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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q50

Lexus ES 350 ve Infiniti Q50

Shopping for a luxury sedan can be a lot of work. You need a car that can cruise Los Angeles streets in style while giving you intuitive, quality entertainment and convenience features within easy reach. Plus, what’s a luxury car these days without driver assistance technology?

If you’re comparing the 2017 Lexus ES 350 to the 2017 Infiniti Q50, some differences may make or break it for you. Check out our full one-to-one comparison:

Safety

Lexus ES 350

Lexus always puts safety first and spent years honing its Safety System+ package, which now comes standard on each model of the 2017 ES. The suite of features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

As such, it should come as no surprise that the 2017 ES earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 has available driver assistance tech, but it will cost extra. It comes with available Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

At best, one would consider the 2017 Q50’s crash test records spotty. While it did score best-possible ratings for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength from the IIHS, it was not rated for small front overlap impact. Additionally, the NHTSA has only evaluated the model for rollover, where it earned five stars.

Features

Lexus ES 350

Each model of the 2017 ES is equipped with SmartAccess with push-button start/stop, power moonroof, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link, 8-speaker sound system, backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and color LCD screen with Meter Link. Additionally, it comes with standard NuLuxe interior trim, power adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, subscription-free traffic and weather, and a year of complimentary Enform Safety Connect, Enform Service Connect, and Enform Remote.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather trim, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, power trunk open/close, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intuitive Parking Assist,

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 comes with standard AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System, USB connectivity, Sirius XM Radio, steering wheel-mounted controls, dual display screens, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview monitor, trip computer, cruise control, and HomeLink universal transmitter. It also features push-button ignition, power adjustable front seats, and leather accents.

Premium features include Bose sound system, advanced infotainment with HD Radio, navigation, Infiniti InTouch Services for six months, front and rear object detection, and power tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

Safety

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,900

Infiniti Q50

Staring at $33,950

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.

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RC 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q60

Los Angeles Compare Lexus RC350 vs Infiniti Q60

When you’re shopping for a luxury coupe in Los Angeles, you want one with chic styling and luxe features that also has the practical perks like good gas mileage and safety ratings. After all, Angelenos aren’t ones to compromise.

If you’re stuck in the middle between the 2017 Lexus RC 350 and the 2017 Infiniti Q60, there are some things you may want to know. Read on for our full comparison:

Safety

Lexus RC 350

It’s not often that a car seemingly designed for beauty can also keep you safe. But the RC 350 is an exception, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded it the title of Top Safety Pick+ after it earned best possible scores in all crash tests. The 2017 RC 350 comes standard with LED headlights and daytime running lights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, backup camera, hill start assist, rain-sensing wipers, and Smart Stop technology. There’s also available pre-collision system with automatic brake assist, dynamic radar cruise control, intuitive parking assist, and other driver assistance technologies.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 hasn’t yet been rated by the IIHS, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has only evaluated it in rollover tests, where it earned 5 stars. While the Infiniti coupe has safety features like airbags, tire pressure monitoring, seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes, it does not come available with driver assistance technologies like a pre-collision system or lane departure warning. When it comes to tech, Infiniti put entertainment ahead of safety with this vehicle.

Features

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is equipped with standard Lexus Enform Service Connect and infotainment, a 7-inch display, 10-speaker audio system, HD radio, dual USB ports, Bluetooth, and voice command smartphone integration. Additionally, each model has automatic climate control, self-dimming rearview mirror, and rearview camera.

You also have the option to add premium packages of features. Packages include Navigation (includes Enform Destinations, Enform App Suite, and enhanced Bluetooth); Navigation with Mark Levinson Premium Audio, Premium (heated and ventilated seats and driver assistance tech); Luxury (driver assistance tech, heated and ventilated seats, and leather trim); and All-Weather (high-intensity heater, headlamp washers, and wiper de-icer).

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has standard infotainment with two USB ports, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth technology, and a 6-speaker audio system. Other standard features include push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power locks and windows, and 8-way power driver’s seat. Upper trim levels also include a premium audio system, moon roof, universal garage door opener, and surround-view camera.

Engine

Lexus RC 350

The 2017 RC 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the all-wheel drive utilizes a 6-speed automatic.

Infiniti Q60

The 2017 Q60 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 208 horses of power and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Lexus RC 350

Starting at $43,010 MSRP

Infiniti Q60

Starting at $48,300 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

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles Comparison Lexus LX570 vs Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles is a city that likes to draw attention, so what better ride for an Angeleno than a luxury SUV? Drivers who want a head-turner that’s more than a pretty face have a few options, but there’s only one that has an L.A. face with an off-road body.

Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Infiniti QX80:

Safety

Lexus LX 570

Because Lexus doesn’t mess around when your family’s safety is at hand, it has equipped the new LX 570 with advanced safety features – standard on every model. That means you won’t pay extra for any safety features, including the advanced pre-collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, which can spot objects in the way and stop the car on its own. It’s often that split-second of reaction time that can lead to major damage, so this system could save lives. Additionally, the LX 570 has a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, 10 airbags, and an alert system that automatically sends for help in the event of a collision.

Infiniti QX80

The QX80 has driver assistance technologies, but the Driver Assistance Package – which includes blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning – will cost extra. Additionally, while the Infiniti SUV has a pre-collision warning system, it does not have automatic braking. Other safety features on the QX80 include front and rear parking sensors and a backup collision intervention system for further parking assistance.

Features

Lexus LX 570

Each model of the 2017 LX 570 has four-zone climate control, power moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, 14-way adjustable driver’s seat, leather interior, and 12.3-inch widescreen display in the center stack for displaying navigation and entertainment. The three-row, seven-seater also has power-operated third-row seating that can flip up for cargo space with a flat floor, or shift forward or backward for added space without losing passenger capacity.

You’ll also love the infotainment system with Lexus Remote Touch, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, USB input, and a 9-speaker audio system. There’s also the option to upgrade to the 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear entertainment system with dual 11.2-inch screens, built-in refrigerated box in the center console, heated and ventilated seats, and wood and leather trim.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has leather seating, three-zone climate control, moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and surround view camera. For entertainment, it has AM/FM/CD, USB port, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Infiniti’s telematics and concierge services. Available features include leather and wood accents, rear entertainment with 7-inch monitors, and 22-inch wheels.

Engine and Body

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower (and uses it efficiently) and 402 lb-ft of torque. Each model has all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll notice that the Lexus SUV handles very well for a ute its size, handling corners and curves with grace. Luxurious as the ride feels, it has a body-on-frame chassis like a full-size truck would, as well as a three-mode independent suspension setup that gives it the ability to handle any terrain.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has a 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive will cost you extra, and the engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

While the Infiniti ute handles well on the road and has a similar body-on-frame construction, it lacks the suspension to seem confident off the pavement, so this one’s for city slickers only.