Comparison: 2018 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

Comparison: 2018 Lexus RX 350 vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander

Los Angeles drivers who are looking for midsize luxury SUV with an emphasis on style, performance, safety, and comfort are sure to check out the 2018 Lexus RX 350. Shopping for a new car can be difficult so we’ve tried making it a little easier by comparing the Lexus RX 350 and the Toyota Highlander.

After reading our review, be sure to come visit us at Longo Lexus and test drive the RX 350 to test drive the Lexus experience.

Performance

Lexus RX 350

 

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Highlander has two gas engine options and a hybrid, which we’ll save for another review. The base powertrain is a 2.7-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It’s front-wheel drive only.

You can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, which produces 296 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional with all-wheel drive. The LE trim can tow up to 1,500 pounds while upper trims have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus RX 350

The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped 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.

An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

Toyota Highlander

Models with a second-row bench can seat up to eight passengers, while the addition of second-row captain’s chairs reduces seating capacity to seven. All models feature soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row.

Available interior features include 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

Starting at $43,270 MSRP

Toyota Highlander

Starting 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.

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

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

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LX 570 vs 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser

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If you need a full-size SUV that can seat up to eight passengers, you have two great options: the 2018 Lexus LX 570 and the 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser.

Since Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, the two luxury SUVs share more than a few similarities. The most obvious difference you’ll notice is the exterior styling, but there are some key contrasts that may help you decide between these two high-quality utes.

Below, we’ll highlight the features of each luxury SUV so you can do your research before deciding:

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus LX 570

The 2018 LX has seating for five to eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration you choose, and 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With all seats folded, it features 83.1 cubes of cargo volume.

The Lexus comes standard equipped with a power moonroof, power rear door, leather interior trim, the Lexus Memory System for seating, a power-sliding second row, four-zone automatic climate control, nine-speaker audio, SmartAccess key system, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. Additionally, it features the Lexus Safety System+, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist, and a Navigation System with a 12.3-inch display.

Options include semi-aniline leather interior, heated and ventilated seating, Color Heads-Up Display, Qi-compatible wireless charging, a Cool Box, and a heated wood and leather steering wheel. For the ultimate family vehicle, you can also opt for a Rear-Seat Entertainment System with dual 11.6-inch displays and the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System with 19 speakers.

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser also seats up to eight passengers and has 16.1 cubic feet of space behind the third row and 81.7 cubes with the rear seats folded.

The Toyota SUV is a well-equipped base model with just a few options, making the shopping process easy for buyers. The Land Cruiser features a power moonroof, power liftgate, semi-aniline leather seating, multi-stage heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and four-zone automatic climate control. Additionally, it has Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless device charging, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Smart Key Entry.

Safety features include the Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) system, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Trailer Sway Control, and front and rear parking sonar. It does not come available with a panoramic monitor or Head-Up Display.

The only decision you’ll have to make when choosing a Land Cruiser is whether you want a Rear-seat DVD Entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch displays.

Performance and Towing

Lexus LX 570

The 2018 LX 570 is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque. It tows up to 7,000 pounds and comes standard with an integrated towing hitch receiver.

Toyota Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser also has a 5.7-liter V8, making 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota SUV can tow up to 8,100 pounds and also includes a towing hitch receiver. The LX and Land Cruiser have the same fuel economy, getting 13 MPG city and 18 MPG highway.

As you’ll see below, even the pricing of these two luxury SUVs is similar. Your choice comes down to subjective styling preferences, towing needs, and desire for the additional safety tech offered by Lexus.

Pricing

Lexus LX 570

Starting at $85,380 MSRP

Toyota Land Cruiser

Starting at $84,315 MSRP