Review: 2018 Lexus LC 500h

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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

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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 GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

Comparison: 2018 Lexus GS 350 vs 2018 Audi A6

If you’re in Los Angeles and shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, don’t forget to look beyond performance and features to factors that could indicate how happy you’ll be with your car three to five years down the line.

For instance, the 2018 Lexus GS 350 and the 2018 Audi A6 are close contenders, with similar size and power specs. But look at reliability and resale estimates, and you’ll see that one model is superior.

Below, we’ll run down all the differences between these two luxury sedans. See which one is right for you, then visit Longo Lexus to get the full GS 350 experience.

Reliability and Resale

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS tops Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards list for the luxury segment for the fourth year in a row. The source reports that the GS’s resale value at 36 months is about 46.5 percent of the original cost, and 32.5 percent at 60 months.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the 2017 Lexus GS (2018 figures are not yet available) scored a perfect five out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. Additionally, it earned perfect scores in nearly all categories pertaining to mechanical components, including Powertrain Quality and Body and Interior Quality. Regarding design, it also earned perfect scores in Body and Interior Quality.

Audi A6

The A6 didn’t make Kelley Blue Book’s list of luxury cars with the best resale value, and exact resale values are hard to corroborate. However, the A7 did come in second place, though it’s about $20K more than the A6 and the GS 350.

J.D. Power and Associates gave the 2017 Audi A6 three out of five points for Overall Quality and Predicted Reliability. In fact, it failed to earn five points in any category. The A6 earned four points for Mechanical Powertrain Quality and Mechanical Body Quality. The Audi sedan won just two points each for the Overall Quality of design and Body and Interior Quality of design.

Safety and Technology

Lexus GS 350

The 2018 Lexus GS comes standard with an array of next-generation technology aimed at keeping you safe and comfortable on the road. All models are equipped 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 Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

Additionally, all models feature auto-dimming, power-folding exterior mirrors, a backup camera, Lexus Enform Safety Connect for 10 years, and LED headlamps and daytime running lights. Each model also has features designed to limit distractions, including Remote Touch controls, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free.

Audi A6

The 2018 A6 comes standard with Audi pre sense basic (a collision preparation system), parking system plus with rearview camera, and Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights. The A6 Premium Plus adds Audi side assist with pre sense rear, while the highest trim, Prestige, includes a parking system with a top view camera.

All models have Bluetooth wireless, but none come as well-equipped as the GS 350 in terms of safety technology that not only protects you in the event of a collision, but prevents accidents in the first place.

Pricing

Lexus GS 350

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Audi A6

Starting at $49,700 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

Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

Comparison: 2018 Lexus ES 350 vs 2018 BMW 530i

A luxury midsize sedan leaves no bases uncovered, with ample cabin space, intuitive technology, and luxe seating for the whole family. The only question becomes, which model to choose?

If you’re in Los Angeles and want to know how the 2018 Lexus ES 350 compares to the 2018 BMW 530i, visit us in El Monte to get the full experience. Below, we’ll highlight the differences between California’s top-selling midsize luxury sedans, beyond the substantial price gap:

Safety Ratings and Technology

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 Lexus ES earned top scores from both major safety organizations, including a Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Plus, Lexus equipped the new ES with standard driver assistance technology that the competition typically includes as options.

All models of the 2018 ES come with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high beams. It also includes standard Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and the option for Intuitive Parking Assist, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps.

BMW 530i

The BMW 5 Series was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but has not been rated by the NHTSA. Additionally, it does not come standard with any driver assistance technology. The 530i does come standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, BMW Assist eCall, and the Active Protection System with Fatigue and Focus Alert.

Available safety features include automatic high beams, Parking Assistant Plus, Active Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Cruise Control, and Traffic Jam Assistant.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

The 2018 ES comes standard with Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Scout GPS navigation, voice command, a backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth tech, and an 8-speaker Premium Sound System. It also features dual-zone climate control, a power moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and Lexus Enform Service Connect and Remote apps.

The Navigation Package gives you Remote Touch controls, Navigation System with color display and Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist. The Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio Package includes all these features, plus a 15-speaker deluxe audio system with Surround Sound and Clari-Fi technology. The ES is also available with interior ambient lighting, a panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and heated and ventilated seats.

BMW 530i

The 2018 530i comes equipped with HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and a HiFi Sound System with 12 speakers. Additionally, it features Bluetooth wireless tech, BMW TeleService, Advanced Real Time Traffic, rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a two-way power glass moonroof, interior ambient lighting, and automatic climate control. It does not feature standard dual-zone climate control.

When you opt for the Premium Tier, you add heated front seats, Park Distance Control, Gesture Control, Sirius XM Radio, a power trunk, and Comfort Access entry. The Executive Tier gives you full LED headlights (standard on the ES), automatic high beams, soft-close doors, Surround View, and more. While the 530i does come with the option for Apple CarPlay, it does not offer an advanced navigation system.

Pricing

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,940 MSRP

BMW 530i

Starting at $52,400 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Comparison: 2018 Lexus LC 500 vs 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a high-performing grand tourer may want to look past the standard European brands, because Lexus recently disrupted the segment with the well-equipped, head-spinning LC 500.

But how does the 2018 Lexus LC 500 compare to a model like the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera? Let’s look at the details below in our one-to-one comparison:

Performance

Lexus LC 500

The new LC 500 is built on an all-new rear-wheel drive GA-L platform, the first of many to come for Lexus. Its design optimizes mass and weigh distribution to give the LC a low center of gravity and minimal shifting, while making room for newly designed multi-link suspension.

The 2018 LC 500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine, mated to a 10-speed electronically controlled direct-shift automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 471 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The LC also comes as a hybrid variant, the LC 500h.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera features a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 boxer engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and the option for manual transmission and all-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds (or 4 seconds with a manual transmission).

The Porsche 911 features a robust lineup, with the highest trim starting at $294,250. Drivers who want a grand tourer that’s fit for everyday use will find a better drive and more entertainment and convenience features in the Lexus LC.

Styling and Tech

Lexus LC 500

The 2018 LC comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, Lexus Enform Apps, Navigation with 10.3-inch LCD screen, Remote Touchpad controls, Drive Mode Select with Sport+ mode, and a 12-speaker audio system. It’s also available with a Mark Levinson premium sound system, Heads-Up Display, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and convenience features include heated and ventilated front seats, voice command, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a glass roof with sunshade, and leather or semi-aniline leather seating. The Performance Package adds an Alcantara headliner and carbon-fiber door scuff plates, as well as Active Rear Steering, an active rear wing, and Variable Gear-Ration Steering. Accessories include a carbon fiber rear spoiler and lower grille insert.

Porsche 911 Carrera

The 911 Carrera does not come available with Mark Levinson Audio, Enform equivalent, remote touchpad, heads-up display, voice-activated navigation, or a Drive Mode Select equivalent. Additionally, it’s high-res screen is smaller than that of the LC. It does come equipped with Porsche Communication Management with navigation, Sirius XM Radio, Apple CarPlay, and Car Connect Services.

Inside, it features four-way power sport seats, rear bucket seats, fixed rear windows, a sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an Alacantara headliner, leather trim, and a day-night rearview mirror. It does not come with carbon fiber accessories, a glass roof, or the option for semi-aniline leather seating. .

Pricing

Lexus LC 500

Starting at $92,000 MSRP

Porsche 911 Carrera

Starting at $91,100 MSRP