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 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

Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

Review: 2018 Lexus GX 460

Imagine having a spacious, well-equipped chariot to drive through the streets of Los Angeles, with minimal distraction and enough power under your foot to head to the mountains if you wanted. Add to that 6,500-pound towing capacity, and you’ve got the ultimate getaway SUV.

The 2018 Lexus GS 460 is a full-size luxury SUV that has it all. See for yourself when you come in for a test drive. For full details, read our full review:

Performance

The 2018 GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that churns out 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus SUV has full-time all-wheel drive, a TORSEN limited-slip center differential, and Active Traction Control to give you control on any terrain or during inclement weather.

The GX 460 has a body-on-frame construction, making it capable of towing boats, trailers, and other recreational equipment. To ensure a safe trip, it comes with Trailer Sway Control, Crawl Control, Downhill Assist Control, and Hill-Start Assist Control.

Regarding fuel economy, you can expect to get up to 15 MPG city, 18 MPG highway, and 16 MPG combined.

Comfort and Convenience

The most significant additions to the 2018 model are a redesigned backup camera (standard on all trims), the Premium Package, and the option for Ecru leather seating.

The 2018 GX 460 has three rows of seating for seven passengers and comes standard with SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, NuLuxe interior trim, a power moonroof, privacy glass, Lexus Memory System for seating and mirrors, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, reclining middle row, and dual-zone climate control. Standard entertainment and connectivity features include Lexus Display Audio, subscription-free traffic and weather, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth wireless tech, voice command, and the Lexus Enform apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote.

Individual options include headlamp washers, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, and dual-screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System. Ask your Longo Lexus rep about the features included in the GX Premium and GX Luxury, such as three-zone climate control, Adaptive Variable Suspension, auto-leveling rear air suspension, semi-aniline leather trim, and more.

Safety and Tech

All models of the 2018 GX are available with a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and power-folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors. The GX Premium includes rain-sensing wipers, LED fog lamps, and Intuitive Parking Assist. The GX Luxury comes available with the Driver Support Package, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, Lane Departure Alert, intelligent high-beam headlamps, wide-view front and side monitor system, and the Mark Levinson audio package with Navigation.

Pricing

Starting at $51,855 MSRP

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

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 NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30

Comparison: 2017 Lexus NX Turbo vs 2017 Infiniti QX30
Angelenos looking for the perfect blend of luxury and utility often come to Lexus looking for their next ride. But, like any smart consumer, they like to do their homework, so we get a lot of questions about how small SUVs like the NX compare to models by other automakers.

When you compare the 2017 Lexus NX Turbo to the 2017 Infiniti QX30, you’ll see some objective similarities and subjective differences. However, when looking at performance and safety, you’ll see some cut-and-dry distinctions that give the NX Turbo an edge.

Read on to find out why Lexus continues to be a favorite in Los Angeles:

Performance

Lexus NX Turbo

Under the hood, the NX Turbo has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that churns out 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, and it comes standard with front-wheel drive and available with all-wheel drive. When you test drive a model, you’ll notice a smooth, powerful drive thanks to a turbocharger built into the exhaust manifold, resulting in minimal lag. According to EPA estimates, the 2017 NX Turbo gets 22 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

Infiniti QX30

The 2017 QX30 also has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, but instead of a smooth-shifting CVT it features a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that reviewers have reported feels a bit unrefined. The powertrain makes 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, making it less powerful than the NX Turbo. However, it does have a slight edge in fuel economy, getting 24 MPG city and 33 MPG highway for front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models get 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway.

Safety

Lexus NX Turbo

The 2017 NX earned accolades from both major safety organizations, making it a wise choice for any driver, but especially for families. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores across all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating.

The NX Turbo comes standard with a backup camera, eight airbags, Vehicle Stability Control, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect. It’s available with triple-beam LED headlamps, Lane Departure Alert, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, heated exterior mirrors, Intuitive Parking Assist, Pre-Collision System, and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Infiniti QX30

Unfortunately, the 2017 QX30 has not been evaluated by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
The QX30 comes standard with a RearView Monitor, and has available LED headlights. The Technology Packaged adds Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Park Assist, and High Beam Assist.

Pricing

Lexus NX Turbo

Starting at $35,285 MSRP

Infiniti QX30

Starting at $29,950 MSRP

Review: 2017 Lexus RX 350

Review of the 2017 Lexus RX 350

If you’re looking for a luxury SUV in Los Angeles and don’t want to spend a lot of time talking add-ons and options with your rep, then Longo Lexus has your solution.

The 2017 Lexus RX 350 is a class-leading, versatile ute that’s as ideal for commuting as it is for picking up the kids from soccer. With enthusiastic approval from both major safety organizations and a long list of standard features, it’s the easiest decision you’ll make all year. Read on for our full review:

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus RX 350 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores in all the organization’s crash tests.

Unlike some luxury automakers, Lexus puts safety first. Many of its 2017 models, including the RX, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technologies. The package includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, all models have a backup camera, 10 airbags, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, electronic braking brake, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for one year.

Features

The RX 350 comes with standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power rear door, Drive Mode Select for difficult terrain, and dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features Bluetooth technologies, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, and the Lexus Premium Sound System with nine speakers.

Those of you looking for a true luxury experience may also choose Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling and LED cornering lamps. Also available are the panorama glass roof, Panoramic View Monitor, power moonroof, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, and Heads-Up Display. Upgraded infotainment features are also available through various feature packages, so talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about what’s important to you.

Interior

The RX 350’s cabin is the lap of luxury, even if you choose the base model. It features perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, cargo-area tonneau cover, electrochromatic inside mirror, and power-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors. Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and power-folding 60/40 split are also available on all models of the RX.

The Luxury Package of features includes a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, driver’s seat power cushion extender, four-way power lumbar support, ambient interior lighting, semi-aniline leather trim, wood and aluminum accents, and rear-door sunshades.

Engine

This year’s RX 350 adds significant horsepower thanks to an updated powertrain. Under the hood, the RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing

Starting at $43,120 MSRP