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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Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Review: 2018 Lexus GS F

Los Angeles drivers shopping for a sedan that’s been tested on the track and refined for the road should test drive the 2018 Lexus GS F.

Quintessentially Californian, the GS F is a stylish option with substance. Below, we’ll go through all the features that make this Lexus sport sedan a best-seller in L.A. and all the reasons why you need one in your driveway:

Performance and Accessories

The Lexus GS F has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that churns out 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque, taking you from zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission with paddle shifter and is rear-wheel drive.

If you like the style of the GS F but don’t need quite as many ponies, you can also check out the turbocharged GS 300, the V6-powered GS 360, or the hybrid GS 450h.

Setting this model apart from the rest of the Lexus GS lineup, the GS F includes LFA-inspired instrumentation with G-meter and lap timer, Black Carbon Fiber interior trim, a Torque Vectoring Differential, F-Adaptive Variable Suspension, and Drive Mode Select with Sport S/S+ and Custom Mode. Additionally, you can opt for orange brake calipers with the F logo and 19-inch hand-polished 10-spoke forged alloy wheels. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about available accessories, including illuminated door sills, SmartAccess key gloves, and glass breakage sensor.

Comfort and Convenience

The GS F comes standard with luxe perforated leather interior trim, a power moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, high-back sport seats, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. It also features dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, and the Lexus Memory System for steering column, mirrors, and driver’s seat.
For your convenience and entertainment, the 2018 GS F also includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-res display, Remote Touch controls, Siri Eyes Free, voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB port, and the option for a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound System. Subscription-free traffic and weather and Lexus Enform Service Connect are also included to assist you in a pinch.

Safety and Technology

The Lexus Safety System+ is now standard on most Lexus models, including the GS F. This advanced suite of driver assistance technologies includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high-beam headlights. The GS F is also equipped standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, auto-dimming mirrors, premium triple-beam LED headlights, Lexus Enform Safety Connect. As an individual option, you can also add a color Heads-Up Display.

Pricing

Starting at $84,350 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

Review: 2018 Lexus IS

If you’re looking to enter the luxury market with a compact sedan, the 2018 Lexus IS should be on the top of your list of models to check out. The IS lineup features three incredible engine options, high-tech standard features, and class-leading safety ratings.

Los Angeles drivers can visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive. To get all the details, see our full review below:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 IS 300 with rear-wheel drive features a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission that makes 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 6.9 seconds. The same model with all-wheel drive has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, making 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. It has a zero-to-60 time of 6.1 seconds.

The IS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The IS 350 RWD has an 8-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, while the IS 350 AWD has a 6-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.7 seconds.

According to EPA estimates, the IS Turbo with RWD gets a combined 26 MPG, while the IS 350 RWD has a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG. IS AWD models get 22 MPG combined.

Safety and Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Lexus IS a Top Safety Pick, earning top scores in all categories and securing a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Also, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 IS a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The Lexus Safety System+ is standard on all models of the new Lexus IS. The package of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. Plus, all trims have a backup camera, 10 standard airbags, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. Individual options include Intuitive Parking Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, and a Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Comfort and Convenience

A luxury car is nothing without a well-designed cabin, so the IS features a standard power moonroof, NuLuxe interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. Additionally, all trims have Lexus Display Audio, Scout GPS Link navigation with TurnStream, voice command, subscription-free traffic and weather, and Bluetooth wireless tech.

You also have the option to add a power rear sunshade, heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, a premium navigation system, Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio, and Remote Touch controls.
Ask your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Comfort, Navigation, and Mark Levinson Packages. The 2018 IS is also available with the F Sport Package, which adds special suspension tuning, a limited-slip rear differential, LFA-inspired instrumentation, and more.

Pricing

Starting at $38,210 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
If you’re shopping for a luxury crossover, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio may have caught your eye as magazines report on the Italian automaker’s re-entry into the U.S. market. The Stelvio appears to have it all – style, power, and features – but does this newcomer stack up to the competition?

When comparing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio to the 2018 Lexus NX 300, you’ll want to take note of the features that come standard and those that cost extra. Options can boost the price well beyond an entry-level budget, so don’t let the base price mislead you.

See the differences in our one-to-one comparison, then visit us at our convenient El Monte location to get behind the wheel of an NX 300.

Safety and Tech

Lexus NX 300

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 now comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, including 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.

Additionally, the Lexus crossover comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. The NX also features a Remote Touchpad, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Premium Sound System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res split-screen, Destination Assist, Dynamic Navigation, 10-Speaker Premium Sound, electrochromic rearview mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

It’s worth noting that the Stelvio does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, except for a backup camera and parking sensors. Its Driver Assistance Package (about $1,500 extra) includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard equipment on the Stelvio includes a 6.5-inch color display, 8-speaker audio, Start/Stop Technology, power tailgate, universal garage door opener, and dual-zone climate control. You can upgrade to a 6.5 or 8.8-inch widescreen color display (an extra $950), which seems small compared to the NX’s 10.3-inch navigation screen.

Performance

Lexus NX 300

Both the NX 300 and the Stelvio have a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. The Lexus crossover makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and comes available with all-wheel drive. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 7 seconds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24 MPG combined.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo’s base engine makes 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, giving it just a slight edge in terms of pony power. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy is 24 MPG combined.

Now, the Italian automaker may have caught your eye with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s specs – a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that churns out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. What Alfa Romeo doesn’t make so obvious in its marketing materials is that the upgrade pushes the Stelvio’s price to about $90,000.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $34,985 MSRP

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

Starting at $41,995 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h

Review: 2018 Lexus ES 300h
Few automakers can match Lexus when it comes to comfort and safety on the road, which is why it’s a favorite among Los Angeles drivers. Plus, its Hybrid Drive system is unparalleled, adding extra incentive (literally) for those who want it all.

The 2018 Lexus ES 300h is exactly what your commute needs, so visit Longo Lexus to get behind the wheel. But first, read our full review for all the details:

Performance and Fuel Economy

This Lexus hybrid sedan is powered by a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine combined with an electric motor, moderated by the Lexus Hybrid Drive that optimizes power from both sources during acceleration and braking. The powertrain makes a net 200 horsepower and goes from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h has an electronically controlled continuously variable automatic transmission and has front-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the hybrid sedan has a fuel economy of up to 39 MPG city and 40 MPG highway. The 2018 ES 300h scored a 9 out of 10 in California’s DriveClean Greenhouse Gas Rating, so your purchase makes you eligible for tax incentives from the state. Your Longo Lexus dealer can fill you in on the details.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Lexus ES comes standard with perforated NuLuxe interior trim, a power moonroof, and dual-zone climate control with interior air filters, smog sensor, and automatic recirculation mode. It also features SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, voice command, 10-way power front seats, LED exterior lighting, and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio with 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth wireless tech, subscription-free traffic and weather, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

Individual options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, and a power open/close trunk. Other available features include Remote Touch controls, Navigation System, Lexus Enform Destinations, a Mark Levinson sound system, and luxe interior accents. Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features in the Navigation/Mark Levinson Audio, Premium, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury packages.

Safety and Tech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus ES a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 ES with a backup camera, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and intelligent high-beam headlamps. It’s also available with Intuitive Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Pricing

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350

Review: 2018 Lexus GS 350
The Lexus GS sedan is the quintessential car for drivers in Los Angeles who value quality and comfort above all else. The only issue is choosing a model from the impressive 2018 lineup.

In this review, we’ll give you all the features and specs of the 2018 Lexus GS 350. Keep in mind there’s also the turbocharged GS 300 and the hybrid GS 450h, which we’ll cover in another review.

Get all the details, then visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive:

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. Rear-wheel drive models have an 8-speed Direct-Shift automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive models have a 6-speed Paddle-Shift automatic.

The GS 350 also comes available with the F Sport Package, which includes additional driving modes, 19-inch alloy wheels, F SPORT-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension, Variable Gear-Ratio Steering, LFA-inspired instrumentation, interior details, and 14-inch two-piece front brake rotors with monoblock four-piston calipers. Individual options include orange brake calipers, Lexus Dynamic Handling with Dynamic Rear Steering, and a TORSEN limited-slip differential.

RWD models have a fuel economy of 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, while AWD models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

Comfort and Convenience

Each model of the 2018 GS has dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, a tilting and telescoping steering column, the Lexus Memory System, a power moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, 10-way power front seats, Remote Touch controls, and NuLuxe seating. The Premium Package adds a leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. You can also add a heated steering wheel or power trunk as individual options.

Entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, Siri Eyes Free with voice command, Bluetooth wireless tech, USB smartphone input, and the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System. Individual options include the Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System, and Heads-Up Display. The Navigation Package includes a Navigation System with 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen display, Lexus Enform App Suite, and Lexus Enform Destination Assist.

Safety and Tech

Lexus equipped all models of the 2018 GS 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, the sedan is standard with LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a backup camera, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect app. Intuitive Parking Assist is available as an individual option.

Pricing

Starting at $50,695 MSRP

Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

Review: 2018 Lexus LX 570

You never know when the mountains will call you, so when it’s time to get out of L.A. and head back to nature, you’ll want to be prepared with a full-size luxury SUV that’s as capable as it is stylish.

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 is a three-row utility vehicle with hand-crafted details, premium cabin materials, and an engine that can get you through anything. Read our full review, then visit our convenient El Monte location for a test drive.

Performance

The Lexus LX 570 is equipped with a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, with a 7,000-pound towing capacity. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and comes standard with four-wheel drive.

Each model of the LX also has Adaptive Variable Suspension with Active Height Control, Crawl Control, and Turn Assist for traversing difficult terrain. A Panoramic View camera and Multi-Terrain Monitors help you see your surroundings with ease, while an integrated tow hitch receiver makes hauling recreational equipment a no-brainer. The LX comes standard with a roof rack with rails and has the option for Roof Rack Cross Bars, Paint Protection Film by 3M, and all-weather mats.

Comfort and Convenience

The LX features everything you’d expect in a luxury SUV, and then some. It seats up to eight passengers and comes with the following options for upholstery: black leather, semi-aniline black leather, parchment leather, semi-aniline parchment leather, and semi-aniline cabernet leather. Standard equipment includes a power moonroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, power-folding 50/50 third-row seat, running boards with courtesy lights, a power rear door, leather-trimmed interior, and a power sliding 60/40 middle row. You’ll also enjoy a standard Navigation System with 12.3-inch LCD multimedia screen, Bluetooth wireless tech, four-zone climate control, HomeLink universal transceiver, SmartAcces with push-button Start/Stop, auto-dimming interior mirrors, and the Lexus Enform Safety and Service Connect telematics system free for 10 years.

The Luxury Package adds semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, heated and ventilated front and second-row seats, and four-zone Climate Concierge. Individual options include a color Heads-Up Display, Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio, Qi-compatible wireless device charger, Cool Box, a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with two 11.6-inch displays, HDMI input, and wireless headphones.

Safety and Tech

Lexus is a pioneer in safety technology, so the automaker includes the Lexus Safety System+ standard on all models of the 2018 LX. The suite of features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and intelligent high-beam headlights. The luxury SUV also comes standard with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Pricing

Starting at $99,800 MSRP