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

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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: 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

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