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    Entries in luxury sedan (11)

    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

    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