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

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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 ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 300h vs 2017 Toyota Prius Four

Angelenos were the first to embrace the hybrid car, and now we’re always looking to what’s next in eco-friendly technology. The first-gen hybrids just don’t cut it anymore for Los Angeles drivers, leading many to look elsewhere for a ride that can best the Prius.

Enter, the 2017 Lexus ES 300h, a luxury option that’s good for the planet, too. But how does it stack up against the 2017 Toyota Prius Four? Read on to find out:

Powertrain

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 Atkinson cycle engine combined with an electric motor with nickel-metal hydride battery module. It utilizes the ground-breaking Lexus Hybrid Drive system to seamlessly switch between power sources, and a continuously variable automatic transmission for smooth transitions between gears.

The system makes a net 200 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The ES 300h gets an EPA-estimated 40 MPG city and 39 MPG highway.

Toyota Prius Four

All models of the 2017 Prius have a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine combined with a permanent magnet AC electric motor, mated to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

The Prius’ system makes 121 horsepower and 120 lb-ft of torque. While it lags behind the ES 300h significantly in speed and power, it makes some gains in fuel economy. The 2017 Prius Four gets an EPA-estimated 54 MPG city and 50 MPG highway.

Features

Lexus ES 300h

The 2017 ES 300h has a standard panorama glass roof, Lexus Display Audio color multi-media display, Scout GPS Link navigation, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, backup camera, dual-zone climate control with smog filter, and subscription-free traffic and weather. Additionally, all models come with NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote apps.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power trunk open/close, Intuitive Parking Assist, and twin projector Bi-LED headlamps. You also have the option to add a Mark Levinson Premium Surround Sound Audio System with 15 speakers, Clari-fi technology and subwoofer.

Toyota Prius Four

The 2017 Prius Four has standard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charger, cruise control, integrated backup camera, Smart-Flow climate control, and Multi-Information Display. The Prius Four adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

The Prius Four’s cabin features SofTex-trimmed heated front seats that are power-adjustable, and available Entune Premium JBL Audio Safety Connect, and Color Head-Up Display.

Pricing

Lexus ES 300h

Starting at $41,820 MSRP

Toyota Prius Four

Starting at $29,695 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Comparison: 2017 Lexus IS Turbo vs 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

A luxury sport sedan is the quintessential Los Angeles car – fast, sleek, and high-tech. Add to that a fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, and you’ve got the ideal ride for cruising the hills of L.A.

However, today’s ample market makes shopping for your perfect sports sedan easier said than done. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together a one-to-one review of the 2017 Lexus IS Turbo and the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, two class-leading luxury cars that have a lot in common at first glance. Read on to see which one comes out ahead:

Safety

Lexus IS Turbo

This year was a big one for Lexus because the automaker equipped most of its models with standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of features developed to assist drivers and reduce the chances of an accident. The LSS+ 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. Additionally, each model comes with one year of complimentary Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect, a service that provides emergency response and assistance, whenever and wherever you need it.

The 2017 IS was also awarded a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, earning perfect scores in all crash tests except frontal, where it won four stars.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 C-Class has standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus, Attention Assist, Pre-Safe, rearview camera, and adaptive braking. However, its blind spot monitoring system is an optional feature on lower trim levels, and a surround-view camera and parking assist are available via premium packages only. The mbrace Secure, similar to Lexus’s Safety Connect, is included, but only for the first six months of ownership.

The Mercedes sport sedan model also earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA but scored just four stars in evaluations for frontal crash and rollover.

Features

Lexus IS Turbo

All models of the 2017 IS have standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights, power moonroof, SmartAccess key with push-button start, and Drive Mode Select. Additionally, the model is equipped with dual-zone climate control, NuLuxe interior trim, power-adjustable front seats, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration. Additionally, all models have available Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, power rear sunshade, backup camera, and heated steering wheel.

Talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about the features included in the Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Navigation, and Navigation with Mark Levinson packages.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2017 Mercedes C300 has standard power front seats with memory, multi-function Nappa-leather steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, FrontBass sound system, Bluetooth technology, dual USB ports, HD Radio receiver, and in-dash CD player. Also, it features standard LED daytime running lights, though LED headlights are optional. The C-Class additionally has a number of available option packages as well as individual add-on features, including leather seating and heated front seats.

Pricing

Lexus IS Turbo

Starting at $37,825 MSRP

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Starting at $39,500 MSRP

REVIEW: 2015 LEXUS GS 350

Los Angeles Review 2015 Lexus GS350

Drivers in El Monte who want a luxury sedan that’s a tried-and-true classic need to test drive the 2015 Lexus GS 350 before inventory dwindles even further.

On the outside, it’s a work of art, while on the inside it’s a quiet and comfortable cabin with all the tech and features that define a luxury car. And under the hood? You’ll have to read our full review to find out:

STYLING

With well-defined lines, a distinctive front end, and a rear design that will leave a lasting impression on all those you pass on the road, the 2015 GS 350 is a feat of design engineering. Created by the Lexus L-Finesse design team as a sport vehicle, it’s sleek and sophisticated like a luxury sedan should be, but also looks like it has some serious get-up-and-go. It has standard 18-inch alloy wheels, an uncluttered instrument panel, contrast stitching details, and LED ambient lighting inside for a truly deluxe feel.

STANDARD FEATURES

All models of the 2015 GS 350 have leather seating, wood and metal accents, power moonroof, multi-function steering wheel, and energy efficient S-flow automatic climate control. Standard features for convenience include navigation, push-button start, and rearview camera. For your entertainment, each model also has Lexus Premium Audio with 12 speakers, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and 5.1 Surround Sound.

OPTIONAL FEATURES

If you choose the Premium Package upgrade, you’ll love the heated and ventilated seats, while the Luxury Package equips you with adaptive variable suspension, rear audio and climate control, and semi-aniline leather seating. Other available features include HDD navigation, power trunk release, dynamic rear steering, Mark Levinson premium audio, head-up display, and a suite of safety technologies. The F Sport package features a 16-way power driver’s seat, custom-tuned AVS, upgraded wheels and tires, and variable gear ratio steering.

SAFETY

The 2015 GS earned perfect scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including moderate front overlap impact, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints and seating. Also, the organization said its front crash prevention system is Advanced.

Standard safety features include electronic traction and stability control, Lexus Drive Mode, automatic collision notification, Safety Connect, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system with anti-lock brakes. Available features include blind spot monitor, pre-collision warning, intuitive parking assist, lane departure alert, and lane keep assist.

ENGINE

The 2015 Lexus GS 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, making for a very powerful vehicle for any size, let alone a sedan. It has dual variable valve timing and direct fuel injection, as well as Lexus Drive Mode that allows you to control your performance settings. Rear-wheel drive models have 8-speed automatic transmission, while all-wheel drive models are equipped with 6-speed automatic transmission.

PRICING

Starting at $48,600 MSRP