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    Entries in luxury sedan (16)

    Wednesday
    May222019

    Review: 2019 Lexus LS 500

    The 2019 Lexus LS 500 is a full-size luxury sedan that comfortably accommodates five passengers with its wide, comfortable seats, quiet cabin, and delivers an engaging driving experience with swift acceleration. Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose has the new fifth-generation LS 500 available for you to test drive.

    Performance

    A 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine paired with a 10-speed direct-shift automatic transmission powers the new Lexus LS 500. The LS 500 pumps out 416-hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, goes 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and has a top track speed of 136 mph. Standard features include 19-inch wheels, a rear-wheel drivetrain, and Drive Mode Select with Normal, ECO, and Sport modes. All-wheel drive is offered as well as an adaptive variable air suspension to help maintain the vehicle’s low center of gravity. The LS 500 is available in F Sport and hybrid trim levels.

    Comfort

    Whether it be a short or long trip in the northern California area, you are sure to find yourself sitting comfortably in your LS 500 with standard leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, and a dual-zone climate control system. Optional features include semi-aniline leather seats, butterfly power-retractable headrests for both the front and rear passengers, power-reclining rear seats with massage settings, 28-way power-adjustable front and 18-way adjustable rear seats, four-zone climate control, and a panorama glass roof.

    Technology

    Your LS 500 is filled with standard and optional technology features. A 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, Apple CarPlay® integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, dynamic voice command, navigation, a 12-speaker premium sound system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Lexus Enform app suite, SmartAccess keyless entry, and Lexus Enform Remote to remotely start your engine, adjust climate controls, and check your fuel level status are standard. Optional features consist of a rear-seat touchscreen control panel, 24-inch full-color head-up display, and a 23-speaker Mark Levinson® Reference surround sound audio system with Quantum Logic® Immersion technology.

    Pricing

    Starting at $75,300 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr242019

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Review: 2019 Lexus ES 300h

    Visit Lexus Stevens Creek in the Santa Clara area to learn more about the new Lexus ES 300 hybrid model. This five-passenger hybrid luxury sedan is the most fuel-efficient non-plug-in luxury vehicle which delivers a first-class ride, ample legroom in both rows, and an impressive suite of safety features.

    Performance

    The Lexus ES 300 hybrid model is available in a 300h base model as well as the 300h Luxury and 300h Ultra Luxury trims which are powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine mated to an electronic continuously variable transmission paired with two electric motors. This Lexus hybrid model utilizes a front-wheel drivetrain and generates 175-hp with the engine alone and a total system of 215-hp, and earns an estimated fuel economy of 45 mpg highway and 43 mpg city. To make the drive more responsive or more efficient, the ES 300h comes standard with four separate driving modes including Normal, ECO, EV, and Sport mode which initiates six simulated gears that can be shifted manually with the paddle shifters.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The new aerodynamic design helps reduce noise and vibration and the Lexus-first hybrid-acoustics with sound-dampening measures provides the quietest drive possible. You’ll be comfortable in the standard synthetic leather seats with 10-way power-adjustable front seats or the available semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats including 14-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with cushion extender. Optional are heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The standard Lexus Enform system provides Safety Connect roadside assistance, Service Connect vehicle information, Enform Remote to start your engine and lock your doors remotely, Destination Assist with a 24-hour live response center, and App Suite 2.0 for access to your favorite mobile applications. Available options include navigation with 3D city views, power trunk with kick sensor, panoramic sunroof, and a 10.2-inch full-color head-up display.

    Safety

    The Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 integrated suite of standard active safety equipment includes lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane tracing assist, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, and intelligent high beams. Vehicle stability control, traction control, smart stop technology, whiplash injury lessening front seatbacks, a backup camera, and a 10-airbag system come standard. Available are blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, intuitive parking assist with auto braking, and a panoramic view monitor.

    Pricing

    Starting at $41,410 MSRP

    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