COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus NX 300h vs Acura RDX

Los Angeles Comparison Lexus NX Hybrid vs Acura RDX

Shopping for a small luxury crossover SUV in El Monte can be a challenge given all the great options out there. Lexus is ultimately the gold standard, but it’s always smart to do your homework before making a purchase.

When choosing between the 2017 Lexus NX 300h and the Acura RDX, here’s what you need to know:

Safety

LEXUS NX 300h

The 2017 Lexus NX earned the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and injury-preventing headrests. You can also add driver assistance technologies, such as lane-departure warning and pre-collision alert system.

ACURA RDX

The RDX similarly earned the Top Safety Pick+ title (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Rating (NHTSA). It also has a system of airbags, safety belts, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and headrests to prevent whiplash. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitor, parking sensors, and automatic windshield wipers.

Features

LEXUS NX 300h

The Lexus NX is stacked with features, including power seats, dual-zone climate control, and leather steering wheel and accents. For your entertainment, it also has standard Lexus Display Audio with a 7-inch screen, a configurable interface to view multiple systems at once, and voice command and recognition. You can also enjoy the visibility and efficiency of LED lighting both inside and out, as it’s equipped with LED interior lighting, low-beam headlights, and taillights. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features available in the Navigation, Comfort, and Premium packages.

ACURA RDX

The RDX has standard dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, noise cancellation, rearview camera, and infotainment system with a 5-inch display and 7-speaker audio system. You also have the option to add navigation, driver assistance technologies, and adaptive cruise control, but all of these will come at an added cost.

Engine

LEXUS NX 300h

The new NX 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor for the best in both power and fuel efficiency – particularly for an all-wheel drive vehicle. The EPA reports that the 2017 NX 300h gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, so you’ll be saving money at the pump and saving time with fewer stops to fill up.

The NX also has a turbocharged option, which is a 2-liter inline-4 that makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets up to 28 MPG. This comes in either all- or front-wheel drive. Both engine options have a continuously variable transmission.

ACURA RDX

There’s just one engine option with the RDX. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, available in front- or all-wheel drive. EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

Pricing

LEXUS NX 300h

Starting at $35,085 MSRP

ACURA RDX

Starting at $35,570 MSRP

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

Los Angeles Review 2017 Lexus RX450h

For drivers who refuse to compromise, Lexus is the obvious choice. With some of the world’s best designers, technologies that blow away the competition, and industry-leading safety ratings, it’s the high-end automaker for Los Angeles drivers who want it all.

Case in point: the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, a luxury SUV that’s powered by some of the most advanced hybrid technology on the market. Read on for our full review:

FEATURES

The 2017 RX has standard features to suit your every need, including an infotainment system with 8-inch command screen, 9-speaker audio system, and connectivity via Bluetooth, micro SD card slot, auxiliary input, or USB port, so you can connect any of your mobile devices. It’s also compatible with iPhones and features Siri Eyes Free. Additionally, each model is equipped with a power tailgate, 10-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, high-quality faux leather seating, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rearview camera, and HomeLink garage door opener.

Available options include leather seats, power moonroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated seating, navigation, upgraded infotainment system, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. If you’re planning on any road trips in the future, you may also be interested in the rear-seat entertainment system with DVD and two screens.

STYLING

The newly styled RX 450h has sharp, angular lines and the signature Lexus spindle grille, framed by LED headlights, bold air ducts, and chrome trim. The low roofline keeps it aerodynamic, while a wide stance ensures stability and gives it a sporty yet luxe look.

Inside, the seating is nothing less than plush and supportive, no matter which trim level you choose, and the center console has been redesigned to add room for an easy-to-operate climate control and audio system. You’ll also love the ample legroom and more than 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. When the back seats are folded down, cargo space expands to 56 cubes.

SAFETY

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RS a Top Safety Pick+ after it aced all tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.
While driver assistance technologies cost extra on most vehicles, the RX comes standard with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. The RX is also equipped with airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and all other safety features you’re used to seeing in modern cars.

ENGINE

The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 combined with a 123-kilowatt electric motor, which makes 259 horsepower when using gasoline only and a net 308 horsepower. The EPA reports that this model gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

PRICING

Starting at $53,035 MSRP

REVIEW: 2015 LEXUS GS 350

Los Angeles Review 2015 Lexus GS350

Drivers in El Monte who want a luxury sedan that’s a tried-and-true classic need to test drive the 2015 Lexus GS 350 before inventory dwindles even further.

On the outside, it’s a work of art, while on the inside it’s a quiet and comfortable cabin with all the tech and features that define a luxury car. And under the hood? You’ll have to read our full review to find out:

STYLING

With well-defined lines, a distinctive front end, and a rear design that will leave a lasting impression on all those you pass on the road, the 2015 GS 350 is a feat of design engineering. Created by the Lexus L-Finesse design team as a sport vehicle, it’s sleek and sophisticated like a luxury sedan should be, but also looks like it has some serious get-up-and-go. It has standard 18-inch alloy wheels, an uncluttered instrument panel, contrast stitching details, and LED ambient lighting inside for a truly deluxe feel.

STANDARD FEATURES

All models of the 2015 GS 350 have leather seating, wood and metal accents, power moonroof, multi-function steering wheel, and energy efficient S-flow automatic climate control. Standard features for convenience include navigation, push-button start, and rearview camera. For your entertainment, each model also has Lexus Premium Audio with 12 speakers, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and 5.1 Surround Sound.

OPTIONAL FEATURES

If you choose the Premium Package upgrade, you’ll love the heated and ventilated seats, while the Luxury Package equips you with adaptive variable suspension, rear audio and climate control, and semi-aniline leather seating. Other available features include HDD navigation, power trunk release, dynamic rear steering, Mark Levinson premium audio, head-up display, and a suite of safety technologies. The F Sport package features a 16-way power driver’s seat, custom-tuned AVS, upgraded wheels and tires, and variable gear ratio steering.

SAFETY

The 2015 GS earned perfect scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including moderate front overlap impact, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seating. Also, the organization said its front crash prevention system is Advanced.

Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, Lexus Drive Mode, automatic collision notification, Safety Connect, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system with anti-lock brakes. Available features include blind spot monitor, pre-collision warning, intuitive parking assist, lane departure alert, and lane keep assist.

ENGINE

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, making for a very powerful vehicle for any size, let alone a sedan. It has dual variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, as well as Lexus Drive Mode that allows you to control your performance settings. Rear-wheel drive models have 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models are equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission.

PRICING

Starting at $48,600 MSRP