Review: 2017 Lexus GS 350

Review Lexus GS 350

A Lexus sedan is like the perfect pair of shoes, because it can take you anywhere in style and comfort. Since drivers in Los Angeles know how to shop, they often come to Longo Lexus looking for the latest trends as well as everlasting classics.

In the case of the 2017 Lexus GS 350, it’s a stand-out in terms of styling and performance, but the interior is as cozy and comfortable as your favorite pair of kicks. Take one for a test drive, but first, read our full review:

Entertainment and Tech

Each model of the 2017 GS comes standard with an array of advanced features, including the Lexus 12-speaker Premium Sound System, Lexus Display Audio, Remote Touch controls, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth technology, Siri Eyes Free, and Lexus Service Connect and Remote apps.

Additionally, you have the option to add the Mark Levinson Surround Sound Audio System as an individual feature. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite, 12.30inch high-resolution multi-media display, voice command, and Lexus Enform Destinations for one year.

Safety

Lexus cares about your safety, first and foremost. As such, each model of the GS is equipped with a backup camera and the Lexus Safety System+. This suite of features is designed to work seamlessly together and includes Pre-Collison System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

All models of the GS also have LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and the option for Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Intuitive Parking Assist, and Heads-Up Display.

Engine

The 2017 GS 350 has a sporty engine that you’ll want to take all over California. The luxury sedan is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that churns out 311 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque – going from zero to 60 in 5.7 seconds. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Sport Direct-Shift automatic transmission, and comes available with all-wheel drive.

According to EPA estimates, the GS 350 gets 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined.

Interior

Comfort is everything when you’re stuck in L.A. traffic. That’s why the GS has standard dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter and smog sensor, power adjustable steering wheel, Lexus Memory System for driver’s seat, power moonroof, and 10-way power adjustable front seats.

The Premium Package adds leather-trimmed interior, power rear sunshade, heated and ventilated front seats, and rain-sensing wipers. The Luxury Package goes even further, adding embossed-stitch, perforated semi-aniline leather-trimmed interior, Gray Sapele wood and aluminum trim, heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated rear seats, 18-way power adjustable front seats with butterfly headrests, Lexus Memory System for passenger’s seat, three-zone automatic climate control, and rear-door and power rear-window sunshades.

Pricing

Starting at $50,365 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Comparison: 2017 Lexus LS 460 vs 2017 BMW 740i

Subtlety is a refreshing quality in the City of Angels, which is why we see so many Los Angeles drivers looking for a luxury sedan with understated beauty and comfort above flashy styling and gimmicks. These drivers know that Lexus is the automaker for sophisticates with a taste for performance.

That’s not to say we don’t have competition, and sometimes it can be hard to choose among competitive segments. As such, we’ve put together a one-to-one comparison of two of the best luxury sedans on the market, the 2017 Lexus LS 460 and the 2017 BMW 740i. Read on to see which is the better choice for you:

Features

Lexus LS 460

The LS comes with a bevy of standard features, including SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, Drive Mode Select, power moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control with smog sensor and air filtration, backup camera, and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, all models have a Navigation System with Remote Touch, Lexus Enform App Suite with 12.3-inch display, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. You also have the option to add a heated steering wheel and Mark Levinson 19-speaker Surround Sound Audio System with 7.1-channel architecture and DVD/CD player.

Also available are heated seating, power rear sunshade, power trunk, semi-aniline leather trim, four-zone climate control, and Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Blu-ray Disc and DVD player, 9-inch screens, and wireless headphones.

BMW 740i

The 2017 740i has standard Display Key with LCD touchscreen, four-zone climate control, two-panel moonroof, and rearview camera. It also has a Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System, Sirius XM Radio, HD Radio with multicast FM station reception, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, real-time traffic, and iDrive 6.0 with touchscreen and touchpad controller.

Drivers have the option to add a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound audio system with 16 speakers and panoramic moonroof with LED accent.

Safety

Lexus LS 460

The 2017 LS comes available with the Advanced Pre-Collision System Package, which includes Pre-Collision System with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System with infrared and stereo-camera technology, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection, and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist. This model also has available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, LED headlamps with washers, and intelligent high-beams.

BMW 740i

The 740i has a rearview camera and ample safety and security features, similar to the LS, but active driver assistance tech is available only on upper trim levels within the 7 Series, which come at prices well above the LS. The 7 Series is available with cruise control with stop-and-go, blind spot detection, frontal collision warning, lane departure assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and 3D surround-view cameras.

Engine

Lexus LS 460

The LS 460 is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rear wheel drive models make 386 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque, while all-wheel drive models make 360 horsepower and 347 lb-ft of torque.

BMW 740i

The 2017 BMW 740i has a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, making 320 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. This model is also available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

Pricing

Lexus LS 460

Starting at $72,520 MSRP

BMW 740i

Starting at $81,500 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q50

Lexus ES 350 ve Infiniti Q50

Shopping for a luxury sedan can be a lot of work. You need a car that can cruise Los Angeles streets in style while giving you intuitive, quality entertainment and convenience features within easy reach. Plus, what’s a luxury car these days without driver assistance technology?

If you’re comparing the 2017 Lexus ES 350 to the 2017 Infiniti Q50, some differences may make or break it for you. Check out our full one-to-one comparison:

Safety

Lexus ES 350

Lexus always puts safety first and spent years honing its Safety System+ package, which now comes standard on each model of the 2017 ES. The suite of features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

As such, it should come as no surprise that the 2017 ES earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 has available driver assistance tech, but it will cost extra. It comes with available Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

At best, one would consider the 2017 Q50’s crash test records spotty. While it did score best-possible ratings for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength from the IIHS, it was not rated for small front overlap impact. Additionally, the NHTSA has only evaluated the model for rollover, where it earned five stars.

Features

Lexus ES 350

Each model of the 2017 ES is equipped with SmartAccess with push-button start/stop, power moonroof, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link, 8-speaker sound system, backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and color LCD screen with Meter Link. Additionally, it comes with standard NuLuxe interior trim, power adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, subscription-free traffic and weather, and a year of complimentary Enform Safety Connect, Enform Service Connect, and Enform Remote.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather trim, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, power trunk open/close, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intuitive Parking Assist,

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 comes with standard AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System, USB connectivity, Sirius XM Radio, steering wheel-mounted controls, dual display screens, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview monitor, trip computer, cruise control, and HomeLink universal transmitter. It also features push-button ignition, power adjustable front seats, and leather accents.

Premium features include Bose sound system, advanced infotainment with HD Radio, navigation, Infiniti InTouch Services for six months, front and rear object detection, and power tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

Safety

Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,900

Infiniti Q50

Staring at $33,950

Review: 2017 Lexus LS 460

Los Angeles Review Lexus LS 460

Lexus drivers know how to look past the hype and see a car for its true value, while Los Angeles is a city of discerning tastes. It makes sense, then, that drivers in the City of Angels love the LS, the quintessential luxury sedan that’s all substance, no nonsense.

Plus, each year gets better than the last, so check out the 2017 Lexus LS 460 at Longo Lexus. But come prepared and read our full review first:

Features

The LS 460 comes standard with deluxe features, including a Thin Film Transistor color multi-information display, Lexus Navigation with SD memory card, Lexus Enform infotainment and app suite, 10-speaker premium sound system, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, SmartAccess key fob, voice command, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional features include a 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with surround sound, rear seat entertainment system with Blu-ray, DVD, and wireless headphones, and Sport S+ and comfort driving modes. The Lexus LS also comes with Enform Service Connect for remote access of your vehicle’s status and needs.

Styling and Interior

The LS will look current for years to come, with an understated spindle grille, stand-out hood, and tapered rear that add up to a classic silhouette. In fact, you may never want to trade it in (but if you do, know that the LS 460 has great resale value). It glides on 18-inch wheels with hollow spokes for noise reduction, and when you look up, you’ll always have a great view of the California sky through the tilt-and-slide moonroof. The LS also features and illuminated entry system, power sunshade, power doors and trunk, and 16-way power adjustable driver’s seat.

Drivers who choose the F Sport model add a front bumper with enhanced detailing, F Sport badging, and signature lower and upper grille inserts. The LS 460 Nightfall Edition features the Nightfall Mica exterior finish and L Select Dark Brown semi-aniline leather-trimmed seats, in addition to premium interior features.

Safety

Each model of the LS is designed to protect its passengers, with a rigid body structure with crumple zones, Lexus Enform Safety Connect, high-performance Brembo brakes, backup camera with gridlines, intuitive parking assist, and Smart Stop technology, among other features. You can also add the Advanced Pre-Collision System package, which includes automatic brake assist and pedestrian detection. Lane-keep assist, dynamic radar cruise control, blind-spot monitor, LED headlights, and intelligent high-beam headlights are all optional.

Engine

You can choose between the base rear-wheel drive LS 460 or an all-wheel drive model. Both are powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine, which makes 360 horsepower with four-wheel drive and adds 26 horses when you choose rear-wheel drive. Both options are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing

Starting at $72,520 MSRP