10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
Thinking of Tuning Your Lexus LC500? How’s This For Inspiration?
These days, tuners will slap a wide body kit on pretty much everything that has four wheels, and while some cars are suited for such a treatment, other are not.
The Lexus LC500 falls in the first category, but fitting it with wider wheel arches and beefier bumpers might not be for everyone. I mean, should you ask for our two cents, we’d tell you that the LC500 is design perfection in stock guise. However, we’re glad that there are voices who beg to differ.
Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales
I know what you’re probably thinking: “How the hell can sales remain steady for a model that hasn’t been produced in almost a decade?” Well, it’s true. In fact, Lexus sold a total of 3 brand-new LFAs in 2019, one more than in 2018 and even with what it sold in 2017. Technically, if you compare 2019 to 2018, it’s a sales increase of 33.3-percent – not bad for a car that hasn’t been produced in eight years, right?
2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible
Freshly launched at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Lexus LC500 Convertible borrows every stunning feature from its Coupe brother and then adds some more appeal courtesy of a retractable textile roof.
The LC500 Convertible still packs the naturally-aspirated, 471-horsepower V-8, however, a hybrid version hasn’t been announced yet. Join us as we explore the new LC500 Convertible in-depth, to see what’s new for the sleek cabriolet.
The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F
When Lexus launched the current IS, it completely forgot about the IS F in order to focus on the RC F sports coupe and its various iterations. Now, it looks like that trend is going to continue as Lexus has, reportedly, no intention of introducing a new IS F when the fourth generation launches in 2020 or 2021.
2019 Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept
Lexus is not fooling around when it comes to electrification and is using Tokyo as a sampling experiment for the stunning LF-30 Electrified prototype. Did we mention stunning? The LF-30 looks otherworldly, has gullwing doors, and uses four in-wheel electric motors, a steer-by-wire-system, and a slew of autonomous driving technologies plus Lexus Advanced Posture Control. Stick around to find out everything you need to know about the Lexus LF-30 Electrified concept shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
2020 Lexus IS F Sport Blackline Edition
Eight months after dropping the 2019 Lexus IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition, Toyota’s premium brand is dipping its toes back in that pool with the arrival of the 2020 Lexus IS F Sport Black Line Edition.
In case you’re confused, Lexus is bringing two different Black Line Edition models to the market in the same calendar year. You can’t fault Lexus for being enterprising, especially if the 2019 IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition sold as well as we think it did. This time, the IS F Sport receives the Black Line Edition treatment, and in keeping with tradition, this new SE benefits from a host of exterior and interior upgrades to go along with its limited availability. Only 900 units of the 2020 Lexus IS F 300 Sport Black Line Edition will be available in the U.S. market at a starting price of $46,225.
2020 Lexus NX300 Black Line Special Edition
The Lexus NX is one of the most aggressively designed crossovers in its segment. It’s also going on its sixth year in production. At some point, the NX’s dynamic design will wear off, and Lexus will need to do something fresh to inject some excitement back to the NX nameplate. Give credit to Lexus, then, because that’s exactly what it’s doing.
For the second time this year, Toyota’s premium car brand will roll out a Black Line Edition for the NX crossover. The new Black Line Edition is based on the NX300 trim of the popular crossover. It mostly features aesthetic and visual upgrades to the exterior and interior, including one specific highlight that brings all these details together in one impressive special edition design package. Only 2,000 units of the 2020 NX300 Black Line Edition will be built. Each model will carry a starting price of $45,735. That price tag could go up to $47,135 if you eschew the front-wheel drive version in favor of the all-wheel drive model.
Forget Customer Requests - Lexus Needs Media Demand To Justify a Second-Gen LFA Supercar
The Lexus LFA is an interesting case study for future automakers who are looking to get into the supercar market. By all accounts, the LFA remains one of the finest supercars to hit the market this decade. That says a lot about the machine considering that Lexus launched the model in 2010, and since then, few exotics, if any, have come close to receiving the same praise and adulation the LFA received when it first came out nine years ago. But there’s also a catch with the LFA and a curious one at that. Lexus built only 500 units of the supercar and, for unclear reasons, “brand new” examples of the exotic are still available. The LFA, despite all the glowing reviews, has yet to sell out. Lexus’ struggles in selling the LFA has contributed in the automaker’s hesitancy to launch a successor to the model. It’s an interesting dynamic, to say the least, more so now that Lexus vice president Koji Sato left it in the media’s hands to draw up enough public interest for Lexus to greenlight a long-overdue successor to what is arguably one of the most interesting supercars of this decade.
The Lexus LF A was an Oddity in the supercar world but an absolute gem at the same time. When it was released in 2011, it came complete with a 4.8-liter V-10 that delivered a cold-hearted (especially for a Lexus) 560 horsepower. Just a year later, Lexus decided to get a little more exclusive and created the LF-A Nurburgring Edition – a car that was destined to conquer the infamous track and set a new record lap time. And, it did, running the track in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds, enough to beat out the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Corvette ZR1, and the Dodge Viper ACR at the time. Lexus only created 50 examples of the LF A Nurburgring edition, all of where were either black, white, or orange. Since it’s been nearly seven years since the LF A’s conquering of the Nurburgring, we’ve decided to show it a little love and make it our wallpaper of the day. Go ahead and download our hand-picked favorite or choose something else you might like from the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Jeremy Clarkson’s Favorite Car to Drive Is the What...???
Jeremy Clarkson is a big fan of the Lexus LFA. Actually, Clarkson is more than just a big fan of the LFA. He has gone on record saying that of all the cars he has driven, the LFA stands out as his singular favorite, the best one he’s ever driven. Mind you, Clarkson first got a whip of the LFA back when it launched in 2010. He had another crack at it in 2013, but for the most part, it’s been almost a decade since he dropped at the altar of the LFA, loudly proclaiming at as the GOAT of all cars he’s driven. It is fascinating, then, that after all this time, after having driven hundreds of newer, faster, and far more powerful cars, Clarkson is still effusive in his praise for the supercar. Despite continuing to struggle to sell the remaining copies of the LFA, Lexus clearly must’ve done something right with the LFA to make the perpetually petulant and grumpy Clarkson wax poetic about his time with the supercar.
2019 Lexus GXOR Concept
Toyota has produced many vehicles over the year that are synonymous with off-roading. But, that’s not the case with the automaker’s premium brand, Lexus. Despite having butch, muscular SUVs in the stable, owners never used it for off-road adventures, nor did Lexus bother to market them that way. However, the company found out that owners have been customizing their SUVs to make them off-road friendly, and the results are quite impressive. Seeing that Lexus SUVs have the potential to fill that craving, the automaker decided to give the folks what they wanted. The result, you ask? A Lexus GX460-based off-roader, dubbed as the Lexus GXOR.
The Lexus GXOR Concept Is An Eccentric Mix of Luxury and Off-Roading
Although it comes from the same umbrella as its Toyota-badged cousins, the Lexus GX isn’t an off-road aficionado’s first choice when it comes to overlanding or tackling remote trails. But that doesn’t mean that the luxed-up GX doesn’t possess the same go-anywhere prowess as a Land Cruiser, for example. On that note, Lexus seems to be toying with the idea that an off-road ready GX might appeal to those who still wish to taste a dose of luxury when getting down and dirty off the beaten path. That’s how we get to tell you about the Lexus GXOR concept. In case you’re wondering, GXOR is short for GX Off-Road and Lexus says the concept was developed with input for its passionate owner base. Let’s see what’s the deal with it.
Doing a Lawn Job in a Lexus LFA? Sure; Why Not?
There’s nothing better than waking up to the sound of a glorious high-revving V-10 engine jolting your senses in the morning. Beats coffee any day of the week. Well, if you’re still trying to organize your senses in this beautiful morning, might I suggest watching this short video of a Lexus LFA playing around in a field of grass, acting like a $375,000 lawnmower. It’s a short video so it won’t waste a lot of your morning time, but if you do end up watching it, dial up the volume to “max” if you can. You can’t ask for a better sound than that in the morning, can you?
Lexus’ New Headlamp Technology Can Identify People From Almost 200 Feet Away at Night
Lexus is taking the phrase “cutting-edge technology” to a new level with the introduction of the Bladescan adaptive LED headlights on the 2020 Lexus RX 450h. Prospective buyers of the new SUV in Europe will be the first ones to try out the new lighting technology, which Lexus says is a big improvement from its existing adaptive headlamps. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are the latest in a series of lighting innovations that Lexus has pioneered in the auto industry. Remember, the Japanese automaker was the first brand to use LED headlights when it introduced the technology in the 2007 LS 600h. Lexus was also the first to market adaptive high-beam headlights with the 2012 Lexus LS. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are expected to deliver significant improvements in night-time visibility while reducing driver stress along the way. Our friends in Europe will be able to experience that first-hand when the 2020 Lexus RX 450h arrives later this year. Unfortunately, the technology will not be offered in U.S.-spec versions of the RX SUV.
While Other Automakers Focus on Transitioning to EVs, Lexus Invites Aliens to Test Drive the RC F
Lexus was one of the most prominent names in hybrid technology. But for some reason, the premium Japanese automaker could not carry over that momentum into the electric transformation. Does that mean you stay out of the limelight just because the world is talking about EVs? Well, Lexus says no. The automaker has not just been thinking out of the box; it is thinking out of this world. The carmaker is featuring a transforming spacecraft that can fight the aliens in the latest Men in Black movie. I don’t understand alien psychology, but I’m sure if Lexus would send any of its huge-grille models to space, they would scare the lives out of those aliens. Problem solved!
Lexus Just Made a Jet, But You Can’t Have One
The Men in Black movie series has featured a number of different vehicles, all of which featured some pretty cool futuristic… uhem…. alien technology. Men In Black: International will naturally be home to at least a couple of vehicles that boast alien technology, but this time around, at least two of them will be wearing a Lexus badge… and that massive, controversial spindle grille. One of the vehicles you’ll easily recognize; it’s the Lexus RC F. OF course, it’ll have some modifications too, but the real news here is the all-new Lexus QZ 618 Galactic Enforcer Jet.
2019 Lexus IS300 F Sport
We talk about the latest generation of trucks and their big mouths, or even new BMW products, for that matter. But, what about the brand that literally started the ’big grille is the shizz, bro’ thing? Yes, I’m talking about Lexus and their in-your-face designs. The brand makes some of the most refined cars in the market today and was also one of the earliest adopters of hybrid engines. But Lexus is slowly becoming a neologism for big grilles. Nevertheless, Toyota’s premium brand is going through a paradigm shift and is building cars that are fresh and fun to drive, and one of those cars is the Lexus IS300 F Sport.
The Lexus IS300 F Sport is indeed a wolf in a sheep’s clothing; well, sheep’s fancy clothing. On the onset, this compact sedan looks calm, and sedate - which it is. But once you go hard on the A-pedal, the IS300 F-Sport will unleash its power, and you will be surprised at how capable and efficient this car is. The sedan reeks of luxury and is well-loaded on the inside. However, is the sporty-luxury blend enough to take on the competition?
Meet the Lexus LM - A Luxurious Version of the Toyota Alphard You Didn’t Know You Wanted
Lexus introduced its first-ever minivan at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. It’s called the LM, and it’s based on the Toyota Alphard. Actually, unlike other Lexus vehicles, the LM is almost a rebadged Toyota on the outside. Of course, it features more upscale materials, and the cabin was transformed into a comfortable lounge, but it’s still a Toyota under the skin.
What is the Cheapest Lexus?
The cheapest Lexus money can buy in the U.S. is the UX crossover. It starts at $32,150 but if you decide to go berserk on the configurator, that price tag will go up to way north of $40,000 really fast. The cheapest Lexus in Europe, however, is the still-marching-on CT hybrid compact car. In Germany, the Lexus CT can be had for €26,950 and is followed closely by the UX, priced at €33,950.
What is the Sportiest Lexus?
The sportiest Lexus out there is the RC F Track Edition. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 5-liter V-8 churning out 472 horsepower, the Track Edition is loaded with aero bits and bobs as well as carbon fiber (the hood, roof, and front splitter are all made of carbon fiber). The RC F in regular guise can dispatch the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.96 seconds, so it’s safe to say the Track Edition can pull off at least that.
What is the Most Popular Lexus?
The most popular Lexus is the RX. To put things into perspective, in April 2019, Lexus pushed 8,872 RX units, a slight decrease from 2018’s figures, which say Lexus managed to sell 9,697 units of the RX. If we are to look from the year-by-year perspective, then the RX sold 39,833 units in the first five months of 2019, after in 2018 as a whole, 41,197 RX models found new owners. Sales aside, Lexus as a brand has enjoyed a lot of popularity within the American hip-hop culture, with lyrics mentions by well-known artists such as Jay-Z popping up more than once.
What is the Most Expensive Lexus?
The most expensive Lexus is the LC Inspiration Series. Stateside, the special edition wears a starting sticker of $106,210. The V-8-powered LC 500, on the other hand, starts at $92,950, while the hybrid Lexus LC 500h will set buyers back at least $97,460. In Europe, however, things are a bit different, in the sense that both the LC 500 and LC 500h start at €101,400. However, Lexus still hasn’t sold all of its 500 LFAs, so we can also count the supercar as the most expensive Lexus thanks to a price tag of $375,000.
What is the Fastest Lexus?
The fastest Lexus is the RC F Track Edition. Thanks to the mechanical credentials stated above, the super-sedan can reach a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) and go from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.96 seconds. On the other hand, the Lexus LC 500 clears the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) interval in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h).
Are Lexus Cars Reliable?
Lexus cars are very reliable. In fact, the 2018 J.D. Power dependability study for the U.S. sees Lexus take the first position, with just 99 problems per 100 vehicles. To make an even better idea of how reliable Lexus can be, the industry average was 142 problems per vehicle. Moreover, you might be familiar with the streak Lexus managed to bag as the most reliable vehicle in America for eight years in a row.