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    Wednesday
    Apr182018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Silicon Valley drivers who need a new luxury sedan often ask how Lexus models compare to those offered by Mercedes-Benz. For some buyers, it’s a subjective matter, while others like to do their homework.

    For those in the latter camp, we’ve written a one-to-one comparison of the 2018 Lexus ES 350 and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C 300. Read on, then visit us in San Jose to test drive the new ES 350.

    Performance and Reliability

    Lexus ES 350

    The 2018 ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. The powertrain produces 260 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Plus, Lexus backs its class-leading engine technology with a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty.

    J.D. Power and Associates rates the ES 350 among the best in many categories, awarding it five out of five points for Overall Quality, Powertrain Quality, and Body and Interior Design. In its list of the most reliable premium compact cars, J.D. Power rates the Lexus ES three spots above the Mercedes C Class.

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    The 2018 C 300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes-Benz offers a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain and basic warranty on the 2018 C 300.

    The reliability ratings for the C Class may make you think twice. J.D. Power gave it just two points for Overall Quality, making it average for its class. In fact, the only category in which it scored more than three points was for the design of its Body and Interior, which earned five points.

    Safety Ratings and Features

    Lexus ES 350

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and has reported no recalls for the model. Additionally, the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, awarding it top scores in all categories and a Superior rating for front crash prevention.

    The ES 350 comes standard with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps, as part of the Lexus Safety System+. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    The 2018 C Class also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, but the federal agency has reported two recalls on the Mercedes sedan. The first was filed in October 2017 and pertains to inadvertent driver air bag deployment and the second, filed in March 2018, reports incorrect welding of the backrest rail and fittings, affecting the front seats. The IIHS has not rated the C Class for passenger-side small overlap front impact and gave its headlights a Poor rating.

    The 2018 C 300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, Rearview camera, and LED daytime running lights.

    Visit us in San Jose today to test drive the 2018 Lexus ES 350, one of the best luxury sedans on the market, according to third-party ratings.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C 300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Tuesday
    Mar202018

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 

    Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300

    If you’re shopping for a new luxury sedan in the greater San Jose area, our one-to-one comparison can help you decide which model is best for you, based on your needs and budget.

    In this post, we’ll compare the 2018 Lexus ES 350 to the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300. While Lexus has an edge in horsepower as well as more modern styling, it’s not the only area where the ES stands out.

    Get all the details below, and get in touch with our expert team to take the ES 350 for a test drive.

    Entertainment and Technology

    Lexus ES 350

    Each model of the 2018 ES comes with the Lexus Safety System+, a next-generation suite of safety tech that includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. Available driver assistive features include Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

    Additionally, the ES features Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch screen, Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. Other standard features include 8-speaker Premium Sound System, Voice Command, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform app suite. The Mark Levinson 15-speaker Premium Surround Sound Audio System and a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destination Assist are also available on the ES.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    The C300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe braking. Other safety tech will cost you extra and includes Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Parktronic Active Park Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and a Surround View System.

    Standard entertainment features include Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, FrontBass system, and HD Radio receiver. Options include a touchpad controller, COMAND hard-drive navigation with 8.4-inch screen, Burmester Surround Sound System, Head-Up Display, voice control, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

    Safety Ratings

    Lexus ES 350

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the ES 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The nonprofit organization reported perfect scores in all crashworthiness tests, as well as a Superior rating of its front crash prevention system, which is standard on all models. Additionally, the family-friendly Lexus sedan won the best possible rating for the ease of use of its child seat anchors.

    Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2018 ES 350 a 5-Star Overall Rating, and the federal agency has not reported any recalls.

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    While the 2018 C-Class earned similar ratings for crashworthiness and systems, its Poor headlight rating means it’s not a Top Safety Pick.

    The NHTSA awarded the Mercedes C Class a 5-Star Overall Rating. However, the feds also report a recall due to inadvertent driver airbag deployment, which may cause injury or even accidents if it occurs while driving.

    San Jose residents who want a safe, reliable sedan that’s equipped with the latest in technology should visit Lexus Stevens Creek today to test drive the ES 350.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 350

    Starting at $38,950 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz C300

    Starting at $40,250 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Aug162017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e

    San Jose drivers in the market for an efficient luxury vehicle may be weighing the differences between hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Deciding which is better will depend on your needs, and it helps to directly compare models so you can find one that meets your requirements.

    Here, we’ll look at the 2017 Lexus ES 300h to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C350e. The former is a hybrid, while the latter is a plug-in hybrid. Here’s how they compare:

    Hybrid Technology

    Lexus ES 300h

    A hybrid vehicle combines a traditional gasoline combustion engine with an electric motor whose power is generated on board, meaning you don’t need to use an external source of energy such as an outlet or generator. As such, a hybrid model like the Lexus ES 300h might be ideal if you plan on taking frequent road trips without having to stop and charge your vehicle.

    The 2017 ES 300h combines a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor, and utilizes the advanced Lexus Hybrid Drive system to optimize power between the two sources for the most efficient use of energy. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    A plug-in hybrid isn’t as convenient as a hybrid, but does offer some advantages. While you’ll need to plug it in regularly to charge it, a plug-in gives you an electric-only range and thus usually offers better fuel economy on trips of less than 100 miles.

    The C350e has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with a 60 kWh electric motor. A full charge takes at least two hours with a 220-volt outlet, and the model has an electric-only range of about 20 miles. Mercedes reports that it gets up to 45 MPGe city 61 MPGe highway, and makes a combined 275 horsepower.

    While the Benz plug-in does offer better fuel economy, you may want to take into account any potential increase in home energy use from plugging it in, as well as the higher MSRP.

    Interior and Features

    Lexus ES 300h

    Both the ES 300h and the C350e have seating for five passengers, but the Lexus offers more space than the Mercedes. The ES features 12.1 cubic feet of cargo volume, 41.9 inches of front leg room, 57.5 inches of front shoulder room, and 40 inches of rear leg room.

    All models of the 2017 ES have Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, a Premium Sound System with 8 speakers, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless technology, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    The 2017 C350e has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, 41.7 inches of front leg room, 54.7 inches of front shoulder room, and 35.2 inches of rear leg room.

    The Mercedes C-Class comes standard with AM/FM Radio Seek and Scan, COMAND infotainment, 5-speaker audio system, and CD and MP3 players. Both the Lexus and Benz offer voice-activated navigation as a standard feature.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $42,820 MSRP (or $45,670 fully equipped)

    Mercedes-Benz C350e

    Starting at $46,050 MSRP (or $52,140 fully equipped)

    Wednesday
    Jun212017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Drivers in San Jose looking for an eco-conscious luxury vehicle often ask us the difference between a hybrid and an electric-only in terms of energy savings and convenience. Each type has its benefits and drawbacks, and it may help to compare specific models when illustrating the differences.

    Here, we’ll look at how the 2017 Lexus ES 300h stacks up to the 2017 Mercedes-Benz B250e. The former is a hybrid, and the latter is electric only, but that's not the only distinction between these four-door luxury cars. Read our one-to-one comparison to see which is more convenient to own:

    Engine and Fuel Economy

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor and a nickel-metal hydride battery module. It makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Lexus hybrid has standard front-wheel drive and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

    This model uses Lexus Hybrid Drive to shift energy source from gas to electric depending on your speed and driving mode – whether you’re on a smooth commute to Silicon Valley or the ride is a little more stop-and-go. The system can determine which is the optimal source at any given time, ensuring that you’re using the minimum amount of energy needed to perform. According to EPA estimates, the ES 300h gets 40 MPG city, 39 MPG highway, and 40 MPG combined.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 Mercedes B250e has a Tesla-supplied AC electric motor with a 28-kWh lithium-ion battery, and no gasoline-powered backup. It makes 177 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque, and has front-wheel drive and a one-speed direct-drive transmission.

    When the battery is fully charged, you have a range of 88 miles. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge the battery using a 40-amp charger, though you can charge it to a 60-mile range in about two hours. Still, this is a limiting factor if you plan on going too far outside the San Jose region. A road trip vehicle, this is not.

    Safety and Tech

    Lexus ES 300h

    The 2017 ES comes standard with a Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, backup camera, best-in-class 10-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect. Additionally, it has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    The 2017 B250e is equipped with a central infotainment controller with 7-inch display, Active Brake Assist, Attention Assist, 9-airbag system, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing wipers. It also features optional backup camera, Parking Pilot, Blind Spot Assist, and Bi-Xenon headlamps.

    Pricing

    Lexus ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    Mercedes-Benz B250e

    Starting at $39,900 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