Luxury liners: Toyota Alphard vs. Lexus LM 350

Luxury liners: Toyota Alphard vs. Lexus LM 350

Luxury cars don't necessarily need to have a tall ride height, boast four-wheel drive, and a massive exterior. Sometimes, special cruisers just need to possess a car-like ride, promise easy access, and feature a spacious interior. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the highlight equipment of the Toyota Alphard and Lexus LM 350?

    The Alphard is equipped with second-row captain seats. The LM 350 can be optioned with only two captain chairs and a 26-inch entertainment screen in the rear cabin.
  • How are the Alphard and LM 350 related?

    The Alphard and LM 350 are made from the same body, chassis, and share a similar engine.
  • Fitting into the rare category of luxury MPVs and vans, the Toyota Alphard and Lexus LM 350 are a refreshing sight amid the popularity of premium SUVs.

    As Toyota and Lexus are related companies, the Alphard and LM 350 are made on the same building blocks — which include a platform that's more akin to a sedan's, and a tall van body that brings maximum cabin space.  

    And most importantly, these luxury liners share the same goal of cosseting their occupants with style and substance. 

    The Alphard eases access into the cabin through powered sliding doors, which open and close at a press of a button, or pull of the door handle. All seven seats are wrapped in leather, while the front- and second-row passengers can rest their legs on the seats' ottomans. The second-row captain chairs also come with power recline function and armrests.  

    Toyota Alphard

    Roof monitor lebih besar pada Alphard 2020

    Toyota-Alphard

    Elsewhere in the cabin, the Alphard surrounds passengers in mood lighting that can be finished in 16 colors, and keeps them entertained via a DVD screen. The moonroof allows passengers enjoy a view of the sky. 

    As for the LM 350, being the Lexus twist on the Alphard means that it's also equipped with those power sliding doors and reclining rear seats. But what makes the LM even more upscale is its cabin. 

    Aside from three rows of seats for seven, customers have the option to have their LM 350 as a four-seater, with the rear cabin only having two captain seats. Passengers also benefit from the seats with AdaptiPedic foam. This absorbs vibrations and adapts to the shape of the occupant’s body to provide premium comfort even on long rides.

    The LM 350 in both four-seater and seven-seater variants come with reclining captain seats, which even come with massagers with five levels of pressure. While enjoying a massage, occupants can enjoy music from the 17- or 19-speaker Mark Levinson surround sound system. 

    2021 Lexus LM 350

    2021 Lexus LM 350 interior

    Lexus-LMBut the four-seater LM 350 carries the highlight creature comfort: a 26-inch entertainment screen mounted on a partition that separates the cockpit from the rear cabin. Adding to the luxury quotient is a  mini fridge that can accommodate up to two bottles of champagne. 

    Amid all the accoutrements for the passengers, the drivers can enjoy the Alphard and LM 350, too, by way of the vans' 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 296hp. The Alphard and LM 350 should also exhibit car-like driving characteristics, with less body lean and a softer ride compared to SUVs. 

    Alphard

    Lexus-LM-350

    For more information about the Alphard and LM 350, you have the vehicles' spec sheets at your disposal. After all, luxury equals convenience. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Toyota Alphard 3.5L AT

    Lexus LM 350 

    Overall Length (mm)

    4,945

    5,040

    Overall Width (mm)

    1,850

    1,850

    Overall Height (mm)

    1,850

    1,895

    Minimum Ground Clearance (mm)

    160

    160

    Seating Capacity

    Seven

    Seven/Four

    Engine Model

    2GR-FKS

    2GR-FKS 

    Engine Type

    3.5L, 24-Valve, DOHC with Dual VVT-i 

    3.5L, 24-Valve, DOHC with Dual VVT-i 

    Displacement (cc)

    3,456

    3,456

    Maximum Power Output (ps/rpm)

    296/6,600

    296/6,600

    Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm)

    361/4,600

    361/4,600-

    Fuel Type

    Gasoline

    Gasoline

    Fuel Tank Capacity (L)

    75

    75

    Transmission

     

    Eight-Speed Automatic  Transmission 

     

    Eight-Speed Automatic  Transmission 

    Suspension

    Front: MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer

    Rear: Double Wishbone with Stabilizer

    Front: MacPherson Strut With Stabilizer

    Rear: Double Wishbone with Stabilizer

    Brakes

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Front: Ventilated Disc

    Rear: Solid Disc

    Tires and Wheels

     235/50/R18

    235/50 R18 Aluminum 

    Spare Tire

     Ground Tire

    Temporary Tire

    Headlamps

     LED Projector Type With Cornering Lamp, Integrated Clearance Lamp, Sequential Turning Lamp

    LED Type with Integrated Clearance Lamp, Sequential Turning Lamp

    Headlamp Leveling

     Automatic

    Automatic

    Daytime Running Lights

     LED

    LED

    Clearance Lamp

     With

    With

    Front Fog Lamps

     LED

    LED

    Outside Rear View Mirror

    Power Adjust with Turn Signal

    Power Adjust, Auto-Retract, Reverse, and Memory with Turn Signal

    Windshield Wiper

    Rain-Sensing 

    Rain-Sensing

    Rear Window Defogger

     With

    With

    Rear Combination Lamp

     LED

    LED 

    Door Belt Molding

     Chrome

    Chrome

    Hoodlift Assist

     With

    With

    Antenna

     Fin-Type

    Fin-Type 

    Moonroof

     

     

    Dual Moonroof Tilt and Slide + Jam Protect 

     

     

    Dual Moonroof Tilt and Slide + Jam Protect

    Seat Material

     Leather (Beige)

    Semi Aniline Leather (with Gin Sui Boku)

    Seat Adjustment

    Driver: Six-Way Power Adjust with Memory and Auto Slide Away

    Front Passenger: Four-Way Power Adjust with Power Ottoman

    Rear Second Row: Four-Way Power Captain seats with Ottoman (x2) 

    Rear Third Row: 50:50 Split Folding

     

    Driver: Six-Way Power Adjust with Memory and Auto Slide Away

    Front Passenger: Four-Way Power Adjust with Power Ottoman

    Rear Second Row (for 4 and 7 Seater): Four-Way Power Captain seats with Ottoman (x2) 

    Rear Third Row (for 7 seater): 50:50 Split Folding

     

    Room Lamp

    16 Hues Ceiling Illumination 

    16 Hues Ceiling Illumination 

    Interior Entertainment

    13.3 inch Ceiling Mounted DVD Screen

    13.3 inch Ceiling Mounted DVD Screen (7 Seater)

    26-inch Partition Mounted DVD Screen (4 Seater) 

    Seat Massager

    Without 

    With for Second-Row (4 Seater)

    Refrigerator 

    Without

    With (4 Seater)

    Instrument Panel and Center Cluster

    With LED Illumination

    With LED Illumination

    Multi-Information Display

    4.2-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT)

    4.2-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT)

    Steering Type

     

    Electric Power Steering

     

    Electric Power Steering

    Steering Column

    Tilt and Telescopic (Power and Memory)

    Tilt and Telescopic (Power and Memory)

    Steering Wheel Material

     Leather

    Leather

    Steering Wheel Controls

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Cruise Control

     

    Audio, Multi-Information Display, Phone, Cruise Control

     

    Inside Rear View Mirror

     Auto-Dimming

    Auto-Dimming

    Sun Visors

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

     

    Driver and Front Passenger; with Mirror and Lamp

    Parking Brake

     

    Pedal Type Parking Brake

     

    Pedal Type Parking Brake

    Door Trim

     Soft Touch Molded Trim with Leather

    Soft Touch Molded Trim with Leather

    Cup and Bottle Holders

    Front: Six

    Second Row Rear: Six

    Third Row Rear: Five

    Front: Six

    Second Row Rear: Six

    Rear Sunshade

     Power

    Power

    Illuminated Entry

     With (Front, Key, Floor)

    With (Front, Key, Floor)

    Front Personal Lamp

     With

    With

    Rear Personal Lamp

     With 

    With

    Door Courtesy Lamp

     With

    With 

    Inside Door Handle Lamp

     With

    With

    Foot Lamp

     With

    With

    Luggage Room Lamp

     With

    With

    Keyless Entry

     Smart Entry

    Smart Entry

    Ignition System

     Push Start System

    Push Start System

    Power Windows

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

     

    Auto + Jam Protect

    Power Door Locks

     Speed Sensing

    Speed Sensing

    Sliding Doors

    Power Slide and Auto Door Closer (Left and Right), with Jam Protection and Power Back Door

     

    Power Slide and Auto Door Closer (Left and Right), with Jam Protection and Power Back Door

     

    Air Conditioning System

    Front: Dual-Zone Automatic

    Rear: Automatic with Nanoe and Personal Register 

     

    Front: Dual-Zone Automatic

    Rear: Automatic with Nanoe and Personal Register 

     

    Rear A/C Vent Duct

     With

    With

    Light Control System

     

    Automatic + Follow me Home

     

    Automatic + Follow me Home

    Cruise Control

     With

    Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

    Audio System

    6.75-inch Display Audio with CD Tuner / MP3 / iPod Bluetooth / USB, 8 Speakers

    12.3-inch Touch Screen

     Connectivity

    CD Tuner / MP3 / iPod/ Bluetooth / USB / DVD 

    Apple Carplay, Android Auto,

    Audio System Function

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

     

    AM/FM Radio, Bluetooth, and USB

    Speakers

     8-Speaker

    17-speaker Mark Levinson (7 Seater) 

    19-speaker Mark Levinson (4 seater)

    Wireless Charger

     Without

    With

    Rear USB Charger

     Two

    Two

    12V Accessory Outlet

     One

    One

    Pre-Collision System (PCS)

     With

    With

    Automatic High Beam (AHB)

     With

    With

    Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)

     Without

    With

    Lane Departure Alert (LDA)

     With

    With

    Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)

     Without

    With

    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

     Without

    With

    SRS Airbags

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain Shield, and Driver’s Knee

     

    Driver, Front Passenger, Front Side, Curtain Side, and Driver’s Knee

    Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)

     With

    With

    Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

     With

    With

    Hill-Start Assist Control (HSA)

     With

    With

    Seatbelts

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter (x2)

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3)

    Front: Three-point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter

    Rear: Three-point ELR (x3 or x2)

    Seatbelt Reminder

     Lamp and Buzzer

    Lamp and Buzzer

    Child Restraint System

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

     

    Isofix (x2) and Tether Anchor (x2)

    High Mount Stop Lamp

     LED

    LED

    Emergency Brake Signal

     With

    With

    Toyota Vehicle Security System

    Immobilizer and Alarm

    Immobilizer and Alarm

    Camera

     Without

    Panoramic View Monitor

    Clearance and Back Sonar

     

    Front: Four

    Rear: Four

     

    Front: Four

    Rear: Four

    Available Body Colors

    Luxury White Pearl, Black 3, Graphite Metallic

    Black, White Pearl Crystal Shine 

    PRICE

     P3.960 million (P3.975 million for Luxury White Pearl)

    P5.458 million (7 Seater) 

     

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