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    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
    Aug092017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 BMW 320i

    Silicon Valley drivers looking to upgrade to a luxury vehicle should do some homework before deciding, because you may find that some German brands don’t always live up to the hype.

    When comparing the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo to the 2017 BMW 320i, we found some significant differences in power and safety technology. Check out our comparison to see how they stack up, then come to our convenient San Jose location for a test drive of the IS Turbo:

    Power and Performance

    Lexus IS Turbo

    The 2017 IS Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The rear-wheel drive sport sedan makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and takes you from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The F Sport package adds F Sport suspension tuning, as well as sporty features such as LFA-inspired instrumentation, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, and a specially designed front bumper, grille, and rear valance.

    BMW 320i

    Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 320i has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. The powertrain makes just 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque, and accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. It comes with a double-pivot-type front suspension with anti-roll bar and stiffer spring struts, rear damper technology, and 17-inch light alloy wheels.

    Tech and Features

    Lexus IS Turbo

    All models of the 2017 Lexus IS come equipped with the Lexus Safety Connect emergency assistance and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a backup camera.

    You’ll also enjoy the IS Turbo’s standard power moonroof, SmartAcces with push-button Start/Stop, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, and Bluetooth tech. The 2017 IS is also available with power rear sunshades, heated and ventilated seating, Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destinations, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System.

    BMW 320i

    The 2017 320i does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, even when you upgrade to the xDrive model. Its safety features include programmable LED daytime running lights, Coded Driveaway Protection, and BMW Assist eCall with Emergency Request and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification.

    The 320i comes equipped with an engine start/stop button, automatic climate control, power windows, Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory, BMW Ambiance Lighting, Sirius XM pre-wiring, and HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers. It also has dynamic cruise control, manually adjustable seating, and BMW TeleService. Available features include a Surround View camera, hands-free power trunk, navigation, and head-up display.

    Pricing

    Lexus IS Turbo

    Starting at $37,825 MSRP

    BMW 320i

    Starting at $33,450 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jan042017

    COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs BMW 330e

    Silicon Valley Comparison of the Lexus ES 300h vs BMW330e

    The luxury hybrid sedan fits in perfectly in Silicon Valley, where drivers want style and performance while maintaining a low carbon footprint. While the Lexus ES has been a perennial favorite, the BMW 3 Series’ hybrid option has drawn some eyes as well.

    However, there are real differences between these two vehicles, so check out our side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs the BMW 3 Series Hybrid.

    SAFETY

    LEXUS ES 300h

    The 2017 ES earned the title of Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after it scored perfect results in all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

    Results like these don’t happen by chance. Lexus outfitted each model of the new ES with the Lexus Safety System+, a package of features that would normally cost extra. It includes pre-collision system, lane-departure alert, steering assist, intelligent high-beams, and dynamic radar cruise control.

    BMW 330e

    While the 2017 3 Series did earn a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, it has not yet been evaluated by the IIHS.

    The BMW sedan has standard safety features like airbags, head restraints, and impact sensors (as does the ES). However, driver assistance technologies similar to those found standard on the ES will cost extra, and do not come in an integrated package like the Lexus system.

    ENGINE

    LEXUS ES 300h

    The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with hybrid electric motor and nickel-metal battery module. It gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway, and has a continuously variable transmission.

    The front-wheel drive Lexus ES is lighter than its BMW competitor, so it has a more effective power-to-weight ratio – in other words, it has better acceleration despite having less horsepower.

    BMW 330e

    The 2017 3 Series plug-in hybrid option is powered by a turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor. It gets an EPA-estimated 30 MPG combined, and has either a manual or automatic transmission.

    FEATURES

    LEXUS ES 300h

    An excellent package of standard features extends beyond safety, as the new ES is also equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, push-button start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, 10-way power adjustable front seats, rearview camera, HomeLink garage door opener, and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s also equipped with the Lexus Enform infotainment system, Sirius XM Radio, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

    BMW 330e

    The 2017 3 Series has standard faux-leather seating, manually adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and entertainment system with 9 speakers, 6.5-inch LCD screen, USB ports, and Bluetooth connectivity.

    PRICING

    LEXUS ES 300h

    Starting at $41,820 MSRP

    BMW 330e

    Starting at $44,100 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Dec212016

    REVIEW: 2015 Lexus IS 250

    Silicon Valley Review 2015 Lexus IS

    A pre-owned Lexus is always a great idea, because you know you’re getting a reliable, classic ride that’s a great value. Drivers in Silicon Valley time and again choose the IS for its superior quality and timeless styling – everything you’d want in a previously owned car.

    The 2015 Lexus IS 250 has all you need in features, power, and style – plus most of our inventory is L/Certified, so you know you’re getting a vetted vehicle. Read on for our full review:

    SAFETY

    The 2015 IS earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and perfect scores in tests for side and moderate front overlap impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    The Lexus sedan comes standard with an advanced system of airbags and seatbelts, as well as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, and a body structure designed to distribute energy upon impact. It also has HID headlights, daytime running lights, LED fog lights, and the option for a blind-spot monitor.

    FEATURES

    The IS 250 comes with some excellent standard features, such as push-button start with keyless entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and Lexus Personalized Settings that let you customize your car. It’s also equipped with an infotainment system that integrates with your smartphone, and produces great sound through an 8-speaker audio system. The system has a 7-inch VGA screen, USB ports, auxiliary input, and Siri Eyes Free. 

    You can also choose from an array of available features, including the Mark Levinson audio system with 15 speakers, ventilated and heated seating, wood accents, leather interior, and navigation system.

    STYLING

    You can choose between a sedan or convertible body style with the IS, and the sedan even comes standard with a sunroof, so either way you’ll be able to enjoy the California sun and stars. On the outside, the IS 250 is distinctly Lexus, with the signature spindle grille, sharply designed headlights, and side body panels like finely molded sheet metal. It has a wide, long wheel base for added stability, and this model introduced a number of design elements that improved function as well, such as added air ducts and high-performance chassis tuning. Standard 17-inch wheels make for nice shoes on this stylish sedan.

    ENGINE

    There are a couple of available powertrains on the IS 250. The base is a 2.5-liter V6 that makes 204 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded option is a 3.5-liter V6 with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque.

    The base comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the upgrade has an 8-speed automatic transmission. Each model has the option for all- or rear-wheel drive.

    Thursday
    Feb092012

    2013 GS Introduces Four Wheel Steering

    There's a difference between sporting intentions and sporting credentials. Let's go beneath the athletic skin of the 2013 GS350 / GS450h F-Sport models, and explore their purposeful underpinnings...

    This is not just a new steering system, it's an integral component of an all-new, Lexus Dynamic Handling System. Combined with Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS), this makes for a big step forward in safety, technology, and engineering.