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    Entries in Luxury SUV (5)

    Wednesday
    Oct252017

    Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

    Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

    As the Lexus flagship SUV, the LX 570 never disappoints. Drivers who want a spacious, luxurious cabin and a capable body-on-frame chassis have a few options, but this is the best one.

    We invite you to take the 2018 Lexus LX 570 for a test drive so you can see for yourself why it’s a best seller in Los Angeles. For more details on California’s favorite luxury SUV, read our full review:

    Performance

    One of the greatest advantages the LX 570 has on the competition is its combination of power and ease of driving, thanks to a three-mode independent suspension and full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control. The Adaptive Variable Suspension system has Active Height Control for off-road recreation, and variable gear-ratio steering helps you maneuver at low speeds and respond quickly at high speeds.

    Under the hood, the Lexus SUV has a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift transmission. This power means the LX 570 can tow up to 7,000 pounds, while Trailer Sway Control ensures you get to your destination without a hitch.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Each model of the 2018 Lexus LX is equipped with a power moonroof, heated front seats, leather-trimmed interior, power-adjustable steering column, power-folding 50/50 third-row seats, power rear door, four-zone automatic climate control with air filter and smog sensor, auto-dimming mirrors, and a roof rack with rails. The ute features 14-way power driver’s seat with dual-function lumbar and cushion extender and a 12-way power passenger’s seat with lumbar support. The Lexus Memory System lets you perfect and remember your seat, mirror, and steering column positions.

    Standard equipment also includes a nine-speaker Premium Sound System, Bluetooth tech, a Navigation System with 12.3-inch display, HomeLink universal transceiver, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote App, and Destination Assist.

    When you add the Luxury Package, you’ll enjoy semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated first- and second-row seats, and four-zone Climate Concierge. Individual options include a Rear Seat Entertainment System (with 11.6-inch display, HDMI input, and wireless headphones), color Heads-Up Display, Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, cool box, and heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

    Safety and Tech

    Not to be outdone by rivals, the 2018 LX 570 has class-leading safety technology. It comes standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. All models also have a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, ten airbags, and Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps.

    Pricing

    Starting at $89,980 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Oct182017

    Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

    Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

    San Jose drivers who need an SUV with exceptional off-road capability, the latest in tech, and an upscale cabin will find it all in the 2018 Lexus GX 460, a mid-size luxury vehicle that doesn’t compromise.

    Below is a full review of the new GX 460, so read on for all the details. Then, visit us or call to see how you can secure a model of your own.

    Performance

    Sometimes, you need an escape from Silicon Valley. During such times, it’s nice to have an SUV that can handle anything, whether you want to go camping off the beaten path or haul a boat or water sport equipment to the coast.

    The 2018 GX 460 is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, with standard full-time four-wheel drive with Active Traction Control. The powertrain makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, and has a fuel economy of up to 18 MPG highway. It features standard Trailer Sway Control and can tow up to 6,500 pounds.

    To ensure a smooth, controlled ride on any terrain, the GX also has a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System, Adaptive Variable Suspension, Crawl Control, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist. Its TORSEN Torque-Sensing Limited-Slip Center Differential also helps you maintain control by distributing optimal power between the front and rear axles.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 GX 460 comes standard with black or sepia NuLuxe interior trim, with the option for black, sepia, or ecru leather seating. It seats up to seven passengers and has three rows of seating, with a 40/20/40 split reclining and sliding middle row and fold-flat third-row seats. A power moonroof, privacy glass, and dual-zone automatic climate control round out the luxury feel of the GX’s quiet cabin.

    The GX 460 is also equipped standard with Lexus Display Audio with color display and 9 speakers, subscription-free traffic and weather, a backup camera, Voice Command, Bluetooth wireless tech, Siri Eyes Free, USB input, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect telematics system for one year.

    Available interior features include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, cargo-area tonneau cover, and a Dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System. The Lexus Navigation System and Enform App Suite and Destination Assist, high-res LCD screen, and a Mark Levinson 17-speaker Surround Sound Audio System are also available via the Navigation Package and Mark Levinson Audio Package.

    Safety and Tech

    All models of the 2018 GX feature a backup camera and come available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist. The Driver Support Package adds a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Wide-view Front and Side Monitor System.

    Pricing

    Starting at $51,855 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul262017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    San Jose drivers have high expectations, so it’s our goal to meet them. While you may think that all luxury SUVs are created equal, you’d be surprised at the models that fall well below what you’d expect in the segment.

    For instance, when you compare the 2017 Lexus RX 350 to the 2017 Audi Q5, you’ll notice some substantial differences in power, gas mileage, and safety features that tip the scale. To see which ute comes out ahead, read our full comparison:

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    Lexus engineers know how to craft a powerful engine that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy. The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get you from zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds, while all-wheel drive models add just 0.2 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with three engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, and two versions of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6; all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the latter two make 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, respectively.

    The EPA estimates that the base Q5 gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while the V6 models lose efficiency in the name of power. The less powerful V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the more powerful version gets 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

    Safety

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2017 RX 350 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as it received best-possible scores in all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    San Jose drivers will love the standard tech on the RX 350, which includes a full suite of driver assistance features. All models come equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. This SUV also includes a backup camera, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

    Audi Q5

    While the 2017 Q5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it only earned a 4-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.

    Although the Audi is solidly in the luxury segment, it lacks many of the driver assistance features that you would expect in a pricey SUV. The 2017 Q5 is not available with a pre-collision system, autonomous braking, or lane-departure warning or assistance.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,120 MSRP

    Audi Q5

    Starting at $40,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun142017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

    Drivers in San Jose don’t like to compromise, which is why so many turn to Lexus Stevens Creek when shopping for their next vehicle. Our expert staff is happy to make recommendations and answer any questions on how our models stack up to the competition.

    In the case of the 2017 Lexus GX 460 and the 2017 Acura MDX, there are some key differences you should know about – particularly if road trips to the West Coast’s ample national parks are on your agenda.

    Read our one-to-one comparison, then come see firsthand why the GX 460 is a Bay Area favorite:

    Performance

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2017 GX 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine with full-time four-wheel drive, mated to a 6-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, and has a 6,500-pound towing capacity.

    The GX 460 has a body-on-frame construction that allows you to handle any terrain with ease, as well as Trailer Sway Control to keep you steady on the road, no matter what you’re hauling. The Driver Support Package adds Crawl Control, which gives you precision and control when climbing hills, as well as a Driver Attention Monitor, intelligent high beams, wide-view front and Side Monitor system.

    Acura MDX

    The 2017 MDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission, with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. It makes 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

    The MDX has a unibody platform, which makes it less agile off-road. It comes standard with Hill Start Assist and has available LED fog lights, but does not come available with Crawl Control or Trailer Sway Control.

    Features and Tech

    Lexus GX 460

    The Lexus GX comes standard with push-button start, Lexus Display Audio, 9-speaker sound system, HD Radio with subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, backup camera, power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    The GX Premium adds a Navigation System and Lexus Enform App Suite, voice command, high-res LCD screen, Lexus Enform Destinations, leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, three-zone climate control, and Intuitive Parking Assist. Additionally, the GX is available with second-row captain’s chairs, semi-aniline leather trim, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and a dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System.

    Acura MDX

    The 2017 MDX comes standard with push-button ignition, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text capability, On Demand Mult-Use Display, power moonroof, 8-speaker audio system, and HD Radio. Traffic and weather are available via the Technology or Advance Packages, but the MDX does not come with an equivalent to the Enform apps.

    Upper trims include heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, heated steering wheel, and navigation system. Other available features include a Head-Up Warning, Blind Spot Information System, Surround-View Camera System, and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $51,680 MSRP

    Acura MDX

    Starting at $44,050 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Apr262017

    Review: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

    Review: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

    We love serving Silicon Valley because its residents know what they want and refuse to compromise, making Lexus stop No. 1 for San Jose drivers. Our roster of luxury cars and SUVs ensure that there’s something for everyone, whether it’s techies looking for the latest in entertainment and convenience or eco-conscious buyers seeking a next-level hybrid.

    In the case of the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, you’ll find modern features, a hybrid option that delivers on performance, and so much more. Read our full comparison to see all the reasons why it’s the perfect ride for San Jose drivers:

    Engine

    The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with a 123-kW electric motor mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on this model, and the powertrain makes a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, letting the RX 450h go from 0 to 60 in 7.9 seconds. According to EPA estimates, this RX model gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Safety

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick+, as the SUV scored best possible ratings in all crash tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    The 2017 RX 450h comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Other standard safety features include a backup camera, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for one year.

    Technology

    The RX 450h comes standard with the Navigation Package, providing Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with 8-inch color multimedia display, 12-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, DVD and CD player, dual-zone climate control with smog sensor, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destinations. It also has standard Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Siri Eyes Free.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Each RX hybrid is equipped with the Premium Package, which includes rain-sensing wipers, Lexus Memory System for driver's seat and mirrors, power-folding electro chromatic exterior mirrors, aluminum roof rails, interior leather trim, and the option between Espresso Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Matte Linear Dark Mocha wood trim.

    Additionally, all RX models have standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power rear door, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and power-adjustable front seating. It’s also available with a panorama glass roof, heated and ventilated front seats, power moonroof, and Heads-Up Display.

    Pricing

    Starting at $53,035 MSRP