WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE L/CERTIFIED?

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Lexus owners take great care of their cars because a fine piece of machinery needs to stay well oiled. As such, Lexus stands by its pre-owned vehicles with a certification program that ensures buyers are getting a car that’s just like new.

Drivers looking for a used luxury vehicle in El Monte, California should look into L/Certified cars at Longo Lexus. We’ve got a great variety of inventory, and your representative will be able to tell you anything you’d like to know about each used vehicle, thanks to the Lexus L/Certified process.

Here’s what L/Certification means for your vehicle:

HIGH CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

When you purchase an L/Certified vehicle, you’re buying a car that’s met Lexus’s high standards for quality and safety. Each certified pre-owned car must have less than 70,000 miles and 6 model years or less of age. Additionally, all used vehicles sold by authorized dealers undergo a 161-point inspection to earn certification. During the inspection, qualified technicians look at each and every component of the car – from the engine to the glovebox light – to ensure that your car is as close to new as possible.

COMPETITIVE WARRANTY

Lexus is one of the only automakers that offers an unlimited mileage warranty and complimentary maintenance on its certified used vehicles, ensuring drivers a little extra peace of mind. The 2-year L/Certified Limited Warranty covers any and all repairs and replacements you need after normal use of your vehicle, with no deductible. This includes engine and transmission work, brake repair, fuel system maintenance, heating and cooling systems, and electrical, among others. Drivers may also obtain the Limited Warranty Supplement to cover items not included under the regular warranty, such as exterior wear and tear and accessories.

Lexus offers complimentary maintenance for two years or 20,000 miles, covering your factory-recommended services from the day of purchase or lease.

The warranty also covers trip interruption reimbursement for lodging and meals in case you need repairs away from home, and loaner car coverage if your car will be serviced for 8 hours or longer.

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Each L/Certified vehicle comes with Lexus Roadside Assistance, available to you 24 hours a day. This provides you with help if you have a flat, run out of gas, need towing or locksmith assistance, need a jumpstart, or get into a minor accident. The complimentary Roadside Assistance app ensures that you have access to help whenever you need it, even if your car’s electrical system is out.

AVAILABLE FINANCING

Lexus offers financing on L/Certified vehicles, whether you’re looking to buy or lease. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about your needs, and how a certified Lexus pre-owned could be perfect for you.

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REVIEW: 2017 Lexus LC500

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If the all-new Lexus LC500 were a movie character, it would be Sean Connery-era James Bond. Beautiful and sophisticated on the outside, it’s a powerhouse under the roof, ready to take on any adventure you can seek out.

While technically a luxury sports coupe, the LC500 has some serious street cred when it comes to its mechanics. We’re going to go out on a limb and say that this vehicle may be a new benchmark of excellence for Lexus. Here’s our review of the all-new LC500:

STYLING

The LC500 is so sleek it’s almost serpentine, with the silhouette of a classic coupe but with a tapered greenhouse, and lights and grille that fit the body like a seamless mosaic. Its panoramic glass roof is as gorgeous as the El Monte views, but drivers can opt for a carbon fiber roof to lower the LC500’s center of gravity. The interior styling is polished and refined, with camel leather and Alcantara materials, magnesium shift paddles mounted behind the wheel, and a clutter-free center console, equipped with the Lexus Multimedia infotainment system and other entertainment features.

ENGINE

We know what you came here for: The 2017 LC500 has a 5-liter, V8 engine with 467 horsepower at 7,100 RPM and 389 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 RPM. It has a 10-speed automatic transmission, and built-in software that will automatically adjust your shift programming, whether you’re accelerating, braking or lateral G forces are changing. Zero to 60 figures are now estimated at about 4.2 seconds.

Lexus hasn’t mentioned the possibility of a turbocharged version, but it’s likely the automaker will eventually add powertrain options in the future.

BODY

According to Lexus, the LC500 is an “all-new, rear-wheel-drive architecture that does not share components or design ideology with any current Lexus platform,” as it’s more structurally rigid than any other unibody Lexus has made. The automaker is so confident in the design that it plans to use the LC500 skeleton as a blueprint for front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars moving forward. With aluminum bumper beams, suspension links, and front-suspension mount reinforcements, the LC500 weighs in at about 2 tons, while a rear-mounter battery keeps the nose load down.

SAFETY

Because safety is always a concern, the LC500 comes with an array of standard and optional safety features and technology. Drivers can expect standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control, backup camera, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning and safety subscription services. Drivers may opt for the Safety System+ package, which includes adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go technology, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Pricing on this model has yet to be announced, but get in touch with your Lexus Longo representative to learn more details.

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid

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Drivers in Los Angeles, California have high standards when it comes to fuel efficiency, which is one reason why the 2017 Lexus CT Hybrid is a top choice for those looking for a car that can traverse Southern California on one tank.

But the small luxury car is more than just fuel efficient. Being a Lexus, it’s also stylish and has all the latest and greatest in tech. Read on for our full review of the 2017 CT Hybrid:

ENGINE AND FUEL ECONOMY

The CT Hybrid has a 1.8-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors and has 134 horsepower. It gets a best-in-class 43 MPG city and 40 highway, making it a great option for long road trips and lengthy commutes alike.

A few factors contribute to the CT Hybrid’s fuel efficiency, in addition to the electric motors. It uses Exhaust Gas Recirculation that captures, cools, and repurposes exhaust gasses for an efficient combustion process. Also, its Exhaust Heat Recovery system quickly warms the engine in cold weather, while electric heat and air conditioning preserve energy.

STYLING

The CT Hybrid has F SPORT styling, for an athletic look that incorporates Lexus’s signature details. It has a bold black Obsidian roof for a unique, urban feel, the iconic spindle grille and front fascia with LED headlamps, a functional rear spoiler with aerodynamic cutouts, and optional moonroof.

Inside, it has NuLuxe seating, which has all the beauty of leather but is lightweight and a sustainably made material. The cockpit suggests the CT Hybrid was built purely around the driver, with front sport seats, a low center of gravity, and an intuitive center stack. What you might not expect from such a sporty ride is the ample legroom in the front and rear, in addition to nearly 35 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded.

FEATURES

The CT Hybrid has standard push-button start, proximity key for easy location, dual-zone climate control, a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth technology, and satellite radio. Drivers looking for more in tech and entertainment can opt for a 10-speaker system, Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system, navigation technology, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Siri Eyes Free. Additionally, the Navigation package gives drivers Lexus Remote Touch. Also available is the Lexus Memory System, which allows multiple drivers to personalize and recall their settings for seating and mirrors.

SAFETY

Lexus included the latest safety features in the CT Hybrid. Along with everything you’d expect – a sophisticated suite of airbags, three-point seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes – the small luxury car has both passive and active features to keep passengers safe. With standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect, drivers can access roadside assistance or call for help, whether they need help after an accident or just need a hand fixing a flat. The CT Hybrid also features standard brake assist, stop-start technology, tire pressure monitoring, and stability control.

PRICING

Starting at $31,250 MSRP