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

Advertisements

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.

Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500h

LL_BlogArticleImages_600x335_LCh_Mar2018

You won’t find another hybrid vehicle quite like the 2018 Lexus LC 500h. With sleek grand tourer styling and performance to match, it bears little in common with the hybrid models that debuted 20 years ago.

Except, of course, that it leverages the hybrid technology that its parent company, Toyota, has been honing over the last two decades. It’s the best of both worlds, and it’s even better in person.

Visit us in El Monte, California to test drive the LC 500h, and read our full review below to get all the details:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Lexus LC 500h melds a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 engine with an electric motor, utilizing the breakthrough Lexus Multistage Hybrid Drive system to optimize performance between the two energy sources. It also features the first-ever multistage transmission for Lexus, giving you instant torque for head-turning performance at the gate.

Adaptive Variable Suspension, Drive Mode Select, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, and LFA-inspired instrumentation are standard on all LC models. It’s available with a TORSEN limited-slip rear differential.

The hybrid powertrain makes a net 354 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that the LC 500h gets 26 MPG city and 35 MPG highway, and goes more than 665 miles on a full tank.

Convenience and Entertainment

The 2018 LC comes standard with leather seating, a glass roof with sunshade, dual-zone automatic climate control with Climate Concierge, heated and ventilated power front seats, rain-sensing wipers, SmartAccess key system, and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors. Additionally, it features the Lexus Navigation System with a 10.3-inch display, Remote Touchpad controls, 12-speaker Premium Audio, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps (Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote).

The LC 500h has the exclusive option for an electronic heater. Other available features include a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel, Alcantara headliner, semi-aniline leather trimmed seating, carbon fiber roof, and the Mark Levinson 13-speaker Surround Sound Audio System.

Driver Assistance Technology

Lexus puts safety first, even in its performance vehicles. All LC models come standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlights. Additionally, the coupe features a Vehicle Dynamics Management System, eight airbags, a backup camera, and Bluetooth hands-free technology.

The Convenience Package adds Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and you can add a Heads-Up Display as an individual option.

The LC 500h blends luxury and practicality, so visit us today to reserve your model before they leave our showroom. Our staff is ready to take you for a test drive and answer any of your lingering questions.

Pricing

Starting at $96,510 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350L

Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350L

The Lexus RX has long been a favorite in the Los Angeles area, and this year introduces a new trim that gives drivers the ultimate luxury experience.

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is one of the most comfortable luxury SUVs on the market, and you’ll know the minute you get inside. To get the full experience of this next-level Lexus ute, visit us in El Monte for a test drive.

For all the details, see our full review below:

Comfort and Convenience

The Lexus RX is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven passengers. All RX models are equipped with features to keep the whole crew riding in luxury, but there are a few elements unique to the RX 350L that elevate the experience. It comes standard with leather interior, three-zone climate control, power-folding auto-dimming outside mirrors, second-row captain’s chairs, a power-folding and reclining 50/50 third row, and the Lexus Memory System.

Additionally, the 350L has a power rear door, power front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, a backup camera, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. For your entertainment, the RX includes Lexus Display Audio with a color multi-media display and Scout GPS Link navigation, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth with Voice Command, and Siri Eyes Free.

The RX 350L is available with the following individual options: heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a power moonroof, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, premium triple-beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling, and a Heads-Up Display. The Premium Package adds your choice of premium wood interior trim (Espresso Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Matte Linear Dark Mocha) and a power moonroof.

Safety and Technology

The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick. It earned best-possible scores for crashworthiness, including a Superior rating for crash prevention and mitigation.

Lexus equips all models of the RX with the Lexus Safety System+, which gives you a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, you can add a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking as individual options.

Performance

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with standard all-wheel drive, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The 2018 RX can tow up to 3,500 pounds and comes with the option for a tow hitch receiver, heavy duty radiator, and cooling fan, and engine and transmission oil coolers. The 350L also has standard aluminum roof rails for your cargo and recreational needs.

Pricing

Starting at $52,685 MSRP

Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus RC 300

Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus RC 300

The Lexus coupe is a classic on the streets of Los Angeles, with its signature spindle grille, sleek two-door body, and growling engine that commands attention. In the 2018 Lexus RC 300, you’ll find all this and more.

It hasn’t hit our showroom floors yet, but you can reserve your model today by calling or visiting us at our convenient El Monte location. First, check out our sneak peek to get all the details:

Performance and Mechanical

The 2018 Lexus RC 300 RWD has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 241 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. The RC 300 AWD has a 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. Both models come standard with Drive Mode Select, paddle shifters, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System.

The F Sport packaged adds F Sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ and Custom Drive Modes, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads and black calipers (RWD only), LFA-inspired instrumentation, and active sound control. The package also includes a range of interior and exterior styling options, including F Sport seating, perforated leather details, and stainless-steel door sills. The RC F Sport RWD also comes with the option for orange brake calipers and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Comfort and Convenience

The Lexus RC is a sport coupe that puts drivability at the forefront without compromising comfort. All trims come standard with dual-zone climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, NuLuxe interior trim, heated front seats (AWD), power-adjustable front seats, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat for added cargo room. The coupe also comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, 10-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0-, and subscription-free traffic and weather. You can also add a power moonroof as an individual option.

Available features on the RC 300 include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather interior trim, rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, Navigation System with DVD/CD player, Dynamic Voice Command, Remote Touchpad controls, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. Audiophiles will love the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 17 speakers, subwoofer, class-D amplifier, Clari-Fi audio processing, and 7.1 channel surround sound.

Safety and Technology

Driving in Los Angeles is a test of patience for many drivers, which is why L.A. loves Lexus. Many Lexus models – including the RC – come standard with the Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technology aimed at preventing collisions and accidents. Additionally, all models have a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, and Bluetooth to keep you focused on the road. A Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and premium triple-beam LED headlamps are also available.

Pricing

Starting at $40,640 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Infiniti QX60

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GX 460 vs 2018 Infiniti QX60

Drivers in Los Angeles who need a seven-passenger luxury SUV capable of towing boats or small trailers through the hills of southern California should compare models before deciding because the platform on which your ute was built matters.
When comparing the 2018 Lexus GX 460 to the 2018 Infiniti QX60, there are many surface-level similarities and differences. But look at how each SUV is built, and you’ll find some major distinctions.

Read on to see which luxury SUV is better equipped to handle your recreational needs:

Performance and Towing

Lexus GX 460

The Lexus GX is a true SUV in that it’s built on a body-on-frame platform, which means the body and frame are two separate components. Trucks and SUVs built with this construction are ideal for off-roading and hauling because they can stand up to twisting forces, which occur when traversing uneven terrain or hauling heavy loads.

The GX 460 is equipped with a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Each model has full-time four-wheel drive with two-speed transfer case and a lockable center differential. The GX’s towing capacity is 6,500 pounds, and all models come with Trailer Sway Control and the option for a tow hitch with ball mount. The highest trim – GX Luxury – has adaptive variable suspension and auto-leveling rear air suspension.

Infiniti QX60

Some automakers have eschewed the traditional body-on-frame construction with their SUVs in favor of a unibody design, which gives you a more car-like drive. Unfortunately, unibody trucks and utes aren’t as capable off-road as their body-on-frame counterparts, and they can be more expensive to repair after a collision.

The QX60 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque, mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. (It’s worth noting that in 2016, Nissan, which owns Infiniti, settled a class-action lawsuit over the QX60’s CVT due to excessive juddering during acceleration, according to the Miami Herald. Let’s hope they fixed that.) The QX60 can tow up to 5,000 pounds but does not come with the option for any towing accessories or trailer sway control.

Driver Assistance Tech

Lexus GX 460

The 2018 Lexus GX comes standard with a backup camera, 10 airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps. The GX Premium adds Intuitive Parking Assist, LED foglamps, and rain-sensing wipers, while the GX Luxury has a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and auto-dimming outside mirrors. The Driver Support Package gives you a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high beams, wide-view Front and Side Monitor system, and Crawl Control.

Infiniti QX60

The base QX60 has a rearview monitor and auto-dimming rearview mirror, but you’ll need to opt for a package for any additional driver assistance tech. Available features include an Around View Monitor, front and rear sonar system, rain-sensing wipers, intelligent cruise control, Blind Spot Warning, Backup Collision Intervention, Forward Emergency Braking, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, and auto-dimming outside mirrors. The Infiniti SUV is not available with crawl control, a driver attention monitor, or intelligent high beam headlights.

Pricing

Lexus GX 460

Starting at $52,155 MSRP

Infiniti QX60

Starting at $43,300 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