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    Wednesday
    Nov152017

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300

    Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300

    The Lexus NX 200t is now the NX 300, with improved suspension, updated features, and a full suite of safety technology standard on all models. It’s the same luxury crossover that’s been a best-seller in Silicon Valley for years, only better.

    Below is our full review of the 2018 Lexus NX 300, including standard and available features, safety ratings, and more. Read on, then visit our convenient San Jose location for a test drive:

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The NX 300 features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with front- or rear-wheel drive, goes from zero to 60 in 7 seconds, and can tow up to 2,000 pounds.

    The NX 300 F Sport has F SPORT-tuned suspension, added driving modes, race-inspired paddle shifters, G-force and turbo-boost displays, aluminum pedals, 18-inch alloy wheels, and an array of F SPORT interior styling details. You can also add an Adaptive Variable Suspension as an individual option.

    According to EPA estimates, the NX 300 has a fuel economy of 22 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 25 MPG combined.

    Comfort and Convenience

    The 2018 Lexus NX is a two-row crossover that comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, roof rails, dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. For your entertainment, the NX also has standard Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch screen, Scout GPS Link navigation, Bluetooth wireless tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System.

    Individual options include heated front seats, power folding and reclining rear seats, power open/close rear hatch, a power moonroof, heated steering wheel, a Touch-Free Power Rear Door, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Ask your Lexus Stevens Creek dealer about the deluxe features included in the Comfort Package, Premium Package, Luxury Package, Navigation Package, and Cold Weather Package.

    Safety and Tech

    The 2018 Lexus NX earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s no wonder, considering that Lexus has some of the most advanced safety technology on the market – and includes it standard on most models.

    The NX 300 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Lane Departure Alert with Len Keep Assist, a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. The luxury crossover also has eight standard airbags, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and Vehicle Stability Control. Individual options include a Panoramic View Monitor, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist with Automatic Braking. A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert is included in the Comfort Package.

    Pricing

    Starting at $35,985 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

    Wednesday
    Mar152017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Cadillac Escalade

    Compare the Lexus LX 570 vs Cadillac Escalade

    Not all utes are created equal, as you may already know if you’ve been shopping for a luxury SUV in San Jose. Choose wisely and you’ll get a spacious ride with intuitive features that can handle any terrain; choose poorly and you’ll end up with a clunky rig that rides on pavement only and whose tech will soon seem outdated.

    When comparing full-size luxury SUVs, the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Cadillac Escalade have more than just cosmetic differences. Read our full comparison to see which one pulls ahead of the competition.

    Performance

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 is a commanding force on the road, and not just because of its size. Even with a body-on-frame chassis, it handles like a dream around corners and tight curves and comes ready for any terrain you want to explore. With standard Four-Wheel Drive, Active Height Control and Crawl Control, you’ll never get stuck in the sand or mud on your expeditions, while Multi-Terrain Select lets you choose between five different modes that optimize your traction, wheelspin, and brake pressure depending on the land you’re traversing.

    Under the hood, the LX 570 features a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It’s equipped with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence, advanced 8-speed paddle-shift transmission, and Adaptive Variable Suspension for a smooth ride no matter where you go.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade can take you easily around city streets, but may struggle during off-road adventures. It has standard rear-wheel drive (with optional all-wheel drive) and Magnetic Ride Control that adjusts suspension according to road conditions or weather. While relatively responsive on the road, considering its size, it may not be able to handle sand, mud, or gravel as easily as the LX because it does not have a Multi-Terrain Select equivalent.

    The Escalade is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine that makes 420 horsepower, so it’s a reasonably powerful ute. It also has an 8-speed automatic transmission, Variable Valve Timing, and an available Trailering Package with towing accessories.

    Safety and Features

    Lexus LX 570

    The 2017 LX 570 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert.

    The LX also comes standard with triple-beam LED headlamps, power moonroof, power-folding third-row seats, Navigation System with 12.3-inch LCD screen, Panoramic View, leather trim, and four-zone automatic climate control. Standard entertainment and convenience features include 9-speaker audio, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, Lexus Enform App Suite, HD Radio, and one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote app.

    Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, color Head-Up Display, Mark Levinson 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, cool box, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays.

    Cadillac Escalade

    The 2017 Escalade has standard front and rear parking assist, and surround vision, but other driver assistance technologies are only available as luxury options.

    Standard interior features include keyless entry with push-button start, navigation, OnStar basic plan, Sirius XM Radio for three months, three-zone climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity, and Bose audio system.

    Premium options include a rearview camera, power sunroof, rear seat entertainment, power-folding second row, and theft-deterrent package. Available driver assistance technology includes Head-Up Display, Forward Collison Alert, Automatic Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.

    Pricing

    Lexus LX 570

    Staring at $89,880

    Cadillac Escalade

    Staring at $73,395

    Wednesday
    Feb222017

    Review: 2017 Lexus GX 460

    When you need a ute that can handle California mountain ranges as easily as it can the streets of San Jose, a truck-based SUV is the route to go. Drivers who also want the latest in tech and a range of luxury features narrow their options down, and one stand-out model remains: the 2017 Lexus GX 460.

    This full-size SUV is a favorite for its powerful drivetrain, distinctive Lexus styling, and best available features and tech. Read on for our full review:

    Features

    The 2017 GX 460 has standard Lexus Premium Audio System for an immersive sound experience inside the otherwise quiet cabin, as well as entertainment with AM/FM/CD, dual USB ports, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone compatibility. Each model is equipped with Enform Service Connect, which gives you remote access to your vehicle’s location, fuel level, maintenance needs, mileage, and more. Meanwhile, Enform Destinations allows drivers 24-hour access to a response center that can help you get where you want to go without a hitch. The standard Enform App Suite lets you use your favorite apps in the center stack display, and Voice Command means you can do so without taking your eyes off the road. You’ll also love the standard Bluetooth technology, subscription-free traffic and weather, HomeLink universal remote, and Sirius XM radio.

    If you’re looking for even more, you have the option to add a Sport Design Package of features, as well as a Navigation Package, Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio Package, and Driver Support Package.

    Safety

    A full-size vehicle comes with responsibility, so Lexus equipped each model of the GX 460 with Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Active Traction Control, featuring a TORSEN torque-sensing limited-slip center differential and sensors on all wheels that can detect when the driver is losing control and apply the brakes. There are also 10 airbags throughout the cabin, Active Front Headrests, LED fog lamps and taillights, Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers, Trailer Sway Control, Smart Stop technology, Backup Camera with Gridlines, Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control.

    When you opt for the Driver Support Package, you add a Wide-View Front and Side Monitor System, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, Pre-Collision System with Driver Attention Monitor, and Crawl Control for safer off-roading.

    Engine

    The Lexus GX 460 was built to go from the pavement to the mountains, so Lexus made sure it has enough power and control to handle any terrain. Under the hood, it has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horses of power and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The full-time four-wheel drive system has a two-speed transfer case and lockable center differential for serious off-road capability and a 6,500-pound towing capacity.

    Pricing

    Starting at $51,680 MSRP