Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 Acura TLX

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Drivers in the greater Los Angeles area shopping for a new luxury sedan ask us how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to competitors like the 2018 Acura TLX. While Acura has made strides over the last decade, it still struggles to meet Lexus’ standards.

Below, we’ll give you all the details on how these two luxury sedans compare. Read on, then visit us in El Monte to test drive a Lexus.

Safety Ratings and Features

Lexus ES 350

The Lexus ES 350 was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning perfect scores in crashworthiness, front crash prevention, and child seat anchor ease of use. Plus, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

All trims of the 2018 Lexus ES come standard equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Also standard are rain-sensing wipers, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics system. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX was not named a top pick by the IIHS because it lost points for driver-side small front overlap impact and received a Marginal rating for child seat anchor ease of use. Additionally, the IIHS did not evaluate this model for passenger-side small front overlap impact. The NHTSA gave the 2018 TLX a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The TLX includes a standard multi-view rear camera, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. Upper trims add a Surround View Camera, parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, and Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

Comfort and Entertainment

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES 350 comes standard with a power moonroof, SmartAccess, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, and perforated NuLuxe seating. All models also have Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker premium sound, Bluetooth wireless tech, HD Radio, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Enform apps.

Individual options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and power open/close trunk. Ask your Longo Lexus rep about the features bundled in the Navigation, Mark Levinson Audio, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury packages.

Acura TLX

The 2018 TLX features standard sport seats with leatherette trim, 10-way driver’s seat, 4-way passenger’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, Keyless Access System, and a power moonroof. Basic entertainment features include 7-speaker audio, Aha compatibility, Sirius XM Radio, USB audio interface, and Bluetooth.

Only upper trims include an integrated navigation system, traffic rerouting, and the AcuraLink telematics system. Optional tech is similar to that found on the Lexus, but you won’t find deluxe interior accents like a wood and leather steering wheel.

 

To get the full Lexus experience, visit us in EL Monte to test drive the ES 350.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,950 MSRP

Acura TLX

Starting at $33,000 MSRP

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 300 vs 2018 Audi A4

Comparison: 2018 Lexus IS 300 vs 2018 Audi A4

Entering the luxury market is a big step for drivers, so we get a lot of questions about how the 2018 Lexus IS 300 compares to competitors like the 2018 Audi A4. It’s a close race, but you may find that the Lexus is a better value when you examine the standard and available features.

Below, we’ll give you the details you need to make an informed decision. Read on, then visit us in El Monte, California to test drive a brand-new Lexus.

Standard Features

Lexus IS 300

All models of the 2018 Lexus IS come standard equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Other standard safety equipment includes a backup camera, 10 standard airbags, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics system.

Interior features include a power moonroof, SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, NuLuxe premium leather alternative seating, voice command, and dual-zone climate control. For your entertainment and convenience, the IS 300 has Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link Navigation, Bluetooth wireless, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

Audi A4

The 2018 A4 comes standard with a rear parking camera and the Audi pre-sense basic and Audi pre-sense city collision mitigation systems. If you want additional safety tech, you’ll need to upgrade.

Standard interior features include leather seating, heated front seats, three-zone climate control, a sunroof, and comfort front armrest. The A4’s infotainment features include a voice control system, smartphone interface, and Bluetooth wireless tech. The Audi’s base model does not include navigation system or a telematics system.

Optional or Available Features

Lexus IS 300

Individual options on the IS 300 include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, a power rear sunshade, and heated steering wheel.

The Premium Package gives you heated and ventilated front seats, while the Comfort Package adds a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Monitor, auto-dimming mirrors, and the Lexus Memory System. The Navigation and Navigation/Mark Levinson Packages give you the ultimate in audio and intuitive tech, while the F Sport Package turns your IS into a track-worthy sedan with special suspension tuning, F Sport bolstered seating, and more.

Audi A4

The A4 Premium Plus adds and SOS telematics system, Parking system plus with rearview camera, and Audi side assist with pre-sense rear. Additionally, this trim includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, and Audi music interface with dual USB ports.

The A4 Prestige (starts at $45,500 MSRP) has Audi active lane assist, head-up display in full color, Audi virtual cockpit, traffic sign recognition, and high beam assist. It also adds MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch, a top-view camera system, and adaptive cruise control with Traffic Jam Assist.

While Audi’s top trim is well equipped, drivers who choose the base model may feel like they’ve missed out on the luxury experience. Visit us in El Monte today to see why Lexus is a top choice in Los Angeles.

Pricing

Lexus IS 300

Starting at $38,210 MSRP

Audi A4

Starting at $36,00 MSRP

 

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

As more family drivers trade in their minivans for SUVs, luxury automakers like Lexus have taken note and equipped their utes with safety and infotainment features to keep everyone happy and safe on the road. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers got the memo.

When comparing the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 BMW X3, you’ll notice disparities in tech offerings and third-party safety ratings. We’ll give you all the details below. When you’re done reading, we’d love to see you in El Monte for a test drive.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus NX 300

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and reports there have been no recalls, complaints, or investigations on the model. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX 300 a 2018 Top Safety Pick.

All models of the 2018 Lexus NX are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, bundling a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high beams.

BMW X3

The NHTSA has not evaluated the 2018 X3 but has reported one complaint and one recall on the BMW SUV. The complaint states that the model’s brakes failed in traffic, causing an accident and two injuries. The complaint also says that the vehicle’s front crash prevention system failed in this instance.

Additionally, there was a recall in November 2017 due to a software error in the instrument panel that prevented warning signals from illuminating. The IIHS has not evaluated the 2018 X3.

Standard safety tech on the BMW X3 includes Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking, Daytime Pedestrian Detection, and Speed Limit Information.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus NX 300

Standard entertainment and connectivity features on the NX 300 include Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, Remote Touchpad controls, 8-speaker premium sound, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

Additionally, all models include Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist telematics systems.

BMW X3

The X3 comes standard with AM/FM radio, CD player, HiFi sound system, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio. It also includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity, BMW TeleService, and ConnectedDrive Services. The base model does not include navigation or traffic and weather information systems.

To get the same level of features as you get standard on the NX you’ll need to choose an upper trim, making the Lexus a better value. If you’re ready to experience the Lexus NX 300 in person, visit us in El Monte today.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MSRP

BMW X3

Starting at $41,000 MSRP