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    Entries in luxury sedan (8)

    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

    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
    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