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Upgrade Your Commute with a Lexus Hybrid

November 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


Are you looking to drive a modern luxury car focused on efficiency, but don’t like the idea of plugging in every night? Pairing a gas-powered engine with advanced battery technology, the current lineup of Lexus hybrid models provide advanced fuel economy without needing a plug. The Lexus hybrid lineup available in Santa Monica, CA is always charged and ready to take on your daily commute

Lexus of Santa Monica maintains a select inventory of the latest luxury hybrid models, ranging from the compact CT to the RX mid-size SUV. Take a look at the current hybrid cars and crossovers for sale at our Lexus dealership and leave the plugs in your TV.

It’s December to Remember at Lexus of Santa Monica, and our dealership has lease and finance offers available on a limited selection of hybrid models. Whether you need the capability of an NX SUV or the contemporary styling of a new ES sedan, you can drive a true luxury hybrid for less during our holiday sales event.

Do you have questions about the current Lexus hybrid lineup? Do you already know that you want to schedule a test drive appointment? Get in touch with the team at Lexus of Santa Monica through our contact form or by phone at (424) 229-9998 to learn more about adding a new luxury hybrid model to your daily drive.

Lexus December To Remember Sales Event

November 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


Have you made sure to be good all year in hopes of finding a brand new Lexus luxury car, crossover, or SUV with a big red bow sitting in your driveway during the holiday season? With the Lexus December to Remember Sales Event, you are one step closer to making the dream of owning your own luxury vehicle come true.

Whether you’re looking to be as eco-friendly as possible with the CT hybrid, enjoy the poised power of the GS F, carry up to eight passengers in absolute luxury with the LX, or nearly any model in between, you can find a great offer at Lexus Santa Monica during the December to Remember Sales Event. Take a look at our expansive inventory to find all of the models we have in stock to help you find the Lexus that’s perfect for you. For more details about our lease and sales offers, take a look at our online incentives page.

Lexus Santa Monica has a dedicated finance team ready to help you find the perfect luxury car, crossover, or SUV at a price you are sure to enjoy. To talk to one of our highly trained team members about the December to Remember Sales Event, do not hesitate to give us a call at (424) 229-9998 or use our online contact form.

Lexus Tops Consumer Reports’ 2016 Reliability Survey

November 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


Once a year, Consumer Reports puts out a survey that ranks each vehicle manufacturer according to reliability. These reliability ratings show how well a manufacturer’s vehicles hold up over the years and the odds for which an owner will have to worry about problems and repairs. Consumer Reports uses a meticulously crafted 0-100 point system based on subscriber feedback to determine which vehicle is most reliable. For the 2017 model year, Lexus landed directly on top of the “More Reliable” brands list with an impressive 86 points.

Scoring more points than Tesla Motors, Ram Truck, Jeep, and GMC, Lexus remains at the same place as last year’s report as the most reliable vehicle manufacturer in the industry. Since the current information available from Consumer Reports spans the last ten model years, you can be sure that Lexus produces the kind of reliability you want from a luxury vehicle.

If you would like additional information regarding the reliability of Lexus models or how you can schedule a test drive at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica, CA, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or by calling our team of product specialists directly at (424) 229-9998.

Lexus UX Concept Revealed at 2016 Motor Show

October 19, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


The new Lexus UX SUV concept is the most remarkable-looking vehicle to debut at the Paris motor show this October. The UX concept offers a peek at what will likely replace the CT 200h hatchback in the coming SUV lineup. “We are ready for the next chapter of a bolder Lexus SUV – the UX concept,” Dr. Johan Van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Lexus in Europe stated. He elaborated on the futuristic cabin design and technology, explaining it will offer an “immersive driver experience.” Potential design and technology features to look forward to include:

  • Suicide doors with a curvy appearance
  • Sharp LED tail lights
  • Rear-facing cameras to replace side-door mirrors
  • Lexus designed Kinetic Seat Concept technology
  • Wrap-around dashboard
  • Dual-screen infotainment system
  • Shift paddles integrated into the steering wheel
  • Gear selector buttons, replacing the traditional shifter

Browse our new inventory of 170 Lexus SUV models and contact the knowledgeable staff at our Santa Monica, CA dealership through our online contact form or phone at (424) 229-9998 to schedule your test drive today!

2017 Lexus IS Gets Facelift and Safety Features

October 13, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


For luxury-loving Santa Monica, CA drivers, the 2017 Lexus IS offers the exclusive driving experience you’ve been waiting for. Detailed changes to improve its overall aesthetics make the handsome Lexus IS even more desirable and safety system upgrades ensures that the changes are more than just cosmetic. The exciting advancements to the 2017 Lexus IS will definitely impress at the workplace and after hours as well.

2017 Lexus IS: Exterior Design

The bold 2017 Lexus IS was diligently modified to have a sportier look. The spindle grille that Lexus is so famous for stretches further up the fascia than the 2016 Lexus IS. You’ll look like you’re floating as you pull up to the light since the air intakes give the front fender a hover-like appearance. The rear has L-shaped LED lights with three guide layers stylishly standing out in a way that no other model can compete with. Additional available exterior updates sure to turn heads include:

  • A more sculpted hood
  • Rectangular chrome exhaust
  • Three-dimensional mesh pattern
  • Five-spoke 18-in. wheels
  • Caviar and Nightfall Mica color options
  • Jet black metallic coating

2017 Lexus IS: Safety

High-quality improvements don’t end with the exterior design. The Lexus Safety System now comes standard on all 2017 IS models. Multiple safety must-haves included are Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Intelligent High Beam (IHB), Pre-Collision System (PCS), and Steering Assist.

Can’t wait for the 2017 Lexus IS? View our new inventory of IS models and schedule your next test drive by contacting a representative at our Santa Monica, CA dealership at (424) 229-9998.

The 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe Dazzles the Luxury Market

September 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


For the 2018 model year, Lexus has an all-new coupe to debut: the 2018 LC 500. Previously announced at the Detroit Auto Show in early 2016, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe will reign alongside the luxury brand’s two other coupe models—the Lexus RC and RC F—available to consumers in early 2017.

So, what’s in store for Santa Monica, CA area drivers interested in the 2018 Lexus LC 500 Coupe? According to Lexus chief engineer Koji Sato, a whole lot of power. The Lexus LC 500 comes with a 5.0L V8 engine, which delivers 471 HP and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. To give you some context, these numbers were estimated at 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. of torque at the Detroit Auto Show.

Why the sudden change? Lexus reimagined the intake and exhaust systems to deliver an ever better performance than initially thought out. These changes are just a few of several performance-minded adjustments that will be made because Lexus will carry out ongoing developments until the LC 500’s release date.

A hybrid version of the LC 500 Coupe is also in development, although no new changes have been announced. The Lexus LC 500h will come with a 3.5L V6 engine with a single electric motor, and will get 354 HP.

Although the new Lexus LC 500 Coupe won’t be available until next year, you can still browse the new vehicle inventory at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica for available performance coupe trim packages. For more information, send us a message online or call (424) 229-9998 to speak with a product specialist directly.

Updates to Lexus 2017 Models

September 22, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica


Change can frustrating, but this time it’s for the better. Updated for the 2017 model year, Lexus is making some impressive improvements to their vehicle lineup. While the Lexus GS F, GX, LS, RC, and RC F receive only minor changes, several of their models are getting a significant update to their look and performance. Take a look at the list below for details on what’s been upgraded for 2017, and then find the new model you want to drive in the inventory at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica, CA.

  • The 2017 GS350 F Sport offers a RWD drivetrain with a limited slip differential to evenly distribute power to the wheels.
  • FWD for the NX200t and NX300h is no longer available
  • The Lexus RX450H no longer has FWD available, but does have F Sport versions now.
  • The Lexus IS has new bumpers, exhaust finishers, taillights, LED headlights for all standard models, and a new 10.3-in. infotainment display.
  • The IS F Sport models get front break ducts.
  • The Lexus LC has a leaner, wavy body with prominent hips and a bigger grille.
  • The Lexus LC500 comes with a ten-speed automatic transmission for the first time, and includes a 5.0 L V8 producing 467 HP and 389 lb.-ft. torque.
  • The LC500h, a hybrid, includes a 3.5 L V6 and two electrical motors producing 295 HP capable of a 5.0 second 0-60 MPH acceleration time when properly equipped.
  • The LC500h has improved fuel economy with 40 mpg on the highway.

Drivers in the Santa Monica, CA area can check out our new vehicle inventory to see which 2017 models have already arrived at our Lexus dealership. If you have any questions contact us today at (424) 229-9998.

Lexus Launches the 10th Annual Lexus Eco Challenge

September 21, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica, Uncategorized

Lexus Eco Challenge

How would you like to win $500,000? Through the annual Lexus Eco Challenge, teams of middle and high school students and their teachers compete for the opportunity to take home the grand prize by taking on projects to protect the environment, enrich their community, and learn important science and engineering skills.

“The Lexus Eco Challenge has changed the way I teach. It’s changed my classroom, it’s changed the lives of my students, and it’s changed my school—all for the better. This is such a great way to get kids to care about the world around them and not only think about the ‘moment;’ but also think about what a difference they can make,” said JoAnne Brown, a science teacher at Olympus Jr. High School in Holladay, Utah. Over 600 of Ms. Brown’s students have participated in the Lexus Eco Challenge since 2006.

This year marks a decade of environmental projects started through the Lexus Eco Challenge, and more than $5 million dollars awarded to over 30,000 students across the country. Past winners’ projects have included raising awareness about safe environmental practices, research on renewable energy, protecting native species, and other conservation efforts.

Teams of up to ten students and two teachers select an important environmental issue, and develop and implement a plan to address it. There are two categories to choose from:

  • The Land & Water Challenge, August 15-October 16, 2016
  • The Air & Climate Challenge, October 19-December 12, 2016

Winners advance to “The Final Challenge”, which takes place from January 16-February 27, 2017.

Learn more about the Lexus Eco Challenge and how your local school can participate at Scholastic. You can also do your own part to help the environment and feel good doing it by driving a low-emission luxury hybrid Lexus model, available now from our new vehicle inventory in Santa Monica, CA.

2016 Lexus ES Wins Top Safety Award from IIHS

August 26, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica

2016 Lexus ES

The new Lexus ES earned a prestigious “Top Safety Pick Plus” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), demonstrating its prowess at keeping occupants alert, aware, and protected on the roads in and around Santa Monica, CA.

The 2016 Lexus ES received changes to its front structure, A-pillar, roof rail, door-hinge pillar, and doorsill, all of which contributed to the luxury sedan’s top rating on moderate overlap, side, roof-strength, and head restraint tests. The new Lexus ES mid-sized luxury car also earned a ‘Superior’ rating on front crash prevention when equipped with the available forward collision warning system.

Are you looking for an incredibly luxurious Lexus sedan with a tried-and-true top safety rating? Look no further than the 2016 Lexus ES, including ES 350 and ES 300h models. The new vehicle inventory at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica, CA has dozens of 2016 Lexus ES trim packages, colors, and features packages available.

If you have any questions, reach out to a Lexus Santa Monica product specialist through our online contact form today!

The Lexus RX is the Best Selling Luxury Vehicle in the U.S.

August 26, 2016 jhur Lexus, Lexus Santa Monica

Lexus RX

Have you been on the 5 recently? If you’ve started noticing more Lexus RX SUVs next to you, you’re not alone. Topping the list for luxury vehicles sold in the U.S. through June, the 2016 Lexus RX sits at just under 50,000 models sold for the current year. The nearest competitor, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, is more than 10,000 units behind the popular Lexus RX in total sales for 2016.

Developed to provide a capable performance and sophisticated design, the latest version of the new Lexus RX is one of the most popular SUVs for sale at our dealership in Santa Monica, CA. From the striking front grille to the chiseled frame, the 2017 Lexus RX features a stunning design profile that hints at the luxury features included in the cabin.

When equipped with the Luxury Package, the interior of the 2017 Lexus RX is smartly appointed with semi-aniline perforated leather trim, gray sapele wood with aluminum trim, and a driver’s seat with power cushion extender and four-way power lumbar support.

Whether you’re looking for the RX 350 or the 450h, Lexus of Santa Monica has almost every trim package available for sale in most color combinations. Browse through our available luxury SUV inventory and find your ideal model. Then see it up close during a test drive at our Lexus dealership. Contact our team through our online form or by phone at (424) 229-9998 to make an appointment with us.