What Are the Differences Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil?

Differences between conventional and synthetic oil

If your Lexus is coming due for an oil change this spring, you may find yourself wondering what kind of motor oil is the best choice for your vehicle. If you’re not exactly sure what the differences are between conventional and synthetic oil, the advantages speak for themselves.

Generally speaking, the experts agree that synthetic oil is better for most engines than conventional. Synthetic oils use a higher-quality base, which means that they’re slower to break down, longer-lasting, and offer superior protection. A fully synthetic oil will keep your engine cleaner for longer and provide better all-weather performance. It’s particularly handy if you make a lot of shorter trips or have an older engine.

This isn’t to say that conventional oil isn’t up for the job. Conventional oils are more affordable than synthetics and provide adequate protection and lubrication to keep your engine hard at work. You’ll pay less when you change your oil, and you might not have to change it more frequently than you would with a synthetic.

Every vehicle’s needs can be a little bit different, and that’s where the insight of an expert is crucial. When you bring your vehicle to Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for an oil change, our factory-trained technicians will ensure that it gets just what it needs to perform up to your standards for longer. Schedule your next appointment online and leave the hard work to the pros.

Get Ready for an Electric Lexus

Lexus has its eye on an electric future, but the automaker is making sure performance and efficiency won’t suffer for a greener powertrain. This was evident in its LF-30 electrified concept car, which debuted last year at the Canadian International Auto Show.

But, what exactly is propelling the automaker’s ability to create powerful and efficient electrified models? It’s a technology Lexus calls DIRECT4.

The DIRECT4 system helps a vehicle deliver precise performance. Balance is optimized as the system toggles between rear- and four-wheel drive capabilities. A feat made possible since each e-axle features a transaxle and electric motor. One driveshaft controls each motor for immediate responsiveness.

The new system will offer drivers an engaging experience while still prioritizing their comfort and safety. It is the goal of Lexus and Lexus Electrified Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe that Lexus Electrified technology allows drivers to feel more in harmony with their vehicles. This hope builds upon another directive, already in the works, “Lexus Driving Signature,” which the automaker detailed in a news release:

“Lexus Driving Signature aims to provide drivers with a natural driving feel, a sense of unity with their vehicle, and the true comfort that comes from confidence, in a thoughtfully designed vehicle with the right balance of excitement and predictability.”

Both hybrid and 100 percent electric vehicles in the Lexus lineup will eventually utilize the DIRECT4 system as a vital component of the Lexus Electrified technology.

Contact Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to learn more about the electrified future of Lexus or to check out the current lineup of Lexus models.

Explore Global Cuisine with Lexus from the Comfort of Your Own Home

Journeys In Taste | Mishawaka, IN

Buckle up because Lexus is taking you on a journey across the world. With the help of Conde Nast International, the luxury travel magazine, Lexus is releasing its second installment of several media projects to celebrate global cuisine.

“Culinary Perspectives,” the line of e-cookbooks, and the documentary series, “Journeys in Taste,” spotlight Lexus-loving artisans, food scientists, and chefs as they share their personal recipes. You will get a closer look at culinary traditions near and far.

The first stop on the journey was a visit with Australian chef and restauranteur Neil Perry, who shared some hors d’oeuvres featuring an egg-based sauce, crispy sourdough toast, and prosciutto he created for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Perry has several award-winning restaurants, including the Sydney-based Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Charles Tan, a 28-year-old chef in Singapore, introduced viewers to his savory creation, tom yum chicken soup with tofu, for the Lexus LS 30th Anniversary event. This dish was a departure for Tan, as he is renowned for crafting unique flavors of gelato.

In the series, you will also see the executive chef at Intersect by Lexus in New York, Nickolas Martinez, sharing his inventive heirloom tomato salad with yuzu vinaigrette, which blends Spanish and Japanese flavors for an unforgettable and delicious combination.

We at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka hope you will take a moment to explore these wonderful projects. We know we will!

Should I Get the 2021 Lexus NX or 2021 Lexus RX?

2020 Lexus RX FSport Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

If you’ve narrowed your search down to the Lexus NX and RX, you’re already on a good path. Both luxury SUVs offer powerful presence, cutting-edge technology, and exhilarating performance. Ultimately, deciding whether the 2021 Lexus NX or Lexus RX is better for you comes down to the particulars of what you want and need.

2021 Lexus NX

The new Lexus NX is a great compact luxury SUV for up to five people. Comfort comes first in the NX with features like stadium-style rear seats with first-in-class power-folding and -reclining capability.* The NX also offers exceptional power thanks to a standard 235-horsepower turbocharged engine as well as best-in-class fuel economy up to 31 mpg combined with the NX 300h.** Lexus made the new NX more advanced than ever with easy-to-use technologies like the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.

2021 Lexus RX

If your needs are a bit larger than what the NX offers, the new 2021 Lexus RX delivers big. The RX lets you choose between two- and three-row seating for up to seven passengers and provides more cargo space — up to 58.5 cubic feet with the RX 350L. You can also go bigger in terms of infotainment with an optional 12.3-inch touch screen and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound Audio System. Add 295 horsepower with the standard 3.5-liter V6 — or 308 horsepower with the efficient RX 450h — and the Lexus RX is a strong contender.

Are you on the fence about whether you should get the 2021 Lexus NX or RX? Let Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka help. We have both of these wonderful luxury SUVs in stock and ready to test drive.

*2021 NX vs. 2020/2021 competitors. Information from manufacturers’ websites as of 6/24/2020. 

**2021 NXh vs. 2020/2021 competitors. Excludes plug-in luxury hybrid vehicles. Information from manufacturers’ websites as of 6/24/2020.

EPA-estimated 33city/30hwy/31comb MPG estimates for 2021 Lexus NX 300h (AWD). Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

Spring Maintenance Tips for Drivers in Mishawaka

Technician Mounting New Wipers | Mishawaka, IN

Spring has returned to Indiana at last, and that means it’s time for seasonal maintenance for your vehicle. Bring your ride to Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for spring maintenance and ensure that you’ll be ready for the road this season. Our expertly trained technicians will take care of these and other key services quickly and easily.

Windshield wipers

A set of new windshield wipers helps ensures that you have optimal visibility in the spring. You should be replacing your blades every six to 12 months, so making the start of spring your checkpoint helps keep you consistent and safer.

Battery

Freezing temperatures and less driving than normal take a toll on an older battery. When you bring your vehicle to the Jordan of Lexus of Mishawaka service center for routine maintenance, we can test your battery to make sure it’s putting out enough voltage and cold cranking amps to keep you moving. If it isn’t, we can easily replace your old battery so that you don’t have to worry about getting stranded.

Tires

Slick roads always present a challenge in the spring — especially if your tires are not in ideal condition. Check the tread depth to make sure that you’ll have enough traction and keep an eye on air pressure to keep your tires healthy longer. You should also make sure that you’re getting your tires rotated regularly, which you can easily have done at Jordan of Lexus of Mishawaka.

Whatever your spring vehicle maintenance needs, the experts at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka are here for you. We’ll make sure that your vehicle leaves our lot ready to hit the road for your well-deserved spring road trip.

Lexus Reveals DIRECT4 Electric Drive Control

2020 Lexus RX Hybrid | Mishawaka, IN

Lexus is committed to electrifying its lineup. Late last year we got a glimpse of that electric future with the LF-30 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. This concept showcased the new Lexus Electrified strategy with a focus on more performance, better handling, and more driver enjoyment. Now, Lexus is showing off the next step with DIRECT4 electric drive control.

DIRECT4 is designed to be used in battery electric and hybrid electric vehicles. It controls braking force and torque delivery to all four wheels. The system monitors the driving conditions and the driver’s input to adjust the balance between the front and rear wheels. This helps deliver a responsive and exciting driving experience.

The DIRECT4 system will also help enhance the premium experience you should get while driving a Lexus. This will be part of the new Lexus Driving Signature standard that will help define the future of performance within the Lexus lineup.

Here at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka in Indiana, we are looking forward to this automaker’s electric future.  Stay tuned to our blog for more details about the other concept that Lexus will soon release. In the meantime, stop by Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to test-drive one of the current progressive models we have in stock, such as the RX, NX, and LC hybrid.

Hoosier Audiobooks for Your Drive

2019 Lexus LS Interior | Mishawaka, IN

Anyone from Indiana earns the beloved title of being a Hoosier. There are a lot of great things about our state including our love of basketball, the Indianapolis 500, and are dedication to farming. If you have a long commute to and from South Bend or you just want to relax while cruising around Mishawaka, try listening to some of these audiobooks that are set in Indiana.

“Last Words”

This book is written by New York Times bestselling author Michael Koryta. It follows the story of Sarah Martin from Garrison, Indiana who disappeared inside a local cave. Her lifeless body was discovered days later. A private investigator resurrects the 10-year-old mystery surrounding her disappearance and death.

“The Fault in Our Stars”

This best-selling teen drama was adapted into a hit movie a few years ago. In the story we follow the friendship and love of Hazel and Gus, who connect in a cancer support group for kids. The story is set in Indianapolis.

“Come and Get Me”

Journalist Caitlin Bergman graduated from Indiana University. Years later she returns to accept an award. During her short stay, a college student goes missing and Caitlin gets involved. This mystery will likely leave you with a few “driveway moments” in your Lexus as you listen to the gripping story.

For more ways to make commutes and road trips more fun in Indiana, call us at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka. We’re here to elevate your Lexus lifestyle even further. 

Give Your Valentine These Lexus RX 350 Accessories

2021 Lexus, RX | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Lexus, RX | Mishawaka, IN

If you have a Valentine that loves their Lexus RX 350, consider spoiling them with one of these accessories. They’ll be sure to think of you every time they’re behind the wheel.

Illuminated door sills

Getting in and out of the Lexus RX 350 feels particularly sophisticated with some illuminated door sills installed. These accessories come in both beige and black and light up the way with the Lexus logo.

Interface Kit For iPod®

If your loved one is still a devoted user of the classic 30-pin Apple iPod®, the Interface Kit For iPod® is a great accessory. It adapts earlier technology for modern convenience by giving them what they need to sync their iPod® with the audio system and steering wheel-mounted controls.

Remote Engine Starter +

The Remote Engine Starter + brings control to your Valentine’s smartphone. With this tech accessory, the Lexus RX owner can do things like start or stop the engine and lock or unlock their vehicle from anywhere by using their smartphone.

Bike Rack, Adapter

In love with someone who’s in love with biking? Give them the gift of a chic yet functional bike rack attachment. It makes it simple to attach both the bike and the bike rack to the RX 350 crossbars. 

Still not sure what to give the RX 350 lover in your life? We’ve got plenty of ideas and accessories here at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka. Contact our friendly team to help get the perfect gift.

Exciting New Features for the 2021 Lexus LS 500 and 500h

2021 Lexus LS | Mishawaka, IN
2021 Lexus LS | Mishawaka, IN

If you’re regularly impressed by the new levels of refinement in Lexus vehicles each year, you’ll want to take a look at the new 2021 Lexus LS 500 and 500h. These luxury sedans are turning heads with their fresh, high-end features. Here are some of our favorite updates coming to these models.

Refined gas powertrain


With a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine under its hood, the LS 500 does not disappoint. The strong engine delivers 416 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque, and works with a 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver smooth, responsive power. With this powertrain and its standard rear-wheel drive, the LS 500 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds

Powerful hybrid performance

The LS 500h is the hybrid variant of this luxury sedan. Its Multistage Hybrid System takes two electric motors and pairs them with an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 gas engine. At a combined output of 354 horsepower, this hybrid powertrain takes you from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Updated interior

For 2021, the Lexus LS 500 and 500h take on extra comfort in the form of additional padding and a new available Palomino Leather upholstery.

New connectivity

Taking control over information and entertainment is easier than ever on the new 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Interested in knowing more about the 2021 LS 500? Contact our team at Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka for additional details.

3 Hidden Benefits of Leasing a Vehicle

2020 Lexus RX | Mishawaka, IN

As you shop for your next vehicle here in Mishawaka, be sure to consider the surprising benefits of leasing. These are just a few of the unexpected ways that a lease can work in your favor.

Dodge depreciation

Normally, when you buy a new vehicle, depreciation lowers its value significantly as soon as you drive it off the lot. But when you lease a new vehicle instead, you won’t have to worry about this. You’ll simply give your vehicle back at the end of your lease term instead of having to trade or sell it for much less than you originally paid.

Spend less on monthly payments

If you’re aiming to spend less on monthly car payments, a lease is the way to go. Instead of committing to own a car for several years, you essentially just rent the car for a few years. Your payments will be lower because they’re based on how much worth the vehicle will lose in that time instead of on its total value.

Drive your dream vehicle

Does your dream vehicle cost more than your budget can handle? With its lower monthly payments, a lease could be the solution for you. It’s a great way to get behind the wheel of your ideal ride.

Our finance department is here to help you learn more about leasing a vehicle from Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka. We’ll do our very best to get you the car that you want and the financing terms that are right for your needs.