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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
    Apr122017

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350

    If you value quality above all else, there’s no reason to look anywhere other than Lexus. The automaker proves this time and again, but this year is special. It’s included several high-tech features standard on every model, adding value to vehicles that already deliver it all.

    The 2017 Lexus ES 350 is exemplary in this way, delivering classic Lexus styling, a powerful yet sophisticated drivetrain, and a full suite of driver assistance technologies. Read on for our full review of this luxury sedan:

    Features

    The ES 350 comes with standard Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, an eight-speaker premium sound system, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone integration, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, the sedan comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, and a year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch mouse-like controls, Lexus Navigation System, Enform App Suite, Enform Destinations, and voice command. You can also choose the Navigation with Mark Levinson Audio Package, which includes premium surround sound, 15 speakers with Clari-Fi technology, inverted-motor subwoofer, and an 835-watt Class-D amplifier.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 ES a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores on all crash tests. Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Most 2017 Lexus models, including the ES, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features that includes Pre-Collision with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Additionally, all models feature a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Vehicle Stability Control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

    Interior

    As is to be expected from a luxury sedan, the ES 350’s cabin is superb in every way. With standard power moonroof, dual-zone climate control with air filtration and smog sensor, power adjustable front seats, perforated NuLuxe interior trim, and intuitively designed controls, you might wish for a longer commute. Each model also has available heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, and power rear sunshade.

    Those seeking more luxury can opt for the Premium Package, which includes your choice of wood trim, power adjustable steering wheel, seat and mirror memory, and remote keyless entry-linked memory. The Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch and perforated leather trim, a wood-trimmed console, and heated and ventilated seats, while the Ultra Luxury package includes all the features above, plus power sunshades, panorama glass roof, driver's seat power cushion extender, ambient interior lighting, and passenger's seat memory.

    Engine

    Under the hood, the ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 21 MPG city and 31 MPG highway.

    Pricing

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Mar222017

    Review: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo

    Review if the 2017 Lexus IS

    Silicon Valley is a place where technology and innovation rule, so it comes as no surprise that San Jose drivers eschew European sports cars with sky-high price tags for more modern options that deliver performance while staying within budget.

    Case in point: the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo, a compact luxury sedan with advanced turbocharger technology and advanced driver assistance features, starting at less than $40K. Check out our full review, then visit Lexus Stevens Creek for a test spin:

    Engine

    The 2017 IS Turbo features a specially designed turbocharged engine developed in-house by Lexus engineers, so you won’t get anything like it with other automakers. The twin-scroll turbo technology gives the IS power and low-end torque for a responsive drive and a zero to 60 MPH time of 6.9 seconds. The drivetrain is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters, making 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This rear-wheel drive model gets 22 MPG city and 32 MPG highway, making it the most fuel efficient of the IS models.

    Styling and Interior

    The 2017 IS received a few updates since last year’s model, with a redesigned front and rear, featuring the Lexus signature spindle grille, LED lighting, and chrome accents. Each model of the IS comes standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, and available rear sunshade.

    If you’re looking for a little more luxury, there’s also an available heated steering wheel, leather interior trim, wood and aluminum accents, heated and ventilated front seats, power tilting and telescoping steering column, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

    Features

    Standard tech includes the Lexus Display Audio with color multi-media display and Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/smartphone input, 8-speaker audio system, and 7-inch VGA dashboard display. Additionally, all models come with one year of Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app for convenience and support whenever you need it.

    The Navigation Package of features includes Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 10.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Remote Touch controls, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Package adds the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System, 15 speakers, inverted-motor subwoofer, 835-watt 12-channel Class-D amplifier, 5.2-channel surround sound, and aluminum control knobs.

    Safety

    The 2017 IS received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, each model comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps.

    Pricing

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Feb082017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS vs 2017 BMW 3-Series

    San Jose Comparison Lexus IS vs BMW 3 Series

    If you live in San Jose and are in the market for a luxury sedan with distinctive design, a full suite of features, and a sub-$40K price tag, you’ve got a few solid options. Add to your requirements a standard turbocharged engine, and the choices narrow a bit.

    In the battle between the 2017 Lexus IS and the 2017 BMW 3-Series, one clearly stands out as a better value when you take into consideration standard versus add-on features. Read on for our full review to see which comes out ahead:

    Features

    Lexus IS

    While the IS has a slightly higher MSRP than the 3-Series, it more than makes up for it in standard entertainment and safety features. Each model is equipped with power adjustable seats, moonroof, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights and fog lights, push-button start, keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Lexus Enform infotainment system includes a 7-inch VGA screen, USB and auxiliary inputs, and an 8-speaker audio system. You can also choose from a number of premium features that include navigation, 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, heated steering wheel, and leather interior.

    BMW 3-Series

    The 2017 3-Series has standard faux leather seating, manually adjustable front seats, climate control, and infotainment system with 6.5-inch screen, USB port, Bluetooth, HD radio, and 9-speaker audio system. Available features include surround-view camera, and hands-free trunk.

    Safety

    Lexus IS

    Lexus equipped many of its 2017 models, including the IS, with the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of active driver assistance technologies has been honed over the years by Lexus engineers. While similar systems are usually available on luxury automobiles, they also tend to cost extra, but not when you choose the IS. You and your family will appreciate the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beam, and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

    BMW 3-Series

    Surprisingly, the 3-Series does not have an option for driver assistance technologies. It does feature airbags, active head restraints, and post-collision sensors that turn off electrical systems in the event of a collision. However, the IS comes with most of these features, in addition to a suite of accident prevention tech.

    Engine

    Lexus IS

    The 2017 IS has a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The base engine makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and gets up to 32 MPG.

    BMW 3-Series

    The 3-Series also has a standard 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, with the choice between a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain only delivers 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque.

    Wednesday
    Jan252017

    Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

    San Jose Review 2017 Lexus GS350

    Drivers in San Jose are smart. They’re not fooled by luxury European brands that are all style and little substance (that is, unless you’re willing to pay for several packages of add-ons).

    That’s why residents of Silicon Valley love the 2017 Lexus GS 350, a luxury sedan that has the latest in tech, a powerful engine, and classic styling from the Japanese automaker – all at a price starting around $50,000. Take one out for a test drive, but first, read our full review:

    Features

    The Lexus Enform infotainment system has become one of the best available systems, and it’s standard on each model of the GS. Better yet? That includes the Enform App Suite, Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote. Your tunes have never sounded better than when you listen through the 12-speaker premium audio system, and you’ll have everything at the tips of your fingers with AM/FM radio, HD radio, MP3, Bluetooth, and smartphone connectivity. Always know where you stand with the voice-activated navigation system with 12.3-inch display, which gives you traffic and weather updates, 3D city views, and views of approaching highway junctions.

    Optional features include heated and ventilated front seats, rear audio and climate controls, semi-aniline leather seating, 16-way driver's sport seat, navigation, power trunk release, and 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio.

    Safety

    Lexus knows how to prioritize, so this year every model of the GS has standard Lexus Safety System+. This package of features includes pre-collision system, lane departure alert with steering assist, intelligent high beams, and high-speed dynamic radar cruise control. Additionally, all models have 10 airbags, Lexus dynamic handling system with dynamic rear steering, backup camera with gridlines, blind-spot monitor with gridlines, hill-start assistance, anti-lock brakes, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, and a rigid body structure with crumple zones.

    Styling and Interior

    This Lexus sedan is not for those who like to blend it. It has bold styling that give it an aggressively sporty look, with oversized grille, deep chin spoiler, and narrow (but powerful) headlights. Its low stance and 18-inch alloy wheels make it fun to zip around the Bay Area in style. The GS 350’s cabin is a feat of technology and design, with standard leather seating, wood and metallic accent trim, power moonroof, and multi-function steering wheel. Plus, you’ll love the supportive and comfortable 10-way power adjustable seats, LED ambient door and console lighting, and beautiful instrument panel with analog Optitron gauges.

    Engine

    The 2017 GS 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horses of power and 280 lb-ft of torque. It has dual variable-valve timing with intelligence and direct fuel injection, and great fuel economy at up to 29 MPG. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and drivers have the option for all-wheel drive.

    Pricing

    Starting at $50,695 MSRP