Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90
Drivers in Los Angeles who are looking for a full-size SUV that can do it all – from taking the kids to school to climbing the terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains – have a few options at their disposal, so comparison shopping is a smart idea.

When deciding between the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Volvo XC90, drivers may want to look closely at off-road abilities and safety features if they want a truly well-rounded ute. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, and here’s our side-by-side comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 comes with just one powerful engine option: a 5.7-liter V8 with standard full-time all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 7,000 pounds. If you’re planning on taking your SUV off the pavement, you’ll be glad to know the LX 570 has a locking center differential and a switch to turn on its low-speed transfer case. Additionally, all models come standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Active Height Control, and Crawl Control with Turn Assist.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 has two gasoline engine options: the T5 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 model has a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-4 that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The T5 has optional all-wheel drive, and the T6 comes standard with AWD.

Safety and Tech

Lexus LX 570

Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 LX with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. It’s also standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You’ll also have the option to add a Color Heads-Up Display for added driver awareness.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which includes low-speed collision avoidance support that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. It’s also standard with Run-off Road Protection, Run-off Road Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Road Sign Information System. With the optional Vision Package, you can also get a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Surround View Camera, auto-dimming mirrors, and retractable mirrors. The Convenience Package adds Pilot Assist, parking assistance, and Lane Keeping Aid.

Pricing

Lexus LX 570

Starting at $89,880 MSRP

Volvo XC90

Starting at $45,750 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30
Angelenos looking for the perfect blend of luxury and utility often come to Lexus looking for their next ride. But, like any smart consumer, they like to do their homework, so we get a lot of questions about how small SUVs like the NX compare to models by other automakers.

When you compare the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo to the 2017 Infiniti QX30, you’ll see some objective similarities and subjective differences. However, when looking at performance and safety, you’ll see some cut-and-dry distinctions that give the NX Turbo an edge.

Read on to find out why Lexus continues to be a favorite in Los Angeles:

Performance

Lexus NX Turbo

Under the hood, the NX Turbo has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that churns out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive. When you test drive a model, you’ll notice a smooth, powerful drive thanks to a turbocharger built into the exhaust manifold, resulting in minimal lag. According to EPA estimates, the 2017 NX Turbo gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Infiniti QX30

The 2017 QX30 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but instead of a smooth-shifting CVT it features a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that reviewers have reported feels a bit unrefined. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, making it less powerful than the NX Turbo. However, it does have a slight edge in fuel economy, getting 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models get 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus NX Turbo

The 2017 NX earned accolades from both major safety organizations, making it a wise choice for any driver, but especially for families. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores across all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The NX Turbo comes standard with a backup camera, eight airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. It’s available with triple-beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Infiniti QX30

Unfortunately, the 2017 QX30 has not been evaluated by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
The QX30 comes standard with a RearView Monitor, and has available LED headlights. The Technology Packaged adds Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Park Assist, and High Beam Assist.

Pricing

Lexus NX Turbo

Starting at $35,285 MSRP

Infiniti QX30

Starting at $29,950 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC F vs 2017 BMW M4

The sport coupe is the quintessential ride for Los Angeles drivers – sleek, cool, and not practical for everyone. Exclusive without being stuffy, it’s the ultimate status car for those with a taste for modern luxuries.
Now, which one to choose? In the battle between the 2017 Lexus RC F and the 2017 BMW M4, one comes out ahead as the clear winner when looking at performance and tech. Check out our one-to-one comparison to see how these two luxury sport coupes stack up:

Performance

Lexus RC F

The RC F represents the most powerful model in the Lexus RC lineup, with F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and an exclusive TORSEN limited-slip rear differential. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. The RC F will take you from zero to 60 in 4.3 seconds.

The F Sport package adds Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport mode, a turbo-boost gauge, and two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads and orange or black brake calipers. Additionally, the F Sport features Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering and Variable Gear-Ratio Steering.

BMW M4

The 2017 M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine with the choice between a 6-spede manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The system makes 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, and gets from zero to 60 a hair faster than the RC F, at 4.1 seconds with manual transmission or 3.9 seconds with automatic.

The M4 features the Active M Differential with Dynamic Stability Control and Adaptive M Suspension with M Dynamic Mode for control and responsiveness. Additionally, it has electric power steering with Servotronic and M Compound 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control.

Styling and Features

Lexus RC F

The F Sport package includes the F SPORT front fascia with exterior badging, F SPORT seats with enhanced bolsters, LFA-inspired instrumentation, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, stainless steel door sills, heated steering wheel, and active sound control. Additionally, it adds interior details, such as a black headliner, Silver Performance trim, and aluminum sport pedals, as well as a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated and ventilated front seats, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors.

BMW M4

The 2017 M4 has 18-inch light alloy wheels, shadowline exterior trim, aluminum hood with powerdome, carbon-fiber reinforced roof, M sport seats with lumbar support and side bolsters, Anthracite Carbon Structure Cloth, and M-style door sill finishers, footrest, gear shift lever, and design accents. The M4 also comes with heated seats, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rearview camera.

Pricing

Lexus RC F

Starting at $64,164 MSRP

BMW M4

Starting at $66,200 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 450h vs 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 450h vs 2016 Audi Q5 Hybrid

If you’re on the search for a luxury crossover with a hybrid engine, make sure you look beyond the superficial. Bells, whistles, and attractive styling features abound in the luxury segment, so don’t lose sight of what you want: a safe, comfortable ute that gets great fuel economy.

Los Angeles drivers often ask us the difference between the 2017 Lexus RX 450h and its Audi counterpart, the Q5 Hybrid. These two crossovers are a fair match, but one comes out ahead when you look closely at safety ratings and fuel economy. Read our full comparison to find out:

Engine and Fuel Economy

Lexus RX 450h

The 2017 RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor, shifting power seamlessly between the two with the Lexus Hybrid Drive System. It makes a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds. The model has standard all-wheel drive, and the engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the Lexus hybrid crossover gets 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

Audi Q5 Hybrid

The 2016 Q5 Hybrid has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor and generator. It makes a combined 245 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, getting from zero to 60 a little speedier than the Lexus, at 6.8 seconds. However, for Los Angeles drivers who stay mainly in the city, the fuel economy difference may be a deal breaker. The Q5 Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 24 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus RX 450h

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RX a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores on all crash tests. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

The RX comes standard 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 Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, all models feature a backup camera and LED foglamps.

Audi Q5 Hybrid

The 2016 Q5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but the NHSTA gave it just a 4-Star Overall rating. It lost points in tests for frontal crash and rollover.

The 2016 Q5 is also lacking considerably in the driver assistance tech department. While it does come with a rearview camera and available parking assistance, blind spot detection, and adaptive cruise control, it does not come available with a pre-collision braking system or lane keeping assistance.

Pricing

Lexus RX 450h

Starting at $53,035 MSRP

Audi Q5 Hybrid

Starting at $52,500 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Angelenos were the first to embrace the hybrid car, and now we’re always looking to what’s next in eco-friendly technology. The first-gen hybrids just don’t cut it anymore for Los Angeles drivers, leading many to look elsewhere for a ride that can best the Prius.

Enter, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h, a luxury option that’s good for the planet, too. But how does it stack up against the 2017 Toyota Prius Four? Read on to find out:

Powertrain

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson cycle engine combined with an electric motor with nickel-metal hydride battery module. It utilizes the ground-breaking Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch between power sources, and a continuously variable automatic transmission for smooth transitions between gears.

The system makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Toyota Prius Four

All models of the 2017 Prius have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Prius’ system makes 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. While it lags behind the ES 300h significantly in speed and power, it makes some gains in fuel economy. The 2017 Prius Four gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway.

Features

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h has a standard panorama glass roof, Lexus Display Audio color multi-media display, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with smog filter, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models come with NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power trunk open/close, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps. You also have the option to add a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, Clari-fi technology and subwoofer.

Toyota Prius Four

The 2017 Prius Four has standard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, cruise control, integrated backup camera, Smart-Flow climate control, and Multi-Information Display. The Prius Four adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Prius Four’s cabin features SofTex-trimmed heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and available Entune Premium JBL Audio Safety Connect, and Color Head-Up Display.

Pricing

Lexus ES 300h

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Toyota Prius Four

Starting at $29,695 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

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Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2017 BMW 6 Series

Lexus never settles for “good enough,” so you can expect every new model from the automaker to not only best its predecessors, but the competition as well. Case in point: the 2018 LC 500, a luxury coupe with cutting edge design and performance that’s hard to beat.

Los Angeles drivers who want to know how this new Lexus model stacks up against the BMW 650i should check out our full one-to-one comparison:

Performance

Lexus LC 500

The all-new LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to a class-leading 10-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes an impressive 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque for the ultimate in acceleration and control. In fact, this luxury coupe takes you from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds. (Those of you looking for fuel efficiency will be happy to know that the 2018 LC also comes in a hybrid model – the 500h – that makes 354 horsepower and has a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds.)

BMW 650i

Under the hood, the 2017 BMW 650i has a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 445 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It accelerates to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. While the BMW 6 Series does not include a hybrid model, the 640i gets up to 29 MPG, but sacrifices a good amount of horsepower.

Features

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC 500 comes standard with a Pioneer audio system with high-mounted widescreen display, as well as a suite of active safety technology, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Pre-Collision Braking, and Lane-Keeping Assist. It also features a fixed glass panel roof, LED headlamps, magnesium paddle shifters, and a 12-speaker audio system. Available styling features include a carbon-fiber roof panel, semi-aniline leather or Alcantara trim, and speed-activated rear spoiler, all available with the Performance Package.

Drivers may also opt for the Convenience Package, which includes Intuitive Parking Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The Touring Package includes leather-trimmed front seats, Alcantara headliner, and Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System. Additionally, the LC 500 comes available with a Torsen Limited-Slip Rear Differential and Color Heads-Up Display.

BMW 650i

The 2017 650i has standard infotainment with navigation and 10.2-inch display, iDrive controller, dynamic cruise control, and rearview camera. It also features leather and wood accents, xenon headlamps, Nappa leather seating, 20-way power adjustable front seats, and 12-speaker audio system.
Drivers have the option to add the Executive Package, which includes ventilated front seating, soft-close doors, and Heads-Up Display. There’s also available Bang & Olufsen sound system, Adaptive Drive, high-gloss black exterior accents, and bi-color 20-inch alloy wheels.

Pricing

Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

BMW 650i

Starting at $89,000 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

A luxury sport sedan is the quintessential Los Angeles car – fast, sleek, and high-tech. Add to that a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and you’ve got the ideal ride for cruising the hills of L.A.

However, today’s ample market makes shopping for your perfect sports sedan easier said than done. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a one-to-one review of the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, two class-leading luxury cars that have a lot in common at first glance. Read on to see which one comes out ahead:

Safety

Lexus IS Turbo

This year was a big one for Lexus because the automaker equipped most of its models with standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features developed to assist drivers and reduce the chances of an accident. The LSS+ 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. Additionally, each model comes with one year of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect, a service that provides emergency response and assistance, whenever and wherever you need it.

The 2017 IS was also awarded a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning perfect scores in all crash tests except frontal, where it won four stars.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 C-Class has standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, rearview camera, and adaptive braking. However, its blind spot monitoring system is an optional feature on lower trim levels, and a surround-view camera and parking assist are available via premium packages only. The mbrace Secure, similar to Lexus’s Safety Connect, is included, but only for the first six months of ownership.

The Mercedes sport sedan model also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA but scored just four stars in evaluations for frontal crash and rollover.

Features

Lexus IS Turbo

All models of the 2017 IS have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, SmartAccess key with push-button start, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, the model is equipped with dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration. Additionally, all models have available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power rear sunshade, backup camera, and heated steering wheel.

Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson packages.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes C300 has standard power front seats with memory, multi-function Nappa-leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, FrontBass sound system, Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, HD Radio receiver, and in-dash CD player. Also, it features standard LED daytime running lights, though LED headlights are optional. The C-Class additionally has a number of available option packages as well as individual add-on features, including leather seating and heated front seats.

Pricing

Lexus IS Turbo

Starting at $37,825 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Starting at $39,500 MSRP