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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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

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

If you’re in Los Angeles and shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, don’t forget to look beyond performance and features to factors that could indicate how happy you’ll be with your car three to five years down the line.

For instance, the 2018 Lexus GS 350 and the 2018 Audi A6 are close contenders, with similar size and power specs. But look at reliability and resale estimates, and you’ll see that one model is superior.

Below, we’ll run down all the differences between these two luxury sedans. See which one is right for you, then visit Longo Lexus to get the full GS 350 experience.

Reliability and Resale

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS tops Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards list for the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. The source reports that the GS’s resale value at 36 months is about 46.5 percent of the original cost, and 32.5 percent at 60 months.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2017 Lexus GS (2018 figures are not yet available) scored a perfect five out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. Additionally, it earned perfect scores in nearly all categories pertaining to mechanical components, including Powertrain Quality and Body and Interior Quality. Regarding design, it also earned perfect scores in Body and Interior Quality.

Audi A6

The A6 didn’t make Kelley Blue Book’s list of luxury cars with the best resale value, and exact resale values are hard to corroborate. However, the A7 did come in second place, though it’s about $20K more than the A6 and the GS 350.

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2017 Audi A6 three out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. In fact, it failed to earn five points in any category. The A6 earned four points for Mechanical Powertrain Quality and Mechanical Body Quality. The Audi sedan won just two points each for the Overall Quality of design and Body and Interior Quality of design.

Safety and Technology

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS comes standard with an array of next-generation technology aimed at keeping you safe and comfortable on the road. All models are equipped 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, all models feature auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, a backup camera, Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Each model also has features designed to limit distractions, including Remote Touch controls, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

Audi A6

The 2018 A6 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic (a collision preparation system), parking system plus with rearview camera, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. The A6 Premium Plus adds Audi side assist with pre sense rear, while the highest trim, Prestige, includes a parking system with a top view camera.

All models have Bluetooth wireless, but none come as well-equipped as the GS 350 in terms of safety technology that not only protects you in the event of a collision, but prevents accidents in the first place.

Pricing

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Audi A6

Starting at $49,700 MSRP

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