Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus GS F vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a luxury sedan that performs, usually want to compare models to see which really has a top-performing engine under its hood, and which is relying on its famous German name instead.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS F and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E550, there’s a clear winner in terms of both performance and features. Review our one-to-one comparison, then come get behind the wheel of a GS F:

Performance

Lexus GS F

The 2017 GS F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, getting you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Brembo brakes with six-piston front calipers keep you in control on the road, while a Torque Vectoring Differential with three modes allows you to handle curves and turns with grace. The GS F also features the F-Adaptive Variable Suspension.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 Mercedes E550 has a 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that makes 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5 seconds. The rear-wheel drive luxury car has a 7-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The E550 features selective damping, perforated front brake discs, and sport-tuned suspension.

Features

Lexus GS F

In addition to being a legitimate performance car, the GS F comes equipped with entertainment and convenience features galore. It comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button start, LFA-inspired instrumentation, dual-zone climate control, Lexus Memory System (seats, mirrors, steering column), a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and perforated leather interior trim.

The GS F also comes equipped with a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res screen, Remote Touch controls, voice command, Lexus Enform App Suite, Bluetooth wireless tech, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver assistance technology.

Mercedes-Benz E550

The 2017 E550 features standard leather upholstery, heated power front seats, panorama roof with power tilt-and-slide, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, Bluetooth tech, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Premium leather and ventilated front seats are available as options only.

The E550 is standard with Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, and Pre-Safe, but other driver assistance technologies are available as upgrades only.

Lane keeping assist, intelligent high beams, and a rearview camera – all of which come standard on every model of the Lexus GS – can be added to the E550 with an option package.

Pricing

Lexus GS F

Starting at $83,940 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz E550

Starting at $60,650 MSRP

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Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Lincoln MKX

When shopping for a luxury SUV, we find that modern drivers are more concerned about safety and fuel efficiency than anything else, because what they’re really looking for is a family vehicle that’s a stylish, practical alternative to a minivan.

If you’re in Los Angeles and need an SUV for the whole crew, it’s important to look at all the details and compare models before deciding. Our one-to-one comparison of the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the 2017 Lincoln MKX reveals some significant differences between these two luxury family vehicles:

Safety and Tech

Lexus RX 350

Lexus cares about the safety of you and your family, so every model of the 2017 RX is equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. Additionally, all models come with a backup camera, bi-LED headlamps, LED foglamps and daytime running lights, and a Lexus Enform Safety Connect emergency assistance plan.

Further, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Lexus SUV a Top Safety Pick+ and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lincoln MKX

If you want driver assistance technology, you’ll need to upgrade to the most expensive trim (Reserve), and even then, the features that are standard on all models of the RX are available only as options. The 2017 MKX Reserve comes available with a 360-degree camera with Split-View Display, Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Steering, Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Park Assist, Forward Sensing System, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

While the NHTSA gave the 2017 MKX a 5-Star Overall Rating and the IIHS named it a Top Safety Pick, the Lincoln SUV didn’t score well enough in IIHS tests to earn that + on the title.

Performance and Efficiency

Lexus RX 350

The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. The RX 450h is a hybrid model that combines a 3.5-liter V6 with a 123-kW electric motor, making a net 308 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. The RX 350 has optional all-wheel drive, while it’s standard on the hybrid model.

The EPA estimates that the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and the RX 450h gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Lincoln MKX

The 2017 MKX comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 engine, making 303 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, or optional with a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and come with the option for all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the regular V6 AWD guzzles up to 16 MPG city and 23 MPG highway, while the twin-turbocharged AWD option gets up to 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starting at $43,220 MSRP

Lincoln MKX

Starting at $38,260 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

Review: 2017 Lexus RC Turbo

There’s nothing quite like driving a luxury sports coupe through the hills of Los Angeles, and drivers who want to live the dream can do so today by visiting Longo Lexus.

You may even be surprised to learn that one of our most fun-to-drive models is also one of our least expensive, so there’s no excuse not to come take a 2017 Lexus RC Turbo for a test drive. Check out our full review, then visit us for the full experience:

Performance and Accessories

Under the hood, the 2017 RC Turbo has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The powertrain makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and goes from zero to 60 in 7.3 seconds. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 RC is the most fuel-efficient cars in its class, getting a combined 26 MPG.

The 2017 RC is also available with the F Sport package, which includes specially tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension and Sport S+ drive mode, two-piece front brake rotors with high-friction brake pads, a Vehicle Dynamics Management System with Sport mode, turbo-boost gauge, active sound control, and 19-inch split-10-spoke alloy wheels. In Sport mode, a G-force sensor kicks in to choose the best gear for performance, making you feel like a professional behind the wheel.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2017 Lexus RC comes standard with NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone climate control, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, Lexus Display Audio, premium 10-speaker audio, Bluetooth wireless tech, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models are available with a power moonroof.

Talk to your Longo Lexus rep about the features available in the Premium, Luxury, Navigation, Navigation + Mark Levinson Audio, All Weather, and F Sport packages. Premium interior options include heated and ventilated front seats, perforated leather trim, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat and mirrors, heated steering wheel, 17-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and a Navigation System with DVD/CD player, multimedia display, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

F Sport accessories also include F Sport seats with enhanced bolsters, perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and interior detailing.

Safety and Technology

Each model of the 2017 Lexus RC is equipped with Scout GPS Link navigation, a backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, LED daytime running lights, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. All models are also available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, LED foglamps, premium triple-beam LED headlamps, Pre-Collision System, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Pricing

Starting at $40,155 MSRP

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

Lexus ES 350</h3
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

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550
We find that what constitutes “luxury” differs from driver to driver. Whether you prioritize style and technology or safety and fuel efficiency, you should get what you want without paying for more. That’s why Lexus starts with a well-equipped base model, and provides options for customization.

When comparing the 2017 Lexus LS 460 to the Mercedes-Benz S550, you’ll notice a big difference in price and a wide range of both standard and available features for each. If you’re looking for value and ability to customize, we think the Lexus is the better bet. Judge for yourself with our one-to-one comparison:

Safety and Tech

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes standard with Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Destinations, and Remote app. This suite of technologies gives you instant response and connectivity whether you’re in the middle of Los Angeles or lost somewhere in the Valley. Additionally, all models are equipped with Intuitive Parking Assist, backup camera, LED daytime running lights, Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite, and a 12.3-inch multimedia display.

Individual options include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic alert, Pre-Collision System, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, LED headlamps, and intelligent high beams. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System, Lane Keep Assist, Drive Attention Monitor, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with a backup camera, Collision Prevention Assist Plus Attention Assist, the Pre-Safe system, adaptive braking technology, predictive brake priming, and emergency-sensing Brake Assist.

Individual safety options include a Head-Up Display, heated windshield, Surround View System, and Night View Assist. The Driver Assistance Package adds Distronic Plus with steering assist, BAS Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with Pedestrian Recognition, Pre-Safe Plus with rear collision detection, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, and Speed Limit Assist.

With an abundance of safety tech available, it’s a good idea to decide which features cover your bases without going overboard. For instance, L.A. drivers probably won’t find much use for a heated windshield.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS 460 comes with a range of classic, luxe seating materials – from flaxen leather to light gray leather to black perforated leather. It also features a standard power moonroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor.

For the most deluxe experience, the Executive-Class Seating Package gives you Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara interior, four-zone climate control, climate-controlled front and rear outboard seats, and power-adjustable front and rear seats with memory and lumbar support. It also gives you a right-rear reclining seat with ottoman and multifunction shiatsu massage, Rear Seat Entertainment System, rear seat cool box, sunshades, wood and leather trim, and rear side-mounted airbags.

Mercedes-Benz S550

The 2017 S550 comes standard with power heated front seats with memory, power tilting/telescoping steering column, multifunction steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, panorama roof, interior ambient lighting, and heated wipers and side mirrors.

The Mercedes sedan is also available with an Executive Rear Seat Package, which includes four-zone climate control, power right-side foot rest, power rear seats, multi-contour outboard rear seats with “hot stone” massage, and reclining seat. You can also add a Rear Seat Entertainment system and a refrigerated box as individual options.

With many of the same interior features and an extra $20K+ on the price tag, Los Angeles drivers should consider whether the S550 is worth it. We think that one test drive of the LS will make up your mind, so get in touch today.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz S550

Starting at $96,600 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Volvo XC90
Drivers in Los Angeles who are looking for a full-size SUV that can do it all – from taking the kids to school to climbing the terrain of the San Gabriel Mountains – have a few options at their disposal, so comparison shopping is a smart idea.

When deciding between the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Volvo XC90, drivers may want to look closely at off-road abilities and safety features if they want a truly well-rounded ute. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you, and here’s our side-by-side comparison of these top-selling luxury SUVs:

Performance

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 comes with just one powerful engine option: a 5.7-liter V8 with standard full-time all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 7,000 pounds. If you’re planning on taking your SUV off the pavement, you’ll be glad to know the LX 570 has a locking center differential and a switch to turn on its low-speed transfer case. Additionally, all models come standard with Adaptive Variable Suspension, Active Height Control, and Crawl Control with Turn Assist.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 has two gasoline engine options: the T5 is equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 model has a 2.0-liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-4 that makes 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The T5 has optional all-wheel drive, and the T6 comes standard with AWD.

Safety and Tech

Lexus LX 570

Lexus equipped all models of the 2017 LX with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high beams. It’s also standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Panoramic View and Multi-Terrain Monitors, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. You’ll also have the option to add a Color Heads-Up Display for added driver awareness.

Volvo XC90

The 2017 XC90 comes standard with Volvo’s City Safety system, which includes low-speed collision avoidance support that detects pedestrians, cyclists, and large animals. It’s also standard with Run-off Road Protection, Run-off Road Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Road Sign Information System. With the optional Vision Package, you can also get a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Surround View Camera, auto-dimming mirrors, and retractable mirrors. The Convenience Package adds Pilot Assist, parking assistance, and Lane Keeping Aid.

Pricing

Lexus LX 570

Starting at $89,880 MSRP

Volvo XC90

Starting at $45,750 MSRP