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    Entries in Lexus GS (3)

    Wednesday
    Sep062017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i 

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS 350 vs BMW 540i

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a safe, reliable luxury sedan often want to know how the GS 350 compares to the competition. Lexus prides itself on safety and technology, so it’s a major contender if driver assistance technology is a must on your list.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus GS 350 to the BMW 540i, we found that there are some major differences between the two models – namely, that BMW, in general, isn't quite up to speed on safety tech. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come take the GS 350 for a test drive:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus GS 350

    Each model of the 2017 Lexus GS comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, all models are equipped with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and a backup camera. The GS 350 is also available with Intuitive Parking Assist, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and Heads-Up Display.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i comes standard with programmable LED daytime running lights, BMW Assist eCall, and an Active Protection System that prepares cabin features (seatbelts, windows, etc.) for collision. But it does not come standard with any active driver assistance technology – not even a rearview camera – which is unusual for a car in the luxury segment. Further, the tech that it does offer isn't an all-inclusive package.

    For instance, the Driving Assistance Package ($1,800) adds a Head-Up Display, rearview camera, and active park distance control, while the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,400) adds Parking Assistant Plus and Surround View with 3D view. To get the same level of safety tech as the GS 350, you’ll easily add $5,000 to the BMW’s already-high sticker price.

    Performance

    Lexus GS 350

    The GS 350 and the 540i have comparable engines and fuel efficiency. The Lexus has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive sedans have a 6-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets up to 29 MPG.

    BMW 540i

    The 2017 540i has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It comes available with all-wheel drive, and gets up to 30 MPG.

    Eco-conscious drivers may want to note that the 2017 Lexus GS comes with a hybrid option (the 450h) while the BMW 5 Series does not.

    Pricing

    Lexus GS 350

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    BMW 540i

    Starting at $56,450 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul192017

    Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

    Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

    San Jose drivers looking for a versatile luxury sedan should come take the 2017 Lexus GS 350 for a test drive, because some things are just better in person.

    If you’ve never been behind the wheel of a Lexus, you’ll automatically notice the superior cabin quality and thoughtfully designed instrument panel and center stack. Once you start the engine, you’ll see why the GS is one of California’s favorites. Check out our full review for more information, then come in for a visit:

    Performance

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models have a 6-speed automatic transmission. With RWD, you can get from zero to 60 MPH in 5.7 seconds, while the AWD model has a 5.8-second zero-to-60 time.

    According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 RWD gets up to 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway. The AWD model gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 GS – including the GS 350, GS 200t, GS 450h, and GS F – with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Additionally, all models have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, backup camera, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Optional safety features include Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps, an Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

    Features

    For your comfort and convenience, all models of the GS feature SmartAccess with push-button start/stop, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter and smog sensor, auto-dimming mirrors, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, you’ll love the standard Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Remote Touch control pad, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, and HD Radio.

    The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year. You also have the option to add the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    Interior

    Inside the cabin, you’ll enjoy luxury materials and distraction-free design. Interior features include the Lexus Memory System for the driver’s seat, power moonroof, 10-way power adjustable front seats, and power tilting/telescoping steering wheel. You can also add a heated steering wheel and power trunk as individual options.

    The Premium Package gives you leather-trimmed seating, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, three-zone automatic climate control, 18-way power adjustable front seats, and more.

    Pricing

    Starting at $50,365 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec282016

    COMPARISON: 2016 Lexus GS Turbo vs Audi A6

    Silicon Valley Comparison of the Lexus GS Turbo vs Audi A6

    If you’re shopping for a luxury sedan with a turbocharged engine to traverse the streets of San Jose, California, you may find that there are many options out there that give you either style, power, or features.

    However, you shouldn’t feel like you need to choose between the three, as some offer everything. When comparing the 2016 Lexus GS Turbo to the 2016 Audi A6, there are some key areas to examine, so read on for our full comparison:

    STYLING

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    Lexus can't be beaten when it comes to design, and the GS Turbo is a great example. With the signature Lexus spindle grille, a beautiful array of colors to choose from, 18-inch alloy wheels, the GS is the luxury option that truly looks the part. Inside, there's an intuitive center stack, LED ambient lighting, and high-quality details that define the brand.

    AUDI A6

    The Audi sedan has a re-styled body, with new headlights, an updated bumper and a gaping grille that’s become a signature for Audi. Compared to the Lexus, it’s conservative and dowdy, but Audi enthusiasts may prefer the more reserved style. Premium styling options include added Audi badges and logos. The interior also keeps it simple, and drivers can choose to add Beaufort wood trim and aluminum accents as an upgrade.

    ENGINE

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    Lexus engineers have mastered the art of the turbocharged engine, effectively using the vehicle’s exhaust to improve both efficiency and boost power. The GS Turbo engine is a 2-liter inline-4 with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s a Certified Ultra-Low Emission vehicle, getting up to 33 MPG.

    AUDI A6

    The A6 is equipped with a similar 2-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but has standard 7-speed automatic transmission with the option to upgrade to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It gets and EPA estimated 24 MPG city and 35 MPG highway.

    FEATURES

    LEXUS GS TURBO

    The 2016 GS comes standard with NuLuxe upholstery that’s superior to leather, wood and metal accents, multi-function steering wheel, and S-flow automatic climate control for the best in efficiency. It also has the Lexus Premium Audio System with 12 speakers, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, and surround sound. You’ll also love the standard navigation system, keyless start, rearview camera, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system of safety features, including stability control and anti-lock brakes.

    AUDI A6

    The A6 comes with standard leather seats, heated front seats, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, automatic headlights, and seat position memory. Optional features include navigation, upgraded infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, and a selection of driver assistance features for added safety.