Beyond Too Fast Too Furious

The 2020 RC F Track Edition debuted today in Detroit and not only boasts enhanced performance and styling upgrades but takes the Lexus performance coupe to a level far beyond the souped-up cars seen in the “Too Fast Too Furious” franchise (thankfully). With the release of the first-ever RC F Track Edition, racing enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a high-performance car that is equally impressive on and off the track. Truly born from the asphalt up and developed with input from Lexus race teams in the Super GT and IMSA series, the RC F Track Edition boasts a 55-pound reduction in unsprung weight on the front of the car alone and 176 pound decrease from the previous RC F. Even with the fixed rear wing, the new RC F Track Edition takes the model beyond “Too Fast, Too Furious” and introduces a new breed of the street race car that even we can handle.

2020 RC F Track Edition in Ultra White
2020 RC F Track Edition in Ultra White

Lexus RC F Track Edition Details

  • Every RC F Track Edition is upgraded with Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors that are lighter and better at withstanding the extreme heat cycling associated with performance driving.
  • 19″ BBS forged alloy wheels further reduce weight and feature a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car.
  • Carbon Fiber everywhere! Carbon fiber pieces made on the same line that supplied the Lexus LFA can be found on the roof, hood, rear wing, behind the rear seats and as a bumper reinforcement.
  • Titanium Muffler and Tail Pipes – rarely seen on production cars.
  • RC F Track Edition has the best power-to-weight ratio among its competitors.
  • New electronic launch control system gives the RC F Track Edition the capability of delivering a 0-60 mph time in 3.96 seconds.
  • Only two colors: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray
  • Red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard give the new RC F Track Edition that extra-special touch.
2020 RC F Track Edition details
When details matter: the new RC F Track Edition engineers focused on cutting weight to yield significant performance improvement.

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What’s the Difference?

This year Lexus has introduced new models and several exciting updates to the existing Lexus line up that have not only changed the look but also the feature placement and go-to “tells” for determining a specific package level. For anyone that doesn’t have the opportunity to look at these gorgeous new cars every day, you may find it difficult to tell the difference between builds and options with only a quick look or glance at a picture online. As always, the team at Lexus Dominion is here to help so we’ve put together several comprehensive info-graphics on some of our most popular new Lexus that highlight the differences. Learn how to tell the difference and find your favorite feature on the 2019 UX, ES, NX, and GX here.

What’s the Difference: Lexus UX

2019 Lexus UX F SPORT
Lexus UX F SPORT

The Lexus UX is the newest addition to the Lexus model line-up and as we better acquainted with the super cute, versatile Lexus crossover SUV, we’ve picked up on a few quick ways to determine the package level.

Standard/Premium UX vs. UX F SPORT

This one will be easy for those familiar with the newer Lexus and the F SPORT models, but here you go.

The 2019 UX is bold and both the standard/premium UX and the F SPORT models offer dramatic lines, incredible lighting, and impressive wheels but how can you know for certain that you’re looking at the standard UX or the F SPORT model? Here’s what to look out for:

  • The grille and LED cornering lights on the F SPORT UX
  • Exclusive F SPORT exterior badging
  • F SPORT 18-inch split-five-spoke alloy wheels
Lexus UX.  Determine the model based on the picture.
What’s the Difference: Standard/Premium UX and UX F SPORT

Standard or Premium Package UX

Since the new UX is really built only a handful of ways, when you’re looking inside a non-F-Sport UX 200, you’ll be able to determine if that UX is the basic model with Blind Spot Monitor that lists for $34,903 or the Premium UX 200 with Heated and Ventilated Seats, Premium Package, Heated Steering Wheel and Park Assist that lists for $37,143 by looking out for a few key details.

Premium and Standard Packages on the 2019 UX infographic.
Look out for the climate controlled seat buttons (they light up when on) to find out if you’re looking at the Standard UX that lists for $34K or the Premium UX that lists for $37K.

Other key features and characteristics on the Lexus UX include the new Birch and Birch/Lapis interior options (Birch is a solid Gray with only a small accent across the chair whereas the Birch/Lapis is a Gray and Blue two-tone interior), the premium, and standard packages and the only UX with Navigation (at this time) – the F SPORT UX with Navigation. The following UX info-graphics help you determine which UX you’re looking at based on key characteristics and tells you where to look if you’re wanting a specific feature.

UX Infographic
Key characteristics to look out for inside the UX
Finding the features on the Lexus UX infographic
Feature finder for the Lexus UX

What’s the Difference: Lexus ES

Basic vs Premium Package ES 350
How to determine if that ES is the basic or premium package.

The Lexus ES comes with a large selection of options and packages that can be combined to create several builds that are both commonly available or more uniquely-tuned for ES buyers. Since the 2019 Lexus ES is built to include so many great standard features, it can be difficult to determine the package level from just a glance but, if you look out for key details like the wheel design and if you can see Park Assist sensors, you’ll be able to name that ES build like a pro. The first (above) and second ES info-graphic show you how to determine if the ES is the basic (no-option) build or the Premium ES 350 – both have a 9000 model code. We follow this up with comprehensive infographics illustrating the difference between the Premium (9000 model code) and Luxury models (9002 model code) and finally the Luxury (9002 model code) and Ultra Luxury ES (9004 model code) models.

Basic vs Premium ES 350 infographic
Interior details tell you if that ES is the basic or premium model.
Premium vs Luxury ES 350 infographic.
How to tell if that ES is the Premium or Luxury model.
Luxury vs Ultra Luxury ES 350 Infographic
How to tell if that ES is the Luxury or Ultra Luxury model

There are a couple of options that can go on almost any of the new ES models since they are individual adds or standard features that may or may not be on the ES based on its production date. Here’s where to look inside the 2019 ES 350 so you can determine if that ES has Head-Up Display, Apple CarPlay, and Panoramic View Monitor.

Feature finder infographic for 2019 Lexus ES 350.
How to determine if that ES has a specific feature – knowing where to look infographic.

What’s the Difference: Lexus NX 300

The Lexus NX is built in either the standard or F SPORT model, but those two models also include a few tell-tale characteristics that will help you find out even more about that specific NX 300. Find out if you’re looking at the standard or F SPORT NX and which package that NX has on it with these quick tips.

NX model and package level infographic.
The grille, lights and wheels will tell you the model and package level on the Lexus NX 300.

What’s the Difference: Lexus GX

The Lexus GX 460 has kept the same design for a few years, but you may still need to find out if a specific GX has the new Sport Design Package or just the F-SPORT wheel option and if a specific GX is a Premium, Luxury or Basic build. This comprehensive infographic shows you where to look so you can determine if that GX has the Sport Design Package, F SPORT wheel upgrade (and is not the “Sport Design”), Premium build grade (look at the wheels), Luxury with Driver Assist Package (hint, it has a camera on the front grille) or the Basic model (again, look at the wheels.)

GX package and build infographic.
Where to look so you can determine the equipment level on the Lexus GX 460.

Have a question on any other Lexus model, build or package option? Let us know in the comments section below or send us your request for another edition of “What’s the Difference” on your Lexus of choice by emailing jbrennan@lexusdominion.com. You can also view and shop for your new Lexus online at www.LexusDominion.com.

2019 Lexus Color Line

Lexus Colors for 2019 Model Year
Lexus Colors for 2019 Model Year

The inspirations behind each color chosen for the Lexus model line up are as unique as the final expressions themselves. Often highlighting the bold, sculpted character lines of the new models, the Lexus design goal is to elicit an emotion at first glance. The 2019 Lexus model line up features new and returning Lexus colors that elevate the artistry of each model’s unique design. See the Lexus color line for the 2019 models here or find your favorite color – on your favorite model, online and available now at www.LexusDominion.com.

2019 Lexus UX Color Line

Colors for 2019 Lexus UX model
2019 Lexus UX Color Line

Starting with the newest Lexus creation, the Lexus UX offers 10 exterior color choices and 5 interior color options for the 2019 model year. We have been fortunate enough to already get in most of the colors for the new Lexus UX crossover, but there are still a few that we have yet to see in-person at Lexus Dominion. Above you’ll see the 2019 UX in Redline, Cadmium Orange, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Ultra White, Eminent White, Silver Lining Metallic, Nebula Gray Pearl and Caviar. So you can see every color available, we tracked down pictures of the UX in Nori Green Pearl and Autumn Shimmer. What about UltraSonic Blue 2.0 you may be asking? Well, we just got one in so you’ll find a sneak peek of the electric blue F SPORT color below.

2019 UX in Autumn Shimmer
2019 UX in Autumn Shimmer
Nori Green 2019 Lexus UX
2019 UX in Nori Green

New arrival: UltraSonic Blue 2.0 F SPORT UX at North Park Lexus Dominion.

UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 UX F SPORT at Lexus Dominion
New arrival: UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 Lexus UX F SPORT
UX F SPORT in UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0
UX F SPORT in UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0

2019 Lexus UX Interior Options

Birch NuLuxe interior on 2019 Lexus UX
2019 UX in Birch NuLuxe
Birch/Lapis NuLuxe interior on 2019 Lexus UX at Lexus Dominion
2019 UX in Birch/Lapis NuLuxe
Black interior on 2019 UX at Lexus Dominion
2019 UX with Black interior
Glazed Caramel interior on 2019 Lexus UX at Lexus Dominion
2019 UX with Glazed Caramel NuLuxe interior
Circuit Red F SPORT interior on Lexus UX at North Park Lexus Dominion
F SPORT Exclusive interior: Circuit Red

2019 RC Color Line

Redesigned and restyled for the 2019 model year, the new Lexus RC coupe is stunning. Although we have received most of the RC colors here at Lexus Dominion, any that are left out of the 2019 RC color chart below can still be found just below.

Color options for 2019 RC coupe.
2019 Lexus RC color line up

With 9 exterior color options including Obsidian, Caviar, Nebula Gray Pearl, Atomic Silver, Eminent White Pearl, Ultra White, Flare Yellow, Infrared, UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 and new Blue Vortex Metallic, the RC has something for everyone and almost every color under the sun.

Nebula Gray 2019 RC coupe
2019 RC in Nebula Gray Pearl
Lexus RC coupe in Flare Yellow
Flare Yellow Lexus RC coupe
2019 RC in Blue Vortex Metallic exterior
Blue Vortex Metallic on 2019 Lexus RC

2019 RC Interior Options

The 2019 RC coupe is available with most of the same interior options as last year with one newcomer that we have yet to see in-person but we have heard, has just arrived at Lexus Dominion (so check back for an updated post with that picture soon). Interior choices include Black NuLuxe, Glazed Caramel NuLuxe, Playa NuLuxe, Circuit Red NuLuxe, Black and Yellow NuLuxe and White NuLuxe.

Black interior on 2019 RC at North Park Lexus Dominion.
2019 RC with Black interior
Glazed Caramel interior on 2019 RC at North Park Lexus Dominion
2019 RC in Glazed Caramel interior
2019 RC with Playa interior at Lexus Dominion.
2019 RC with Playa interior
Circuit Red interior on 2019 Lexus RC
2019 RC F SPORT with Circuit Red interior
White interior on 2019 Lexus RC coupe.
2019 RC with White interior
Black and Yellow interior on 2019 Lexus RC.
Black and Yellow interior on 2019 Lexus RC coupe

2019 Lexus GX 460 Color Line

The colors for the 2019 Lexus GX 460 carry-over from the 2018 model year and include Starfire Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Fire Agate Pearl, Black Onyx and Claret Mica. The new GX also comes with the same 3 interior choices: Black, Sepia, and Ecru. Shop our GX inventory online here or find your favorite color from our 2019 GX color chart.

Color options for 2019 Lexus GX 460.
2019 Lexus GX 460 Color Options

2019 ES Color Line

We wrote a pretty detailed post on the 2019 ES color choices previously, but for anyone wanting a recap we have that for you here. The all-new Lexus ES is now available in Ultra White, Eminent White, Silver Lining Metallic, Caviar, Nebula Gray Pearl, Moonbeam Beige Metallic, Obsidian, Atomic Silver, Matador Red Mica, UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0, Nightfall Mica and Sunlit Green.

Color options for 2019 Lexus ES
2019 Lexus ES Color Chart

The Lexus ES is another model that offers a wide selection of colors (and we couldn’t fit them all on the color chart above). Below you can see the 2019 ES in Ultra White – an F SPORT exclusive color, Caviar, and Nightfall Mica.

Ultra White ES 350 F SPORT at Lexus Dominion.
2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT in Ultra White
Caviar Mica ES 350 F SPORT at Lexus Dominion.
2019 ES F SPORT in Caviar Mica
2019 ES 350 in Nightfall Mica at Lexus Dominion.
Nightfall Mica ES 350

2019 Lexus LS 500 Color Line

The 2019 LS 500 offers many color choices including one returning color, Satin Cashmere Metallic. The color chart below shows the 2019 LS in Ultra White, Eminent White, Manganese Luster, Caviar Mica, Atomic Silver, Matador Red Mica, Autumn Shimmer and Nightfall Mica. Both the “new” Satin Cashmere, Obsidian and Liquid Platinum are shown just below the LS color chart and available to see in-person at North Park Lexus Dominion in San Antonio, Texas.

Color options for 2019 Lexus LS 500
2019 LS 500 Color Chart. Can you find the one Lexus that doesn’t belong here?
LS 500 in Satin Cashmere
Satin Cashmere LS 500
Obsidian exterior on Lexus LS 500 at North Park Lexus Dominion.
Lexus LS 500 in Obsidian
Liquid Platinum Lexus LS 500 at Lexus Dominion in San Antonio, Texas.
Lexus LS 500 in Liquid Platinum

2019 GS Color Line

The 2019 Lexus GS is still in limited production numbers, however we still have every color option for the 2019 model year represented here. Choices include Eminent White Pearl, Smokey Granite Mica, Nightfall Mica, Obsidian, Matador Red Mica, Liquid Platinum, Atomic Silver, Caviar, Ultra White and UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0.

Eminent White Pearl GS 350 at Lexus Dominion.
2019 Lexus GS 350 in Eminent White
GS 350 F SPORT in Smokey Granite Mica at Lexus Dominion.
GS 350 F SPORT in Smokey Granite Mica
Nightfall Mica GS 350 at Lexus Dominion.
2019 GS 350 in Nightfall Mica
Obsidian GS 350 at Lexus Dominion.
GS 350 in Obsidian
Matador Red GS 350
Matador Red GS 350
GS 350 in Liquid Platinum at Lexus Dominion.
2019 GS 350 F SPORT in Liquid Platinum
Atomic Silver GS 350 F SPORT at Lexus Dominion.
2019 GS 350 F SPORT in Atomic Silver
Caviar exterior on Lexus GS 350
GS 350 in Caviar
Ultra White GS 350 F SPORT at Lexus Dominion.
2019 GS 350 F SPORT in Ultra White
UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 GS 350 at Lexus Dominion.
GS 350 in UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0

2019 Lexus IS Color Line

2019 IS color line is almost the same as last year with one new addition: Liquid Platinum (replacing Silver Lining Metallic). Find your favorite IS color from shopping our extensive IS inventory online or reference our quick color chart below.

Color options for 2019 Lexus IS.
2019 Lexus IS Color Chart
Atomic Silver IS 300 at Lexus Dominion.
2019 IS 300 in Atomic Silver

2019 LC Color Line

The Lexus LC is a world-class luxury coupe offering impressive performance and design. The LC 500 keeps the colors from the 2018 model year but adds Flare Yellow for the unique Inspiration Series that is available in Limited Production. Your 2019 LC color choices include: Obsidian, Caviar, Smokey Granite Mica, Atomic Silver, Liquid Platinum, Ultra White, Infrared, Autumn Shimmer and Nightfall Mica.

Caviar Mica LC 500 at Lexus Dominion
Lexus L 500 in Caviar Mica
Infrared LC 500 at Lexus Dominion.
2019 LC 500 in Infrared
Smokey Granite LC 500 in San Antonio, Texas
Smokey Granite Mica LC 500 pictured in downtown San Antonio, Texas
LC 500 in Atomic Silver
Atomic Silver LC 500
LC 500 in Liquid Platinum at Lexus Dominion.
Liquid Platinum LC 500
LC 500 in Ultra White at Lexus Dominion.
Ultra White LC 500
LC 500 in Nightfall Mica at Lexus Dominion.
Lexus owner, Jaime Flores with his Nightfall Mica LC 500
Autumn Shimmer LC
Autumn Shimmer LC pictured (we have yet to see one in-person)

2019 Lexus LX 570 Color Line

The 2019 LX 570 sees the same colors from the 2018 model year with one Special Edition, blacked-out Inspiration Series that is due to arrive at our Lexus dealership around January 14th, 2019 (so stay tuned). Check out the LX color line up here.

Color choices for 2019 Lexus LX 570.
2019 Lexus LX 570 Color Chart

2019 RX Color Line

The Lexus RX model line up offers a wide range of colors and, the same from the 2018 model year. Color options include Ultra White, Eminent White Pearl, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Caviar, Obsidian, Satin Cashmere, Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica and Matador Red Mica.

Lexus RX color chart

Ok, we took a shortcut with the Lexus RX but you can see every single color option available on our website here.

2019 Lexus NX Color Line

The 2019 NX is another Lexus model without any color changes with exception to the returning, Blue Vortex Metallic (which we still have not seen). Every other color is available and in-stock at our Lexus dealership. Below is the 2019 NX Color Chart for easy reference.

Color options for 2019 Lexus NX
2019 Lexus NX Color Chart
Is this the NX in Blue Vortex or UltraSonic Blue?
Blue Vortex or UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0?
Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0 NX F SPORT at Lexus Dominion
Lexus NX in UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0

What’s your favorite Lexus color for the 2019 model line up? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Lexus Color Line for 2019 models.
Lexus Color Line for 2019.

How to Replace the Battery in Your Lexus Smart Key

How do you replace the battery in your Lexus key fob? This is a common question but one that can seem quite daunting when first presented with the possibility of having to perform the task. The easiest way to get the battery in your Lexus key fob replaced is to pull onto our Service Drive here at North Park Lexus at Dominion and have our specialists assist you, but for anyone wanting to replace the battery themselves, here are some helpful tips and steps to complete the task.

Lexus Smart Key Battery Replacement

DIY: Replacing the Battery

Just a quick note before we begin: the exact procedure may vary from model to model and for your specific Lexus model and model year, the replacement instructions can be found in your Owner’s Manual under the Do-it-Yourself Maintenance section.

Step 1: Take out the mechanical key by sliding your finger across the release button and pulling out the metal key.

Step 2: Remove the cover of the key fob. Once you remove the metal/mechanical key from the fob you will see a small indentation inside the fob. Take the metal key and press the flat part of the key in the indentation and twist to pop the cover open. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to push and twist the cover off if you have a small screwdriver on-hand.

Step 3: Remove the depleted battery. You can do this using the screwdriver or even a paperclip. Once the old battery is removed, you can then insert a new battery with the + terminal facing up.

Step 4: Pop the cover back onto the key fob and put the metal key back into the key fob by simply sliding it into place.

Replacing the battery in your Lexus key.
How to replace the battery found in your Lexus Owner’s Manual under the Do-It-Yourself Maintenance section.

Sounds easy enough, but what size battery do you use and where can you find one? The Lexus key uses a CR2032 lithium battery and batteries can be purchased at any Lexus Service Center or from your local Walgreens, camera store or appliance shop. It is a pretty common battery so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a replacement.

Lexus smart key
The opposite side of the metal portion seen on the key fob is where you can slide out the mechanical key. Remove the mechanical key first to replace the battery inside the fob.
NX key fob with mechanical key removed.
NX key fob with the mechanical key removed

If your key looks like the one below then you’ll have an even easier time removing the mechanical key and finding the indentation to press and twist which is required to pop open the casing of the key.

2010 model year Lexus key fob with mechanical key removed.
Lexus key fob with easy-to-remove mechanical key

Have questions or need additional assistance in replacing the battery in your Lexus key? Contact our team online or stop by our Lexus dealership in San Antonio.

The Ultimate Alexa Skill Cheat Sheet

Amazon Alexa compatibility offers access to more than 30,000 skills and is available now in the 2019 Lexus UX, NX, RC, LC, LS and ES sedan. Using your new virtual assistant is as simple as asking a question, but what if you’re not sure what question to ask? Discover some of the most popular Alexa skills and voice commands that you can use in your Lexus compatible vehicle with our Alexa Skill Cheat Sheet.

2019 Lexus UX
Amazon Alexa offers access to more than 30,000 skills in the new Lexus UX

Popular Alexa Skills and Voice Commands to Use in Your Lexus

TED Talks Alexa skill
One popular Alexa skill to use in your Lexus: “Alexa, open TED Talks”

Skill Name: TED Talks

  • “Alexa, open TED Talks”
  • “Alexa, ask TED Talks to play the latest talk”
  • Alexa, ask TED Talks for something funny”
NBA skill set
NBA Skill

Skill Name: NBA

  • “Alexa, open NBA”
  • “Alexa, stream the Spurs game”
  • “Alexa, what games are on today”
CNN Alexa Skill set
CNN Skill available to use in your new Lexus

Skill Name: CNN

  • “Alexa, open CNN”
  • “Alexa, ask CNN for the latest news”
Jeopardy Alexa Skill available in select Lexus vehicles

Skill Name: Jeopardy!

  • “Alexa, play Jeopardy!” (easiest part of playing!)

Skill Name: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

  • “Alexa, open The Daily Show”
  • “Alexa, what’s in the news?”
This Day in History Alexa Skill

Skill Name: This Day in History

  • “Alexa, open This Day in History”
  • “Alexa, tell me about another event from December 21st”

Skill Name: Kayak

  • “Alexa, open Kayak”
  • “Alexa, ask Kayak to notify me when United Flight XXX landed”
  • “Alexa, ask Kayak how much it costs to fly from San Antonio to Boston”
Amazon Alexa Skills
Amazon Alexa Skills available now in select 2019 Lexus models

Other Alexa Skills and Sayings

Lexus has provided a pretty long and extensive list of other Alexa sayings for you to try out in your new Lexus. Just short of listing them all, here are a few that we enjoy using.

  • “Alexa, how’s the traffic to the airport”
  • “Alexa, where can I get ice cream?”
  • “Alexa, play the Song of the Day from Amazon Music”
  • “Alexa, how many days until Christmas?”
  • “Alexa, give me a dinosaur fact”
  • “Alexa, send a message”
  • “Alexa, who does the Dallas Cowboys play in their next game?”
  • “Alexa, how do you spell ‘appreciate’?”
  • “Alexa, what is the Star Ways movie about?” – no, really...
  • “Alexa, what’s on TV tonight?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the weather tomorrow?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the score of the Red Socks game?”
  • “Alexa, when is Shark Week?”
  • “Alexa, what are some coffee shops nearby?”
  • “Alexa, play CBS News”
  • “Alexa, read Treasure Island from Audible”
  • “Alexa, find the best-rated noise canceling headphones”
  • “Alexa, play Disney hits from Amazon Music”
  • “Alexa, create a grocery list”

Of course, there are many more skills and sayings for you to try out with Alexa in your Lexus and we cannot wait to hear from the new Lexus owners who use Alexa in their Lexus. For more information on Amazon Alexa, the new technology available or for a personal tutorial on using Amazon Alexa in your Lexus, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion or contact our Vehicle Technology Specialist right here.

Amazon Alexa in the 2019 Lexus UX
Amazon Alexa compatibility is available now in the 2019 Lexus UX

How to Use Apple CarPlay

Meet the newest iPhone accessory: Your Lexus. That’s right, Apple CarPlay is finally available in select Lexus models and it will eventually come in every new Lexus – just as soon as they receive the needed multimedia model update (so stay tuned). For now, Lexus owners can enjoy the convenience of Apple CarPlay in the 2019 Lexus ES sedan, LS, UX, NX, LC, and RC coupe.

With new Apple CarPlay compatibility, you can access the same familiar iPhone interface through your Lexus multimedia system. So, as long as you own an iPhone 5 or newer and have your iPhone software updated to at least iOS 7.1 then all you need is your Lightning-to-USB cable and your new Lexus to get set up. After connecting your iPhone to the vehicle using your USB cable, you will then be able to get directions, make calls, send and receive messages via Siri, and get access to your favorite iPhone apps like Spotify, Audible and Apple Podcasts utilizing the familiar yet new Apple interface. Of course, we have to mention that you could and still can do most of these things without Apple CarPlay by simply using Siri Handsfree which is on most/all newer Lexus vehicles currently.

Apple CarPlay available in 2019 Lexus LS 500

For anyone needing a little more instruction on getting started with Apple CarPlay, below are a few steps to help you out.

  1. Ensure Siri is enabled on your iPhone. To find out, go to Settings then Siri & Search. Make sure these are both turned on in your iPhone.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your Lexus using a certified USB cable. Unlock your iPhone and if prompted, click “Allow” to allow CarPlay while your phone is locked.
  3. Click ‘Enable Once’ or ‘Always Enable’ to enable CarPlay on your Lexus multimedia system. IF you do not see a pop on your vehicle’s multimedia screen asking you to select either option then you need to go to MENU then SETUP then GENERAL on your Lexus multimedia system and change the Apple CarPlay setting to ON
  4. To launch Apple CarPlay, press the MENU button your vehicle’s Remote Touch Interface, then select Apple CarPlay.
Turn on Apple CarPlay in General Settings (Setup screen) in your Lexus.
Once Apple CarPlay is turned on, you will see Apple CarPlay on the MENU screen next to Apps (where you see “Projection” in the above picture).

Once CarPlay is active, you can click on any app to launch it. Your most recent apps will appear on the left side. Even with Apple CarPlay connected, you can still use Siri voice control (you’ll just press a different button this time.) To activate Siri, press and hold the Voice Command button on your steering wheel. Of course, you can also use the Lexus Voice Command system by just tapping the Voice Command button regardless of Apple CarPlay being connected or not.

Have questions or want help in setting up Apple CarPlay in your Lexus? Stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion or contact our Vehicle Technology Specialist here.

Lexus UX Atomic Silver

2019 Lexus UX

The 2019 Lexus UX 200 is almost here and we expect the first few of the new UX vehicles to arrive at our Lexus dealership around December 16th, 2018, possibly earlier.  In anticipation of the UX arrival at Lexus Dominion, we wanted to share a few key details on the vehicles that are already incoming and still available for you to reserve today.  

Standard Features For Every UX

Every 2019 UX will come with the following standard features:

  • Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Road Sign Assist, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Intelligent High Beam Headlamps
  • Bi-LED headlamps, LED taillamps and daytime running lights
  • Back up Camera
  • 10 Airbags
  • Electronic Parking Brake
  • Drive Mode Select with Sport, Normal,and ECO drive modes
  • Lexus Multimedia System with color display and compatible Scout GPS Link with MapStream. Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership.
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Lexus six-speaker Premium Sound System
  • Lexus Enform Remote app and Amazon Alexa compatibility.  Complimentary for the first year of ownership.
  • Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
  • Amazon Alexa compatibility
  • Bluetooth and USB smartphone connectivity
  • Four USB ports
  • Subscription-free Traffic and Weather updates via HD Radio
  • Voice Command and Siri Eyes Free
  • 7.0-inch color LCD multi-information display (MID)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter
  • NuLuxe interior
  • Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with two-way driver lumbar support
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Folding tonneau cover
  • Leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect.  Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
Standard safety on 2019 Lexus UX
Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 is standard on the 2019 UX

Key UX Vehicle Specs to Know

  • FWD model (standard) delivers 169-horsepower with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed Direct Shift Continuously Variable Transmission
  • 8.9-second 0-60 mph
  • 33 MPG combined average
  • UX 250h (hybrid model) will always be AWD
  • UX hybrid delivers 175-total system-horsepower with a 2.0-liter inline 4 engine+ Lexus Hybrid Drive
  • UX hybrid has an Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
  • UX hybrid has a 0-60 mph time of 8.6-seconds
  • UX hybrid has 39* MGP combined average
  • UX 200 has a comparable wheelbase to the NX 300 with a difference of only – 0.8 inches but the overall length is shorter by 5.7-inches compared to the 2019 NX 300 – this gives you a smooth, comfortable ride with a smaller footprint. 
  • The UX sits 5-inches lower than the NX, giving it a sleek profile and making low parking garage overhangs nothing to fear.
  • Being 5.7-inches shorter overall and with a 3.2-foot smaller turning circle than the NX, the new UX is ideal when navigating crowded parking lots and urban environments.
Compare the UX to the Lexus NX
The size difference could go either way, depending on the situation (and passengers)

2019 Lexus UX 200 Incoming Options

The starting package level for the 2019 UX 200 coming in this month has the MSRP of $34,903 and will have all of the standard features, in addition to Blind Spot Monitor, Moon Roof, and Accessory Package.

We have the starting package level UX 200 incoming in the following color choices:

  • Nebula Gray Pearl with Birch
  • Nebula Gray Pearl with Black 
  • Eminent White with Lapis 
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The Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor will come on the Premium Package UX 200.

If you want a few more options on your 2019 UX 200 then you could consider the incoming Premium Package that has the MSRP of $36,718 and offers the same added options as the starting package level, plus: Auto-Dimming Inner Mirror with Compass and Homelink, Parking Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Auto-Braking, Power Rear Door with Kick Sensor, Premium Package with Moon Roof, Rain-Sensing Wipers and Ventilated Seats, Heated Steering Wheel and Accessory Package.

We have the Premium Package UX 200 incoming in the following color combinations:

  • Eminent White with Glazed Caramel
  • Obsidian with Glazed Caramel
  • Eminent White with Lapis
  • Silver Lining Metallic with Lapis
  • Eminent White with Black
  • Nebula Gray Pearl with Black
  • Silver Lining Metallic with Black

Another package or model option incoming this month is the F SPORT UX. Featuring exclusive F SPORT design and performance details, the F SPORT Premium Package UX has a starting MSRP of $38,518.   This UX option will have the same features listed on the Premium Package (above) in addition to F SPORT exclusive features.

F-Sport Features include: 18-inch F SPORT Wheels with Run Flat All-Season Tires, F SPORT Front and Rear Bumper, F SPORT Grille insert, LED Fog Lamp, F SPORT Seats, F SPORT Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters, F SPORT Shift Knob, Aluminum Front Door Scuff Plates, Aluminum Sport Pedals, 8-inch MID and Active Sound Control.

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Lexus UX F SPORT with Exclusive F SPORT front grille

Finally, if you’re looking for a new UX with Navigation then you’re going to have to get one of the incoming F SPORT UX that lists for around $40,393 as this is the only equipment level with navigation at this time.  Along with all of the Premium and F SPORT Package features, this UX will also come with the 10.3-inch Navigation System and Color Multimedia Display, Lexus Enform Dynamic Navigation, Dynamic Voice Command, Lexus Enform Destination Assist, 8-speaker Lexus Premium Sound System, Auto-Dimming Inner Mirror with Homelink and Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel.

The UX F SPORT is currently available (and already incoming) in the following color combinations:

  • Atomic Silver with Circuit Red
  • Caviar Mica with Black
  • Ultra White with Circuit Red
  • Obsidian with Circuit Red
  • UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 with Circuit Red
  • Cadmium Orange with Black
  • Redline with Black
Lexus UX in Redline
2019 Lexus UX in Redline exterior

To reserve or order your very own Lexus UX, contact our sales team at North Park Lexus Dominion.  Give us a call at 210-816-6000 or shop online at any time by visiting www.LexusDominion.com.

Lexus ES Color Guide

The all-new 2019 Lexus ES has been available for a few months now giving us just the right amount of time to compile a definitive color guide for the new model with actual pictures of inventory.  With a daring new design, imaginative technology, and dynamic performance, the 2019 Lexus ES is impressive and offers many new options – and colors.  Find your perfect color Lexus ES or compare all of the options with our comprehensive color guide available here.

2019 Lexus ES with Chateau Leather Interior

Exterior Color Choices

The 2019 ES is longer, wider and built on an all-new platform that highlights the striking lines of the redesigned Lexus classic sedan.  With a sleek, coupe-like silhouette that is strikingly similar to the LS 500, the 2019 ES offers plenty of eye-appeal and a variety of exterior colors.  Find your favorite then see it in-person by visiting North Park Lexus at Dominion.

Sunlit Green (new for 2019)

New Lexus color, Sunlit Green

Nightfall Mica (the new dark blue)

2019 Lexus ES in Nightfall Mica

Matador Red Mica (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Lexus ES and ES F SPORT in Matador Red Mica

Atomic Silver (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Atomic Silver in the Lexus ES and ES F SPORT

Obsidian (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Obsidian 2019 ES

Moonbeam Beige Metallic (new for 2019)

Moonbeam Mica on 2019 Lexus ES

Nebula Gray Pearl (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Nebula Gray Pearl 2019 Lexus ES and ES F SPORT

Caviar Mica (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Caviar Mica on Lexus ES

Silver Lining Metallic (available in both ES & ES F SPORT)

Lexus ES in Silver Lining Metallic

Eminent White Pearl

Eminent White ES

Ultra White (F SPORT exclusive color – new for 2019)

Ultra White ES 350 F SPORT

UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 (F SPORT exclusive color – new for 2019)

UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 on 2019 ES F SPORT

Interior Options

Black

2019 ES is available with either the Linear Espresso or Matte Bamboo wood trim with the Luxury and Premium Package.  Pictured below is the ES with Luxury Package.  You can tell the difference between the Luxury and Premium Package ES by looking at the trim over the cupholders.  If there is wood grain, like you see below, then it is the Luxury (or Ultra Luxury) package ES.  You can also tell the package by looking at the leather design and detail on the armrest and center console.  If there is a wave in the leather then it is the upgraded Luxury (or UL) package ES.

Black interior luxury package ES

Premium Package ES with Black interior
Premium Package ES with Black interior.  Smooth seats and no wave detail on the center console tells you this is the Premium Package ES.

Chateau

The Chateau interior option is available with Linear Espresso Wood Trim and Linear Dark Mocha Wood (good luck telling the difference) but you can also get Chateau in the base model which would have a Striated Black Film over trim pieces (and no wood grain wheel).  You can tell the difference between the Premium and Luxury or UL Packages the same way as on the Black interior – look for the stitching and wave details for the higher package levels on the ES.

2019 ES with Chateau interior

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Premium Package ES with Chateau interior.

Flaxen 

Flaxen is also available in all three trim levels for the ES: base/premium, luxury, and ultra luxury.  You can find the ES with the Flaxen interior accented by either the Linear Espresso Wood trim or Matte Bamboo for Premium and Luxury or Ultra Luxury packages.

Flaxen interior option for Lexus ES

Premium Package with Flaxen Interior 2019 ES
Premium Package ES with a Flaxen interior.

F-SPORT Interior Options

Black F-SPORT with Hadori Aluminum Trim & Circuit Red with Hadori Aluminum

ES F SPORT interior options
Interior options for ES 350 F SPORT

Pick out your perfect Lexus from our in-stock inventory that you can view online 24 hours a day.  If you’re in the area, you can also stop by our Lexus dealership in San Antonio, Texas for a personal presentation and up-close look at all of the new options for 2019 ES.  What’s your favorite color on the ES?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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Trim Options for 2019 Lexus ES

 

 

 

Lexus Enform App Suite Update

The original Lexus Enform App Suite has an update and offers some useful key upgrades to the existing system.  Yes, this will require a small amount of work on everyone’s part, however, those lucky enough to be driving a brand new Lexus, you can stop reading here since this update does not apply to vehicles compatible with Enform App Suite 2.0 on the 2018-2019 LC, LS, NX, RC, RC F or the 2019 ES and UX.

The November 2018 Enform App Suite update is applicable to all Lexus drivers using the original Enform App Suite and offers the following key enhancements:

  • Redesigned usability with a new, intuitive dashboard home layout.
  • Streamlined app setup process with onboarding screens and easier third-party account linking.
  • Improved Bluetooth setup instructions provided in the app
  • An interactive Destination Search assists in finding your next destination – you can search near your location, or enter a specific destination and you can narrow your search by business and category.
  • Additional Search Features including Fuel search results showing on an interactive map, search for sports teams by city, stocks, and indices now appear on the same page and an overall improved information sync from app to the multimedia system.

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Lexus Enform App Suite Update

To update your Enform App Suite you will just need to follow these instructions:

  1. Install the updated app from the app store
  2. Pair your phone to the multimedia system via Bluetooth
  3. Follow the prompts on your multimedia system to download and install any updates
  4. Enjoy!

 

Update for Lexus Enform App Suite Connected Service

For additional information on updates or how to use the suite of connected services from Lexus, contact our Lexus Vehicle Technology Specialist or visit North Park Lexus at Dominion in San Antonio, Texas.

 

2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series

Lexus LX Inspiration Series

LX Inspiration Series Coming to Lexus Dominion

The Lexus LX has always been far more than just a luxury SUV.  An off-road powerhouse, the LX 570 commands the road less traveled and has a long, and impressive off-road racing heritage.  While few other luxury vehicles rarely, if ever, venture off the civilized, paved roads of today’s world, it is off the beaten path where the LX shines.  With advanced performance technologies that push boundaries, the truly remarkable characteristic of the Lexus LX is it’s exceptionally smooth handling while taking on tough terrain.  Smooth and seamless operation coupled with a plush, luxurious interior, the Lexus LX is as much at home racing the notorious Mint 400 as it is attending any gala – just ask the attendees of New York Fashion Week who often use the Lexus LX as the vehicle of choice when arriving at the biggest shows.  

Lexus LX 570 is the vehicle of choice for New York Fashion Week.
Lexus LX at New York Fashion Week

Now, with the LX Inspiration Series, Lexus gives the fully capable SUV an exclusive makeover fitting of the elite fashion shows it attends year after year.  Coming in with a price tag of $101,860, the 2019 LX Inspiration Series is due to arrive at North Park Lexus Dominion around December 22nd – just in time for the Holidays.  Guess what just jumped to the number one spot on our Holiday Wish List!

Lexus LX Inspiration Series coming to Lexus at Dominion
Lexus LX Inspiration Series Coming to San Antonio, Texas

The Special Edition Lexus LX 570 will be built in limited production and will feature several head-turning features including an all black headliner matched with an exclusive Moonlight White Interior with contrast stitching and ultra-sleek blacked out – well, everything.  See all the features coming on the new Inspiration Series here.

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The unique color accents on the 2019 LX Inspiration Series

LX Inspiration Series Feature List

The 2019 Lexus LX 570 Inspiration Series priced at $101,860 will come with the following features.

Inspiration Series (SE) Contents

  • Black 21-inch Wheels & Center Caps
  • Black Front Grille with Black Chrome Surround
  • Black headlamps with Smoked Lenses
  • Black Fog lamps
  • Black Window Accents
  • Black Roof Rails and Door Handles
  • Black Tail lamps with Smoked Lenses and Black Chrome Garnish
  • Black Rear License Plate Garnish
  • Black Chrome Back Door Garnish
  • Exclusive Moonlight White Interior
  • Black Headliner
  • Unique Floor mats, cargo mat, and key gloves

Luxury Package & Other Included Options

  • Luxury Package Includes: Semi-Aniline Leather Interior with Contrast Stitching, Heated and Ventilated Front and Rear Second Row Seats and LX Projector Door Lamps
  • Mark Levinson Audio System with 19-speaker Reference Surround Sound Audio System featuring DVD-Audio and DVD-Video Playback
  • Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Seat Entertainment System with Wireless Headphones and Audio/Video inputs
  • Head Up Display
  • Cool Box
  • Wireless Charger
  • Heated Espresso Steering Wheel
  • Alloy Wheel Locks
Exclusive LX Inspiration Series Features
Unique details on the LX Inspiration Series
Interior of the LX Inspiration Series

Want more?  Contact the sales team at North Park Lexus at Dominion to reserve the first LX Inspiration Series coming to San Antonio, Texas this December 2018.