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.

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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Subtlety is a refreshing quality in the City of Angels, which is why we see so many Los Angeles drivers looking for a luxury sedan with understated beauty and comfort above flashy styling and gimmicks. These drivers know that Lexus is the automaker for sophisticates with a taste for performance.

That’s not to say we don’t have competition, and sometimes it can be hard to choose among competitive segments. As such, we’ve put together a one-to-one comparison of two of the best luxury sedans on the market, the 2017 Lexus LS 460 and the 2017 BMW 740i. Read on to see which is the better choice for you:

Features

Lexus LS 460

The LS comes with a bevy of standard features, including SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control with smog sensor and air filtration, backup camera, and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, all models have a Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite with 12.3-inch display, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You also have the option to add a heated steering wheel and Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1-channel architecture and DVD/CD player.

Also available are heated seating, power rear sunshade, power trunk, semi-aniline leather trim, four-zone climate control, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 9-inch screens, and wireless headphones.

BMW 740i

The 2017 740i has standard Display Key with LCD touchscreen, four-zone climate control, two-panel moonroof, and rearview camera. It also has a Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, real-time traffic, and iDrive 6.0 with touchscreen and touchpad controller.

Drivers have the option to add a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound audio system with 16 speakers and panoramic moonroof with LED accent.

Safety

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS comes available with the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, which includes Pre-Collision System with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System with infrared and stereo-camera technology, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist. This model also has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, LED headlamps with washers, and intelligent high-beams.

BMW 740i

The 740i has a rearview camera and ample safety and security features, similar to the LS, but active driver assistance tech is available only on upper trim levels within the 7 Series, which come at prices well above the LS. The 7 Series is available with cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot detection, frontal collision warning, lane departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and 3D surround-view cameras.

Engine

Lexus LS 460

The LS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive models make 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque, while all-wheel drive models make 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque.

BMW 740i

The 2017 BMW 740i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, making 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This model is also available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

BMW 740i

Starting at $81,500 MSRP

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