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    Entries in luxury sedan (14)

    Wednesday
    Jan162019

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 350

    If you are in the market for an elegant sedan, the all-new 2019 Lexus ES 350 features styling, performance and more. Visit Lexus Stevens Creek near Santa Clara to get behind the wheel and experience the new Lexus ES 350.

    Performance

    The aerodynamic design of the 2019 Lexus ES 350 enhances handling, reduces noise and vibration, and contributes to fuel efficiency. The ES 350 also includes the world’s first swing-valve shock absorber for a smoother ride on uneven surfaces. This luxury sedan generates 302-horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque with a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission. The new 2019 ES 350 goes 0-60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and has an estimated EPA rating of 33 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg driving in the city. 

    Comfort and Convenience

    The new 2019 Lexus ES 350 isn’t just a head-turner but also offers class-leading rear leg room and a dual-zone climate control system with a smog sensor. To help keep you from stepping in a puddle or other possible hazard, the standard illuminated entry system utilizes exterior lights to brighten as you approach. Available 14-way power driver’s seat with four-way driver lumbar support and heated and ventilated front seats provide prime comfort. You can opt for the 10.2-inch full-color Head-Up Display, the largest available in its class, a 12.3-inch color high-resolution split-screen multimedia display with a voice-activated navigation system, and a world’s first in an automobile Mark Levinson® PurePlay 17-speaker, 1800-watt premium surround sound audio system.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is designed to reduce the chance of a collision by providing pedestrian and bicyclist alerts, helping to keep you centered in your lane, providing road sign information, and helping you to maintain a preset speed and following distance from the vehicle ahead. A 10-airbag system and rigid body structure with crumple zones are included to help protect all Lexus ES 350 occupants.

    Pricing

    Starting at $39,600 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan092019

    Comparison: 2019 Lexus LS 500 vs 2019 Audi A7

    Which vehicle is the best choice when looking for a luxury sedan that offers responsiveness with an engaging driving experience? Read the below comparison between the 2019 Lexus LS 500 and the 2019 Audi A7 to find your answer. When you see that the Lexus LS 500 is the best choice, visit Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose for your test drive. 

    Performance

    2019 Lexus LS 500

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500 has the first-ever twin-turbocharged engine paired with the first-ever 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission in its class. The LS 500 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo engine with a 10-speed electronically controlled Direct-Shift automatic transmission and generates 416-hp and 442 lb.-ft. of torque. This sport-inspired sedan goes 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and has a top track speed of 136 mph. The estimated EPA rating is 30 mpg of highway driving and 19 mpg in the city.  Drive Mode Select comes standard and offers sport, normal and ECO modes. Available is Adaptive Variable Air Suspension to help maintain the vehicle’s low center of gravity and raise the vehicle to make it easier to step in.

    2019 Audi A7

    The 2019 Audi A7 utilizes a 3.0-liter V6 engine with quattro® technology and a 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Audi A7 produces 335-hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque and takes just 5.2 seconds to go from 0-60 mph. The estimated EPA fuel-economy is 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg of city driving. The standard adaptive rear spoiler rises at 72 mph letting the air flow over the spoiler to help create downforce and contribute to stability. Available is Audi Drive Select which offers comfort, sport, auto, and individual modes. 

    Comfort and Convenience

    2019 Lexus LS 500

    The standard Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 offers access to your favorite mobile apps through your 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display. Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation, another standard feature, presents alternate routes based on current conditions through cloud-based updates. A SmartAccess key fob, power open/close trunk with kick sensor and Lexus Enform Remote, allowing you to start your engine, check your fuel level, and adjust climate controls remotely, are all included for your convenience. The most sophisticated 3D audio technology available in an automobile, Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system with Quantum Logic® Immersion and 16 channels, 2,400 watts and 23 speakers, is an impressive option.

    Distinctive art wood trim, Kiriko cut glass interior door trim, hand-pleated interior trim, four-zone Climate Concierge, power-reclining rear seats and seven rear-seat massage settings, are all available for your added luxury and comfort.

    2019 Audi A7

    A 10.1-inch upper screen used primarily for the audio system, map display, and camera feed is paired with an 8.6-inch lower screen which shows climate controls and manages navigation searches comes standard on the Audi A7. Included as standard features are hands-free tailgate release, panoramic sunroof, split folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks, and Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto compatibility. Available is the Bang & Olufsen® 3D 16 speaker, 15-channel amplifier and 705-watt sound system.

    Heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar adjustment, a four-zone climate control, and power-operated rear window sunshade are available options for extra comfort.

    Pricing

    2019 Lexus LS 500

    Starting at $75,200 MSRP

    2019 Audi A7

    Starting at $68,000

    Wednesday
    Feb072018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 350 vs 2018 Audi A4

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 350 vs 2018 Audi A4

    When comparing entry-level luxury sedans, too many consumers rely mainly on price differentiation and styling preference. But you live in Los Angeles, you’re probably ahead of the curve and know to dig a little deeper.

    For instance, look at the 2018 Lexus IS 350 and the 2018 Audi A4 and you’ll see two similarly sized compact sedans in the same price range. Examine each vehicle’s engine performance and safety technology, and you’ll start to notice the differences.

    Below, we'll give you the full details on these top-selling luxury sedans so you can make an informed decision. When you're ready, see us in El Monte to test drive the IS 350.

    Performance

    Lexus IS 350

    The 2018 Lexus IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, making 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive or optional with all-wheel drive. AWD models have a 6-speed automatic transmission, while RWD models have an 8-speed automatic. The latter will get you from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

    The IS comes standard with Drive Mode Select and available with the F Sport Package, which includes F Sport suspension tuning, Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S/S+ modes, a limited-slip rear differential, and deluxe interior and exterior styling features.

    Audi A4

    The 2018 A4 comes with the option between two 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engines mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base makes 190 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque (front-wheel drive only) and the upgrade makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, with the option for all-wheel drive and manual transmission.

    The Audi sedan is not available with rear-wheel drive, which is one reason why it can’t match the performance of the IS 350. Most sports cars are built with RWD because by routing power to the rear wheels and steering to the front, the work is more evenly distributed between tires, allowing you to maintain speed and control even through turns.

    The A4 base model is not available with performance-enhancing features, but the Premium Plus trim comes with the option for a Sport Plus Package. The package includes sport adaptive damping suspension, dynamic steering, performance tires, a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and styling features.

    Safety Ratings and Tech

    Lexus IS 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the IS 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. Additionally, the IS comes standard equipped with a range of driver assistive technologies.

    The Lexus Safety System+ gives you a Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. The IS also comes standard with a backup camera, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years. Available features include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming outside mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and an Adaptive Front Lighting System.

    Audi A4

    The IIHS and NHTSA gave the 2018 A4 the same ratings as the IS 350, except the Audi received a slightly lower rating for front crash prevention. Additionally, the Audi’s list of standard safety tech is not as robust as that of the IS 350.

    The A4 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic and city, which are front crash mitigation systems. If you want additional tech, the Premium Plus trim adds Audi side assist, rear cross traffic assist, vehicle exist assist, and a parking system plus. The Prestige trim includes adaptive cruise control, turn assist, collision avoidance assist, a head-up display, high-beam assist, and active lane assist.

    Pricing

    Lexus IS 350

    Starting at $41,830 MSRP

    Audi A4

    Starting at $36,000 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec272017

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Review: 2018 Lexus IS

    Drivers in San Jose who want a luxury compact car will find a sure bet in the new 2018 Lexus IS. With a curated lineup of trims and engine options, deluxe standard features, and an array of options, it’s your ideal entry into the luxury market.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It goes from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds and gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway.

    The IS 300 with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds and gets up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The Lexus IS 350 comes with rear- or all-wheel drive and has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. AWD models have a 6-speed automatic and get a combined 22 MPG, while RWD models have an 8-speed automatic transmission and get a combined 23 MPG. The IS 350 RWD goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds.

    Safety and Technology

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick. Plus, it’s equipped standard with the latest in driver assistance technology.

    Each model includes the Lexus Safety System+, including Lane Departure Alert with Steering Aid, intelligent high-beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. The 2018 IS also comes with a backup camera and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and is available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Adaptive Front Lighting.

    Comfort and Convenience

    California skies never looked as good as they will through the power moonroof of your brand new Lexus IS. Also, you'll enjoy standard NuLuxe seating, Lexus Display Audio, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth wireless, and Scout GPS Link navigation. Individual options include a power rear sunshade and heated steering wheel, and you opt for feature packages to bring your IS 300 or 350 to the next level.

    The Premium Package adds heated and ventilated seats, while the Comfort Package gives you the Lexus Memory System for seating, mirrors, and the steering column, as well as rain-sensing wipers, a Blind Spot Monitor, and auto-dimming mirrors.

    The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch display, Remote Touch controls, and Enform Destination Assist. For audiophiles, the Mark Levinson Package adds a Premium Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers with subwoofer, class-D amplifier, 5.1-channel surround sound, and machined aluminum knobs, in addition to features in the Navigation Package.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,210 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Nov292017

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

    If you need a reliable luxury sedan, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2018 Lexus ES 350. It’s modern, elegant, and you’ll notice the special attention to craftsmanship as soon as you enter the spacious, well-equipped cabin.

    San Jose residents can visit our convenient location for a test drive. But first, read our full review to get all the details:

    Comfort and Convenience

    All models of the 2018 Lexus ES come standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, a power moonroof, voice command, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with air filters and smog sensor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Lexus sedan has perforated NuLuxe interior trim and 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, a panorama glass roof, and power trunk can be added as individual options.

    For an even more luxe cabin, you can add the Luxury Package, Ultra Luxury Package, or Premier Package to the ES 350. Talk to your Lexus Stevens Creek representative if you’re interested in interior features such as embossed-stitch perforated semi-aniline leather, wood trim, driver’s seat power cushion extender, or premium wheels.

    Safety and Tech

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Safety comes first and foremost for Lexus, so each model of the 2018 ES comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Additionally, all models have a LED daytime running lights, headlamps, and tail lamps, as well as Vehicle Stability Control. Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps are also available as individual options.

    Silicon Valley commuters will love the Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen display and Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream. Also, the ES is standard with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You can also opt for upgraded navigation or a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System via the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive sedan has an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds.

    Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. If you’re interested in an efficient hybrid sedan, talk to our reps about the 2018 Lexus 300h.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP