Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 BMW X3

As more family drivers trade in their minivans for SUVs, luxury automakers like Lexus have taken note and equipped their utes with safety and infotainment features to keep everyone happy and safe on the road. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers got the memo.

When comparing the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to the 2018 BMW X3, you’ll notice disparities in tech offerings and third-party safety ratings. We’ll give you all the details below. When you’re done reading, we’d love to see you in El Monte for a test drive.

Safety Ratings and Tech

Lexus NX 300

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lexus NX a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating and reports there have been no recalls, complaints, or investigations on the model. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the NX 300 a 2018 Top Safety Pick.

All models of the 2018 Lexus NX are equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, bundling a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and intelligent high beams.

BMW X3

The NHTSA has not evaluated the 2018 X3 but has reported one complaint and one recall on the BMW SUV. The complaint states that the model’s brakes failed in traffic, causing an accident and two injuries. The complaint also says that the vehicle’s front crash prevention system failed in this instance.

Additionally, there was a recall in November 2017 due to a software error in the instrument panel that prevented warning signals from illuminating. The IIHS has not evaluated the 2018 X3.

Standard safety tech on the BMW X3 includes Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking, Daytime Pedestrian Detection, and Speed Limit Information.

Entertainment and Convenience

Lexus NX 300

Standard entertainment and connectivity features on the NX 300 include Lexus Display Audio with an 8-inch display, Scout GPS Link navigation with MapStream and TurnStream, Remote Touchpad controls, 8-speaker premium sound, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Siri Eyes Free, and subscription-free traffic and weather.

Additionally, all models include Lexus Enform Safety Connect, Service Connect, Remote, and Destination Assist telematics systems.

BMW X3

The X3 comes standard with AM/FM radio, CD player, HiFi sound system, pre-wiring for Sirius XM Radio, and HD Radio. It also includes USB and Bluetooth connectivity, BMW TeleService, and ConnectedDrive Services. The base model does not include navigation or traffic and weather information systems.

To get the same level of features as you get standard on the NX you’ll need to choose an upper trim, making the Lexus a better value. If you’re ready to experience the Lexus NX 300 in person, visit us in El Monte today.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $35,985 MSRP

BMW X3

Starting at $41,000 MSRP

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Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350L

Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350L

The Lexus RX has long been a favorite in the Los Angeles area, and this year introduces a new trim that gives drivers the ultimate luxury experience.

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is one of the most comfortable luxury SUVs on the market, and you’ll know the minute you get inside. To get the full experience of this next-level Lexus ute, visit us in El Monte for a test drive.

For all the details, see our full review below:

Comfort and Convenience

The Lexus RX is a three-row SUV that seats up to seven passengers. All RX models are equipped with features to keep the whole crew riding in luxury, but there are a few elements unique to the RX 350L that elevate the experience. It comes standard with leather interior, three-zone climate control, power-folding auto-dimming outside mirrors, second-row captain’s chairs, a power-folding and reclining 50/50 third row, and the Lexus Memory System.

Additionally, the 350L has a power rear door, power front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, a backup camera, and SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop. For your entertainment, the RX includes Lexus Display Audio with a color multi-media display and Scout GPS Link navigation, subscription-free traffic and weather, Bluetooth with Voice Command, and Siri Eyes Free.

The RX 350L is available with the following individual options: heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, a power moonroof, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, premium triple-beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling, and a Heads-Up Display. The Premium Package adds your choice of premium wood interior trim (Espresso Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Matte Linear Dark Mocha) and a power moonroof.

Safety and Technology

The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX a 2018 Top Safety Pick. It earned best-possible scores for crashworthiness, including a Superior rating for crash prevention and mitigation.

Lexus equips all models of the RX with the Lexus Safety System+, which gives you a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlights, and Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, you can add a Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking as individual options.

Performance

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with standard all-wheel drive, making 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and going from zero to 60 in 8.1 seconds. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 8-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission.

The 2018 RX can tow up to 3,500 pounds and comes with the option for a tow hitch receiver, heavy duty radiator, and cooling fan, and engine and transmission oil coolers. The 350L also has standard aluminum roof rails for your cargo and recreational needs.

Pricing

Starting at $52,685 MSRP

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Comparison: 2018 Lexus NX 300 vs 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
If you’re shopping for a luxury crossover, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio may have caught your eye as magazines report on the Italian automaker’s re-entry into the U.S. market. The Stelvio appears to have it all – style, power, and features – but does this newcomer stack up to the competition?

When comparing the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio to the 2018 Lexus NX 300, you’ll want to take note of the features that come standard and those that cost extra. Options can boost the price well beyond an entry-level budget, so don’t let the base price mislead you.

See the differences in our one-to-one comparison, then visit us at our convenient El Monte location to get behind the wheel of an NX 300.

Safety and Tech

Lexus NX 300

The 2018 Lexus NX 300 now comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps.

Additionally, the Lexus crossover comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, MapStream, and TurnStream. The NX also features a Remote Touchpad, backup camera, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Premium Sound System, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps, including Safety Connect, Service Connect, and Remote. The Navigation Package adds a Navigation System with Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, 10.3-inch high-res split-screen, Destination Assist, Dynamic Navigation, 10-Speaker Premium Sound, electrochromic rearview mirror, and HomeLink universal transceiver.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

It’s worth noting that the Stelvio does not come standard with any driver assistance technology, except for a backup camera and parking sensors. Its Driver Assistance Package (about $1,500 extra) includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard equipment on the Stelvio includes a 6.5-inch color display, 8-speaker audio, Start/Stop Technology, power tailgate, universal garage door opener, and dual-zone climate control. You can upgrade to a 6.5 or 8.8-inch widescreen color display (an extra $950), which seems small compared to the NX’s 10.3-inch navigation screen.

Performance

Lexus NX 300

Both the NX 300 and the Stelvio have a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine. The Lexus crossover makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and comes available with all-wheel drive. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission and goes from zero to 60 in 7 seconds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24 MPG combined.

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo’s base engine makes 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, giving it just a slight edge in terms of pony power. It has an 8-speed automatic transmission and a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds. Fuel economy is 24 MPG combined.

Now, the Italian automaker may have caught your eye with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s specs – a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that churns out 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. What Alfa Romeo doesn’t make so obvious in its marketing materials is that the upgrade pushes the Stelvio’s price to about $90,000.

Pricing

Lexus NX 300

Starting at $34,985 MSRP

Alpha Romeo Stelvio

Starting at $41,995 MSRP

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