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

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

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

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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

When shopping for a luxury SUV, we find that modern drivers are more concerned about safety and fuel efficiency than anything else, because what they’re really looking for is a family vehicle that’s a stylish, practical alternative to a minivan.

If you’re in Los Angeles and need an SUV for the whole crew, it’s important to look at all the details and compare models before deciding. Our one-to-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Lincoln MKX reveals some significant differences between these two luxury family vehicles:

Safety and Tech

Lexus RX 350

Lexus cares about the safety of you and your family, so every model of the 2017 RX is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, all models come with a backup camera, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daytime running lights, and a Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency assistance plan.

Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus SUV a Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lincoln MKX

If you want driver assistance technology, you’ll need to upgrade to the most expensive trim (Reserve), and even then, the features that are standard on all models of the RX are available only as options. The 2017 MKX Reserve comes available with a 360-degree camera with Split-View Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Steering, Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Park Assist, Forward Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

While the NHTSA gave the 2017 MKX a 5-Star Overall Rating and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick, the Lincoln SUV didn’t score well enough in IIHS tests to earn that + on the title.

Performance and Efficiency

Lexus RX 350

The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The RX 450h is a hybrid model that combines a 3.5-liter V6 with a 123-kW electric motor, making a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The RX 350 has optional all-wheel drive, while it’s standard on the hybrid model.

The EPA estimates that the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and the RX 450h gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Lincoln MKX

The 2017 MKX comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, making 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, or optional with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and come with the option for all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the regular V6 AWD guzzles up to 16 MPG city and 23 MPG highway, while the twin-turbocharged AWD option gets up to 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Lincoln MKX

Starting at $38,260 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS
If you’re in the comparison stage of shopping for a luxury sedan, it’s important to decide which factors are most important to you. Some automakers whose names are synonymous with ‘deluxe’ can get away with a higher MSRP without necessarily providing more value, so make sure you’re looking at all the pertinent details.

In the battle between the 2017 Lexus ES 350 and the 2017 Cadillac CTS, one comes out ahead as a clear winner. Check out our full review to see which luxury sedan is the better value:

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

If you commute in Los Angeles traffic, you’re going to want the latest in entertainment and comfort features to keep you sane during a bottleneck. The 2017 ES 350 comes standard with dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with a color multimedia screen and Scout GPS Link navigation. It’s also equipped with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and subscription-free Traffic and Weather. The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch controls, a Navigation System, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. You also have the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 Clari-Fi speakers and inverted-motor subwoofer.

Cadillac CTS

The 2017 CTS comes standard with dual-zone climate control, the Cadillac CUE infotainment system with multi-touch screen and smartphone compatibility, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, and a Bose sound system. An integrated navigation system is available but does not come standard. The Luxury package includes a 13-speaker Bose sound system and navigation, as well as styling and exterior features.

Safety Rating and Tech

Lexus ES 350

The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The ES 350 comes standard with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and a class-leading 10 airbags. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Cadillac CTS

While the CTS also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, the IIHS found some flaws. It earned a Marginal score in critical small overlap front impact tests and was not named a Top Safety Pick by the testing institution.

The 2017 CTS comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear vision camera, daytime running lights, rear park assist, and OnStar Guidance Plan. The Driver Awareness Package adds a Forward Collision Alert, Forward Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, and more.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350</h3
Starting at $38,900 MSRP

Cadillac CTS

Starting at $45,995 MSRP