Lexus

Lexus was launched in 1989 as Toyota’s luxury vehicle division and to this day, it is present in more than 70 countries and their respective markets. Lexus has established its headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, but runs operational centers in Europe (Brussels, Belgium) and the U.S. (Plano, Texas). Here’s a little something people don’t tell you about Lexus: after its inception - which saw the introduction of the LS 400 and ES 250 sedans - a single consumer complained determined the company to launch a special service campaign, thus creating a new standard in personalized service. Moreover, back in 1991, after the introduction of the all-new ES 300, Lexus managed to dethrone both Mercedes-Benz and BMW to become the best-selling luxury import brand in the U.S. Lexus assembles its cars in Japan, in plants located in Chūbu and Kyūshū, but also at Toyota’s facilities in Tahara, Aichi, and Miyata.

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2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition

2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition

Another wonderful special edition courtesy of Lexus

The Lexus RC F is one of the most fascinating two-door coupes on the market. It looks sharp, packs plenty of power, and it drives like a genuine sports car. Unfortunately, the RC F still lacks the verve that some of its German rivals possess. Lexus knows that there’s plenty of room for improvement with the RC F, and with the arrival of this new special edition model, we might see these improvements sooner than we thought. The model is called the Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, and not only does it pay tribute to the iconic racetrack in the foothills of the world-famous mountain, but, more importantly, it comes with an array of special edition touches that provide that singular appeal that a lot of special edition models possess. Highlights include a distinctive look that’s bolstered by several technical improve Only 60 units of the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition will be made, and while Lexus has yet to release pricing details for the special edition sports car, don’t expect it to close lower than $70,000.

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2021 Lexus LS

2021 Lexus LS

Minor nips and tucks for the LS flagship

The LS is Lexus. Or Lexus is LS. Whichever you want to put it. The luxury sedan debuted in 1989 and marked Lexus’ entrance on the U.S. market, but it also went on to become the company’s main pillar and foundation.

After more than 30 years, the Lexus LS is still doing battle against the German trifecta made of BMW’s 7 Series, Audi’s A8, and Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class. That’s why Lexus won’t compromise when it comes to its flagship sedan. Hence the updated 2021 LS we’re about to discuss.

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A New Lexus Trademark Hints At A New EV With an Unmentionable Body Style

A New Lexus Trademark Hints At A New EV With an Unmentionable Body Style

Lexus Could Be Building a New EV, and It Might Bring an All-New Body Style Into the Company’s Lineup

Remember the Lexus LF-30 Concept that was revealed back in 2019? It was a futuristic concept with extreme styling and what you might expect from Lexus some 30-40 years from now. Even the cabin gave off the aura of a spaceship, so it was pretty clear that it wouldn’t enter production anytime soon. However, a new trademark filed by Lexus in the U.S., Europe, and Australia for the RZ 450e name, could hint that at least some of its DNA is about to head into production. Obviously, the “e” in the name means it will be an EV – one of the many that the company will offer by 2025 – but what kind of vehicle will it be?

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2018 Lexus LX 570

2018 Lexus LX 570

When eight becomes five

First hitting the market in January of 1996, the Lexus LX nameplate has evolved through three separate generations over the years, with the latest J200 iteration arriving in 2007. Based heavily on the Toyota Land Cruiser, the Lexus LX is the premium Japanese brand’s take on full-size luxury SUV transport, comfortably seating up to eight passengers and offering a good deal of capability if road conditions are less than ideal. However, according to Lexus, “some customers indicated they did not use the third row and expressed a preference for more interior cargo space,” and as a result, the 2018 model year gets a bit of switch-up in the cabin. Introduced as the LX 570 at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the third-row bench was tossed to accommodate more junk in the trunk, all while keeping the same capability and comfort found in the LX’s eight-seater counterparts.

Lexus says the LX 570 is aimed at “smaller families, empty nesters and multiple-vehicle households, [customers who] are more likely to travel with fewer passengers but more carry-on gear. Among the activities they enjoy are skiing, cycling, kayaking, and golf, along with such hobbies as nature photography and antique collecting. Some also wanted more versatility for carrying their dogs.” So – does the LX really work better with fewer seats and more cargo?

Update 8-13-2020: Lexus has updated the LX570 for the 2021 model year with a few new goodies, a new package, and a new limited-edition Inspiration Series. Check out the details down below.

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This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

This Lightweight, 1200-Horsepower, 2JZ-Powered Lexus RC F Drift Car Is Downright Mad

This Lexus RC-F Drift Car Takes Madness to a Whole New Level

There’s a long line of Red Bull-liveried drift cars and, while ’Mad’ Mike Whidett’s insane Mazdas are probably the most prominent of the bunch, this Lexus RC F will surely make a name for itself in international drifting championships once its 1,200 horsepower are finally unleashed on the course.

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2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition

2021 Lexus LC Convertible Regatta Edition

Special edition LC Convertible goes back to its design inspiration roots

Lexus is turning to the open seas as the inspiration behind its latest special edition model. Evoking the ambiance of a luxury marina — Lexus’ words, not mine — the Toyota-owned luxury brand is commemorating the opening of orders for the new LC Convertible by rolling out a special edition LC droptop called the Regatta Edition.

Dressed to impress, the LC Convertible Regatta Edition’s theme has roots to the origin story of the LC’s design, which Lexus described as being inspired by ocean-going yachts. It’s a saucy piece, for sure, but sadly, access to the LC Regatta Edition is going to be very difficult. Lexus didn’t say how many units of the LC Regatta Edition it plans to build, but allocations in the U.K. and Europe have completely dried up. No word yet on how many units are headed to America, or if they’re still available, to begin with.

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2020 Lexus LX 570 - Driven

2020 Lexus LX 570 - Driven

Is it the perfect blend of off-road capability and mild luxury?

From the company that invented the luxury crossover, the 2020 Lexus LX 570 is a decided throwback. This is a full-sized SUV that’s derived not from a car platform like you’d find in a Mercedes-Benz GLS or BMW X7, or even from the family-focused Toyota Sequoia.

Instead, it borrows its underpinnings from the Toyota Land Cruiser — one of the most capable SUVs you can buy. The LX 570 is no mere leather-lined cocoon, but also a boulder-climbing machine that employs a mix of electronic gizmos and burly suspension components to tackle challenging terrain.

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A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe

A Slurry of TRD Parts Is Coming For the Lexus LC Coupe

New TRD gear makes the Lexus LC sportier

TRD, short for Toyota Racing Division, has been providing performance parts for Toyota vehicles for more than a decade now. The more luxurious Lexus models aren’t usually included among TRD’s projects, but the LC has just become an exception. The parts are available through TRD’s Japanese site and they cover both the coupe and convertible models.

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The Lexus LC F - Successor to the LFA - Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

The Lexus LC F - Successor to the LFA - Has Reportedly Been Cancelled

This development is a major buzzkill to those who have been waiting years for the LFA’s successor

It’s been a decade since Lexus unveiled the LFA supercar and punched its ticket as an accepted performance car brand. Toyota’s premium brand has rolled out some impressive performance models in the ensuing years, but what it hasn’t done is present the official successor of the mighty LFA.

The Lexus LC F — the high-performance variant of the LC luxury coupe — was supposed to be that model, except that might not happen anymore after reports surfaced that the LC F project has been discontinued by Toyota in light of all the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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2021 Lexus IS

2021 Lexus IS

The 2021 Lexus IS Debuts With Fresh Looks and Technology But Still Falls Short in The Areas That Matter the Most

The Lexus IS has been around for a very long time now, trying to fit itself as one of the cool guys that hangs out with the Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, and BMW 3 Series. But, not many people see it as a worthy alternative to any of the three Germans.

Lexus is trying to change that image for the better part of the last decade with some major upgrades, but it has failed to make a mark. Now, the company has launched the 2021 IS model with refreshed looks on the outside, but pretty much the same on the interior and under the hood. Will the IS be a real threat to its rivals this time?

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A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise

A New Lexus IS Is Coming in 2021, and the IS 500 Will Be a Bittersweet Surprise

This new info piqued our interest but we are also waiting for official word from Lexus

While we were worrying about the pain in the ass that is the new coronavirus, back in March, a Toyota-related leak revealed the carmaker’s upcoming plans vis-a-vis its lineup. Among the cascade of novelties, we also learned that a 2021 Lexus IS is on its way.

Not much is out in the wild regarding the sedan, but speculation about what the incoming IS could hide under the hood ranged from it getting the Supra’s BMW-sourced 335-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbo straight-six to more recent rumors saying the novel Lexus IS range might even encompass a V-8 model.

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2020 Lexus RX450hL - Driven

2020 Lexus RX450hL - Driven

We tested the 2020 Lexus RX 450hL — the RX model with the longest name

The Lexus RX invented the luxury crossover. It invented the luxury hybrid. And it’s consistently America’s best-selling luxury SUV. That’s why the current-generation RX’s shortcomings have been so surprising. It debuted in 2016 with polarizing styling, limited cargo space, no available third-row seat, cumbersome controls, and missing infotainment features.

At least based on the sales numbers, buyers registered no objections. They either embraced or accepted the RX for what it is, continuing to be drawn to its quiet ride, rich leather, and promise of headache-free reliability. But Lexus has steadily improved the vehicle since that 2016 debut. It added an extended-length three-row model for the 2018 model year, known as the RX L. Now, the 2020 RX features an upgraded infotainment system and tweaks to the styling and suspension.

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Lexus Moves to Sell the LQ Flagship SUV That Will Run Into the Six-Figure Price Range

Lexus Moves to Sell the LQ Flagship SUV That Will Run Into the Six-Figure Price Range

Meanwhile, Lexus’ last six-figure model, the LFA, still hasn’t sold out

Lexus’ current SUV lineup includes five models. From the subcompact UX to the full-size LX, Lexus covers all important segments in the SUV market. But the Japanese luxury firm isn’t stopping here. There’s a brand-new SUV on the way. It will be called the LQ and it will become the brand’s flagship hauler.

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10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000

There are excellent examples out there, provided you are okay with buying pre-owned cars

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.

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Thinking of Tuning Your Lexus LC500? How's This For Inspiration?

Thinking of Tuning Your Lexus LC500? How’s This For Inspiration?

Don’t be fooled, these are not photographs

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.

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Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales

Eight Years After Production Ends, the Lexus LFA Still Pulls in More Than $1 Million in Sales

Yeah, you read that right – Lexus sold some of those old LFAs that it had sitting around

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?

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2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC500 Convertible

Just when we thought it can’t get better than the LC500 Coupe, Lexus dropped the 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.

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The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won't Be a Next-Gen IS F

The BMW M3 Has Lexus Spooked So Bad that there Won’t Be a Next-Gen IS F

Is the BMW M3 and AMG C63 so good that Lexus is afraid to compete?

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.

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2019 Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

2019 Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Wow. Just wow, Lexus!

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.

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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.