’ll be comfortable in the standard synthetic leather seats with 10-way power-adjustable front seats or the available semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats including 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with cushion extender. Optional are heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The standard Lexus Enform system provides Safety Connect roadside assistance, Service Connect vehicle information, Enform Remote to start your engine and lock your doors remotely, Destination Assist with a 24-hour live response center, and App Suite 2.0 for access to your favorite mobile applications. Available options include navigation with 3D city views, power trunk with kick sensor, panoramic sunroof, and a 10.2-inch full-color head-up display.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 integrated suite of standard active safety equipment includes lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high beams. Vehicle stability control, traction control, smart stop technology, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, a backup camera, and a 10-airbag system come standard. Available are blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and a panoramic view monitor.

    Pricing

    Starting at $41,410 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr112018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LS 500h vs 2018 Tesla Model S

    While Tesla continues to struggle to meet consumer demands, Silicon Valley drivers are starting to look elsewhere for an eco-friendly luxury sedan. Lexus hybrids are giving the automotive disruptor a run for its money as buyers recognize the value of a tried-and-true model and choose quality over hype.

    Below, we’ll highlight the differences between the 2018 Lexus LS 500h and the 2018 Tesla Model S. Check it out, then visit us in San Jose to test drive a Lexus hybrid sedan.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LS 500h

    The Lexus LS embodies luxury, with standard leather seating and your choice of premium interior materials, including Open-Pore Walnut, Artwood Herringbone, Kiriko Glass, and Naguri Aluminum. All models come standard with a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, power moon roof, dual-zone climate control, power rear sunshade, and LED lighting. Additionally, it features an Auto Door Closer and hands-free power open/close trunk for your convenience.

    Individual options include a Panorama glass roof, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Adaptive Front Lighting. The Interior Upgrade Package adds quilted-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather seating, a 28-way power driver's seat with massage, Ultrasuede headliner, power front seatbelt buckles, wood- and leather-trimmed console, and heated rear seats. Ask your Lexus Stevens Creek rep about the features bundled in the Luxury and Executive Packages.

    Tesla Model S

    Seating options on the Model S include black multi-pattern leatherette/cloth, leather, or Next Generation leather. It also offers piano black, wood, or carbon fiber accents, as well as an Alcantara headliner, but nothing resembling the craftsmanship of Lexus’s premium interior styling.

    The Tesla Model S also has auto-dimming mirrors, one-touch power windows, soft LED ambient interior lighting, and retracting door handles, with the option for a heated steering wheel, heated seating throughout, and a HEPA air filtration system. Premium features like quilted leather seating, driver-side massage, and power seatbelts are not available on the Tesla Model S.

    Tech and Entertainment

    Lexus LS 500h

    The 2018 Lexus LS is standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. All LS trims also feature a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Pre-Collision Braking, Intuitive Park Assist with auto-stop, a backup camera, and rain-sensing wipers. Options include a 24-inch Heads-Up Display and Panoramic View Monitor.

    Entertainment and connectivity features include a 12-speaker Premium Audio System, Remote Touchpad controls, Dynamic Voice Command with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display, and Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, Remote, and Destination Assist apps. Options include the Mark Levinson 23-speaker Quantum Logic Immersion Reference Surround Sound Audio System.

    Tesla Model S

    The Model S comes standard equipped with Maps and Navigation, mobile connectivity, parking sensors, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and GPS-enabled HomeLink.

    Options include Autopilot Convenience Features, Ultra High Fidelity Sound, and Executive Rear Seats. The Tesla sedan does not feature the option for a Heads-Up Display, Blind Spot Monitor, or intelligent high-beams.

    If you want to skip the waiting list and choose a true luxury car, visit us today in San Jose to test drive the LS 500h.

    Pricing

    Lexus LS 500h

    Starting at $79,510 MSRP

    Tesla Model S

    Starting at $74,500 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug162017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    San Jose drivers in the market for an efficient luxury vehicle may be weighing the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Deciding which is better will depend on your needs, and it helps to directly compare models so you can find one that meets your requirements.

    Here, we’ll look at the 2017 Lexus ES 300h to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e. The former is a hybrid, while the latter is a plug-in hybrid. Here’s how they compare:

    Hybrid Technology

    Lexus ES 300h

    A hybrid vehicle combines a traditional gasoline combustion engine with an electric motor whose power is generated on board, meaning you don’t need to use an external source of energy such as an outlet or generator. As such, a hybrid model like the Lexus ES 300h might be ideal if you plan on taking frequent road trips without having to stop and charge your vehicle.

    The 2017 ES 300h combines a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor, and utilizes the advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system to optimize power between the two sources for the most efficient use of energy. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    A plug-in hybrid isn’t as convenient as a hybrid, but does offer some advantages. While you’ll need to plug it in regularly to charge it, a plug-in gives you an electric-only range and thus usually offers better fuel economy on trips of less than 100 miles.

    The C350e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with a 60 kWh electric motor. A full charge takes at least two hours with a 220-volt outlet, and the model has an electric-only range of about 20 miles. Mercedes reports that it gets up to 45 MPGe city 61 MPGe highway, and makes a combined 275 horsepower.

    While the Benz plug-in does offer better fuel economy, you may want to take into account any potential increase in home energy use from plugging it in, as well as the higher MSRP.

    Interior and Features

    Lexus ES 300h

    Both the ES 300h and the C350e have seating for five passengers, but the Lexus offers more space than the Mercedes. The ES features 12.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, 41.9 inches of front leg room, 57.5 inches of front shoulder room, and 40 inches of rear leg room.

    All models of the 2017 ES have Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, a Premium Sound System with 8 speakers, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless technology, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    The 2017 C350e has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 41.7 inches of front leg room, 54.7 inches of front shoulder room, and 35.2 inches of rear leg room.

    The Mercedes C-Class comes standard with AM/FM Radio Seek and Scan, COMAND infotainment, 5-speaker audio system, and CD and MP3 players. Both the Lexus and Benz offer voice-activated navigation as a standard feature.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $42,820 MSRP (or $45,670 fully equipped)

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Starting at $46,050 MSRP (or $52,140 fully equipped)