Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Angelenos were the first to embrace the hybrid car, and now we’re always looking to what’s next in eco-friendly technology. The first-gen hybrids just don’t cut it anymore for Los Angeles drivers, leading many to look elsewhere for a ride that can best the Prius.

Enter, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h, a luxury option that’s good for the planet, too. But how does it stack up against the 2017 Toyota Prius Four? Read on to find out:

Powertrain

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson cycle engine combined with an electric motor with nickel-metal hydride battery module. It utilizes the ground-breaking Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch between power sources, and a continuously variable automatic transmission for smooth transitions between gears.

The system makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Toyota Prius Four

All models of the 2017 Prius have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Prius’ system makes 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. While it lags behind the ES 300h significantly in speed and power, it makes some gains in fuel economy. The 2017 Prius Four gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway.

Features

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h has a standard panorama glass roof, Lexus Display Audio color multi-media display, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with smog filter, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models come with NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power trunk open/close, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps. You also have the option to add a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, Clari-fi technology and subwoofer.

Toyota Prius Four

The 2017 Prius Four has standard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, cruise control, integrated backup camera, Smart-Flow climate control, and Multi-Information Display. The Prius Four adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Prius Four’s cabin features SofTex-trimmed heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and available Entune Premium JBL Audio Safety Connect, and Color Head-Up Display.

Pricing

Lexus ES 300h

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Toyota Prius Four

Starting at $29,695 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

Review Lexus GS 350

A Lexus sedan is like the perfect pair of shoes, because it can take you anywhere in style and comfort. Since drivers in Los Angeles know how to shop, they often come to Longo Lexus looking for the latest trends as well as everlasting classics.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS 350, it’s a stand-out in terms of styling and performance, but the interior is as cozy and comfortable as your favorite pair of kicks. Take one for a test drive, but first, read our full review:

Entertainment and Tech

Each model of the 2017 GS comes standard with an array of advanced features, including the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Display Audio, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Service Connect and Remote apps.

Additionally, you have the option to add the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System as an individual feature. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.30inch high-resolution multi-media display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year.

Safety

Lexus cares about your safety, first and foremost. As such, each model of the GS is equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of features is designed to work seamlessly together and includes Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

All models of the GS also have LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and the option for Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

Engine

The 2017 GS 350 has a sporty engine that you’ll want to take all over California. The luxury sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined.

Interior

Comfort is everything when you’re stuck in L.A. traffic. That’s why the GS has standard dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, power adjustable steering wheel, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, power moonroof, and 10-way power adjustable front seats.

The Premium Package adds leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package goes even further, adding embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, Gray Sapele wood and aluminum trim, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, 18-way power adjustable front seats with butterfly headrests, Lexus Memory System for passenger’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, and rear-door and power rear-window sunshades.

Pricing

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS
Imagine a vehicle with award-winning design and a groundbreaking, eco-conscious powertrain that’s equally sophisticated when it comes to safety features, and you may just envision the all-new 2018 Lexus LS.

Marking the fifth generation of Lexus’s flagship sedan, the LS 500 and hybrid LS 500h will hit our showroom later this year. If you’re in Los Angeles and want to be among the first to own one, get in touch today. In the meantime, here’s our sneak peek of the all-new Lexus LS:

Design

Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the 2018 LS is modern and innovative yet classic inside and out. Its profile is longer and lower than past models, and it’s the first Lexus sedan to feature six side windows as well as flush-surface windows that integrate seamlessly with the body. Its outer-slide moonroof leaves plenty of headroom despite the lowered stance, letting you enjoy the L.A. weather from the comfort of the beautiful cabin.

It also features the classic Lexus spindle grille, with a new mesh design that gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the front end. You’ll also have the choice between five wheel designs, including a 20-inch electroplated version with a hollow rim to reduce road noise.

The LS has a luxe cabin with hand-pleated leather detailing in the door panels and hand-crafted Kiriko glass ornamentation. It was so well-received at the Detroit Auto Show this year that it won the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellent – Interior Design.

“I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga in a press release.

Powertrain

The all-new LS 500 is powered by a specially designed 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that gives you both power and fuel economy. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making the LS the first vehicle in its class to feature such an advanced dynamic control system. The new generation bests the previous generation’s V8, making 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to a twin turbo developed with Lexus’s F1 technology. The elegant sedan goes from zero to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

The LS 500h was built with the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, combining a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The system makes a net 354 horsepower and gets you from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

Safety

The all-new LS will feature the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models. The suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The 2018 sedan also comes available with the Advanced Safety Package, which includes the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering, as well as color Heads-Up Display.