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 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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Angelenos were the first to embrace the hybrid car, and now we’re always looking to what’s next in eco-friendly technology. The first-gen hybrids just don’t cut it anymore for Los Angeles drivers, leading many to look elsewhere for a ride that can best the Prius.

Enter, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h, a luxury option that’s good for the planet, too. But how does it stack up against the 2017 Toyota Prius Four? Read on to find out:

Powertrain

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson cycle engine combined with an electric motor with nickel-metal hydride battery module. It utilizes the ground-breaking Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch between power sources, and a continuously variable automatic transmission for smooth transitions between gears.

The system makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Toyota Prius Four

All models of the 2017 Prius have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Prius’ system makes 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. While it lags behind the ES 300h significantly in speed and power, it makes some gains in fuel economy. The 2017 Prius Four gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway.

Features

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h has a standard panorama glass roof, Lexus Display Audio color multi-media display, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with smog filter, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models come with NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power trunk open/close, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps. You also have the option to add a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, Clari-fi technology and subwoofer.

Toyota Prius Four

The 2017 Prius Four has standard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, cruise control, integrated backup camera, Smart-Flow climate control, and Multi-Information Display. The Prius Four adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Prius Four’s cabin features SofTex-trimmed heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and available Entune Premium JBL Audio Safety Connect, and Color Head-Up Display.

Pricing

Lexus ES 300h

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Toyota Prius Four

Starting at $29,695 MSRP

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus NX 300h vs Acura RDX

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Shopping for a small luxury crossover SUV in El Monte can be a challenge given all the great options out there. Lexus is ultimately the gold standard, but it’s always smart to do your homework before making a purchase.

When choosing between the 2017 Lexus NX 300h and the Acura RDX, here’s what you need to know:

Safety

LEXUS NX 300h

The 2017 Lexus NX earned the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety equipment includes eight airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic traction and stability control, and injury-preventing headrests. You can also add driver assistance technologies, such as lane-departure warning and pre-collision alert system.

ACURA RDX

The RDX similarly earned the Top Safety Pick+ title (IIHS) and a 5-Star Overall Rating (NHTSA). It also has a system of airbags, safety belts, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and headrests to prevent whiplash. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitor, parking sensors, and automatic windshield wipers.

Features

LEXUS NX 300h

The Lexus NX is stacked with features, including power seats, dual-zone climate control, and leather steering wheel and accents. For your entertainment, it also has standard Lexus Display Audio with a 7-inch screen, a configurable interface to view multiple systems at once, and voice command and recognition. You can also enjoy the visibility and efficiency of LED lighting both inside and out, as it’s equipped with LED interior lighting, low-beam headlights, and taillights. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features available in the Navigation, Comfort, and Premium packages.

ACURA RDX

The RDX has standard dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable driver’s seat, noise cancellation, rearview camera, and infotainment system with a 5-inch display and 7-speaker audio system. You also have the option to add navigation, driver assistance technologies, and adaptive cruise control, but all of these will come at an added cost.

Engine

LEXUS NX 300h

The new NX 300h has a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with an electric motor for the best in both power and fuel efficiency – particularly for an all-wheel drive vehicle. The EPA reports that the 2017 NX 300h gets 33 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, so you’ll be saving money at the pump and saving time with fewer stops to fill up.

The NX also has a turbocharged option, which is a 2-liter inline-4 that makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine gets up to 28 MPG. This comes in either all- or front-wheel drive. Both engine options have a continuously variable transmission.

ACURA RDX

There’s just one engine option with the RDX. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, available in front- or all-wheel drive. EPA estimated fuel economy is 20 MPG city and 29 MPG highway.

Pricing

LEXUS NX 300h

Starting at $35,085 MSRP

ACURA RDX

Starting at $35,570 MSRP

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

Los Angeles Review 2017 Lexus RX450h

For drivers who refuse to compromise, Lexus is the obvious choice. With some of the world’s best designers, technologies that blow away the competition, and industry-leading safety ratings, it’s the high-end automaker for Los Angeles drivers who want it all.

Case in point: the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, a luxury SUV that’s powered by some of the most advanced hybrid technology on the market. Read on for our full review:

FEATURES

The 2017 RX has standard features to suit your every need, including an infotainment system with 8-inch command screen, 9-speaker audio system, and connectivity via Bluetooth, micro SD card slot, auxiliary input, or USB port, so you can connect any of your mobile devices. It’s also compatible with iPhones and features Siri Eyes Free. Additionally, each model is equipped with a power tailgate, 10-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, high-quality faux leather seating, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rearview camera, and HomeLink garage door opener.

Available options include leather seats, power moonroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated seating, navigation, upgraded infotainment system, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. If you’re planning on any road trips in the future, you may also be interested in the rear-seat entertainment system with DVD and two screens.

STYLING

The newly styled RX 450h has sharp, angular lines and the signature Lexus spindle grille, framed by LED headlights, bold air ducts, and chrome trim. The low roofline keeps it aerodynamic, while a wide stance ensures stability and gives it a sporty yet luxe look.

Inside, the seating is nothing less than plush and supportive, no matter which trim level you choose, and the center console has been redesigned to add room for an easy-to-operate climate control and audio system. You’ll also love the ample legroom and more than 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. When the back seats are folded down, cargo space expands to 56 cubes.

SAFETY

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RS a Top Safety Pick+ after it aced all tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.
While driver assistance technologies cost extra on most vehicles, the RX comes standard with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. The RX is also equipped with airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and all other safety features you’re used to seeing in modern cars.

ENGINE

The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 combined with a 123-kilowatt electric motor, which makes 259 horsepower when using gasoline only and a net 308 horsepower. The EPA reports that this model gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

PRICING

Starting at $53,035 MSRP

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus ES 300h

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The Lexus ES is a classic luxury sedan, with a comfortable interior, timeless styling, and the latest in safety and entertainment features. Add to these benefits a hybrid engine, and you’ve got the ultimate in modern convenience.

Drivers in Los Angeles, California should give the 2017 Lexus ES 300h a test spin, but first, read our review to find out why drivers love this hybrid sedan:

ENGINE

The 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine combined with a permanent-magnet, high-output electric motor with EV mode, and has 200 horsepower. It has a continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive for a smooth ride. Its impressive fuel economy – an estimated 40 MPG combined – makes it a Certified Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle.

FEATURES

The all-new luxury sedan from Lexus has an array of standard features, such as adaptive cruise control, keyless ignition, rearview camera, universal remote transmitter, satellite radio, and an 8-speaker audio system.

You can also choose to upgrade with a number of packages: Luxury, Ultra Luxury, Premium, Navigation, and Navigation and Mark Levinson Premium Audio. Speak with your Longo Lexus representative about which might suit your needs best, whether you want genuine leather interior and wood trim, or the best you can get in audio and entertainment.

INTERIOR

The Lexus ES is a commuter’s dream, as the base model includes soft leatherette seating, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, bucket front seats, climate control, leather steering wheel, and interior air filtration. You’ll also love the one-touch power sunroof, rear defogger, one-touch power windows heated mirrors, hands-free entry, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Optional interior features available on the ES 300h include a luxe heated wood and leather trimmed steering wheel, illuminated door sills, heated and ventilated front seats, power rear sunshade, and a glass-breakage sensor.

The five-seat sedan has 112 cubic feet of interior volume and 12 cubic feet of cargo capacity, so it’s a spacious hybrid with plenty of legroom.

SAFETY

Lexus has the ultimate in active and passive systems designed to keep passengers safe. That’s why the 2017 ES earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, getting perfect scores in tests for side crash and side barrier.

In addition to premium airbag, seatbelt, and braking systems, the ES comes standard with the Lexus Safety System. This is a suite of technologies meant to assist drivers in times of uncertainty or volatility on the road. They include Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Backup Camera with Dynamic Gridlines, Intuitive Parking Assist, Vehicle Proximity Notification System, vehicle stability control, traction control, LED headlamps, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, and child seat tethers and anchors.

PRICING

Starting at $41,820 MSRP