How to Adjust Your Lexus Sound System Like a Pro

Lexus is devoted to experiences and the engineers at Lexus understand that one extremely important experience for any driver is the audio one. Whether you’re taking a cross-country road trip or just a quick drive up the block, the sound system plays an important role for every driver and passenger alike.  That is why Lexus and the team at Lexus Dominion want to make sure you’re making the most of your Lexus audio system.  Here’s how you can adjust your Lexus Sound System settings and take advantage of all that it has to offer for every trip – long or short.

Audio To Do List
Audio To-Do List 

Your Lexus Audio To-Do List:

  • Get your Radio Presets in Order.  The new Lexus models allow you to assign up to 36 different radio preset stations and you can intermingle from all sources, including those from Sirius XM Radio.  36 presets can be a lot to cycle through and takes a lot of commitment to plan and program.  If you know what you like and don’t want the hassle of choosing stations you’re not even interested in, then we recommend you shorten your preset list.  To do this, go to the Menu icon then go to Setup/Audio/Radio Settings/Number of Radio Presets – once you’re here, you can then select fewer stations for the Preset mode.  You can then select the number that best fits your music needs: six, twelve, eighteen or keep all 36 presets – the choice is yours.
  • DSP Settings.  This is one of the most important settings to check and adjust.  The DSP Settings include the Automatic Sound Levelizer and the DSP Surround Sound option.  Both settings enhance your audio system and both will more than likely already be turned on for new owners taking delivery of their Lexus, but if not (or if you didn’t buy your Lexus from North Park Lexus at Dominion), then you can get to the DSP Settings via the DSP tab in the “Sound Settings” area for your specific Lexus model.
    • Automatic Sound Levelizer – this can be turned on or off (but should always be on).  When ASL is on, the system automatically adjusts the volume and tone quality according to vehicle speed in order to continually deliver a crisp sound regardless of ambient noise.
    • DSP Surround Sound – another setting which should ALWAYS be turned ON.  Why?  Having this turned on tells the audio system to harness the cabin speakers to deliver the most realistic sound possible.  This realistic audio experience is great -, especially with classical music.
Levinson Surround Sound system
Surround Sound System in the Lexus ES
  • Go to the Movies – For anyone that’s had to wait in the car, using this feature is priceless.  Yes, it may seem outdated now but you can go about using this feature a few different ways now making it all the more useful.  If you have a DVD handy or just happen to be parked outside of one of those Redboxes, you can insert a DVD into the CD player (Lexus models with Navigation – Gen7 or newer OR has Mark Levinson audio) and watch away.  Of course, the car has to be parked.  The new way to enjoy the movies or the latest Netflix obsession is using the onboard Wi-Fi.  2018 Lexus NX, RC, and LS have 4GB of complimentary Wi-Fi for the first year and future Lexus models will be adding this feature with their multimedia updates.
  • Upgrade to Mark Levinson.  The standard Lexus Premium Sound System is great, but if you have the option to upgrade to Mark Levinson then do it.  The Mark Levinson options not only offer more speakers but also delivers superior sound quality thanks to advanced technologies that will “fix” different sound sources.  Using their own advanced Clari-Fi technology, the Mark Levinson system can increase the music download quality so that music streaming from your phone via Bluetooth or auxiliary port sounds just as clear as the old-school CD when played through high-end audio systems.  If you’re like us and listen to BT Audio as your primary music source, then the Mark Levinson upgrade with Clari-Fi technology is money well spent
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Mark Levinson Sound available in most Lexus models

Do you have tips on making the most of your Lexus sound system?  Let us know by sharing them in the comments section below or stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and take us on an audio test drive.

Get your audio settings right for the perfect Summer Road Trip.  Stop by Lexus at Dominion for help in setting up your system.




5 Things That Might Surprise You About the New Lexus ES

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h hasn’t even arrived and we’ve already written and read a large and varied selection of online reviews and model overviews.  With that said, since there is plenty of information out there for you to satisfy your 2019 ES inquiries, we wanted to share 5 things that you might not know about the redesigned Lexus classic and quite frankly might surprise you to learn.  In no particular order, here are 5 things that might surprise you about the new Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h.


#1:  44 MPG – No PLUG Needed

That’s right.  The 2019 Lexus ES 300h will get an estimated 44 MPG which is the most fuel-efficient luxury car available today that does not require you to plug something in.  The 2019 ES 300h features a new, fourth-generation Hybrid Drive System that not only delivers impressive fuel economy but more power (20 additional horsepower and 12 additional pound-feet of torque) and a smoother ride with better handling.

2019 Lexus ES 300h Instrument Display

#2:  The ES 350 and ES 300h have the same (increased) cargo space

Thanks to a new design platform, the brilliant engineers at Lexus increased the cargo space over the previous model to 16.7 cubic-feet of trunk space.  In addition to new, underfloor side pockets for smaller items, improved interior storage options including a more easily accessible dual hinge center console and door bins capable of holding 20oz. drink bottles or a 9.7-inch tablet, the ES 350 and ES 300h will also offer the same cargo dimensions.  How is this possible?  Well, Lexus relocated the (now) smaller hybrid battery pack to underneath the rear seat which really freed up the trunk space in the ES Hybrid.  No more trunk envy for hybrid owners and more space for all ES owners!

2019 ES 300h – talk about that trunk.

#3:  More Cowbell

If you’ve ever driven or had the pleasure of being a passenger in a Lexus ES, you already know that this sedan offers an extremely quiet interior.  So how could Lexus keep the ES as quiet as it is while increasing the performance features that typically generate more noise?  We’ve found out that sound deadening insulation now covers 93% of the floor pan (up from 68%) while underbody covers and front fender lines further reduce road noise.  The Ultra Luxury and F-SPORT models take noise cancellation up another level with the installation of performance dampeners which reduce vibrations and absorb even the smallest instances of frame compression and/or flex to keep them from generating interior cabin noise.

93% of the 2019 ES floor pan is covered in sound deadening insulation for sublime interior quiet.

#4:  There’s a new pattern in town

After reading the Lexus Enthusiast article, “Driving the All-New 2019 ES 350 & ES 300h” we were made aware of a new “wave” leather pattern that will be available with some packages (we’re thinking the Ultra Luxury).  This is one detail we never noticed until reading this Lexus Enthusiast post but it is something we will be looking for and using as one way to determine the package level from a picture!  Check it out below.

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Wave pattern in the leather of 2019 Lexus ES (Ultra Luxury)

#5:  Color Story

The stories behind the colors of Lexus are inspiring and something we enjoy sharing. Since there are two brand new colors for the 2019 ES, we just learned two new (albeit the condensed version, we’re sure) stories.

Moonbeam Beige Metallic, seen below, was designed to mimic golden light reflecting off fresh snow.

Moonbeam Beige Metallic

Sunlit Green is said to replicate the color of ocean water that has been brightened by the sun.  Must be some murky water, but sounds good.

Sunlit Green

We’re sure there will be many more details and surprises for us to discover once the 2019 ES 350 and ES 300h arrives this September.  Check back after the September release or swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion around the 3rd of September to see the redesigned Lexus sedan in-person at our Lexus dealership.

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Interior details in the 2019 ES

Provocative Elegance: the 2019 Lexus ES

The seventh-generation Lexus ES was designed around a central theme of Provocative Elegance.  Sitting lower than the current model with a coupe-like profile that is comparable to the stylish new LS, the 2019 ES is described as having a “Human-Centered Silhouette” thanks to its all-new GA-K platform.  The redesign of the classic Lexus sedan is definitely provocative and is sure to appeal to a wide range of drivers when it arrives at our dealership this coming September.   Let’s get a closer look at the all-new Lexus ES.

NEW GAK Platform
2019 Lexus ES all-new GA-K Platform

Comparing the Current Model to the New One: Size Matters

The 2019 ES is 2.6-inches longer, lower by 0.2-inches and wider by 1.8-inches.  The wheelbase has been extended by 2-inches, with the tracks widened by 0.4-inches in the front and 1.5-inches in the rear.

Comparing the Current and New Lexus ES

For an in-depth technical overview of the all-new Lexus ES, we recommend checking out the Lexus Enthusiast article – click here. 

The Color Options

The 2019 Lexus ES 350 and ES 300h will be available in 10 different exterior colors including Eminent White, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar Mica, Nightfall Mica, Matador Red Mica and new Sunlit Green and Moonbeam Beige.

Exterior Colors
2019 Lexus ES Color Options

There will be just three interior color choices available: Flaxen, Chateau, and Black. All three interior colors will come in either the standard NuLuxe (Premium Package/Base), Leather (Luxury Package) or Semi-Aniline Leather (Ultra Luxury Package) and be offered with a handful of interior trims: Striated Black (standard/base model), Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood and Matte Bamboo.

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Interior color choices for 2019 Lexus ES
Interior Trim Options for 2019 Lexus ES: Striated Black, Linear Dark Mocha Wood, Linear Espresso Wood and Matte Bamboo.

The 2019 ES will come standard with a bi-LED headlight with integrated LED daytime running lights and you’ll have the option to upgrade to the available triple-beam LED headlamps with an adaptive front lighting system and upgraded LED turn signals and side marker lamps.  We believe all package options will come with the full-LED rear combination lamps which feature a three-dimensional layered L-shaped design you can check out below:

2019 ES Rear LED Lamps
New Moonbeam Beige exterior color on 2019 ES with rear LED combination lamps.

The standard (non-F-SPORT) ES will be available with three wheel designs:

Wheel Options
Wheel Options for 2019 Lexus ES

The new ES 350 F-SPORT Package features a mesh front grille with a black chrome surround and black chrome accents around the rear trunk lid and standard rear spoiler.  The new F-SPORT package includes 19-inch cast alloy wheels and you will have eight exterior color choices and only two interior options.

2019 ES F-SPORT Color Options:  Ultra White, Silver Lining Metallic, Atomic Silver, Nebula Gray Pearl, Obsidian, Caviar Mica, UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 and Matador Red Mica.

The interior will feature the same F-SPORT exclusive perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel found in the new LS F-SPORT and LC coupe as well as an 8-inch TFT instrument cluster with a movable ring (same design shared across the F-SPORT model line-up).  You get two interior color choices:  Black or Circuit Red NuLuxe.

Black interior option for 2019 ES 350 F-SPORT
Circuit Red NuLuxe interior option for 2019 Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT

The new ES F-SPORT sedan will feature an exclusive Hadori aluminum trim, Aluminum Sports Pedals and F-Sport bolstered seats with contrast stitching.

Hadori Aluminum Trim in the 2019 Lexus ES 350 F-SPORT 
2019 ES 350 F-SPORT in Ultra White

Once you decide on the color and whether you’re ready to go for the F-SPORT package or not, you get to choose from a variety of individual options – many of which will be included as part of the package level you ultimately decide to get.  Here’s a closer look at the interior and options coming on the new Lexus ES.

Hands-Free Power Trunk

Not only has the trunk space been increased by 1.5 cubic feet, for a total of 16.7 cubic feet in both the ES 350 and ES Hybrid, but an available Hands-Free Power Trunk is also coming on the 2019 model.  We are going to go ahead and assume this optional feature will be included in the Luxury Package-level ES and the Ultra-Luxury Package.

Handsfree Power Trunk
Hands-Free Power Rear Trunk

Heads Up Display

Another option that we think will be included in the Luxury and Ultra-Luxury Packages built for sale on the 2019 ES.  The available 10.2-inch color HUD displays a range of information onto the bottom of the windshield in front of the driver including speed limit, engine speed, gear selection, local speed limit and other relevant data.  The Thin Film Transistor (TFT) backlit optical lens and project the image a virtual 8.2-feet ahead of the windshield for maximum visibility.

Color Heads Up Display on 2019 Lexus ES

12.3-inch Navigation and Multimedia Display with Apple CarPlay

If you want your new Lexus ES to have Apple CarPlay then you’re going to have to get the 2019 ES 350 or ES 300h with Navigation – for those wanting one of the first ES’s built for sale in September.  For anyone willing to wait, the 2019 ES will start being built with Apple CarPlay for non-navigation models in October.

Apple CarPlay on the 2019 ES with Navigation

Lexus Climate Concierge

Available for the first time on the Lexus ES, this smart system combines seat heating, HVAC and steering wheel heating to achieve the driver’s selected temperature.  This also works in reverse (for all the South Texan drivers) to provide all occupants with a cool interior.  We expect this feature to come on the Luxury and UL packages, but we really hope it ends up being a standard feature for the new luxury sedan.

Climate Concierge on the 2019 ES

Interior Illumination (our favorite)

The new ES interior will feature LED’s for all interior illumination, with special attention given to nighttime ambient lighting.  This awesome feature should be available on the Premium Package, Luxury, and Ultra Luxury ES.

Sound Systems

The standard system is an 8-channel 10-speaker Pioneer audio system with a 296 W digital amplifier.  Of course BT Audio, HD Radio, Sirius XM Radio, Enform App Suite, USB/iPod Connections and a single CD disc player will also come on every ES.

Standard Pioneer 10-Speaker Sound System

The upgraded Mark Levinson sound system with 17-speakers, surround sounds system with a 1800 W Digital Amplifier, Clari-Fi Technology, PurePlay, and 12-channels will also be available and a staple on the Ultra Luxury Package level ES and the premium-build option for the F-SPORT package.

Mark Levinson Sound System available on the 2019 Lexus ES

Panoramic View Monitor

This feature will most definitely come on the Ultra Luxury Package level and we can see it as being an option for future Luxury builds.  The Panoramic View Monitor on the ES uses cameras installed in the front, the left and right outer mirrors, plus the rearview camera.  There are five different modes to choose from:

  • Panoramic and Wide Front View – provides a 180-degree view ahead of the vehicle using the front camera
  • Panoramic and Side Clearance View – uses images from the front and side cameras to show the vehicle from above and behind.
  • Panoramic and Cornering View – displays an image from the rear of the vehicle to assist while cornering.
  • See-Through View – rotating eye-level view around the car, as if the ES was fully transparent.
  • Moving View – displays a rotating bird’s eye image
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2019 ES with Panoramic View (but requiring the Park Assist be turned on for it to work – seen in the picture displayed on the navigation screen).

Other Notable Options

The 2019 Lexus ES will not disappoint and definitely lives up to the Provocative Elegance central theme designated to it while the new model was designed in Japan.  With so much to look forward to, we didn’t want to forget a few other notable options and features you will find on the redesigned 2019 ES arriving this September.

Standard Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 
  • Lexus Safety System + 2.0 – includes new Lane Trace Assist, advanced Pre-Collision System that now includes pedestrian and daytime bicyclist detection, and Road Sign Assist which uses the front camera to detect road signs and display them on the MID and HUD.  All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control that will maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance all the way to a complete stop. DRCC also includes “blinker-linked” control – when following a vehicle traveling slower than the set speed, signaling a lane change will initiate acceleration to assist in passing.  This kicks in at speeds of 44 mph or greater and will not activate if there is a car in the passing lane.
  • 10 Standard Airbags
  • Adaptive Variable Suspension (for F-Sport packages) – controls the damping force of the shock absorbers on all four wheels in response to driving operations and road surface conditions.
  • Lexus Memory Seat System (Premium Package and up)
  • Rain sensing wipers (PM and up)
  • Heated and Ventilated Seats (PM and up)
  • Wood Trim and Ambient Lighting (LL, UL and optional on PM)
  • Driver’s Seat Cushion Extender (LL and up)
  • Perforated Leather Interior (LL and up)
  • Four-way driver lumbar support (LL and up)
  • Performance Dampers (UL)
  • Power Rear Sunshade with Manual Rear-Door Shades (UL)
  • Panoramic Roof (UL with optional PM/LL- special order*)
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Qi wireless charger
  • Blind Spot Monitor (PM and up)
  • Park Assist Sonar (PM and up)
Road Sign Assist – part of Lexus Safety System + 2.0
The 2019 Lexus ES – coming this September to Lexus at Dominion.

Get Ready for a New Generation

It’s never too early to prepare for a new model release, especially when it is the 2019 ES and exciting new UX compact crossover SUV.  With the 2019 ES release just around the corner (we expect the new ES to arrive early September 2018) and the all-new UX arriving later this year, we wanted to share some initial insights and a few pictures of the two new models since we were lucky enough to see and sit in both earlier this month.

2019 ES and UX
2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT and Lexus UX Hybrid

The Next Generation Lexus ES

The 2019 Lexus ES will arrive at North Park Lexus Dominion early September with production kicking off in August.  There have been a few really great videos recently taken of the 2019 ES interior posted online  – and you can check out here.

The redesigned ES is impressive, to say the least, and looks almost identical to the LS.  To tell the truth, we thought it was the LS when initially arriving at our meeting in Houston.  Not knowing there were two not-yet-released models outside, we went right up to the UX then went back inside.   It wasn’t until we were asked what we thought of the 2019 ES F SPORT that we then realized there was one outside.  Needlesstosay, we had to go back out into the heat and get a closer look.

Double take: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT in Ultra White and 2018 Lexus LS 500 in Eminent White.  

Along with an all-new platform and design, the 2019 ES will also feature 3 new colors and a slew of new interior upgrades and tech.  Of course, the 2019 ES will come with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+ along with Amazon Alexa integration, Apple CarPlay (initially on navigation package ES only) and two USB ports for the rear seats in addition to the multiple connections up front.

USB ports in the backseat of the 2019 ES 350 F SPORT
2019 ES 350 F SPORT interior

We expect the 2019 ES to go up in price, but not by much considering all of the added options and enhancements.  The new ES will be built a few different ways but all pretty similar to the ES trim levels we see today: Standard/Base, Premium, Luxury, Ultra Luxury and, new for 2019, F-SPORT.  There will be optional Navigation that will come primarily on the Luxury build but will also be available with the Premium Package (similar to how you can get Navigation with the Premier Package in 2018) and is one of those “standard added options” for the UL Package.  The new F-SPORT ES will also have the option for Navigation and will come with the new Adaptive Variable Suspension and exclusive F-SPORT interior.

2019 ES 350 F SPORT in Ultra White
2019 Lexus ES 350 F SPORT 

New Colors for 2019 Lexus ES

  • Moonbeam Mica
  • Sunlit Green
  • UltraSonic Blue 2.0
Moonbeam Mica ES
2019 ES in Moonbeam Mica
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Sunlit Green 2019 Lexus ES
2019 ES F-SPORT in UltraSonic Blue 2.0

The New Generation:  Meet the Lexus UX

The new, ultracompact luxury crossover will arrive at our dealership December 2018 with the expected production start date to be mid to late October.  We are sure to see the UX 200 well before its hybrid counterpart (pictures below) and will expect the UX to be priced below the entry level NX making it a great choice for anyone currently leasing a Lexus IS sedan, CT 200h or anyone looking for a great price point, well-equipped, reliable and compact Lexus – that can still handle a legit shopping excursion.  The UX is striking and grabs your attention right away with its sleek LED lights and body lines.  Although the UX 250h we saw in Houston was more than likely the most “loaded” version of this new Lexus, we expect the UX 200 that will be built for sale in our area to look just as slick as the one pictured here.

2019 Lexus UX
Lexus UX 250h in silver
Back taillights of the new Lexus UX

The entire vehicle is thoughtfully laid out that allows the driver to operate key controls without having to change seat posture.  The driver can even operate the audio system via integrated switches in the comfortable center console.

2019 Lexus UX center console audio controls

The new Lexus UX will feature all of the new technology including Amazon Alexa integration that will allow drivers to simply ask Alexa to play music and read Kindle audio books (among other benefits).  The UX also come standard Apple CarPlay, smartwatch app integration, Lexus Safety System+ and more.

Standard Apple CarPlay on 2019 Lexus UX

The new generation of Lexus models has us looking forward to the future.  If you’re ready for the latest from Lexus, you can pre-order your 2019 Lexus ES or UX from North Park Lexus at Dominion anytime.  You can also email our sales team at or contact us via our website here.


The Lexus Hybrid Experience

The Lexus Hybrid experience is unlike anything the luxury automotive industry has ever seen.  Born from a long history of Lexus hybrid innovation, the Lexus Hybrid Model Line is luxurious, powerful and sustainable.  No plug required, the Lexus Hybrid line perfectly blends luxury with the environment and has been doing so longer than any other luxury automaker.  Now, with six models to choose from, Lexus is ready to showcase the Power of h.


The Lexus Hybrid, Defined.

The Lexus Hybrid Drive System of today includes an ingenious mechanism that hides behind a driving experience that’s intuitive and just as connected to the road by delivering a natural driving feel that makes you forget you’re in a hybrid.  To know the Lexus Hybrid, we should first familiarize ourselves with a few Hybrid terms.

    • Hybrid Electric Motor Generator/Engine Starter (MG1):  “Small MG” – The MG1 is the smaller of two permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor generators in the hybrid system and is driven by the gasoline engine to create electricity.  It also acts as a starter to fire the gasoline engine.
    • Hybrid Electric Motor Generator (MG2):  “Big MG” – The MG2 is the larger of the two aforementioned motor generators in the hybrid system that powers the drive wheels with electricity which is supplied by the high-voltage hybrid battery.  The MG2 also functions as a generator during deceleration or braking to recharge the hybrid vehicle’s battery.
    • Motor Generator Rear (MGR):  The MGR is used to drive the rear wheels of the all-wheel-drive Lexus Hybrid vehicles.  The MGR takes input from the Power Control Unit to produce the appropriate torque and power as needed.
    • Hybrid Inverter Assembly with Boost Converter, Inverter, and DC/DC Converter:  yes, it’s a mouth-full –  The inverter assembly can boost or drop battery voltage, and also convert direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC) and, conversely, AC back into DC.
    • Power Management Control Unit:  The hybrid power control unit performs comprehensive controls of the Lexus Hybrid System including the electric continuously variable transmission.  It takes information from various sensors and electronic control units (ECUs) and outputs the needed torque and power to the Motor Generators. This smart system also monitors the batteries state of charge (SOC) and control the battery cooling blower assemblies.
    • Lexus Hybrid Vehicle System Warranty:  8 years/100,000 miles of Lexus coverage on the hybrid components mentioned above.
Generations of Lexus Hybrid Drive
  • Lexus Hybrid Batteries
    • High-Voltage Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery:  supplies electric power to (and is recharged by) the Electric Motor Generator (MG1/”little MG”) and Electric Drive Motor (MG2/”Big MG”) in accordance with driving conditions.  It is a well-proven, long-life battery that serves as the hybrid system electric energy “fuel tank” and is designed to outlast the life of the vehicle.
  • Lithium-Ion Battery:  Lightweight, the high-density battery that supplies electric power to (and recharged by) the MG1 and MG2 just like the aforementioned battery.

    New Multi-Stage Hybrid System
  • Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT): The hybrid vehicle’s transmission that provides a smooth, stepless power to the drive wheels while managing the difference in speed between the gas engine and electric motor while optimizing fuel efficiency.



  • Multi-Stage Hybrid Transmission:  NEW and a world-first from Lexus that combines the benefits of a conventional ECVT transmission with a gear train composed of two main devices: a Power Split Device and a 4-speed multi-shift device.
  • Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration System:  Found on hybrid vehicles, the system uses braking resistance within the main electric-drive motor/generator (MG2) to slow the vehicle, spin the motor/generator and send electricity back into the HV battery.  This hybrid staple benefits both fuel efficiency and driving range while reducing mechanical brake wear.
Lexus LC Hybrid

Lexus Hybrid FAQ’s

Let’s explore FAQ on the Lexus Hybrid Drive system and a few reasons why you should consider a Lexus Hybrid vehicle.

Q:  Why do you talk about performance?  Isn’t a hybrid just all about fuel economy?

A:  Hybrids, like the LC 500h, have the performance of a larger engine with exceptional fuel economy for daily driving.  Thanks to the combination of the gas engine and electric motor, the Lexus Hybrid delivers instant low-end torque for quicker 0-30 acceleration.  Fast as h.


Q: Do I have to plug in my Lexus hybrid vehicle?

A:  No plug required.  Lexus Hybrid technology automatically recharges the 12-volt and hybrid batteries using regenerative braking or by running the engine to generate electricity.  The power of h.


Q:  Do hybrids have a higher cost of ownership?

A:  Nope.  There is actually a lower anticipated cost of ownership thanks to the elimination of many powertrain components with fewer moving parts and less wear and tear.  Not to mention fuel savings.

Lexus RX Hybrid

Experience the Lexus Hybrid difference by test driving one at North Park Lexus at Dominion.  Your home for all things Lexus.

Lexus Hybrids at North Park Lexus Dominion

Ultimate Lexus Color Cheatsheet

Lexus colors are complex and although they may look similar across the model line-up, often times that new brown color you see on the LS is actually called by a different name from the “brown” that comes on the Lexus GX.  For anyone that’s ever asked, “what color is that Lexus?”, or just needed a paint code so they can order the right touch-up paint, we have the answer.  Check out the ultimate Lexus color cheatsheet here.


2018 Lexus LS in Autumn Shimmer


2018 Lexus Colors by Model

Lexus ES 350 & ES 300h Color Chart Cheatsheet


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2018 Lexus ES Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Atomic Silver ( Paint Code 01J7)
  • Autumn Shimmer (Paint Code 04X2)
  • Caviar Mica (0223)
  • Matador Red Mica (03R1)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (01H9)
  • Satin Cashmere Metallic (04U7)
  • Obsidian (0212)
  • Nightfall Mica (08X5)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (01J4)
  • Eminent White (0085)

2018 Lexus IS 300/IS 350 & IS F SPORT Color Chart Cheatsheet


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2018 Lexus IS Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Eminent White Pearl (Paint Code 0085)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (Paint Code 01J4)
  • Caviar Mica (Paint Code 0223)
  • Obsidian (Paint Code 0212)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08×5)
  • Redline (Paint Code 03T2)
  • UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 * F Sport Exclusive Color (Paint Code 08X1)
  • Ultra White * F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)

2018 Lexus GS 300, GS 350 & GS F SPORT


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2018 Lexus GS Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Eminent White (Paint Code 0085)
  • Smokey Granite Mica (Paint Code 01G0)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)
  • Obsidian (Paint Code 0212)
  • Matador Red Mica (Paint Code 03R1)
  • Liquid Platinum (Paint Code 01J2)
  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Caviar (Paint Code 0223)
  • Ultra White * F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)
  • UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 * F SPORT Exclusive (Paint Code 08X1)

2018 Lexus RC 300, RC 350 & RC F SPORT Color Chart Cheatsheet


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2018 Lexus RC Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Obsidian (Paint Code 0212)
  • Caviar (Paint Code 0223)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (Paint Code 01J4)
  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Eminent White (Paint Code 0085)
  • Ultra White * F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)
  • Flare Yellow * Premium Paint (Paint Code 05C1)
  • Infrared * Premium Paint (Paint Code 03T5)
  • UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 * F SPORT Exclusive Color (08X1)

2018 Lexus LS 500 & LS 500 F SPORT Color Chart Cheatsheet


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2018 Lexus LS Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Caviar Mica (Paint Code 0223)
  • Eminent White Pearl (Paint Code 0085)
  • Liquid Platinum (Paint Code 01J2)
  • Obsidian (Paint Code 0212)
  • Matador Red Mica (Paint Code 03R1)
  • Ultra White* F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)
  • Autumn Shimmer (Paint Code 04X2)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)
  • Manganese Luster* Premium Paint (Paint Code 01K2)

2018 Lexus LC 500 & LC 500h Color Chart CheatSheet


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Lexus LC Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Caviar Mica (Paint Code 0223)
  • Smokey Granite Mica (Paint Code 01G0)
  • Liquid Platinum (Paint Code 01J2)
  • Ultra White (Paint Code 0083)
  • Infrared (Paint Code 03T5)
  • Autumn Shimmer (Paint Code 04X2)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)
  • Structural Blue (Paint Code 08Y0)
  • Black Panther – one of a kind!

2018 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h & RX F SPORT Color Chart Cheatsheet


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Lexus RX Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Matador Red Mica (Paint Code 03R1)
  • Satin Cashmere (Paint Code 04U7)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)
  • Ultra White* F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)
  • Eminent White (Paint Code 0085)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (Paint Code 01J4)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Caviar Mica (Paint Code 0223)
  • Obsidian (not pictured) – Paint Code 0212

2018 Lexus GX 460 Color Chart Cheatsheet


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Lexus GX 460 Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Starfire Pearl (Paint Code 0077)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (Paint Code 01J4)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)
  • Fire Agate Pearl (Paint Code 04V3)
  • Black Onyx (Paint Code 0202)
  • Claret Mica (Paint Code 03S0)

2018 Lexus LX 570 Color Chart Cheatsheet


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Lexus LX Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Eminent White (Paint Code 0085)
  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Nebula Gray Pearl (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Black Onyx (Paint Code 0202)
  • Satin Cashmere Metallic (Paint Code 04U7)
  • Nightfall Mica (Paint Code 08X5)

2018 Lexus NX 300, NX 300h & NX F SPORT Color Chart Cheatsheet


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Lexus NX Color Chart Cheatsheet

In order of appearance:

  • Eminent White (Paint Code 0085)
  • Atomic Silver (Paint Code 01J7)
  • Matador Red Mica (Paint Code 03R1)
  • Autumn Shimmer (Paint Code 04X2)
  • Obsidian (Paint Code 0212)
  • Caviar (Paint Code 0223)
  • Nebula Gray (Paint Code 01H9)
  • Silver Lining Metallic (Paint Code 01J4)
  • UltraSonic Blue Mica 2.0 * F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 08X9)
  • UltraWhite * F SPORT Exclusive Color (Paint Code 0083)

Do you have a favorite color for the 2018 Lexus model line-up?  Let us know in the comments section below.  To see all of our available Lexus inventory and to schedule a time to see any of these Lexus in-person you can visit us online here or call our sales team at 210-816-6000.















2019 Lexus Model Updates

We’ve all heard about the redesigned 2019 Lexus ES that will debut this Fall, but did you know that Lexus has also released details and will soon start production of a few more 2019 models?  Lexus recently announced pricing and model details for the 2019 NX 300, NX 300h, RC F and GS F Performance 10th Anniversary Special Edition. Let’s see what’s in-store for the 2019 Lexus NX, RC F, and GS F with the first of many to follow, 2019 Lexus model updates.


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Lexus Enform SmartWatch coming to 2019 Lexus NX and RC

NX Model Line


The 2019 NX will continue to offer a wide range of packages and options as well as add Lexus Enform SmartWatch and Alexa Skill integration features.  This means the 2019 NX base MSRP will go up slightly by $200 as well as include a few option price changes including $60 increase for the Navigation Package and $10 decrease for the Cold Weather Package.  The rarely seen Molten Pearl exterior color has also been discontinued for the 2019 model year.


F Performance 10th Anniversary Special Edition

Lexus RC F

The Lexus RC F will also get the new Enform SmartWatch feature and Alexa Skill integration as part of the expanded Lexus Enform Remote offerings.  The 2019 RC F will keep everything else pretty much the same with an unchanged MSRP and option pricing.  The Lexus RC F will also be available in a limited (only 240 units will be built) 10th Anniversary Lexus F Performance Series.  Featuring a gorgeous Matte Nebula Gray exterior and a Bespoke Fuji Blue interior, the RC F Special Edition really showcases the Performance line with custom details worthy of its 10 year anniversary.  The RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition will feature:

  • 19″ BBS High-Gloss Black Multi-spoke Forged Alloy Wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
  • Blue Brembo Brake Calipers
  • F Logo Projector Lamps
  • Bespoke Fuji Blue Interior with F Performance Front Seats, F Steering Wheel, Shift Knob, Meter Hood and Interior Trim
  • Embossed Headliner
  • Blue Carbon Fiber Interior Trim
  • Blue Alcantara Interior Trim
  • Blue Front Seat Belts
  • Engraved 10th Anniversary Plaque

Lucky owners of the Special Edition 2019 Lexus RC F will also receive a limited-edition Lexus F Performance sports watch that features a dark metallic watch band, and a carbon fiber styled dial with the Lexus “F” logo.  The number “10” on the watch is also highlighted, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lexus F Performance models – love it!


Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition 19″ BBS Forged Alloy Wheels

Lexus GS F

The 2019 Lexus GS F will get the same Lexus Enform SmartWatch and Alexa Skill integration and no change to MSRP or option pricing.  The 2019 GS F will get a new color, Flare Yellow and will also be available in a 10th Anniversary Special Edition that will be limited to just 100 units.

GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition features include:

  • Matte Nebula Gray exterior paint
  • 19″ BBW High-Gloss Black Multi-spoke Forged Alloy Wheels
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
  • Blue Brembo Brake Calipers
  • F Logo Projector Lamps
  • Bespoke Fuji Blue Interior with F Performance Front Seats, F Steering Wheel, Shift Knob, Dash and Interior Trim
  • Blue Carbon Fiber Interior Trim
  • Blue Alcantara Interior Trim
  • Blue Seat Belts
  • Engraved 10th Anniversary Plaque

The 2019 Lexus GS F Special Edition is priced at $5,000 which will raise the MSRP of the limited edition GS F and if equipped with Mark Levinson and Heads Up Display, the pricing would be around $91-92K – of course, this will also include a very nice watch.


2019 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary F Performance Special Edition


10th Anniversary Special Edition Plaque in the 2019 Lexus GS F






The Next Generation Lexus ES

The 2019 Lexus ES was introduced to the world at the Beijing Motor Show and with many great pictures as well as a detailed press release from Lexus, we’re happy to report that the next generation ES will definitely turn some heads and set a new standard for entry-level and mid-size luxury sedans.  Described as “provocative elegance” by Project Chief Designer, Yasuo Kajino, the new ES will challenge the traditional expectations of buyers and current Lexus owners.

If you have some time, the Lexus Press Release really delivers detailed information on the all-new ES so we recommend checking it out.   For anyone looking for pictures and a quick, crash-course in what’s new for 2019 Lexus ES, we have that for you here.


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2019 Lexus ES and new ES F SPORT

Size Matters: the new Lexus ES

The 2019 ES is built on the all-new Global Architecture -K(GA-K) platform and will offer slightly larger proportion that promises to reflect its newfound performance capabilities.  The new ES is said to be even more spacious, quieter and safer than ever before.  The 2019 ES is 2.6-inches longer, slightly lower (0.2-inches) and 1.8-inches wider than the current model ES and will offer an impressive 2 additional inches for a longer than ever wheelbase.


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2019 ES Specs

Design Highlights

The 2019 ES is very similar in design to the new Lexus LS flagship sedan that was recently released, which is a very, very good thing.  This “mini-LS” doesn’t skimp on the luxury details and design elements.  The new ES looks to offer impressive new features and exciting design.

  • Dramatic New Grille Design
    • ES 350 & ES 300h use elegant vertical bars that radiate out from the center
    • ES 350 F SPORT has a blacked out pattern consisting of “L”-shaped clusters with corresponding cutouts at each corner of the front fascia.
  • Chiseled body with LED taillamps that wrap around the quarter panels
  • New Wheels
  • New Colors: Moonbeam Beige Metallic and Sunlit Green (UltraSonic Blue 2.0 for F SPORT)
  • All-New Metallic Cabin Trim in F SPORT ES
  • New 12.3-inch wide dashboard display for navigation
  • Remote Touch Interface
  • Sleek exterior roofline


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All-New Lexus ES 350 F SPORT

New Tech, Enhanced Safety, and Apple Car Play

In addition to the gorgeous new design, the 2019 ES has, even more, to offer in the form of new and enhanced technology and safety features.  The 2019 ES will come with the new Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 as standard equipment.  This next generation LSS+ expands upon the advanced Safety System+ in the current models with the addition of new features including daytime bicyclist detection and better capability to detect a pedestrian at night by increasing the PCS radar’s sensitivity and range.  What else has excited about the 2019 ES?  We list our favorite new features here:

  • Apple CarPlay – iPhone users will now be able to control their iPhones through the dashboard display screen or with Siri Eyes Free voice control.
  • Amazon Alexa – enabled.  Includes car-to-home and home-to-car commands, so ES owners who have Alexa enabled devices in their home can interact with their ES before they ever get behind the wheel.
  • Onboard Wi-Fi
  • 12.3-inch Wide Dashboard Display for Navigation with cloud updates for Points of Interest


Apple CarPlay coming in 2019 Lexus ES

There’s a lot to talk about with the redesigned Lexus ES.  We look forward to sharing future posts on the revamped Lexus classic as it gets closer to arriving at North Park Lexus Dominion this Fall 2018.


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2019 compared to 2018 Lexus ES


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2019 Lexus ES: Coming Soon to Lexus at Dominion

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2019 Lexus ES Revealed

The 2019 Lexus ES will be officially revealed at the Beijing Auto Show on Wednesday, April 25th, however, the world was treated to a sneak peek of the all-new luxury sedan a little early.  Did you get a chance to see the teaser video from Lexus?  If not, you can check it out on the Lexus Enthusiast site here.  From what we can tell, the all-new ES is a head-turner and closely resembles the recently released LS 500 (which is a very, very good sign).  If the 2019 ES follows the same bold design direction that we’ve seen already with the Lexus LS, then we’re sure to see some exciting new features.


A rendition of the all-new 2019 Lexus ES

Here’s what we do know, the 2019 Lexus ES will be available in 4 different models or trim levels:  Basic/Premium ES 350, Luxury ES 350, Ultra Luxury ES 350 and a new F SPORT ES 350.  The engine will remain a V6 but will offer undoubtedly more power and greater efficiency.  Although this may be pure speculation at this point, we believe the redesigned Lexus ES will feature loads of new tech and luxury features.   Below are a few highlights and wishlist items that we hope to see on the 2019 Lexus ES 350 releasing later this year.


  • Larger, High-Resolution Navigation and Multimedia Display (maybe the same 12.3-inch that we see in the LS now?)
  • Kick-sensor hands-free rear power trunk
  • Wireless Charger
  • Panoramic View Monitor
  • Heads Up Display
  • Triple Beam LED Headlamps
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Enform Wi-Fi
  • Dynamic Navigation and Dynamic Voice Command
  • New Wood Trim Options
  • New Color Options

The possibilities are endless!  Tune in for the official reveal of the 2019 ES next week.  We will be back with more details as they become available.


2019 Lexus ES 



Get Ready for the New UX

Lexus recently revealed the brand’s latest creation marked for production, the first-ever Lexus compact luxury crossover: the Lexus UX and UX F SPORT.  This “concept car” is actually something that we are going to see pretty soon with an expected release date being this Fall/Winter 2018.

In case you missed the reveal of the all-new Lexus in Geneva, we have the details for you here.

The first-ever Lexus UX is designed for the modern urban explorer seeking a fresh, contemporary and dynamic take on luxury driving, ” said Chika Kako, executive vice president of Lexus International and cheif engineer of the UX.  “We designed the UX to appeal to buyers in their 30s who seek not only what is new and exciting, but what is also relevant to their lifestyles.”


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The all-new Lexus UX subcompact crossover SUV.

The 2019 Lexus UX will be available in two versions: the UX 200 and UX 250h.  The UX 200 features a new 2.0-liter, a four-cylinder engine coupled with a new Direct-Shift continuously variable transmission (CVT) with 168-horsepower.  The UX 250h will come with the same 2.0-liter gas engine but with a new fourth generation hybrid drive system and a reported 176 total system horsepower.  The new hybrid drive system is said to utilize new technology that networks with navigation allowing the new UX hybrid to optimize the hybrid operation by actually learning, and adapting to the driver’s driving habits and routes.


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2019 Lexus UX 200 and UX 250h

Design Details

The new Lexus UX will be 177-inches long with a 103.9-inch wheelbase and a best-in-segment 34-foot turning circle allowing for easy maneuverability, convenient “compact-only” parking and smooth ride.  The Lexus UX will also feature full-width taillights formed by 120 LEDs, front and rear fender flares and a new block-shape mesh pattern with individual elements that gradually change in shape as they radiate out from the front grille’s Lexus emblem.


Full-width taillights on the new Lexus UX

The new 17- and 18 -inch aluminum wheel designs were created specifically for the Lexus UX and the five-spoke 17-inch wheels feature a world-first aerodynamic design according to the Lexus Press Release.  These wheels are a product of intense testing via computer simulations and wind tunnels and are said to increase the airflow to cool the disc brakes via the unique wheel profile, without compromising the vehicle’s coefficient of drag.


17-inch Wheels feature a world-first aerodynamic design.

Created with a “less is more” design approach, the new UX interior creates a relaxing atmosphere for passengers while placing emphasis on accessibility with all key vehicle operation functions centered around the driver’s seat.  Lexus has also integrated several functional buttons including audio switches now integrated into a palm rest on the center console.  The new UX design is bold and definitely leaves an impression.  Check out our favorite design elements on the all-new UX below.


Integration of key functional buttons and features


Seat-in-control design concept


Daytime Running Lights arranged in an arrowhead motif to emphasize the Lexus L-shaped lighting signature.

Other Notable Features

The new UX debuts loads of new technology and detailed design elements, but for time’s sake, we compiled a list of the other notable features that you will find on 2019 Lexus UX.

  • Lexus Co DRIVE – featuring Lane Tracing Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System that can recognize pedestrians at night and detect cyclists during the day
  • Lexus Safety System+ that includes Road Sign Assist
  • Predictive Efficient Drive in the UX 250h – uses accumulated knowledge about driving behavior to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop.  The more the UX 250h is driven, the more data is gathered to help optimize fuel consumption.
  • Exclusive F SPORT seats made with a highly supportive integrated foaming technique (that also looks very cool).
  • Apple Car Play!
  • Illuminated Air Vents that are wirelessly powered (awesome)


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New Colors?  The 2019 Lexus UX


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2019 Lexus UX in color.


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Exterior style.  2019 Lexus UX


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Lexus UX will feature Apple Car Play


Exclusive Design Elements for the UX F SPORT

To read the entire Press Release and sign up for more information as Lexus releases it on this new subcompact crossover SUV, visit here.