Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

Family drivers in Los Angeles love the SUV as a stylish alternative to the minivan, but not all luxury SUVs are good enough for your family. When comparison shopping, be sure to check out safety ratings and the availability of driver assistance technology.

In the face-off between the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Audi Q5, it’s a close call, but there is a clear winner. Read on to find out, then visit our El Monte location to test drive the RX 350.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus RX 350

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 RX 350 with a Top Safety Pick+ title, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Plus, the RX is nicely equipped with a range of active and passive safety features. Each model has the Lexus Safety System+ (including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist). Other standard safety features include a backup camera, 10 airbags, bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, daytime running lights, an electronic parking brake, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

Audi Q5

While the 2017 Q5 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it earned just a 4-Star Overall Rating form the NHTSA. It lost points in frontal crash and rollover categories.

While the Q5 does feature driver assistance technology, you’ll need to choose an upper trim or individual options to get it. Standard safety features on the Audi SUV include airbags, Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Available features include auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist, and a parking system plus with rearview camera.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Lexus RX 350

Under the hood, the RX 350 features a 3.5-liter V6 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It’s available with all-wheel drive, and features Drive Mode Select so you can adjust performance to optimize for driving conditions.

According to EPA estimates, front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. The RX 350 can use regular unleaded gasoline.

Audi Q5

The 2017 Q5 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and you can upgrade to a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that makes 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It’s standard with all-wheel drive and has an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The base Q5 gets up to 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway and the V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway. One big difference between this and the RX 350 is the Audi’s requirement for premium fuel.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Audi Q5

Starting at $40,900 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Cadillac CTS
If you’re in the comparison stage of shopping for a luxury sedan, it’s important to decide which factors are most important to you. Some automakers whose names are synonymous with ‘deluxe’ can get away with a higher MSRP without necessarily providing more value, so make sure you’re looking at all the pertinent details.

In the battle between the 2017 Lexus ES 350 and the 2017 Cadillac CTS, one comes out ahead as a clear winner. Check out our full review to see which luxury sedan is the better value:

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus ES 350

If you commute in Los Angeles traffic, you’re going to want the latest in entertainment and comfort features to keep you sane during a bottleneck. The 2017 ES 350 comes standard with dual-zone climate control, Lexus Display Audio with a color multimedia screen and Scout GPS Link navigation. It’s also equipped with an 8-speaker Premium Sound System, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, and subscription-free Traffic and Weather. The Navigation Package adds Remote Touch controls, a Navigation System, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations. You also have the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 Clari-Fi speakers and inverted-motor subwoofer.

Cadillac CTS

The 2017 CTS comes standard with dual-zone climate control, the Cadillac CUE infotainment system with multi-touch screen and smartphone compatibility, HD Radio, Bluetooth tech, and a Bose sound system. An integrated navigation system is available but does not come standard. The Luxury package includes a 13-speaker Bose sound system and navigation, as well as styling and exterior features.

Safety Rating and Tech

Lexus ES 350

The 2017 Lexus ES was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and received a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The ES 350 comes standard with a backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, and a class-leading 10 airbags. It’s also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Cadillac CTS

While the CTS also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA, the IIHS found some flaws. It earned a Marginal score in critical small overlap front impact tests and was not named a Top Safety Pick by the testing institution.

The 2017 CTS comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear vision camera, daytime running lights, rear park assist, and OnStar Guidance Plan. The Driver Awareness Package adds a Forward Collision Alert, Forward Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, and more.

Pricing

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Starting at $38,900 MSRP

Cadillac CTS

Starting at $45,995 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GX 460 vs 2017 Acura MDX
If you’re shopping for a luxury SUV in Los Angeles, we encourage you to compare models to ensure you’re getting one that suits all your needs. After all, some utes were made for the city, others for the wilderness, while a select few can do both.

When comparing the 2017 Lexus GX 460 and the 2017 Acura MDX, we found some differences that could make it or break it for you. Check out our one-to-one comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus GX 460

The 2017 GX 460 is powered by a robust 4.6-liter V8 engine with 6-speed sequential-shift electronically controlled automatic transmission, making 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. It has full-time all-wheel drive and can tow up to 6,500 pounds, making it a great option for those who like to get out of L.A. for the weekend and head to the mountains. Its Torsen limited-slip center differential ensures even power distribution between front and rear axles, and Active Traction Control keeps you sure-footed on any terrain. Additionally, Lexus’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System gives you ease of driving while keeping the GX’s substantial body in control with stiff anti-roll bars.

Acura MDX

The 2017 MDX has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive, but has the option for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. The MDX’s towing capacity tops out at 5,000 pounds, which may be a deal-breaker for some. While the Acura SUV might perform on par in the city, it’s not a ute designed for off-roading.

Features

Lexus GX 460

Standard features on the 2017 GX 460 include SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Lexus Display Audio with 9 speakers, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, backup camera, power moonroof, and privacy glass. Additionally, it’s standard with Lexus Memory System for seats and mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

The GX Premium adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform Destinations, voice command, high-res LCD screen, leather interior trim, heated and ventilated seating, heated rear outboard seats, three-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and Intuitive Parking Assist. The GX Luxury gives you a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, power third-row seats, second-row captain’s chairs, and more. The GX is also available with a dual-screen Rear Seat Entertainment System and 17-speaker Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio.

Acura MDX

The 2017 MDX comes standard with a power moonroof, pushbutton ignition, Siri Eyes Free, SMS text function, Sirius XM Radio, rearview camera, three-zone climate control, and driver assistance technology. It does not come available with a seat and mirror memory system or an equivalent to the Lexus Enform apps.

The MDX with Technology Package includes the Acura Navigation System with 3D View, Acura Real-Time Traffic, Traffic Rerouting, and AcuraLink, while the Advance Package adds a DVD Rear Entertainment System and third-row USB ports. The MDX is also available with second-row captain’s chairs, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats with perforated Milano premium leather-trimmed seating. It does not come available with a premium 17-speaker surround sound system.

Pricing

Lexus GX 460

Starting at $51,680 MSRP

Acura MDX

Starting at $44,050 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

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs Mercedes-Benz GLE

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Looking for a luxury SUV in El Monte, California? Then you may be weighing the Lexus RX 350 against the Mercedes GLE, as both offer powerful engines, smooth handling, and beautiful styling.

However, one of these vehicles clearly stands out regarding value and convenience. Read on for our one-on-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE:

Safety

Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 comes standard with Lexus Safety System+, a comprehensive suite of safety features designed to work together to ensure minimal damage in the event of an accident. It includes Lexus Enform Safety Connect to provide roadside assistance no matter where you are – the built-in GPS will allow help to find you. The 10-airbag system mitigates damage during a collision, while Smart Stop Technology works to prevent or minimize impact. The system also includes a Panoramic View Monitor, backup camera, cornering fog lamps, parking assist, blind spot monitor, and a vehicle proximity notification system.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE does not come with the Safety System+, but does feature driver, braking, and navigation tools. In addition to airbags, anti-lock brakes, and three-point seatbelts, the GLE features an accident mitigation system, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitor, parking assist, and backup camera.

Styling

Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 is truly a modern SUV in that it’s spacious without being bulky. It has an aerodynamic silhouette, chrome accents, the Lexus spindle grille, and LED headlights. Plus, you’ll love the blacked-out C-pillar behind the rear windows, which gives the visual effect of a floating roof. Inside, there’s luxuriously plush seating with ample legroom and plenty of cargo space. You’ll have more than 18 cubic feet with the seats up, and over 56 cubic feet when they’re folded down.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE isn’t quite as slim and sleek as the RX 350, but in the end, they have similar cargo and passenger space. The Mercedes-Benz SUV has 19-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, sunroof, roof rack, and wood trim on the interior. The center stack is a busier than you’ll find in the Lexus SUV, with a navigation screen positioned high up and entertainment and comfort controls beneath.

Features

Lexus RX 350
The Lexus SUV comes with standard power tailgate, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, HomeLink garage door opener, and rearview camera. For your entertainment, it also features an infotainment system with 8-inc command screen, nine speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, and Siri Eyes Free.

Mercedes-Benz GLE
The GLE has cruise control, adjustable seating, keyless ignition, universal remote transmitter, climate control, and turn signals integrated into side-view mirrors. Additionally, it has auxiliary audio input and USB, AM/FM radio, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and the option for a premium sound system, 10-way power passenger seats, and smartphone integration.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350
Starting at $43,020

Mercedes-Benz GLE
Starting at $52,000

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE L/CERTIFIED?

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Lexus owners take great care of their cars because a fine piece of machinery needs to stay well oiled. As such, Lexus stands by its pre-owned vehicles with a certification program that ensures buyers are getting a car that’s just like new.

Drivers looking for a used luxury vehicle in El Monte, California should look into L/Certified cars at Longo Lexus. We’ve got a great variety of inventory, and your representative will be able to tell you anything you’d like to know about each used vehicle, thanks to the Lexus L/Certified process.

Here’s what L/Certification means for your vehicle:

HIGH CERTIFICATION STANDARDS

When you purchase an L/Certified vehicle, you’re buying a car that’s met Lexus’s high standards for quality and safety. Each certified pre-owned car must have less than 70,000 miles and 6 model years or less of age. Additionally, all used vehicles sold by authorized dealers undergo a 161-point inspection to earn certification. During the inspection, qualified technicians look at each and every component of the car – from the engine to the glovebox light – to ensure that your car is as close to new as possible.

COMPETITIVE WARRANTY

Lexus is one of the only automakers that offers an unlimited mileage warranty and complimentary maintenance on its certified used vehicles, ensuring drivers a little extra peace of mind. The 2-year L/Certified Limited Warranty covers any and all repairs and replacements you need after normal use of your vehicle, with no deductible. This includes engine and transmission work, brake repair, fuel system maintenance, heating and cooling systems, and electrical, among others. Drivers may also obtain the Limited Warranty Supplement to cover items not included under the regular warranty, such as exterior wear and tear and accessories.

Lexus offers complimentary maintenance for two years or 20,000 miles, covering your factory-recommended services from the day of purchase or lease.

The warranty also covers trip interruption reimbursement for lodging and meals in case you need repairs away from home, and loaner car coverage if your car will be serviced for 8 hours or longer.

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Each L/Certified vehicle comes with Lexus Roadside Assistance, available to you 24 hours a day. This provides you with help if you have a flat, run out of gas, need towing or locksmith assistance, need a jumpstart, or get into a minor accident. The complimentary Roadside Assistance app ensures that you have access to help whenever you need it, even if your car’s electrical system is out.

AVAILABLE FINANCING

Lexus offers financing on L/Certified vehicles, whether you’re looking to buy or lease. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about your needs, and how a certified Lexus pre-owned could be perfect for you.

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus LC500

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If the all-new Lexus LC500 were a movie character, it would be Sean Connery-era James Bond. Beautiful and sophisticated on the outside, it’s a powerhouse under the roof, ready to take on any adventure you can seek out.

While technically a luxury sports coupe, the LC500 has some serious street cred when it comes to its mechanics. We’re going to go out on a limb and say that this vehicle may be a new benchmark of excellence for Lexus. Here’s our review of the all-new LC500:

STYLING

The LC500 is so sleek it’s almost serpentine, with the silhouette of a classic coupe but with a tapered greenhouse, and lights and grille that fit the body like a seamless mosaic. Its panoramic glass roof is as gorgeous as the El Monte views, but drivers can opt for a carbon fiber roof to lower the LC500’s center of gravity. The interior styling is polished and refined, with camel leather and Alcantara materials, magnesium shift paddles mounted behind the wheel, and a clutter-free center console, equipped with the Lexus Multimedia infotainment system and other entertainment features.

ENGINE

We know what you came here for: The 2017 LC500 has a 5-liter, V8 engine with 467 horsepower at 7,100 RPM and 389 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 RPM. It has a 10-speed automatic transmission, and built-in software that will automatically adjust your shift programming, whether you’re accelerating, braking or lateral G forces are changing. Zero to 60 figures are now estimated at about 4.2 seconds.

Lexus hasn’t mentioned the possibility of a turbocharged version, but it’s likely the automaker will eventually add powertrain options in the future.

BODY

According to Lexus, the LC500 is an “all-new, rear-wheel-drive architecture that does not share components or design ideology with any current Lexus platform,” as it’s more structurally rigid than any other unibody Lexus has made. The automaker is so confident in the design that it plans to use the LC500 skeleton as a blueprint for front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars moving forward. With aluminum bumper beams, suspension links, and front-suspension mount reinforcements, the LC500 weighs in at about 2 tons, while a rear-mounter battery keeps the nose load down.

SAFETY

Because safety is always a concern, the LC500 comes with an array of standard and optional safety features and technology. Drivers can expect standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control, backup camera, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning and safety subscription services. Drivers may opt for the Safety System+ package, which includes adaptive cruise control, stop-and-go technology, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Pricing on this model has yet to be announced, but get in touch with your Lexus Longo representative to learn more details.