Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Family drivers in Los Angeles love the SUV as a stylish alternative to the minivan, but not all luxury SUVs are good enough for your family. When comparison shopping, be sure to check out safety ratings and the availability of driver assistance technology.

In the face-off between the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Audi Q5, it’s a close call, but there is a clear winner. Read on to find out, then visit our El Monte location to test drive the RX 350.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus RX 350

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 RX 350 with a Top Safety Pick+ title, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Plus, the RX is nicely equipped with a range of active and passive safety features. Each model has the Lexus Safety System+ (including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist). Other standard safety features include a backup camera, 10 airbags, bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, daytime running lights, an electronic parking brake, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

Audi Q5

While the 2017 Q5 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it earned just a 4-Star Overall Rating form the NHTSA. It lost points in frontal crash and rollover categories.

While the Q5 does feature driver assistance technology, you’ll need to choose an upper trim or individual options to get it. Standard safety features on the Audi SUV include airbags, Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, and a parking system plus with rearview camera.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Lexus RX 350

Under the hood, the RX 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with all-wheel drive, and features Drive Mode Select so you can adjust performance to optimize for driving conditions.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The RX 350 can use regular unleaded gasoline.

Audi Q5

The 2017 Q5 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and you can upgrade to a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s standard with all-wheel drive and has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The base Q5 gets up to 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway and the V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. One big difference between this and the RX 350 is the Audi’s requirement for premium fuel.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Audi Q5

Starting at $40,900 MSRP

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Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a sedan that’s been tested on the track and refined for the road should test drive the 2018 Lexus GS F.

Quintessentially Californian, the GS F is a stylish option with substance. Below, we’ll go through all the features that make this Lexus sport sedan a best-seller in L.A. and all the reasons why you need one in your driveway:

Performance and Accessories

The Lexus GS F has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, taking you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifter and is rear-wheel drive.

If you like the style of the GS F but don’t need quite as many ponies, you can also check out the turbocharged GS 300, the V6-powered GS 360, or the hybrid GS 450h.

Setting this model apart from the rest of the Lexus GS lineup, the GS F includes LFA-inspired instrumentation with G-meter and lap timer, Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, a Torque Vectoring Differential, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, and Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ and Custom Mode. Additionally, you can opt for orange brake calipers with the F logo and 19-inch hand-polished 10-spoke forged alloy wheels. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about available accessories, including illuminated door sills, SmartAccess key gloves, and glass breakage sensor.

Comfort and Convenience

The GS F comes standard with luxe perforated leather interior trim, a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, high-back sport seats, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. It also features dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, and the Lexus Memory System for steering column, mirrors, and driver’s seat.
For your convenience and entertainment, the 2018 GS F also includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res display, Remote Touch controls, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB port, and the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Subscription-free traffic and weather and Lexus Enform Service Connect are also included to assist you in a pinch.

Safety and Technology

The Lexus Safety System+ is now standard on most Lexus models, including the GS F. This advanced suite of driver assistance technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high-beam headlights. The GS F is also equipped standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming mirrors, premium triple-beam LED headlights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect. As an individual option, you can also add a color Heads-Up Display.

Pricing

Starting at $84,350 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

If you’re looking to enter the luxury market with a compact sedan, the 2018 Lexus IS should be on the top of your list of models to check out. The IS lineup features three incredible engine options, high-tech standard features, and class-leading safety ratings.

Los Angeles drivers can visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive. To get all the details, see our full review below:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The same model with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, making 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds.

The IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The IS 350 RWD has an 8-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, while the IS 350 AWD has a 6-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the IS Turbo with RWD gets a combined 26 MPG, while the IS 350 RWD has a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. IS AWD models get 22 MPG combined.

Safety and Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Lexus IS a Top Safety Pick, earning top scores in all categories and securing a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The Lexus Safety System+ is standard on all models of the new Lexus IS. The package of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Plus, all trims have a backup camera, 10 standard airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Individual options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, and a Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and Convenience

A luxury car is nothing without a well-designed cabin, so the IS features a standard power moonroof, NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. Additionally, all trims have Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link navigation with TurnStream, voice command, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Bluetooth wireless tech.

You also have the option to add a power rear sunshade, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a premium navigation system, Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio, and Remote Touch controls.
Ask your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Comfort, Navigation, and Mark Levinson Packages. The 2018 IS is also available with the F Sport Package, which adds special suspension tuning, a limited-slip rear differential, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and more.

Pricing

Starting at $38,210 MSRP