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    Entries in luxury sedan (12)

    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

    Wednesday
    Nov222017

    Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350 

    Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350

    Bay Area drivers who want a performance sedan that’s more than just a roaring engine should consider the 2018 Lexus GS 350, a vehicle that manages to have it all without trying too hard.

    Intuitive technology, athletic styling, and a range of features for comfort and entertainment mean the GS 350 can take you anywhere, and keep you engaged while doing so.

    Below is a full review of this groundbreaking performance sedan, so read on, then visit our San Jose location to get behind the wheel:

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 GS 350 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 Sport Direct-Shift transmission with paddle shifters, while all-wheel drive models have a 6-speed paddle-shift transmission.

    The F Sport package adds Drive Mode Select with additional modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, 14-inch two-piece front brake rotors with monoblock four-piston calipers, and F Sport interior and exterior styling. Additionally, you can opt for a Torsen limited-slip differential and Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering on F Sport models.

    According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 with RWD gets 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while AWD models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The GS 350 F Sport gets 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 GS comes standard with NuLuxe seating, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilting/telescoping steering column, power moonroof, 10-way power front seats, Lexus Memory System, auto-dimming mirrors, and Smart Access with push-button Start/Stop. Convenience and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, a 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist.

    Additionally, the GS 350 is available with leather seating, power open/close trunk, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, intermittent rain-sensing wipers, and Heads-Up Display. A Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System and Lexus Navigation system with 12.3-inch high-res display are also available on the GS. Your Lexus Stevens Creek representative can fill you in on everything included in the Premium, Navigation, and Cold Weather packages.

    Safety and Technology

    Each model of the 2018 GS is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, all models have LED lighting and a backup camera, and come available with premium triple-beam LED headlamps and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Pricing

    Starting at $46,310 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Sep132017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    Review: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Acura TLX

    San Jose residents comparing models of luxury sedans have some work ahead of them because the segment is highly competitive as automakers work to meet drivers’ high expectations. Luckily for us, Lexus has been ahead of the game for some time.

    When you compare the classic 2017 Lexus ES 350 to a relative newcomer like the 2017 Acura TLX, the cracks start to show in Honda’s luxury brand. Read our one-to-one comparison, then come in for a visit to see for yourself why Lexus is an everlasting favorite:

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

    The ES 350 comes standard with exclusive Lexus technology, including Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link navigation, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Service Connect, Safety Connect, and Remote. It also comes equipped with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

    You can opt to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist as individual items, and the Navigation Package gives you the Remote Touch control pad, a premium Navigation System with voice command, and the Lexus Enform Destinations app.

    Acura TLX

    While the 2017 TLX also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHSTA, it failed to make the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick ranking after losing points in small overlap front impact tests.

    The Acura TLX includes a standard Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, but all other active driver assistance and technology are available only on upper trims or via add-on packages. The Technology Package gives you Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Information System, rain-sensing wipers, and navigation. Upper trims are available with Head-Up Warning and Road Departure Mitigation. The TLX does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Performance

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2017 ES 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and has standard front-wheel drive. Additionally, the 2017 ES comes with a hybrid option, the 300h, which has a net 200 horsepower output and gets up to 40 MPG.

    Acura TLX

    The base TLX comes with a 2.4-liter inline-4 that makes 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 with 9-speed automatic transmission that makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The TLX does not come with a hybrid option.

    If you spend the money to upgrade with the Technology Package and add the V6 engine, the TLX costs about $39,500 MSRP, pushing its total MSRP beyond that of the Lexus ES 350, which comes standard with a range of premium features.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,900 MSRP

    Acura TLX

    Starting at $32,000 MSRP