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    Entries in Luxury SUV (8)

    Wednesday
    Feb212018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350 

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a midsize luxury SUV that’s as heavy on style and comfort as it is performance and safety will want to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Lexus RX 350.

    With top safety ratings and standard driver assistance features, the RX is more practical than its adventurous styling would suggest. You’ll need to see it in person to get the full experience, but below we’ve detailed all the features you can expect from one of California’s best-selling luxury SUVs:

    Comfort and Convenience

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Individual options include a panorama glass roof or power moonroof (both with aluminum roof rails), Touch-Free Power Rear Door, heated and ventilated front seats, heated front seats, power-folding 60/40 split heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Additional luxury features, such as seat memory, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, and aniline leather interior trim, are available when you add the Premium or Luxury Package.

    Safety and Technology

    The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible ratings in all crashworthiness categories. Additionally, the SUV’s front crash prevention system won a Superior rating, and its child seat anchors were reported very easy to use.

    Each model of the 2018 RX 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 Departure Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Breaking, Parking Assist, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, and a Heads-Up Display.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Pricing

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan242018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Audi Q7

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Audi Q7

    Drivers who want luxury SUV that’s capable of towing and off-roading but comfortable and luxe for the whole family may want to know how the 2018 Lexus GX 460 compares to the 2018 Audi Q7.

    Both models offer an array of features and have impressive performance specs, but one automaker gives you a better-equipped base model and more advanced safety tech.

    If you’re in the San Jose area and want to know more, check out our full review then visit us for a test drive:

    Safety and Convenience Tech

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 GX is available as a base model, as well as Premium and Luxury trims. Upper trims guarantee a luxury experience, but even the base trim is well equipped. It features a backup camera, Trailer Sway Control, LED headlamps and daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps: Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. Additionally, all models have a power moonroof, Lexus Memory System, a reclining/sliding middle row, and dual-zone climate control.

    Available tech on the GX 460 includes a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, rain-sensing wipers, Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high beams, and wide-view front and side monitor.

    Audi Q7

    The Q7 comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims. The Q7 Premium features a rear parking camera, Audi pre sense basic and city, Audi drive select, and Xenon plus headlights, but does not come with an equivalent to the Lexus Enform Apps. The base also features a sunroof and three-zone climate control, but lacks a memory system and sliding or reclining middle row.

    Available features include a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, top-view camera system, and lane-keep assist. It does not come with the option for a wide-view front or side monitor.

    Performance and Towing

    Lexus GX 460

    The 2018 Lexus GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It features standard full-time four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and a TORSEN Torque-Sensing Limited Slip Center Differential, as well as a Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System to give you a smooth, controlled ride on-road or off. The Lexus SUV has a towing capacity of 6,500 pounds.

    Audi Q7

    The 2018 Q7 has two engine options. The base is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, or buyers can upgrade to a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both engines have an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base engine can tow up to 4,400 pounds, while the V6 can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

    While the upgraded Audi has a higher towing capacity than the GX, it doesn’t come available with a TORSEN locking differential or a kinetic dynamic suspension system, which makes it less capable off-road. Plus, opting for the V6 adds over $6,000 to the base price.

    Pricing

    Lexus GX 460

    Starting at $52,155 MSRP

    Audi Q7

    Starting at $49,900 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan172018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX 570 vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX 570 vs 2018 Land Rover Range Rover

    Land Rover has a cult following among those who want a luxury ute with full off-road capability, but for drivers in the Bay Area who prefer pavement over rocky terrain, there are better options at Lexus Stevens Creek.

    When comparing the 2018 Lexus LX 570 to the 2018 Land Rover Range Rover, you’ll notice significant differences in interior space and standard features that make Lexus a far better value.

    Read on, then visit us in San Jose to experience the LX 570 on the road.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2018 LX 570 has three rows of seating for up to seven passengers, upholstered in luxe, soft leather. The Lexus SUV comes standard with a power moonroof, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, power-folding third row, a power rear door, Lexus Memory System (driver's seat, mirrors, steering wheel), and a 14-way driver's seat. It also features a power-sliding second row, four-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Smart Access with push-button Start/Stop. Additionally, all models include 10 years of Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect and one year of the Remote app and Destination Assist.

    Available features include semi-aniline leather trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front seats, four-zone Climate Concierge, a Color Heads-Up Display, Qi-compatible wireless charger, Cool Box storage, and a heated wood-and-leather steering wheel. Premium entertainment includes a Rear Seat Entertainment System with two 11.6-inch displays, HDMI input, and wireless headphones, as well as a 19-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System.

    Land Rover Range Rover

    The Range Rover comes close to matching the LX’s standard features, but doesn’t quite hit the mark It features grained leather seating, heated front seats, and three-zone climate control, but the Range Rover has seating for just five passengers. Additionally, the base model comes without a moonroof, premium headlamps, and a memory system.

    Upper trims feature perforated Windsor leather seating, 20-way power seats, a heated steering wheel, and special badging and trims. The new SVAutobiography trim is the most deluxe, with quilted semi-aniline leather seating, Satin Santos Palisander veneer trim, perforated leather headliner, front center console cooler compartment, and rear seat refrigerator compartment. This model starts at just over $177,000, however.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus LX 570

    All models of the 2018 Lexus LX are 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-beam headlamps. Additionally, the SUV comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View camera and Multi-Terrain Monitors, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Land Rover Range Rover

    The 2018 Range Rover comes standard with a rearview camera, Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking, Emergency Brake Assist, Cruise Control with Speed Limited, and Front and Rear Parking Aid. Any additional features require an upgrade. Available tech includes a Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Speed Limited, Driver Condition Monitor, a Surround Camera System, and parking assistance packages.

    With Lexus, choosing your model is simpler and presents a better value. To see the LX in action, visit us today.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX 570

    Starting at $85,380 MSRP

    Land Rover Range Rover

    Starting at $87,350 MSRP

    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