Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90
Drivers in Los Angeles who are looking for a full-size SUV that can do it all – from taking the kids to school to climbing the terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains – have a few options at their disposal, so comparison shopping is a smart idea.

When deciding between the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Volvo XC90, drivers may want to look closely at off-road abilities and safety features if they want a truly well-rounded ute. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, and here’s our side-by-side comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 comes with just one powerful engine option: a 5.7-liter V8 with standard full-time all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 7,000 pounds. If you’re planning on taking your SUV off the pavement, you’ll be glad to know the LX 570 has a locking center differential and a switch to turn on its low-speed transfer case. Additionally, all models come standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Active Height Control, and Crawl Control with Turn Assist.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 has two gasoline engine options: the T5 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 model has a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-4 that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The T5 has optional all-wheel drive, and the T6 comes standard with AWD.

Safety and Tech

Lexus LX 570

Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 LX with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. It’s also standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You’ll also have the option to add a Color Heads-Up Display for added driver awareness.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which includes low-speed collision avoidance support that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. It’s also standard with Run-off Road Protection, Run-off Road Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Road Sign Information System. With the optional Vision Package, you can also get a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Surround View Camera, auto-dimming mirrors, and retractable mirrors. The Convenience Package adds Pilot Assist, parking assistance, and Lane Keeping Aid.

Pricing

Lexus LX 570

Starting at $89,880 MSRP

Volvo XC90

Starting at $45,750 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30
Angelenos looking for the perfect blend of luxury and utility often come to Lexus looking for their next ride. But, like any smart consumer, they like to do their homework, so we get a lot of questions about how small SUVs like the NX compare to models by other automakers.

When you compare the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo to the 2017 Infiniti QX30, you’ll see some objective similarities and subjective differences. However, when looking at performance and safety, you’ll see some cut-and-dry distinctions that give the NX Turbo an edge.

Read on to find out why Lexus continues to be a favorite in Los Angeles:

Performance

Lexus NX Turbo

Under the hood, the NX Turbo has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that churns out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive. When you test drive a model, you’ll notice a smooth, powerful drive thanks to a turbocharger built into the exhaust manifold, resulting in minimal lag. According to EPA estimates, the 2017 NX Turbo gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Infiniti QX30

The 2017 QX30 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but instead of a smooth-shifting CVT it features a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that reviewers have reported feels a bit unrefined. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, making it less powerful than the NX Turbo. However, it does have a slight edge in fuel economy, getting 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models get 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus NX Turbo

The 2017 NX earned accolades from both major safety organizations, making it a wise choice for any driver, but especially for families. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores across all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The NX Turbo comes standard with a backup camera, eight airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. It’s available with triple-beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Infiniti QX30

Unfortunately, the 2017 QX30 has not been evaluated by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
The QX30 comes standard with a RearView Monitor, and has available LED headlights. The Technology Packaged adds Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Park Assist, and High Beam Assist.

Pricing

Lexus NX Turbo

Starting at $35,285 MSRP

Infiniti QX30

Starting at $29,950 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus IS 300

Review: 2017 Lexus IS 300

Los Angeles streets have no shortage of cars that claim to be the latest and greatest on the market. If care most about having a luxury sedan that performs without sacrificing comfort and convenience, then the 2017 Lexus IS 300 is perfect for you.

We invite you to come to our convenient El Monte location for a test drive of the IS 300, but before you do, check out our full review:

Performance

A sedan doesn’t have to mean a boring driving experience, and the IS is proof. The IS 300 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 6.1 seconds. It features full-time all-wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The IS 300 is available with the F Sport package, which includes special suspension tuning, F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S/S+ modes, and 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels with summer or all-season tires, as well as F Sport styling features and accessories.

Interior and Comfort

Each model of the 2017 IS features a power moonroof, dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat back. Individual options include a power rear sunshade, backup camera, and heated steering wheel.

The Premium Package of features includes heated and ventilated front seats and a backup camera, while the Premium Plus Package adds a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package gives you everything in the Premium and Premium Plus, as well as leather interior trim, Gray Sapele wood and aluminum trim, auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, Lexus Memory System for seating and mirrors, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Features and Tech

The IS 300 comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth connectivity, and Lexus Enform apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.
Lexus’s Navigation Package includes the Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, a 10.3-inch high-res split-screen display, Remote Touch controller pad, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. Meanwhile, the Navigation/Mark Levinson Package adds to that a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, 15-speaker audio with subwoofer, class-D amplifier, 5.1-channel surround sound, and machined-aluminum control knobs.

Safety

All models of the 2017 IS feature the Lexus Safety System+. This advanced system of driver assistance technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high beams, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. You also have the option to add a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a backup camera.

Pricing

Starting at $40,200 MSRP