REVIEW: 2016 LEXUS RC350

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The luxury sport coupe of your childhood dreams isn’t unattainable. The all-new Lexus RC350 has a classic look with modern features and performance that can’t be matched by other cars in its price range.

The RC350 has a 306-horsepower V6 engine, and the option for either rear-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission, or all-wheel drive with a six-speed automatic. With the power to go from zero to 60 in 6 seconds, a top track speed of 130 MPG and a turning circle of 34.8 feet, Los Angeles roads will feel more like a racetrack.

Here’s our review of the all-new RC350, SoCal’s ultimate sport coupe:

Safety Features

The all-new RC350 has plenty of brains behind the beauty, as it features all of the latest in safety features to protect you whether you’re in performance mode or on your morning commute. Drivers can expect anti-lock brakes, Driveline Traction Control, side impact beams, dual stage driver and passenger seat-mounted side and front airbags, and Safety Connect Emergency SOS.

The Lexus Coupe also comes equipped with a tracker system and audio theft deterrent – in case anyone gets jealous of your ride.

Entertainment

The RC350 is basically entertainment in car form, because not only is it a blast to drive, it comes stacked with features. The luxury coupe comes with a 10-speaker system, digital signal processing with Automatic Sound Levelizer, HD radio, integrated Sirius XM satellite radio for 90 days, iTunes tagging, Bluetooth technologies, rear glass-imprinted radio antenna and Siri Eyes Free.

New Styling

With sharp lines and angular headlights, the RC350 stuns under Southern California sun but is equally alluring at night. Its black grille with chrome surround and body-colored bumpers and door handles are the perfect accents to the new body style. The RC350 also features fully automatic projector beam LED headlights and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Inside, power front bucket seats, a leather-and-metal steering wheel, 60-40 folding bench seatbacks in the rear, interior trim with aluminum and genuine wood, and aluminum interior accents remind you that you’re sitting in the lap of luxury.

For functionality, the RC350 has a full floor console with covered storage, a mini overhead console and rear console with storage and two 12V DC power outlets.

New Technology

Never lose your connection to the outside world with Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity and Lexus Enform with Safety Connect Selective Service Internet Access, ensuring that you can get help or answers for anything, from the trivial to the life-saving. Plus, the RC350 comes with HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter.

Pricing

Starting at $43,715 MSRP

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COMPARISON: 2016 LEXUS IS 200t vs BMW 3 SERIES

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Looking for a luxury sedan that’s powerful, fun to drive and has a turbocharged engine? Between the Lexus IS 200t and the BMW 3 Series, there’s only one that meets the description.
Read on to find out what differentiates these two luxury sedans, and why drivers in El Monte, California should take notice:

Safety

LEXUS IS 200t
Southern California is a care-free place, so stay that way in a car that will keep you and your family safe on the road. The all-new IS 200t comes with more standard safety features as well as adaptive technology when compared to the competition. Plus, it earned a perfect 5-Star Overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety features on the IS include SmartStop technology, a system developed by Lexus that safely decelerates when the vehicle detects an oncoming object and assists the brakes in moments of uncertainty. It also comes with HID headlamps and LED taillights, 10 standard airbags and a backup camera.

BMW 3 SERIES
Similar to the IS, the 3 Series also earned a 5-Star Overall rating from the NHTSA. However, it lacks a few safety features that come standard on the IS.

Drivers will get standard airbags, safety belts, child seat anchors, antilock brakes, electronic stability control and brake assist, but the 3 Series does not come available with SmartStop technology. It does come with auto-leveling headlamps, lane departure warning and night vision, like the IS.

Features

LEXUS IS 200t
The IS comes standard with leatherette seating that’s comfortable and supportive for long trips. Drivers may also add leather seats, ventilated front seats and heated seats. Additionally, it comes with a standard moonroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth connectivity, iPhone integration and Siri voice recognition.

Optional features include a navigation system, Lexus Remote Touch, lane departure warning and a collision mitigation system. For enhanced audio, drivers can also add the Mark Levinson sound system with 15 speakers. Looking for the ultimate in connectivity? Look no further than the Lexus Enform App Suite, which offers navigation and access to your smartphone and other mobile devices quickly.

BMW 3 SERIES
The 3 Series has similar seating options to the IS 200t, but it does have a somewhat high driving position. It also comes with a 9-speaker audio system, push-button start, Bluetooth technologies, USB port, automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch display and BMW’s infotainment system.

Add-ons include adaptive cruise control, navigation, satellite radio, moonroof, rear- and side-view cameras, parking sensors, a premium audio system and lane departure warning.

Engine and Body

LEXUS IS 200t
The IS 200t comes with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 241 horsepower @ 5,800 RPM. Underneath its beautiful exterior is a track-tuned chassis, independent double-wishbone front suspension and multilink rear suspension with coil springs.

BMW 3 SERIES
The BMW 3 Series also has a 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, but it only produces 180 horsepower @ 5,000 RPM. It has a strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension.

COMPARISON: 2015 LEXUS RX 350 vs 2016 LEXUS RX 350

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The Lexus RX 350 is the perfect midsize crossover for cruising Southern California streets because it’s stylish, versatile eco-conscious.
The all-new 2016 model has an updated exterior and engine, but the 2015 is still a good choice, depending on what you’re looking for. Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2015 RX 350 and the 2016 RX 350.

Safety

2015 RX 350
Last year’s model of the RX 350 earned perfect scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It features all the great standard safety features you’ve come to know and love from Lexus, plus options for emergency services, airbag deployment notification, and a stolen vehicle tracking system.

2016 RX 350
This year, the 2016 nailed all tests by the IIHS, earning the title of Top Safety Pick+. Plus, the organization gave it best-possible scores for child seat anchor ease of use, and a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Optional safety features include a pre-collision system, panoramic view monitor, lane-keep assist with rear cross-traffic alert and intuitive parking assist.

Features

2015 RX 350
The older model of RX 350 has a classic sporty look, with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, roof rack cross bars, and the option for wood and leather interior accents. It also has standard 8-way power driver and passenger seats, reverse tilt dual mirrors and cruise control. For entertainment, drivers can enjoy a 12-speaker system, 12 months of satellite radio and a radio data system.

2016 RX 350
Lexus has updated the RX 350 to exceed the expectations of its customers. An angular, contemporary exterior makes it unmistakably Lexus, and a plush, luxe interior makes it feel like home. The 2016 RX 350 has a larger display screen than last year’s model, as well as a modernized center control stack and the options for Gray Sapele wood with aluminum and exclusive Matte Linear Dark Mocha wood trim.

For entertainment, the all-new RX 350 features standard Bluetooth technologies, Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. Additionally, drivers can add the Lexus Enform App Suite and Mark Levinson premium audio system.

Engine and Fuel Economy

2015 RX 350
The 2015 RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

2016 RX 350
This year’s RX 350 also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but with an updated powertrain. Its new 8-speed automatic transmission gives it better acceleration than last year’s model, more horsepower, plus an improvement in fuel economy. Drivers can expect to get 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and the midsize SUV has 295 horsepower.

Pricing

2015 RX 350
MSRP: $41,910

2016 RX 350
MSRP: $42,850