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

Review: 2017 Lexus LX 570

Review of the 2017 Lexus LX 570

For Angelenos who need a regular respite from the city to head to the mountains or the desert, a fully capable luxury SUV is in order. Some automakers equip their utes with surface-level features that make them seem like they can handle life off the pavement, but fall short once you look for must-haves like multi-mode suspension and standard four-wheel drive.

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is no such vehicle. It has everything you want in a luxury SUV, plus everything you need to take it off road. Read on for our full review:

Performance

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that churns out 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission. The Lexus ute has an elegant feel behind the wheel, but don’t let that fool – this is a legitimate SUV with a truck-style body-on-frame chassis and three-mode independent suspension, capable of towing up to 7,000 pounds.

Additionally, its full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN limited-slip center differential bolsters a suite of intelligent performance features. Crawl Control can be activated with the press of a button and automatically gives you a slow and steady pace over uncertain terrain, while the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you adjust traction and response, whether you’re traversing rock, dirt, gravel, mud, or sand. Further, Active Height Control lets you raise the vehicle by up to three inches, giving you better wheel articulation and allowing you to accommodate rough terrains.

Features

The LX 570 comes standard with a deluxe navigation system with 12.3-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Remote Touch controls, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free traffic and weather, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth-enabled voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and SmartAccess key fob.

You can also opt for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, color Heads Up Display, wireless phone charging pad, Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System, and Cool Box center console beverage cooler.

Interior

This seven-seat SUV has three rows of highly configurable, leather-lined seating. You can fold the second and third rows down for extra cargo space, while the third row can also fold to the sides for flat-floor storage behind the second row. It has a standard 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 12-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, and the option to add semi-aniline leather seating. Standard four-zone climate control, interior ambient lighting, and artisan crafted wood trim remind you that this is a luxury vehicle.

Safety

Lexus equipped the LX 570 with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Assist Technology. This system does not cost extra, which not many other automakers can tout. Additionally, all models have Lexus Enform Safety Connect, providing roadside assistance and emergency contact free for the first year.

Pricing

Starting at $89,380 MSRP

COMPARISON: 2017 Lexus LX 570 vs 2017 Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles Comparison Lexus LX570 vs Infiniti QX80

Los Angeles is a city that likes to draw attention, so what better ride for an Angeleno than a luxury SUV? Drivers who want a head-turner that’s more than a pretty face have a few options, but there’s only one that has an L.A. face with an off-road body.

Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2017 Lexus LX 570 and the 2017 Infiniti QX80:

Safety

Lexus LX 570

Because Lexus doesn’t mess around when your family’s safety is at hand, it has equipped the new LX 570 with advanced safety features – standard on every model. That means you won’t pay extra for any safety features, including the advanced pre-collision system with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, which can spot objects in the way and stop the car on its own. It’s often that split-second of reaction time that can lead to major damage, so this system could save lives. Additionally, the LX 570 has a blind-spot monitor, lane-departure warning, dynamic radar cruise control, 10 airbags, and an alert system that automatically sends for help in the event of a collision.

Infiniti QX80

The QX80 has driver assistance technologies, but the Driver Assistance Package – which includes blind-spot monitor and lane-departure warning – will cost extra. Additionally, while the Infiniti SUV has a pre-collision warning system, it does not have automatic braking. Other safety features on the QX80 include front and rear parking sensors and a backup collision intervention system for further parking assistance.

Features

Lexus LX 570

Each model of the 2017 LX 570 has four-zone climate control, power moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, 14-way adjustable driver’s seat, leather interior, and 12.3-inch widescreen display in the center stack for displaying navigation and entertainment. The three-row, seven-seater also has power-operated third-row seating that can flip up for cargo space with a flat floor, or shift forward or backward for added space without losing passenger capacity.

You’ll also love the infotainment system with Lexus Remote Touch, AM/FM/CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, USB input, and a 9-speaker audio system. There’s also the option to upgrade to the 19-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, rear entertainment system with dual 11.2-inch screens, built-in refrigerated box in the center console, heated and ventilated seats, and wood and leather trim.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has leather seating, three-zone climate control, moonroof, tilting/telescoping steering wheel, and surround view camera. For entertainment, it has AM/FM/CD, USB port, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system. It also comes with a one-year subscription to Infiniti’s telematics and concierge services. Available features include leather and wood accents, rear entertainment with 7-inch monitors, and 22-inch wheels.

Engine and Body

Lexus LX 570

The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that makes 383 horsepower (and uses it efficiently) and 402 lb-ft of torque. Each model has all-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic transmission.

You’ll notice that the Lexus SUV handles very well for a ute its size, handling corners and curves with grace. Luxurious as the ride feels, it has a body-on-frame chassis like a full-size truck would, as well as a three-mode independent suspension setup that gives it the ability to handle any terrain.

Infiniti QX80

The 2017 QX80 has a 5.6-liter V8 engine that makes 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive will cost you extra, and the engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

While the Infiniti ute handles well on the road and has a similar body-on-frame construction, it lacks the suspension to seem confident off the pavement, so this one’s for city slickers only.

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus GX 460

Los Angeles Review Lexus GX460

It’s rare to find a luxury vehicle that can handle a rugged lifestyle, but drivers in Los Angeles will find exactly that in the 2017 Lexus GX 460.

The full-size SUV isn’t merely a means to get from point A to point B, but rather a vehicle that can take you anywhere you want to go, including off road. There are lots of other reasons to love the GX 460, so check out our full review:

STYLING AND INTERIOR

The seven-passenger 2017 GX is no wallflower, with a tall stance and a squared body that make it look like it was made for off-roading and a body-on-frame construction that confirms it. It wears the Lexus signature spindle grille with ease, and has an all-new Sport Design Package that adds a stand-out front fascia and 18-inch gunmetal alloy wheels.

Due to its height, it’s an easy ute to enter and exit, plus it has easy-access seating and the option for second-row captain’s chairs if you don’t need that seventh seat. Additionally, 10-way power front seats, NuLuxe interior trim, roof rails, and a rear spoiler are all standard features. You can opt to add wood and leather accents, leather seating, and touch-button folding third-row seats.

FEATURES

The 2017 GX is equipped with standard dual-zone climate control, power moonroof, adjustable steering wheel, and an infotainment system featuring smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, 9 audio speakers, 8-inch touchscreen, dual USB inputs, and Siri Eyes Free. Optional features include three-zone climate control with air filter, LED foglights, and a 17-speaker Mark Levinson audio system. If you’re planning on taking some road trips, you may also consider the dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system with DVD/CD, wireless remote, wireless headphones, and an AC outlet.

PERFORMANCE AND ENGINE

The GX 460 was built with off-road terrain in mind, with a rigid chassis and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that let it traverse dirt, snow, and boulders with ease. The Lexus-exclusive suspension system uses stiff anti-roll bars to minimize lean on the pavement, but allow for increased suspension on uneven paths. The four-wheel drive ute also has a torque-sensing, limited-slip center differential that ensures power is evenly distributed to the front and rear axles for optimal uphill performance, as well as active traction control that keeps the SUV grounded.

Under the hood, the GX 460 is packing a 4.6-liter V8 engine that makes 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

SAFETY

True to Lexus form, the GX puts safety front and center, with a 10-airbag system, active front headrests, power-assisted braking, LED headlights and taillights, Smart Stop technology, backup camera, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect all standard. You also have the option to add active driver assistance technology, including blind-spot monitor, lane-departure alert, collision mitigation, and high-speed, dynamic radar cruise control.

PRICING

Starting at $51,680 MSRP

REVIEW: 2017 Lexus RX 450h

Los Angeles Review 2017 Lexus RX450h

For drivers who refuse to compromise, Lexus is the obvious choice. With some of the world’s best designers, technologies that blow away the competition, and industry-leading safety ratings, it’s the high-end automaker for Los Angeles drivers who want it all.

Case in point: the 2017 Lexus RX 450h, a luxury SUV that’s powered by some of the most advanced hybrid technology on the market. Read on for our full review:

FEATURES

The 2017 RX has standard features to suit your every need, including an infotainment system with 8-inch command screen, 9-speaker audio system, and connectivity via Bluetooth, micro SD card slot, auxiliary input, or USB port, so you can connect any of your mobile devices. It’s also compatible with iPhones and features Siri Eyes Free. Additionally, each model is equipped with a power tailgate, 10-way power driver’s seat, power-adjustable steering wheel, high-quality faux leather seating, rain-sensing windshield wipers, rearview camera, and HomeLink garage door opener.

Available options include leather seats, power moonroof, heated steering wheel, ventilated and heated seating, navigation, upgraded infotainment system, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. If you’re planning on any road trips in the future, you may also be interested in the rear-seat entertainment system with DVD and two screens.

STYLING

The newly styled RX 450h has sharp, angular lines and the signature Lexus spindle grille, framed by LED headlights, bold air ducts, and chrome trim. The low roofline keeps it aerodynamic, while a wide stance ensures stability and gives it a sporty yet luxe look.

Inside, the seating is nothing less than plush and supportive, no matter which trim level you choose, and the center console has been redesigned to add room for an easy-to-operate climate control and audio system. You’ll also love the ample legroom and more than 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. When the back seats are folded down, cargo space expands to 56 cubes.

SAFETY

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lexus RS a Top Safety Pick+ after it aced all tests, including small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength.
While driver assistance technologies cost extra on most vehicles, the RX comes standard with the advanced Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane-departure warning. The RX is also equipped with airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and all other safety features you’re used to seeing in modern cars.

ENGINE

The RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 combined with a 123-kilowatt electric motor, which makes 259 horsepower when using gasoline only and a net 308 horsepower. The EPA reports that this model gets 31 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.

PRICING

Starting at $53,035 MSRP