Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus RC 300

Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus RC 300

The Lexus coupe is a classic on the streets of Los Angeles, with its signature spindle grille, sleek two-door body, and growling engine that commands attention. In the 2018 Lexus RC 300, you’ll find all this and more.

It hasn’t hit our showroom floors yet, but you can reserve your model today by calling or visiting us at our convenient El Monte location. First, check out our sneak peek to get all the details:

Performance and Mechanical

The 2018 Lexus RC 300 RWD has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 241 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. The RC 300 AWD has a 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Both models come standard with Drive Mode Select, paddle shifters, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System.

The F Sport packaged adds F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ and Custom Drive Modes, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads and black calipers (RWD only), LFA-inspired instrumentation, and active sound control. The package also includes a range of interior and exterior styling options, including F Sport seating, perforated leather details, and stainless-steel door sills. The RC F Sport RWD also comes with the option for orange brake calipers and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Comfort and Convenience

The Lexus RC is a sport coupe that puts drivability at the forefront without compromising comfort. All trims come standard with dual-zone climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, NuLuxe interior trim, heated front seats (AWD), power-adjustable front seats, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for added cargo room. The coupe also comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0-, and subscription-free traffic and weather. You can also add a power moonroof as an individual option.

Available features on the RC 300 include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather interior trim, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, Navigation System with DVD/CD player, Dynamic Voice Command, Remote Touchpad controls, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. Audiophiles will love the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 17 speakers, subwoofer, class-D amplifier, Clari-Fi audio processing, and 7.1 channel surround sound.

Safety and Technology

Driving in Los Angeles is a test of patience for many drivers, which is why L.A. loves Lexus. Many Lexus models – including the RC – come standard with the Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technology aimed at preventing collisions and accidents. Additionally, all models have a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, and Bluetooth to keep you focused on the road. A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and premium triple-beam LED headlamps are also available.

Pricing

Starting at $40,640 MSRP

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

If you’re in Los Angeles and shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, don’t forget to look beyond performance and features to factors that could indicate how happy you’ll be with your car three to five years down the line.

For instance, the 2018 Lexus GS 350 and the 2018 Audi A6 are close contenders, with similar size and power specs. But look at reliability and resale estimates, and you’ll see that one model is superior.

Below, we’ll run down all the differences between these two luxury sedans. See which one is right for you, then visit Longo Lexus to get the full GS 350 experience.

Reliability and Resale

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS tops Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards list for the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. The source reports that the GS’s resale value at 36 months is about 46.5 percent of the original cost, and 32.5 percent at 60 months.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2017 Lexus GS (2018 figures are not yet available) scored a perfect five out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. Additionally, it earned perfect scores in nearly all categories pertaining to mechanical components, including Powertrain Quality and Body and Interior Quality. Regarding design, it also earned perfect scores in Body and Interior Quality.

Audi A6

The A6 didn’t make Kelley Blue Book’s list of luxury cars with the best resale value, and exact resale values are hard to corroborate. However, the A7 did come in second place, though it’s about $20K more than the A6 and the GS 350.

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2017 Audi A6 three out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. In fact, it failed to earn five points in any category. The A6 earned four points for Mechanical Powertrain Quality and Mechanical Body Quality. The Audi sedan won just two points each for the Overall Quality of design and Body and Interior Quality of design.

Safety and Technology

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS comes standard with an array of next-generation technology aimed at keeping you safe and comfortable on the road. All models are equipped 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 Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Additionally, all models feature auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, a backup camera, Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Each model also has features designed to limit distractions, including Remote Touch controls, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

Audi A6

The 2018 A6 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic (a collision preparation system), parking system plus with rearview camera, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. The A6 Premium Plus adds Audi side assist with pre sense rear, while the highest trim, Prestige, includes a parking system with a top view camera.

All models have Bluetooth wireless, but none come as well-equipped as the GS 350 in terms of safety technology that not only protects you in the event of a collision, but prevents accidents in the first place.

Pricing

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Audi A6

Starting at $49,700 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Infiniti QX60

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Infiniti QX60

Drivers in Los Angeles who need a seven-passenger luxury SUV capable of towing boats or small trailers through the hills of southern California should compare models before deciding because the platform on which your ute was built matters.
When comparing the 2018 Lexus GX 460 to the 2018 Infiniti QX60, there are many surface-level similarities and differences. But look at how each SUV is built, and you’ll find some major distinctions.

Read on to see which luxury SUV is better equipped to handle your recreational needs:

Performance and Towing

Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX is a true SUV in that it’s built on a body-on-frame platform, which means the body and frame are two separate components. Trucks and SUVs built with this construction are ideal for off-roading and hauling because they can stand up to twisting forces, which occur when traversing uneven terrain or hauling heavy loads.

The GX 460 is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Each model has full-time four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case and a lockable center differential. The GX’s towing capacity is 6,500 pounds, and all models come with Trailer Sway Control and the option for a tow hitch with ball mount. The highest trim – GX Luxury – has adaptive variable suspension and auto-leveling rear air suspension.

Infiniti QX60

Some automakers have eschewed the traditional body-on-frame construction with their SUVs in favor of a unibody design, which gives you a more car-like drive. Unfortunately, unibody trucks and utes aren’t as capable off-road as their body-on-frame counterparts, and they can be more expensive to repair after a collision.

The QX60 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. (It’s worth noting that in 2016, Nissan, which owns Infiniti, settled a class-action lawsuit over the QX60’s CVT due to excessive juddering during acceleration, according to the Miami Herald. Let’s hope they fixed that.) The QX60 can tow up to 5,000 pounds but does not come with the option for any towing accessories or trailer sway control.

Driver Assistance Tech

Lexus GX 460

The 2018 Lexus GX comes standard with a backup camera, 10 airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps. The GX Premium adds Intuitive Parking Assist, LED foglamps, and rain-sensing wipers, while the GX Luxury has a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and auto-dimming outside mirrors. The Driver Support Package gives you a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high beams, wide-view Front and Side Monitor system, and Crawl Control.

Infiniti QX60

The base QX60 has a rearview monitor and auto-dimming rearview mirror, but you’ll need to opt for a package for any additional driver assistance tech. Available features include an Around View Monitor, front and rear sonar system, rain-sensing wipers, intelligent cruise control, Blind Spot Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Forward Emergency Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and auto-dimming outside mirrors. The Infiniti SUV is not available with crawl control, a driver attention monitor, or intelligent high beam headlights.

Pricing

Lexus GX 460

Starting at $52,155 MSRP

Infiniti QX60

Starting at $43,300 MSRP