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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

    Thursday
    Jun302016

    COMPARISON: 2016 Lexus IS vs Infiniti Q50

    Is there really anything more fun to drive than a luxury compact? We have yet to find anything that compares in terms of performance, comfort and style.

    In doing your research, you may come down to two natural choices: the 2016 Lexus IS or the Infiniti Q50? Both are sleek and sexy in their styling, but there are some differences drivers should know about.

    Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the Lexus IS and the Infiniti Q50.

    Safety

    Lexus IS
    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the all-new luxury sedan by Lexus its best possible scores in tests for moderate overlap front and side crash tests. The organization also named its front crash prevention system an advanced option for cars in this class.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Association gave the 2016 IS its best 5-Star overall rating, and recommended its rearview video systems, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning technologies.

    The 200t comes standard with stability control, electronic traction control, ABS brakes, brake assist system and anti-theft protection. It also comes with the option for electronic parking assist. The 350 F Sport model has this feature standard.

    Infiniti Q50
    The IIHS gave the all-new Infiniti compact, good scores in tests for moderate overlap front and side crash, as well as roof strength and head restraints and seats. The NHSTA hasn’t yet rated the Q50 for frontal crash durability but gave it 5 stars each for side crash and rollover tests.

    The Q50 comes with Infiniti advanced airbag system, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution. Drivers can opt to upgrade and receive the Backup Collision Intervention®, Blind Spot Intervention® and Around View® monitor with moving object detection and front and rear sonar system.

    Features

    Lexus IS
    With the ultimate in exterior design and interior comfort, the all-new IS comes standard with leather-trimmed steering wheel, steering wheel mounted controls, a premium sound system, and illuminated entry system.

    For entertainment and convenience, drivers can enjoy HomeLink®, SiriusXM® for 90 days, Lexus Enform Remote, Lexus Enform Service Connect, SIRI® eyes free, voice command, HD Radio™ with iTunes® tagging

    Premium options include Mark Levinson® Audio, DVD entertainment system and Lexus Enform App Suite®.

    Infiniti Q50
    Going for the Q50 means you’ll get leatherette seating, 8-way power front driver and passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio control and auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink® universal transceiver. Drivers may also like its Wheels® by Bose® 14-speaker premium audio system and Infiniti InTouch™ Apps.

    For a little extra, buyers can opt for leather-appointed seating, heated front seats, heated steering wheel and Direct Adaptive Steering®.

    Fuel Economy

    Lexus IS
    300 (city – 21 mpg / highway – 22 mpg)
    350 F Sport Altitude (city – 21 mpg / highway – 22 mpg)

    Infiniti Q50
    3.0t (city – 19 mpg / highway – 28 mpg)
    Red Sport (city – 20 mpg / highway – 26 mpg)

    Pricing

    Lexus IS
    300: starting at $39,700 MSRP
    350 F Sport Altitude: starting at $40,870 MSRP

    Infiniti Q50
    3.0t: starting at $39,900 MSRP
    Red Sport: starting at $47,950 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Apr102012

    2013 Lexus GS350 Buyer's Guide

    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Front Three Quarters
     
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    2013 Lexus GS350

    MSRP: $46,900 - $49,450

    MPG Range: 26 - 28 mpg

    Body Style: Sedan

    From the June, 2012 issue of Motor Trend

     

    By Ron Kiino
     

    When you turned 40 and promised yourself a big reward for the promotion at work, life proceeded to get crazier than normal. Translation: you got sidetracked and never splurged on that big-ticket item. Worse, three neighbors -- guys around the same age -- stayed on track and filled their garages with snazzy sheetmetal.

     

    Take John the banker. He never stopped raving about his Audi A4's turbo engine and Quattro AWD -- until he stepped up to the all-new A6. Now he won't stop bragging about LED running lamps and the supercharged V-6. And when he concludes with, "It's got the latest generation of Quattro," you've already heard it so many times that you now say it in unison. Forget anger; you're jealous.

    Then there's Mitch the lawyer. Nice guy, but if you have to endure one more speech about how the badge on his 328i really stands for "Brilliant Motor Works," you're going to hurl. So the day he comes home in a sparkling 535i touting an M Package, you tell your wife she'd better buy a case of Pepto. "I thought you liked Mitch?" "I do -- I just want his car!"

     

    Finally, there's Tim the tennis pro, who's never shy about giving pointers on your backhand. Former owner of an Infiniti G25 with the vanity plate ACE, Tim recently pulled up to your house in an M37S. "It hits 100 mph in less time than my serve." Despite the self-serving (ahem) joke, Tim's still likable. Well, he was -- until you caught his new vanity: LOVE40.

    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front End
    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front Three Quarter Low
    Six Cylinder Midsize Luxury Sedan Comparo Front Three Quarters
     

    Unlike Tim, you're not loving 40, certainly now that it's three years gone and your once-hot Lexus IS 250 is decidedly lukewarm. But when you recently took the IS to the dealer for an oil change, you saw a glimmer of hope -- the 2013 GS 350. "Whoa, check out that face -- if that doesn't make the guys jealous, at least it will scare 'em."

     

    But if there's one thing that got you this far, it's never making a hasty decision. Before writing a $60,000 check, due diligence is required on the A6, 535i, M37, and, of course, the new GS 350. Each is a fine example of what you aspire to drive: a high-style midsize sedan with a 300-hp V-6 and lofty levels of luxury and technology. To that end, you can't forget about the Mercedes-Benz E350. Looks like the toughest midlife crisis will be deciding.