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    Wednesday
    May242017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300

    San Jose is an exceptional place, so it’s no surprise that our drivers demand exceptional vehicles. Whether you’re looking for a reliable family ride to cruise the streets of Willow Glen or Silver Creek Valley, or need a comfortable sedan for the commute to Silicon Valley, Lexus Stevens Creek can guide you in the right direction.

    Drivers shopping for a luxury sedan often ask us the difference between the 2017 Lexus GS 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300. Below we’ve listed some of the details that set these two popular cars apart:

    Features

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The GS 350 features standard LED headlights and daytime running lights and an Adaptive Front Lighting System, as well as Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

    Entertainment and convenience features include dual-zone climate control with air filter and smog sensor, Lexus Memory System for drivers, power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats, backup camera, Lexus Display Audio, and a 12-speaker Premium Sound System.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 comes with the option to add a rearview camera, Blind Spot Assist, Parking Pilot, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. It comes standard with adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and LED daytime running lights. Other safety technologies are available in the Premium 3 Package of features.

    The E300 features standard dual-zone climate control, power front seats with three-position memory, LED ambient lighting, auto-dimming mirrors, a 12.3-inch high-res color central screen, COMAND hard-drive navigation, and a FrontBass audio system. The Mercedes E-Class does not come available with a moonroof.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters (rear-wheel drive models), or a 6-speed paddle-shift transmission (all-wheel drive models). The powertrain makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which, combined with its lightweight aluminum structure makes it exceptionally fun to zip around the streets of San Jose. RWD models go from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds, while AWD models have a zero-to-60 time of 5.8 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the 2017 GS 350 rear-wheel drive gets 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    The 2017 E300 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, mated to a 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The system makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds.

    The E300 RWD gets an EPA-estimated 22 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, while the AWD gets 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz E300

    Starting at $52,150 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May172017

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX 300h

    Review: 2017 Lexus NX 300h

    San Jose has everything you’d ever want in a city, from the booming Silicon Valley tech scene to the waterfronts and nature preserves of the San Francisco Bay. As such, drivers here look for vehicles with comfort, versatility, and fuel efficiency to get them everywhere they need to go.

    We often find that a hybrid crossover is the perfect solution for people who live in the city but need their weekend getaways. With all the options out there, the 2017 Lexus NX 300h is the only one that offers the full package. Check out our review to see what we mean:

    Engine

    The 2017 NX 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with a battery-powered electric motor, utilizing the Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch your power source between gas and electric for optimal efficiency. With standard all-wheel drive and a net output of 194 horsepower, this is a hybrid that performs. According to EPA estimates, you’ll get 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, saving you time and money at the pump.

    Safety

    With excellent ratings from major traffic safety organizations and a full suite of advanced protection features available on every model, the NX is hard to beat in the safety category. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ because it earned top scores in all crash tests, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Standard safety features include eight airbags throughout the cabin, Vehicle Stability control, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and LED headlamps. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    Features

    In Silicon Valley, technology isn’t as much of a want as it is a need. You’ll be glad to know that the NX comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, eight-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio and subscription-free traffic and weather. It also has available Qi-compatible wireless device charger, Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Lexus Enform Destinations, and a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System.

    Interior

    The NX 300h has a cabin designed for the modern driver, with razor-sharp lines and luxury details like a stitched dash and soft-touch surfaces. It comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and you’ll love the available heated and ventilated front seats, power moonroof, power-folding and reclining rear seats, and heated steering wheel.

    The Luxury Package adds Linear Black Shadow wood interior trim, perforated leather-trimmed interior, and power open/close rear door.

    Pricing

    Starting at $39,720 MSRP

    Wednesday
    May102017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

    Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

    If you’re in the greater San Jose area and want a luxury coupe that can compete with European brands, come to Lexus Stevens Creek and test drive the 2017 Lexus RC Turbo.

    With styling and power that can go head-to-head with cars twice its price, the RC Turbo isn’t just a great ride, it’s a great value, too. Check out our full review for all you need to know about this quintessentially Californian sport coupe:

    Performance

    The 2017 RC Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, connected to an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The rear-wheel drive coupe goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds and makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. According to EPA estimates, the RC Turbo gets 22 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, and 26 MPG combined.

    RC Turbo F Sport models come with TORSEN limited-slip rear differential, Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, and orange brake calipers.

    Features

    Each model of the 2017 RC comes with Smart Access with push-button start/stop, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, Lexus 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

    Additionally, it’s available with a power moonroof, Navigation System with DVD/ player, Remote Touchpad, Voice Command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. If you’re an audiophile, you’ll love the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 17 speakers and subwoofer.

    Interior

    Cruise the streets of Silicon Valley in luxury, with standard dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, and power-adjustable front seats. You also have the option to add heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather interior trim, heated steering wheel, and Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering column.

    The F Sport package adds active sound control, perforated leather-trimmed accents, F Sport seats with enhanced holsters, stainless steel door sills, and F Sport interior details, including a black headliner, Silver Performance trim, and aluminum sport pedals, among other styling and performance features.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 RC a Top Safety Pick+. It earned best-possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    The RC is equipped with a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system for stability and control, as well as LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, eight airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You also have the option to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED fog lamps, Intuitive Parking Assist, Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    Pricing

    Starting at $40,155 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

    Wednesday
    Apr192017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 BMW 4 Series

    Drivers shopping for a luxury coupe have more options today than ever before, and more competition means better quality for consumers. As such, San Jose drivers should do their homework and never compromise.

    In this one-to-one comparison, we have two examples of modern coupes that give other brands a run for their money: the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 BMW 440i. Read on to see which one pulls ahead in the luxury coupe segment.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus RC 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RC a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.

    Each model of the 2017 RC has SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seating, LED headlamps with dynamic auto leveling, LED daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Remote App. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features standard Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display, Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, 10-speaker premium sound system, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Available features include power moonroof, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential, and Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 4 Series has not been evaluated by any major safety organizations.

    All 4 Series models feature power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, and adaptive xenon headlights. Standard entertainment features include AM/FM/CD/HD Radio, USB input, Bluetooth technology, a 9-speaker audio system, and 6.5-inch display. It also features a standard moonroof, though a rearview camera will cost extra.

    Premium features include a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, hands-free trunk, and leather seating. Other upgraded features are available only in groups, such as the Technology Package (navigation and apps) and Driver Assistance Package (blind spot monitor, lane departure alert, and collision-mitigation system).

    Performance

    Lexus RC 350

    The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between rear-wheel drive with an 8-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive with a 6-speed automatic transmission. All models feature paddle shifters and Drive Mode Select for optimal use of power in any road condition.

    BMW 440i

    The 2017 440i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine that produces 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. All models have the option for all-wheel drive and standard 8-speed automatic transmission, with available 6-speed manual transmission.

    Pricing

    Lexus RC 350

    Starting at $43,010 MSRP

    BMW 440i

    Starting at $48,500 MSRP