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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Family drivers in Los Angeles love the SUV as a stylish alternative to the minivan, but not all luxury SUVs are good enough for your family. When comparison shopping, be sure to check out safety ratings and the availability of driver assistance technology.

In the face-off between the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Audi Q5, it’s a close call, but there is a clear winner. Read on to find out, then visit our El Monte location to test drive the RX 350.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus RX 350

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 RX 350 with a Top Safety Pick+ title, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Plus, the RX is nicely equipped with a range of active and passive safety features. Each model has the Lexus Safety System+ (including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist). Other standard safety features include a backup camera, 10 airbags, bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, daytime running lights, an electronic parking brake, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

Audi Q5

While the 2017 Q5 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it earned just a 4-Star Overall Rating form the NHTSA. It lost points in frontal crash and rollover categories.

While the Q5 does feature driver assistance technology, you’ll need to choose an upper trim or individual options to get it. Standard safety features on the Audi SUV include airbags, Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, and a parking system plus with rearview camera.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Lexus RX 350

Under the hood, the RX 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with all-wheel drive, and features Drive Mode Select so you can adjust performance to optimize for driving conditions.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The RX 350 can use regular unleaded gasoline.

Audi Q5

The 2017 Q5 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and you can upgrade to a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s standard with all-wheel drive and has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The base Q5 gets up to 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway and the V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. One big difference between this and the RX 350 is the Audi’s requirement for premium fuel.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Audi Q5

Starting at $40,900 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a sedan that’s been tested on the track and refined for the road should test drive the 2018 Lexus GS F.

Quintessentially Californian, the GS F is a stylish option with substance. Below, we’ll go through all the features that make this Lexus sport sedan a best-seller in L.A. and all the reasons why you need one in your driveway:

Performance and Accessories

The Lexus GS F has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, taking you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifter and is rear-wheel drive.

If you like the style of the GS F but don’t need quite as many ponies, you can also check out the turbocharged GS 300, the V6-powered GS 360, or the hybrid GS 450h.

Setting this model apart from the rest of the Lexus GS lineup, the GS F includes LFA-inspired instrumentation with G-meter and lap timer, Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, a Torque Vectoring Differential, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, and Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ and Custom Mode. Additionally, you can opt for orange brake calipers with the F logo and 19-inch hand-polished 10-spoke forged alloy wheels. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about available accessories, including illuminated door sills, SmartAccess key gloves, and glass breakage sensor.

Comfort and Convenience

The GS F comes standard with luxe perforated leather interior trim, a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, high-back sport seats, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. It also features dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, and the Lexus Memory System for steering column, mirrors, and driver’s seat.
For your convenience and entertainment, the 2018 GS F also includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res display, Remote Touch controls, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB port, and the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Subscription-free traffic and weather and Lexus Enform Service Connect are also included to assist you in a pinch.

Safety and Technology

The Lexus Safety System+ is now standard on most Lexus models, including the GS F. This advanced suite of driver assistance technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high-beam headlights. The GS F is also equipped standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming mirrors, premium triple-beam LED headlights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect. As an individual option, you can also add a color Heads-Up Display.

Pricing

Starting at $84,350 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

If you’re looking to enter the luxury market with a compact sedan, the 2018 Lexus IS should be on the top of your list of models to check out. The IS lineup features three incredible engine options, high-tech standard features, and class-leading safety ratings.

Los Angeles drivers can visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive. To get all the details, see our full review below:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The same model with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, making 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds.

The IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The IS 350 RWD has an 8-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, while the IS 350 AWD has a 6-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the IS Turbo with RWD gets a combined 26 MPG, while the IS 350 RWD has a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. IS AWD models get 22 MPG combined.

Safety and Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Lexus IS a Top Safety Pick, earning top scores in all categories and securing a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The Lexus Safety System+ is standard on all models of the new Lexus IS. The package of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Plus, all trims have a backup camera, 10 standard airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Individual options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, and a Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and Convenience

A luxury car is nothing without a well-designed cabin, so the IS features a standard power moonroof, NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. Additionally, all trims have Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link navigation with TurnStream, voice command, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Bluetooth wireless tech.

You also have the option to add a power rear sunshade, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a premium navigation system, Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio, and Remote Touch controls.
Ask your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Comfort, Navigation, and Mark Levinson Packages. The 2018 IS is also available with the F Sport Package, which adds special suspension tuning, a limited-slip rear differential, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and more.

Pricing

Starting at $38,210 MSRP

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