Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
If you’re shopping for a luxury crossover, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio may have caught your eye as magazines report on the Italian automaker’s re-entry into the U.S. market. The Stelvio appears to have it all – style, power, and features – but does this newcomer stack up to the competition?

When comparing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio to the 2018 Lexus NX 300, you’ll want to take note of the features that come standard and those that cost extra. Options can boost the price well beyond an entry-level budget, so don’t let the base price mislead you.

See the differences in our one-to-one comparison, then visit us at our convenient El Monte location to get behind the wheel of an NX 300.

Safety and Tech

Lexus NX 300

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 now comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, including 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.

Additionally, the Lexus crossover comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. The NX also features a Remote Touchpad, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Premium Sound System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res split-screen, Destination Assist, Dynamic Navigation, 10-Speaker Premium Sound, electrochromic rearview mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

It’s worth noting that the Stelvio does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, except for a backup camera and parking sensors. Its Driver Assistance Package (about $1,500 extra) includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard equipment on the Stelvio includes a 6.5-inch color display, 8-speaker audio, Start/Stop Technology, power tailgate, universal garage door opener, and dual-zone climate control. You can upgrade to a 6.5 or 8.8-inch widescreen color display (an extra $950), which seems small compared to the NX’s 10.3-inch navigation screen.

Performance

Lexus NX 300

Both the NX 300 and the Stelvio have a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. The Lexus crossover makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and comes available with all-wheel drive. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 7 seconds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24 MPG combined.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo’s base engine makes 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, giving it just a slight edge in terms of pony power. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy is 24 MPG combined.

Now, the Italian automaker may have caught your eye with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s specs – a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that churns out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. What Alfa Romeo doesn’t make so obvious in its marketing materials is that the upgrade pushes the Stelvio’s price to about $90,000.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $34,985 MSRP

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

Starting at $41,995 MSRP

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Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h
Few automakers can match Lexus when it comes to comfort and safety on the road, which is why it’s a favorite among Los Angeles drivers. Plus, its Hybrid Drive system is unparalleled, adding extra incentive (literally) for those who want it all.

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h is exactly what your commute needs, so visit Longo Lexus to get behind the wheel. But first, read our full review for all the details:

Performance and Fuel Economy

This Lexus hybrid sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor, moderated by the Lexus Hybrid Drive that optimizes power from both sources during acceleration and braking. The powertrain makes a net 200 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h has an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the hybrid sedan has a fuel economy of up to 39 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. The 2018 ES 300h scored a 9 out of 10 in California’s DriveClean Greenhouse Gas Rating, so your purchase makes you eligible for tax incentives from the state. Your Longo Lexus dealer can fill you in on the details.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Lexus ES comes standard with perforated NuLuxe interior trim, a power moonroof, and dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode. It also features SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, voice command, 10-way power front seats, LED exterior lighting, and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

Individual options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and a power open/close trunk. Other available features include Remote Touch controls, Navigation System, Lexus Enform Destinations, a Mark Levinson sound system, and luxe interior accents. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features in the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury packages.

Safety and Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 ES with a backup camera, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. It’s also available with Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350

Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350
The Lexus GS sedan is the quintessential car for drivers in Los Angeles who value quality and comfort above all else. The only issue is choosing a model from the impressive 2018 lineup.

In this review, we’ll give you all the features and specs of the 2018 Lexus GS 350. Keep in mind there’s also the turbocharged GS 300 and the hybrid GS 450h, which we’ll cover in another review.

Get all the details, then visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a 6-speed Paddle-Shift automatic.

The GS 350 also comes available with the F Sport Package, which includes additional driving modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, LFA-inspired instrumentation, interior details, and 14-inch two-piece front brake rotors with monoblock four-piston calipers. Individual options include orange brake calipers, Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering, and a TORSEN limited-slip differential.

RWD models have a fuel economy of 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

Each model of the 2018 GS has dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, a tilting and telescoping steering column, the Lexus Memory System, a power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power front seats, Remote Touch controls, and NuLuxe seating. The Premium Package adds a leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. You can also add a heated steering wheel or power trunk as individual options.

Entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, Siri Eyes Free with voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB smartphone input, and the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System. Individual options include the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and Heads-Up Display. The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist.

Safety and Tech

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 GS 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, the sedan is standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a backup camera, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect app. Intuitive Parking Assist is available as an individual option.

Pricing

Starting at $50,695 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

You never know when the mountains will call you, so when it’s time to get out of L.A. and head back to nature, you’ll want to be prepared with a full-size luxury SUV that’s as capable as it is stylish.

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a three-row utility vehicle with hand-crafted details, premium cabin materials, and an engine that can get you through anything. Read our full review, then visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive.

Performance

The Lexus LX 570 is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, with a 7,000-pound towing capacity. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and comes standard with four-wheel drive.

Each model of the LX also has Adaptive Variable Suspension with Active Height Control, Crawl Control, and Turn Assist for traversing difficult terrain. A Panoramic View camera and Multi-Terrain Monitors help you see your surroundings with ease, while an integrated tow hitch receiver makes hauling recreational equipment a no-brainer. The LX comes standard with a roof rack with rails and has the option for Roof Rack Cross Bars, Paint Protection Film by 3M, and all-weather mats.

Comfort and Convenience

The LX features everything you’d expect in a luxury SUV, and then some. It seats up to eight passengers and comes with the following options for upholstery: black leather, semi-aniline black leather, parchment leather, semi-aniline parchment leather, and semi-aniline cabernet leather. Standard equipment includes a power moonroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, power-folding 50/50 third-row seat, running boards with courtesy lights, a power rear door, leather-trimmed interior, and a power sliding 60/40 middle row. You’ll also enjoy a standard Navigation System with 12.3-inch LCD multimedia screen, Bluetooth wireless tech, four-zone climate control, HomeLink universal transceiver, SmartAcces with push-button Start/Stop, auto-dimming interior mirrors, and the Lexus Enform Safety and Service Connect telematics system free for 10 years.

The Luxury Package adds semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, and four-zone Climate Concierge. Individual options include a color Heads-Up Display, Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, Cool Box, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with two 11.6-inch displays, HDMI input, and wireless headphones.

Safety and Tech

Lexus is a pioneer in safety technology, so the automaker includes the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models of the 2018 LX. The suite of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high-beam headlights. The luxury SUV also comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $99,800 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

Imagine having a spacious, well-equipped chariot to drive through the streets of Los Angeles, with minimal distraction and enough power under your foot to head to the mountains if you wanted. Add to that 6,500-pound towing capacity, and you’ve got the ultimate getaway SUV.

The 2018 Lexus GS 460 is a full-size luxury SUV that has it all. See for yourself when you come in for a test drive. For full details, read our full review:

Performance

The 2018 GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that churns out 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus SUV has full-time all-wheel drive, a TORSEN limited-slip center differential, and Active Traction Control to give you control on any terrain or during inclement weather.

The GX 460 has a body-on-frame construction, making it capable of towing boats, trailers, and other recreational equipment. To ensure a safe trip, it comes with Trailer Sway Control, Crawl Control, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control.

Regarding fuel economy, you can expect to get up to 15 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, and 16 MPG combined.

Comfort and Convenience

The most significant additions to the 2018 model are a redesigned backup camera (standard on all trims), the Premium Package, and the option for Ecru leather seating.

The 2018 GX 460 has three rows of seating for seven passengers and comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, NuLuxe interior trim, a power moonroof, privacy glass, Lexus Memory System for seating and mirrors, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, reclining middle row, and dual-zone climate control. Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and the Lexus Enform apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

Individual options include headlamp washers, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System. Ask your Longo Lexus rep about the features included in the GX Premium and GX Luxury, such as three-zone climate control, Adaptive Variable Suspension, auto-leveling rear air suspension, semi-aniline leather trim, and more.

Safety and Tech

All models of the 2018 GX are available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The GX Premium includes rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist. The GX Luxury comes available with the Driver Support Package, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high-beam headlamps, wide-view front and side monitor system, and the Mark Levinson audio package with Navigation.

Pricing

Starting at $51,855 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 350

If you’re shopping for a luxury sedan that won’t go out of style anytime soon, the 2018 Lexus ES 350 may be your ideal choice. With classic styling and features that are lightyears beyond its rivals, you can count on the ES gracing the streets of L.A. for years to come.

Drivers who don’t fuss around with fleeting trends should get behind the wheel and see for themselves why the ES is a California favorite. But first, read our full review for all the details:

Safety and Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating. It’s no wonder the ES has secured the organization’s top rating for the past five years, as Lexus equips all its vehicles with only the best in safety technology.

All models of the 2018 ES come standard with 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 headlamps. All models also come with a backup camera, LED headlamps and tail lamps, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

Comfort and Convenience

What’s a luxury vehicle without features that make your life easier? The 2018 ES 350 includes standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power moonroof, dual-zone climate control with interior air filters and smog sensor, perforated NuLuxe interior trim, 10-way power adjustable front seats, and subscription-free Traffic and Weather. Additionally, you’ll love the Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch color display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, voice command, HD Radio, and Bluetooth tech. All models of the ES also come with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available individual features include heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and power trunk. Talk to your Longo Lexus rep about feature packages that can take your ES to the next level. For instance, the Luxury Package adds embossed-stitch perforated leather-trimmed interior, wood-trimmed console, and heated and ventilated front seats, while the Ultra Luxury Package builds on that with semi-aniline leather, power rear sunshade, panorama glass roof, ambient interior lighting, and the Lexus Memory System for front seats.

Performance

The 2018 ES 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, making 268 horsepower. The front-wheel drive luxury sedan goes from zero to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. According to EPA estimates, it gets 20 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined.

Pricing

Starting at $38,900 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a luxury sedan that performs, usually want to compare models to see which really has a top-performing engine under its hood, and which is relying on its famous German name instead.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS F and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550, there’s a clear winner in terms of both performance and features. Review our one-to-one comparison, then come get behind the wheel of a GS F:

Performance

Lexus GS F

The 2017 GS F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, getting you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep you in control on the road, while a Torque Vectoring Differential with three modes allows you to handle curves and turns with grace. The GS F also features the F-Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 Mercedes E550 has a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5 seconds. The rear-wheel drive luxury car has a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The E550 features selective damping, perforated front brake discs, and sport-tuned suspension.

Features

Lexus GS F

In addition to being a legitimate performance car, the GS F comes equipped with entertainment and convenience features galore. It comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button start, LFA-inspired instrumentation, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Memory System (seats, mirrors, steering column), a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather interior trim.

The GS F also comes equipped with a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res screen, Remote Touch controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, Bluetooth wireless tech, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance technology.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 E550 features standard leather upholstery, heated power front seats, panorama roof with power tilt-and-slide, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth tech, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Premium leather and ventilated front seats are available as options only.

The E550 is standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe, but other driver assistance technologies are available as upgrades only.

Lane keeping assist, intelligent high beams, and a rearview camera – all of which come standard on every model of the Lexus GS – can be added to the E550 with an option package.

Pricing

Lexus GS F

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz E550

Starting at $60,650 MSRP