REVIEW: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo

Longo Lexus IS Turb

The 2017 Lexus IS debuted in Beijing this year and has hit the showrooms at Longo Lexus, and we couldn’t be more excited. With updated styling, added features, and the latest in safety technology, the IS Turbo is sure to continue to be a new favorite among drivers in Los Angeles.

So, what exactly is new about the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo? Read on for our full review:


The 2016 model was popular among drivers, so the new model was updated without reinventing the wheel. The Lexus signature spindle grille is more prominent on the new model, and new headlights and a more eye-catching lower fascia are subtle tweaks that make all the difference. The IS Turbo F Sport has a 3D mesh pattern with jet-black metallic finish embedded in the grille and functional brake ducts for both performance and style. In the rear, redesigned taillights and rectangular chrome exhaust tips give the IS a sportier, high-end feel. Additionally, Lexus added Deep Blue Mica and Graphite Black Glass Flake as color options on the IS.


Lexus maintained the 2016 powertrains on the 2017 IS, because why mess with perfection? The 2017 IS Turbo has a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It gets an EPA-estimated 32 MPG highway, so it’s a fuel-efficient option as well as a powerful one. Paddle-shift transmission and performance driving modes make your drive more efficient, responsive, and performance-focused than ever. The Turbo F Sport is also equipped with sport-tuned suspension, supportive seating, and styling that denotes its performance vehicle status.


Brand new features on the 2017 models include a larger infotainment screen, from 7 inches to 10.3, as well as a more intuitive user experience with additional buttons to enhance the Remote Touch Interface. The IS Turbo is also equipped with Lexus Enform infotainment system, bringing the best and most advanced entertainment and convenience features to the dash of your vehicle. Safety Connect ensures you’ll always have access to help when needed, while Service Connect gives you access to your maintenance records for easy recall. Enform Remote lets you start your car, make sure your windows are up, and check your fuel gauge remotely, while Enform Destinations keeps you on the right path. You’ll also love the touch-based climate controls that let you easily turn temperatures up or down with just the swipe of a finger.


The IS Turbo is equipped with Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technologies, including pre-collision warning and mitigation, lane-departure alert, steering assist, automatic high beams, and radar cruise control.


Starting at $37,825 MSRP


REVIEW: 2017 Lexus ES 300h


The Lexus ES is a classic luxury sedan, with a comfortable interior, timeless styling, and the latest in safety and entertainment features. Add to these benefits a hybrid engine, and you’ve got the ultimate in modern convenience.

Drivers in Los Angeles, California should give the 2017 Lexus ES 300h a test spin, but first, read our review to find out why drivers love this hybrid sedan:


The 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with a permanent-magnet, high-output electric motor with EV mode, and has 200 horsepower. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive for a smooth ride. Its impressive fuel economy – an estimated 40 MPG combined – makes it a Certified Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle.


The all-new luxury sedan from Lexus has an array of standard features, such as adaptive cruise control, keyless ignition, rearview camera, universal remote transmitter, satellite radio, and an 8-speaker audio system.

You can also choose to upgrade with a number of packages: Luxury, Ultra Luxury, Premium, Navigation, and Navigation and Mark Levinson Premium Audio. Speak with your Longo Lexus representative about which might suit your needs best, whether you want genuine leather interior and wood trim, or the best you can get in audio and entertainment.


The Lexus ES is a commuter’s dream, as the base model includes soft leatherette seating, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, bucket front seats, climate control, leather steering wheel, and interior air filtration. You’ll also love the one-touch power sunroof, rear defogger, one-touch power windows heated mirrors, hands-free entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Optional interior features available on the ES 300h include a luxe heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, illuminated door sills, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, and a glass-breakage sensor.

The five-seat sedan has 112 cubic feet of interior volume and 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity, so it’s a spacious hybrid with plenty of legroom.


Lexus has the ultimate in active and passive systems designed to keep passengers safe. That’s why the 2017 ES earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, getting perfect scores in tests for side crash and side barrier.

In addition to premium airbag, seatbelt, and braking systems, the ES comes standard with the Lexus Safety System. This is a suite of technologies meant to assist drivers in times of uncertainty or volatility on the road. They include Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Backup Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Intuitive Parking Assist, Vehicle Proximity Notification System, vehicle stability control, traction control, LED headlamps, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, and child seat tethers and anchors.


Starting at $41,820 MSRP

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE


Looking for a luxury SUV in El Monte, California? Then you may be weighing the Lexus RX 350 against the Mercedes GLE, as both offer powerful engines, smooth handling, and beautiful styling.

However, one of these vehicles clearly stands out regarding value and convenience. Read on for our one-on-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE:


Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, a comprehensive suite of safety features designed to work together to ensure minimal damage in the event of an accident. It includes Lexus Enform Safety Connect to provide roadside assistance no matter where you are – the built-in GPS will allow help to find you. The 10-airbag system mitigates damage during a collision, while Smart Stop Technology works to prevent or minimize impact. The system also includes a Panoramic View Monitor, backup camera, cornering fog lamps, parking assist, blind spot monitor, and a vehicle proximity notification system.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE does not come with the Safety System+, but does feature driver, braking, and navigation tools. In addition to airbags, anti-lock brakes, and three-point seatbelts, the GLE features an accident mitigation system, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, parking assist, and backup camera.


Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 is truly a modern SUV in that it’s spacious without being bulky. It has an aerodynamic silhouette, chrome accents, the Lexus spindle grille, and LED headlights. Plus, you’ll love the blacked-out C-pillar behind the rear windows, which gives the visual effect of a floating roof. Inside, there’s luxuriously plush seating with ample legroom and plenty of cargo space. You’ll have more than 18 cubic feet with the seats up, and over 56 cubic feet when they’re folded down.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE isn’t quite as slim and sleek as the RX 350, but in the end, they have similar cargo and passenger space. The Mercedes-Benz SUV has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, roof rack, and wood trim on the interior. The center stack is a busier than you’ll find in the Lexus SUV, with a navigation screen positioned high up and entertainment and comfort controls beneath.


Lexus RX 350
The Lexus SUV comes with standard power tailgate, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, HomeLink garage door opener, and rearview camera. For your entertainment, it also features an infotainment system with 8-inc command screen, nine speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE has cruise control, adjustable seating, keyless ignition, universal remote transmitter, climate control, and turn signals integrated into side-view mirrors. Additionally, it has auxiliary audio input and USB, AM/FM radio, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and the option for a premium sound system, 10-way power passenger seats, and smartphone integration.


Lexus RX 350
Starting at $43,020

Mercedes-Benz GLE
Starting at $52,000