Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

Los Angeles driver, are you looking for a midsized luxury SUV with a focus on performance, comfort, and all-around style? If so, then look no further. We all know how stressful new car shopping can be, so we’ve made the process a bit easier by comparing the Lexus RX 350 against the Toyota Highlander.

After reading our review, come to pay us a visit at Longo Lexus in El Monte and test drive your very own RX 350.

Performance

Lexus RX 350

 

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission which produces 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to fuel efficiency, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models differ only slightly, with front-wheel drive getting 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway and all-wheel drive getting 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

The RX 350 is also available in the F Sport Package. This package adds a number of enhancements to the vehicle, including sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System.

Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Highlander LE model, which comes in front-wheel drive only, includes 2.7-liter inline-4 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission which produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Along with this, you can choose to upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission which produces 296 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. This style can go between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The LE trim has a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs, with higher trims having a capacity of 5,000 lbs.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus RX 350

The RX 350 is standardly equipped with a black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional leather seating. Leather color options include black, neutral parchment, and bold rioja red. The two-row, five-seat SUV also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

The RX 350 comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically react to the elements around you, allowing you to concentrate more on what is in front of you. Also included in this is Drive Mode Select which allows you to choose a performance mode according to specific weather or terrain. This vehicle also includes the Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

Toyota Highlander

Certain Highlander models come standard with a second-row bench that helps the Highlander seat up to eight people. All Highlander models include soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row.

Buyers can choose from a number of interior features including SofTex or leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control with second-row control panel, a Smart Key System, Driver Easy Speak microphone, and ambient lighting.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starts at $43,270 MSRP

Toyota Highlander

Starts at $31,030 MSRP

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Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Drivers in the Los Angeles area shopping for an economical luxury sedan should come check us out at Longo Lexus and test drive the 2018 Lexus ES 300h. With its economical fuel economy, aggressive styling, exceptional comfort, and elegance that is expected with Lexus this ES 300h will give the driver everything they are looking for.

Performance

 

The ES 300h powertrain has a four-cylinder engine and electric motor with a combined output of 200 horsepower. The combo sends power to the front wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. The ES 300h delivers a combined 40 mpg without losing any performance. The ES 300h also offers performance driving modes, Drive Mode Select enables the driver to make the ES Hybrid more responsive or more efficient with a turn of a dial. Sport Mode creates a faster sportier ride, Normal Mode will balance fuel efficiency and engine performance. ECO Mode moderates the throttle, engine power and climate settings for increased fuel efficiency.

Safety

The Lexus Safety System offers the most comprehensive safety system ever offered by Lexus. The Lexus Safety System is designed to help the driver with fewer collisions, and better-informed drivers. Standard features include a backup camera with dynamic gridlines, Intuitive parking assist, vehicle proximity notification system, smart stop technology, rain sensing wipers, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. These are just a few of the safety features that come standard on the Lexus ES 300h. Come see the full Lexus Safety System at Longo Lexus in El Monte.

Technology

The Lexus Enform App Suite comes standard on the ES 300h and offers access to applications through your center-console display. You can stream music, check fuel prices, and sports scores all from your center console. All of this can be done with voice recognition as well. A SmartAccess key allows you to lock, unlock, and start the push-button ignition all without having to take the keys out of your pocket.

Comfort and Convenience

The ES 300h comes standard with 10-way power, heated and ventilated front seats. A power-tilt and telescopic steering wheel allows for maximum comfort while driving. As you approach your ES 300h an illuminated entry system will welcome you into this luxurious hybrid. A power rear sunshade allows the passengers to achieve maximum comfort and avoid unwanted glares.

Pricing

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Review: Lexus RC 350

Review: Lexus RC 350

A luxury coupe is the epitome of California luxury. Hold on to everything when you get into this luxurious, powerful vehicle, which blends performance with style and elegance. Be sure to come visit us in El Monte to test drive the Lexus RC 350.

Performance

 

The Lexus RC 350 features a dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence, designed to provide added torque at lower speeds and greater horsepower at higher speeds. The V6 engine combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission in the RC 350 produces 311 horsepower, while still achieving 28 mpg/highway. The V6 engine in the RC 350 rear wheel drive goes from 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds and 6.0 seconds in the all-wheel-drive model.

Safety

Standard features include a backup camera with dynamic gridlines, Intuitive parking assist, vehicle proximity notification system, smart stop technology, rain sensing wipers, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. These are just a few of the safety features that come standard on the Lexus ES 350. Come see the full Lexus Safety System at Longo Lexus in El Monte.

Technology

The Lexus RC 350 comes standard with a plethora of technical features which include, Lexus Enform Wi-Fi allowing passengers to connect up to five devices with a one-year complimentary trial. Also included is the next generation remote touchpad mimicking the operation of a smartphone to control multimedia, climate controls, and navigation. The RC 350 also comes standard with The Lexus Enform App Suite comes standard on the ES 300h offering access to applications through your center-console display. You can stream music, check fuel prices, and sports scores all from your center console.

Comfort and Convenience

The Lexus RC 350 offers all the luxury features that one expects in a Lexus. The RC 350 comes with leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, dual zone climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror that helps to reduce the glare from headlights behind you. Also included is illuminated door handles, USB equipped center console, and a 60/40 split-fold-down rear seat enabling you to transport larger items with ease.

Pricing

Starting at $43,570 rear wheel drive and $45,735 all-wheel drive.