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