Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

Review Lexus GS 350

A Lexus sedan is like the perfect pair of shoes, because it can take you anywhere in style and comfort. Since drivers in Los Angeles know how to shop, they often come to Longo Lexus looking for the latest trends as well as everlasting classics.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS 350, it’s a stand-out in terms of styling and performance, but the interior is as cozy and comfortable as your favorite pair of kicks. Take one for a test drive, but first, read our full review:

Entertainment and Tech

Each model of the 2017 GS comes standard with an array of advanced features, including the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Display Audio, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Service Connect and Remote apps.

Additionally, you have the option to add the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System as an individual feature. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.30inch high-resolution multi-media display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year.

Safety

Lexus cares about your safety, first and foremost. As such, each model of the GS is equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of features is designed to work seamlessly together and includes Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

All models of the GS also have LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and the option for Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

Engine

The 2017 GS 350 has a sporty engine that you’ll want to take all over California. The luxury sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined.

Interior

Comfort is everything when you’re stuck in L.A. traffic. That’s why the GS has standard dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, power adjustable steering wheel, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, power moonroof, and 10-way power adjustable front seats.

The Premium Package adds leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package goes even further, adding embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, Gray Sapele wood and aluminum trim, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, 18-way power adjustable front seats with butterfly headrests, Lexus Memory System for passenger’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, and rear-door and power rear-window sunshades.

Pricing

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Sneak Peek: 2018 Lexus LS

2018 Lexus LS
Imagine a vehicle with award-winning design and a groundbreaking, eco-conscious powertrain that’s equally sophisticated when it comes to safety features, and you may just envision the all-new 2018 Lexus LS.

Marking the fifth generation of Lexus’s flagship sedan, the LS 500 and hybrid LS 500h will hit our showroom later this year. If you’re in Los Angeles and want to be among the first to own one, get in touch today. In the meantime, here’s our sneak peek of the all-new Lexus LS:

Design

Inspired by Japanese aesthetics, the 2018 LS is modern and innovative yet classic inside and out. Its profile is longer and lower than past models, and it’s the first Lexus sedan to feature six side windows as well as flush-surface windows that integrate seamlessly with the body. Its outer-slide moonroof leaves plenty of headroom despite the lowered stance, letting you enjoy the L.A. weather from the comfort of the beautiful cabin.

It also features the classic Lexus spindle grille, with a new mesh design that gives a textured, three-dimensional look to the front end. You’ll also have the choice between five wheel designs, including a 20-inch electroplated version with a hollow rim to reduce road noise.

The LS has a luxe cabin with hand-pleated leather detailing in the door panels and hand-crafted Kiriko glass ornamentation. It was so well-received at the Detroit Auto Show this year that it won the 2017 EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellent – Interior Design.

“I suggest that you simply open the door and experience that immediate, intuitive sense that you’re looking at an interior that is unlike any luxury car before,” said chief designer Suga in a press release.

Powertrain

The all-new LS 500 is powered by a specially designed 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that gives you both power and fuel economy. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, making the LS the first vehicle in its class to feature such an advanced dynamic control system. The new generation bests the previous generation’s V8, making 415 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque thanks to a twin turbo developed with Lexus’s F1 technology. The elegant sedan goes from zero to 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

The LS 500h was built with the Lexus Multi Stage Hybrid System, combining a 3.5-liter V6 engine with two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery, mated to a continuously variable transmission. The system makes a net 354 horsepower and gets you from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds.

Safety

The all-new LS will feature the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models. The suite of technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The 2018 sedan also comes available with the Advanced Safety Package, which includes the world’s first Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering, as well as color Heads-Up Display.

Review: 2017 Lexus RX 350

Review of the 2017 Lexus RX 350

If you’re looking for a luxury SUV in Los Angeles and don’t want to spend a lot of time talking add-ons and options with your rep, then Longo Lexus has your solution.

The 2017 Lexus RX 350 is a class-leading, versatile ute that’s as ideal for commuting as it is for picking up the kids from soccer. With enthusiastic approval from both major safety organizations and a long list of standard features, it’s the easiest decision you’ll make all year. Read on for our full review:

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus RX 350 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores in all the organization’s crash tests.

Unlike some luxury automakers, Lexus puts safety first. Many of its 2017 models, including the RX, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technologies. The package includes 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 have a backup camera, 10 airbags, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, electronic braking brake, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for one year.

Features

The RX 350 comes with standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power rear door, Drive Mode Select for difficult terrain, and dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features Bluetooth technologies, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, and the Lexus Premium Sound System with nine speakers.

Those of you looking for a true luxury experience may also choose Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling and LED cornering lamps. Also available are the panorama glass roof, Panoramic View Monitor, power moonroof, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, and Heads-Up Display. Upgraded infotainment features are also available through various feature packages, so talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about what’s important to you.

Interior

The RX 350’s cabin is the lap of luxury, even if you choose the base model. It features perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, cargo-area tonneau cover, electrochromatic inside mirror, and power-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors. Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and power-folding 60/40 split are also available on all models of the RX.

The Luxury Package of features includes a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, driver’s seat power cushion extender, four-way power lumbar support, ambient interior lighting, semi-aniline leather trim, wood and aluminum accents, and rear-door sunshades.

Engine

This year’s RX 350 adds significant horsepower thanks to an updated powertrain. Under the hood, the RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing

Starting at $43,120 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus LX 570

Review of the 2017 Lexus LX 570

For Angelenos who need a regular respite from the city to head to the mountains or the desert, a fully capable luxury SUV is in order. Some automakers equip their utes with surface-level features that make them seem like they can handle life off the pavement, but fall short once you look for must-haves like multi-mode suspension and standard four-wheel drive.

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is no such vehicle. It has everything you want in a luxury SUV, plus everything you need to take it off road. Read on for our full review:

Performance

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that churns out 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission. The Lexus ute has an elegant feel behind the wheel, but don’t let that fool – this is a legitimate SUV with a truck-style body-on-frame chassis and three-mode independent suspension, capable of towing up to 7,000 pounds.

Additionally, its full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN limited-slip center differential bolsters a suite of intelligent performance features. Crawl Control can be activated with the press of a button and automatically gives you a slow and steady pace over uncertain terrain, while the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you adjust traction and response, whether you’re traversing rock, dirt, gravel, mud, or sand. Further, Active Height Control lets you raise the vehicle by up to three inches, giving you better wheel articulation and allowing you to accommodate rough terrains.

Features

The LX 570 comes standard with a deluxe navigation system with 12.3-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Remote Touch controls, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free traffic and weather, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth-enabled voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and SmartAccess key fob.

You can also opt for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, color Heads Up Display, wireless phone charging pad, Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System, and Cool Box center console beverage cooler.

Interior

This seven-seat SUV has three rows of highly configurable, leather-lined seating. You can fold the second and third rows down for extra cargo space, while the third row can also fold to the sides for flat-floor storage behind the second row. It has a standard 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 12-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, and the option to add semi-aniline leather seating. Standard four-zone climate control, interior ambient lighting, and artisan crafted wood trim remind you that this is a luxury vehicle.

Safety

Lexus equipped the LX 570 with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Assist Technology. This system does not cost extra, which not many other automakers can tout. Additionally, all models have Lexus Enform Safety Connect, providing roadside assistance and emergency contact free for the first year.

Pricing

Starting at $89,380 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus GS F

Los Angeles Review of Lexus GS F

Once behind the wheel of the Lexus GS F, the streets of Los Angeles become your personal track as the performance sedan envelops drivers in the spirit of a sports car with all the perks of a luxury vehicle.

Add to this a full suite of safety, entertainment, and convenience technology, and the 2017 Lexus GS F becomes a juggernaut on the road. Here’s our full review:

Performance

The 2017 GS F is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. This drivetrain makes 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque and goes from zero to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. Its torque vectoring differential gives you control even in high-speed situations, while the Brembo braking system lets you stop on a dime. The F-Adaptive Variable Suspension has 30 levels of damping for precise response and control, and the first-of-its-kind linear-solenoid monotube shocks give you the best ride quality and nimble cornering.

Styling and Interior

The GS F has a bold design, with an assertive front end and the Lexus signature spindle grille. Quadruple exhaust enhances your RPM while cooling ducts placed in the hood and fenders serve both form and function, adding to the GS F’s sporty style and letting the engine keep its cool. In the rear, a carbon fiber-wrapped spoiler keeps the center of gravity low for sure-footedness.

Inside, High-Back Sports Seats support the full body at high speeds and feature embossed F badges, unique stitching patterns, and leather upholstery. Aluminum pedals add to the styling and give you a better grip when in action. Ambient interior lighting, wood and aluminum accents, and a Dynamic Gauge Cluster with LCD add to the luxurious feel of the cabin.

Features

The 2017 Lexus GS F has standard Navigation System with 12.3-inch display, Lexus Enform Destinations 24-hour response service, Enform App Suite, Enform Remote, and Enform Service Connect. These features ensure you always have what you need, whether it’s information about your destination or vehicle, help during emergencies, or access to your favorite music app. Additionally, the GS F has standard Siri Eyes Free, Voice Command, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free Traffic and Weather, Bluetooth technology, Remote Touch controls, and USB input.

Optional features include a 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System and full-color Heads-Up Display that projects key information on your windshield when you need it.

Safety

Each model of the 2017 Lexus GS has the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RC-F

Los Angeles Review of the 2017 Lexus RC-F

If you’re shopping for a ride that can go from casually cruising the streets of Los Angeles to demolishing the competition on the race track, look no further than the RC-F.

This luxury performance coupe is so much more than great design, as the 2017 Lexus RC-F was made for driving. But there are many more reasons to love it, so check out our full review:

Performance

Under the hood, the RC-F is packing a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horses of power and 389 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift transmission – a powertrain that allows it to go from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The transmission has paddle shifters for manual control, and an automatic mode for intelligent response. Designed from the pavement up, the RC-F also has available Torque Vectoring Differential (a first for Lexus) to give you more control, as well as Brembo brakes and available carbon fiber components when you choose the Performance Package. New this year, the RC-F also features F-Adaptive Variable Suspension with 30 levels of damping for precision response and control.

Features

Standard features on the RC-F include a gauge cluster with multi-information display, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, traffic and weather, SmartAccess key fob, Scout GPS Link navigation, HomeLink universal transmitter, and a 10-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System. Optional features include Lexus Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, Mark Levinson Premium Sound, Remote Touchpad intuitive controls, heated and ventilated seats, and voice command with enhanced Bluetooth technology.

Styling

Designers took the essence of a racing coupe and made it distinctly Lexus, with a low-set spindle grille, signature F badging, LED headlights, an assertive hood vent, quad exhaust, and front cooling ducts. The 2017 RC-F also features an optional speed-activated rear wing, which responds to acceleration above 50 MPH to increase aerodynamics while keeping the coupe grounded. When not in use, the rear wing retreats into the trunk lid.

Inside, the RC-F has high-back sport seats, set low to the ground and providing support and comfort even at high speeds. It also has standard ambient lighting, illuminated door handles, aluminum pedals, a sport steering wheel, NuLuxe faux-leather seating, and personalized settings for comfort and convenience.

Safety

The 2017 Lexus RC-F earned perfect scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it a Top Safety Pick+ this year – something not many other performance cars can boast. Each model was built with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management with Sport Mode for skid prevention, anti-lock brakes, backup camera with gridlines, Smart Stop technology, and eight airbags throughout the cabin. Optional safety features include windshield wiper deicer, dynamic radar cruise control, pre-collision automatic braking system, rain-sensing wipers, and headlight washers.

Pricing

Starting at $64,165 MSRP.

Review: 2017 Lexus LS 460

Los Angeles Review Lexus LS 460

Lexus drivers know how to look past the hype and see a car for its true value, while Los Angeles is a city of discerning tastes. It makes sense, then, that drivers in the City of Angels love the LS, the quintessential luxury sedan that’s all substance, no nonsense.

Plus, each year gets better than the last, so check out the 2017 Lexus LS 460 at Longo Lexus. But come prepared and read our full review first:

Features

The LS 460 comes standard with deluxe features, including a Thin Film Transistor color multi-information display, Lexus Navigation with SD memory card, Lexus Enform infotainment and app suite, 10-speaker premium sound system, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, SmartAccess key fob, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional features include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with surround sound, rear seat entertainment system with Blu-ray, DVD, and wireless headphones, and Sport S+ and comfort driving modes. The Lexus LS also comes with Enform Service Connect for remote access of your vehicle’s status and needs.

Styling and Interior

The LS will look current for years to come, with an understated spindle grille, stand-out hood, and tapered rear that add up to a classic silhouette. In fact, you may never want to trade it in (but if you do, know that the LS 460 has great resale value). It glides on 18-inch wheels with hollow spokes for noise reduction, and when you look up, you’ll always have a great view of the California sky through the tilt-and-slide moonroof. The LS also features and illuminated entry system, power sunshade, power doors and trunk, and 16-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Drivers who choose the F Sport model add a front bumper with enhanced detailing, F Sport badging, and signature lower and upper grille inserts. The LS 460 Nightfall Edition features the Nightfall Mica exterior finish and L Select Dark Brown semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, in addition to premium interior features.

Safety

Each model of the LS is designed to protect its passengers, with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, high-performance Brembo brakes, backup camera with gridlines, intuitive parking assist, and Smart Stop technology, among other features. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System package, which includes automatic brake assist and pedestrian detection. Lane-keep assist, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor, LED headlights, and intelligent high-beam headlights are all optional.

Engine

You can choose between the base rear-wheel drive LS 460 or an all-wheel drive model. Both are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which makes 360 horsepower with four-wheel drive and adds 26 horses when you choose rear-wheel drive. Both options are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Starting at $72,520 MSRP