Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

The sport coupe is the quintessential ride for Los Angeles drivers – sleek, cool, and not practical for everyone. Exclusive without being stuffy, it’s the ultimate status car for those with a taste for modern luxuries.
Now, which one to choose? In the battle between the 2017 Lexus RC F and the 2017 BMW M4, one comes out ahead as the clear winner when looking at performance and tech. Check out our one-to-one comparison to see how these two luxury sport coupes stack up:

Performance

Lexus RC F

The RC F represents the most powerful model in the Lexus RC lineup, with F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and an exclusive TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. The RC F will take you from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds.

The F Sport package adds Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport mode, a turbo-boost gauge, and two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads and orange or black brake calipers. Additionally, the F Sport features Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

BMW M4

The 2017 M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with the choice between a 6-spede manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The system makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, and gets from zero to 60 a hair faster than the RC F, at 4.1 seconds with manual transmission or 3.9 seconds with automatic.

The M4 features the Active M Differential with Dynamic Stability Control and Adaptive M Suspension with M Dynamic Mode for control and responsiveness. Additionally, it has electric power steering with Servotronic and M Compound 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control.

Styling and Features

Lexus RC F

The F Sport package includes the F SPORT front fascia with exterior badging, F SPORT seats with enhanced bolsters, LFA-inspired instrumentation, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, stainless steel door sills, heated steering wheel, and active sound control. Additionally, it adds interior details, such as a black headliner, Silver Performance trim, and aluminum sport pedals, as well as a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated and ventilated front seats, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

BMW M4

The 2017 M4 has 18-inch light alloy wheels, shadowline exterior trim, aluminum hood with powerdome, carbon-fiber reinforced roof, M sport seats with lumbar support and side bolsters, Anthracite Carbon Structure Cloth, and M-style door sill finishers, footrest, gear shift lever, and design accents. The M4 also comes with heated seats, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rearview camera.

Pricing

Lexus RC F

Starting at $64,164 MSRP

BMW M4

Starting at $66,200 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 450h vs 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 450h vs 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid

If you’re on the search for a luxury crossover with a hybrid engine, make sure you look beyond the superficial. Bells, whistles, and attractive styling features abound in the luxury segment, so don’t lose sight of what you want: a safe, comfortable ute that gets great fuel economy.

Los Angeles drivers often ask us the difference between the 2017 Lexus RX 450h and its Audi counterpart, the Q5 Hybrid. These two crossovers are a fair match, but one comes out ahead when you look closely at safety ratings and fuel economy. Read our full comparison to find out:

Engine and Fuel Economy

Lexus RX 450h

The 2017 RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor, shifting power seamlessly between the two with the Lexus Hybrid Drive System. It makes a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds. The model has standard all-wheel drive, and the engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the Lexus hybrid crossover gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

Audi Q5 Hybrid

The 2016 Q5 Hybrid has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor and generator. It makes a combined 245 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, getting from zero to 60 a little speedier than the Lexus, at 6.8 seconds. However, for Los Angeles drivers who stay mainly in the city, the fuel economy difference may be a deal breaker. The Q5 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus RX 450h

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores on all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The RX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, all models feature a backup camera and LED foglamps.

Audi Q5 Hybrid

The 2016 Q5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but the NHSTA gave it just a 4-Star Overall rating. It lost points in tests for frontal crash and rollover.

The 2016 Q5 is also lacking considerably in the driver assistance tech department. While it does come with a rearview camera and available parking assistance, blind spot detection, and adaptive cruise control, it does not come available with a pre-collision braking system or lane keeping assistance.

Pricing

Lexus RX 450h

Starting at $53,035 MSRP

Audi Q5 Hybrid

Starting at $52,500 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Los Angeles is no place for wallflowers, so in that regard, the all-new 2018 Lexus LC 500 fits right in. Built on an entirely new platform and with seamless, futuristic styling, this luxury coupe is unlike anything you’ve ever seen – except maybe in your dreams.

From the expertly crafted mechanics right down to its comfort and convenience features, the LC 500 is California chic – and quickly becoming a favorite. Read our full review, then come take one for a test drive:

Performance

From the outside, the 2018 LC 500 is a work of art, but under the hood, it’s a pure performance machine. It’s equipped with one of the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated engines, a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque – taking you from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. (Ask your Longo Lexus representative about the LC 500h, a powerful hybrid that goes from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds.)

The LC 500’s Active Sport Exhaust gives off a roar that lets everyone on the road know it’s coming, while an all-new 10-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters transitions between gears in 0.12 seconds, giving you smooth, optimal performance even around corners. Additionally, it has a double-joint multilink suspension system and next-generation adaptive variable suspension, with available speed-activated rear wing, TORSEN Limited-Slip Rear Differential, Active Rear Steering, and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

Styling and Interior

Modeled after the Lexus LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 is as modern as they come while maintaining the classic grand tourer vibe with an elongated, beautifully curved hood, rear sloping hood, and tapered, aerodynamic rear end.

Inside, it features standard leather seating – with the choice between Black, Toasted Caramel, Rioja Red, or Bespoke White – and heated and ventilated front seats. For your comfort, it also has standard dual-zone climate control with Climate Concierge, rain-sensing wipers, electrochromatic interior and exterior mirrors, and a glass roof with sunshade. You can also opt for a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel, semi-aniline leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner and seating inserts, carbon fiber roof, and 21-inch Gloss Black wheels.

Features and Tech

The LC 500 comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance tech that includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. It also comes with a backup camera and Lexus Navigation System with 10.3-inch color LCD screen.

For your entertainment, the LC 500 is equipped with a standard Lexus 12-speaker Premium Audio System, Lexus Enform App Suite, Remote Touchpad controls, voice command, and Bluetooth technology. It also comes with the option for a 13-speaker Mark Levinson 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio System, Heads-Up Display, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $92,000 MSRP