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    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.


    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.


    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)


    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


    2014 Lexus IS Progress Report

    The Lexus 2014 IS has been out for more than half a year now and is still at the top of the list when people decide which sport sedan to purchase. The 3rd generation IS has been one of our top selling sedans since its launch, and we don't anticipate it stopping. People love the car for three simple reasons: its luxury, reliability and performance. Some features 3rd generation IS owners say they enjoy most about the Lexus IS is the LFA inspired cluster, which can only be found in the IS F-Sport. Its odometer is similar to the one found within the LFA super car and has an all digital display.

    Lexus owners haven't wasted any time expressing their personality through the 2014 IS. To enthusiasts, the 2014 IS is a great canvas to express their style, whether it is VIP or street. Throughout the Lexus community, the 2014 IS has been modified with everything imaginable. It has been nice to see enthusiasts passionately modify their sport sedan and share their vehicles with the Club Lexus community. Here are a few tastefully modded 2014 IS:

    Lexus of Stevens Creek x Speed Element x Lexon Exclusive IS
    Details: RSR lowering springs, Lexon Full carbon fiber lips, Vossen CV3 

    2014 IS350 F-Sport with Vossen CV4 on Air Suspension

    2014 IS350 F-Sport with Vossen CVT and custom yellow paint.

    IS350 F-Sport with OEM F-Sport Wheels and RSR lowering springs

    2014 IS Luxury Non-F Sport with Air Suspension and Work Emotion CR Ultimate (Kiwami)

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    March Mayhem at Lexus of Stevens Creek 

    This month is March Mayhem at Lexus of Stevens Creek and that means many specials for our guests at our sales and service centers! Throughout the month of March, we have been having our March Mayhem specials at both sales and service. Starting off with sales, cars have been moving quick because of the mad deals we are having on all of our cars. With over $5,000 in savings, our dealership has been able to help guests find their way into a brand new Lexus. The LS and GS have been a hot buy. With limited cars left and time ticking for the month of March, we encourage you to get into our dealership and check out the inventory we have.

    At service, we have a $150 special for a set of four tires bought and installed at Lexus of Stevens Creek. Plus, during the months of March and April, guests can help us help the community and save money! Bring three of the following items (new/gently used blankets, new/gently used towel sets, new twin or full sheets or new socks) to the service center and receive 10% off your service bill. All items will be donated to HomeFirst, in an effort to reduce homelessness in our Santa Clara County. 

    As mentioned before, March has been a crazy month and we want to keep it going! The deals are insane and the savings are huge. Now would be the best time to get you into a brand Lexus you've been waiting for. 




    Lexon Exclusive x SpeedElement x LSC 2014 IS

    We had the special opportunity to work with the guys over at Speed Element on a fun project for the 2014 IS F Sport. When talking over about what parts and accessories to use for the project, it became clear that we only wanted the best. Speed Element connected us with Lexon Exclusive, an autmotive parts and accessory maker in Japan. Throughout the car, you'll find carbon fiber Lexon kits, along with a Lexon carbon fiber roof spoiler. Quad exhaust and Vossen CV3 finish off the aggressive body lines perfectly. It is currently sitting on RS-R lowering springs, something perfect for daily driving, improved handling, and a better stance. Overall, we are really happy with how things turned out on the car. We want to thank Speed Element & Lexon Exclusive for all their help and wish to work with you in the near future.

    Make sure to follow all of us on Instagram! @Lexusofstevenscreek @SpeedElement @lexon_usa

    Accessory List:

    Lexon F-Sport Carbon Fiber Front Lip
    Lexon F-Sport Carbon Fiber Side Skirts
    Lexon F-Sport Carbon Fiber Roof Spoiler
    Lexon F-Sport Rear Diffuser
    Lexon F-Sport Rear Axle Back Quad Exhaust
    RS-R Down Suspension Lowering Springs
    19" Vossen CV3 wrapped in Toyo T1 Sport Tires 




    2013 SEMA Show, Las Vegas 

    The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. Innovators from all over the world come to the Las Vegas Convention Center to display car builds, upcoming products, and things you might not see on average streets . In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

    This year had many noticeable Lexus models stand out from the crowd. With a re-design of the 2014 IS350, we saw many companies take the new body lines to unimaginable displays. The IS350's that caught the most attention was the DeviantArt Edition. It was built by VIP Auto Salon off the creation of Rob Evan, winner of the DeviantArt design challenge. VIP Auto Salon turned sketches into reality and built an eye catching wide-body IS350 with 20" Nutek Rims, CF Trim throughout the cabin, and Brembo brakes. I could imagine the white-knight in Batman driving in one of these. 

    Vossen's IS350 had an amazing setup as well. They went with an LFA Pearl Yellow which featured their latest monoblock CV series rims. It is sitting on 20" CVT that feature a direction design to spice up the IS. Staggered rims are a must, as you could see here:

    The guys over at SEIBON aren't new to SEMA either. They've been known in the industry for their craftsmanship of carbon fiber for many automakers. Adding lightweight design that is reliable and strong is always a plus for any car. During the SEMA event, they buffed up the IS350 with a carbon fiber hood, lip kits, rear trunk, and roof spoiler. They spiced it up with the whole sha-bang.


    The 3rd Generation IS and its new body lines are already a beauty in itself. The innovative and creative ideas seen at SEMA just intensify and add new flavor to it. Let us know what you think on the IS and the builds at the SEMA Show in the comment box!