Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

A luxury midsize sedan leaves no bases uncovered, with ample cabin space, intuitive technology, and luxe seating for the whole family. The only question becomes, which model to choose?

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to know how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to the 2018 BMW 530i, visit us in El Monte to get the full experience. Below, we’ll highlight the differences between California’s top-selling midsize luxury sedans, beyond the substantial price gap:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES earned top scores from both major safety organizations, including a Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Plus, Lexus equipped the new ES with standard driver assistance technology that the competition typically includes as options.

All models of the 2018 ES come with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. It also includes standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and the option for Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

BMW 530i

The BMW 5 Series was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but has not been rated by the NHTSA. Additionally, it does not come standard with any driver assistance technology. The 530i does come standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, BMW Assist eCall, and the Active Protection System with Fatigue and Focus Alert.

Available safety features include automatic high beams, Parking Assistant Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 ES comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS navigation, voice command, a backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth tech, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

The Navigation Package gives you Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with color display and Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package includes all these features, plus a 15-speaker deluxe audio system with Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology. The ES is also available with interior ambient lighting, a panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated seats.

BMW 530i

The 2018 530i comes equipped with HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and a HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers. Additionally, it features Bluetooth wireless tech, BMW TeleService, Advanced Real Time Traffic, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a two-way power glass moonroof, interior ambient lighting, and automatic climate control. It does not feature standard dual-zone climate control.

When you opt for the Premium Tier, you add heated front seats, Park Distance Control, Gesture Control, Sirius XM Radio, a power trunk, and Comfort Access entry. The Executive Tier gives you full LED headlights (standard on the ES), automatic high beams, soft-close doors, Surround View, and more. While the 530i does come with the option for Apple CarPlay, it does not offer an advanced navigation system.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,940 MSRP

BMW 530i

Starting at $52,400 MSRP

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a high-performing grand tourer may want to look past the standard European brands, because Lexus recently disrupted the segment with the well-equipped, head-spinning LC 500.

But how does the 2018 Lexus LC 500 compare to a model like the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera? Let’s look at the details below in our one-to-one comparison:

Performance

Lexus LC 500

The new LC 500 is built on an all-new rear-wheel drive GA-L platform, the first of many to come for Lexus. Its design optimizes mass and weigh distribution to give the LC a low center of gravity and minimal shifting, while making room for newly designed multi-link suspension.

The 2018 LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The LC also comes as a hybrid variant, the LC 500h.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and the option for manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds (or 4 seconds with a manual transmission).

The Porsche 911 features a robust lineup, with the highest trim starting at $294,250. Drivers who want a grand tourer that’s fit for everyday use will find a better drive and more entertainment and convenience features in the Lexus LC.

Styling and Tech

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Enform Apps, Navigation with 10.3-inch LCD screen, Remote Touchpad controls, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ mode, and a 12-speaker audio system. It’s also available with a Mark Levinson premium sound system, Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and convenience features include heated and ventilated front seats, voice command, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a glass roof with sunshade, and leather or semi-aniline leather seating. The Performance Package adds an Alcantara headliner and carbon-fiber door scuff plates, as well as Active Rear Steering, an active rear wing, and Variable Gear-Ration Steering. Accessories include a carbon fiber rear spoiler and lower grille insert.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 911 Carrera does not come available with Mark Levinson Audio, Enform equivalent, remote touchpad, heads-up display, voice-activated navigation, or a Drive Mode Select equivalent. Additionally, it’s high-res screen is smaller than that of the LC. It does come equipped with Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services.

Inside, it features four-way power sport seats, rear bucket seats, fixed rear windows, a sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an Alacantara headliner, leather trim, and a day-night rearview mirror. It does not come with carbon fiber accessories, a glass roof, or the option for semi-aniline leather seating. .

Pricing

Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

Porsche 911 Carrera

Starting at $91,100 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300h

Review: 2018 Lexus NX 300h

Lexus hybrid vehicles are unique because they have all the power and performance you’d expect from a luxury car, with added efficiency and subsequent cost savings. For instance, the 2018 Lexus NX 300h is a crossover SUV with nearly 200 horsepower, standard all-wheel drive, and up to 33 MPG fuel economy.

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to experience the NX 300h firsthand, come see us in El Monte. To get all the details on this impressive luxury hybrid crossover, see our full review below:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 NX 300h uses the Lexus Hybrid Drive system to optimize power without sacrificing fuel economy, using the electric drive for smooth, quiet acceleration and kinetic energy to power an effective regenerative braking system. The gas-powered component is only turned on when it’s needed, conserving fuel and delivering the right amount of power when it’s time to go. A fully equipped model can also tow up to 1,500 pounds.

The hybrid powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 194 horsepower and 152 lb-ft of torque. The all-wheel drive crossover features an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the NX 300h will save you $1,000 in fuel costs over five years, and you can expect to spend about $1,200 annually on gas. It gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Lexus NX comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and a backup camera. Individual options include heated front seats, a power moonroof, power-folding and reclining rear seats, a heated steering wheel, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Ask your Longo Lexus dealer about bundling optional features in the Comfort, Premium, or Luxury Packages.

Drivers who need to be connected even on the road will love to know that the NX comes with Remote Touchpad controls, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless tech, Lexus Enform Apps, and the Lexus Display Audio system with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. The Lexus Premium Sound System with 8 speakers comes standard. The Navigation Package includes an upgraded Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res screen, Destination Assist, Dynamic Navigation, 10-speaker sound, and an electrochromic rearview mirror with HomeLink.

Safety Ratings and Technology

The 2018 Lexus NX is a Top Safety Pick, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which also gave its front crash prevention system Superior. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the crossover a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.
The 2018 NX comes loaded with a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high-beam headlamps – all standard. Options include a Blind Spot Monitor, Panoramic View Monitor, and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $38,335 MSRP