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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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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 Lexus LC Inspiration Concept Looks Beautiful in Los Angeles

The Lexus LC Inspiration Concept Looks Beautiful in Los Angeles

So yellow!

If you’re at the2018 Los Angeles Auto Showand you spot a yellow car somewhere, there’s a big chance that it’s the Lexus LC500 Inspiration concept. Although it sounds rather fancy, this show car is pretty much a production LC500 with a few extras. And it’s not even new, as it was unveiled back in August 2018. So what’s it doing in L.A.? Grabbing your attention, that’s what!

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2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series

2019 Lexus LX Inspiration Series

There’s nothing inspiring about this special edition Lexus LX

Lexus is bringing a special edition LX SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Dubbed the “Inspiration Series,” the limited-run LX offers exclusive touches on the exterior to go with a few upgrades in the interior of the SUV. There are no engine upgrades included in the package, though you probably wouldn’t know it based on how much Lexus is asking for the special edition SUV. The Lexus LX Inspiration Series costs a whopping $100,420, which is almost $15,000 more than the base LX that starts at $85,830.

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2018 Lexus LX Two-Row Only Available in One Trim; Limited Options

2018 Lexus LX Two-Row Only Available in One Trim; Limited Options

Toyota/Lexus has a history of “mono-spec” vehicles

If you’ve ever shopped for a Toyota 86 or anything under the now-defunct Scion brand, you’ll know they only come in one trim level and options are very scarce. It’s Toyota’s way of simplifying the purchase experience while making production easier thanks to far fewer build combinations. Well, Lexus is at it again with the 2018 LX 570 Two-Row.

If you haven’t heard, Lexus is now offering its swanky LX 570 without the third-row seats at a $5,000 reduced price. The mono-spec trim accompanies the changes by including the four-zone climate control system normally included with the $1,190 Luxury Package. Unfortunately, it seems the optional heated and vented second-row seats are not available or is the dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system.

Still, the 2018 Lexus LX 570 offers a laundry list of standard comfort and convenience items expected with an $85,000 price tag. Thankfully, the LX 570 Two-Row doesn’t lose any off-road prowess. It continues to come with the full-time 4WD system, locking center differential, CRAWL Control, Multi-Terrain Select, Turn Assist, and hill descent and hill start assist. The familiar 5.7-liter V-8 remains and continues to produce 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. Though it has an eight-speed automatic transmission, the LX 570 can only muster 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined on premium gas.

So what’s the big deal? Well, it provides shoppers with an easier time at dealerships since the only choices are interior and exterior color options. Unlike its competitors like the Cadillac Escalade and Range Rover, the LX might be a godsend for the indecisive.

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S. Lexus Execs Aim to Bring Lexus UX Concept to Market

S. Lexus Execs Aim to Bring Lexus UX Concept to Market

If it goes according to plan, the UX would be Lexus’ entry-level model in the US

Like most automakers, Lexus is making money hand-over-fist in the U.S. with its crossover and SUV offerings. Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken even admitted that the crossovers and SUVs account for 60 percent of the company’s sales volume in the US. It’s no surprise then that when the discussion turned to a possible replacement for the departing CT200h, the Japanese automaker already has one model in mind: a production version of the UX subcompact crossover concept.

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2018 Lexus RX L Offers Gas-Only or Hybrid Drivetrain; Updated Chassis

2018 Lexus RX L Offers Gas-Only or Hybrid Drivetrain; Updated Chassis

Two powertrains – one long Lexus

The new 2018 Lexus RX L is 4.3 inches longer than the standard RX and offers two additional seats in the new power-folding third row. Aside from that and a slightly less slopped roofline, the long-wheelbase RX is basically unchanged over the 2016-2017 version. Even the powertrains carry over, which isn’t a bad thing. Lexus has done a great job at building two smooth, efficient, and relatively peppy choices.

The standard mill found in the 2018 RX 350 and RX 350L is the 3.5-liter V-6. The all-aluminum engine features dual overhead cams with variable timing, duration, and lift for maximum manipulation of the combustion process. Even the combustion cycle can change, switching from the Otto cycle during acceleration to the Atkinson cycle during lighter operations. Horsepower is rated at 290 and torque comes in at 263 pound-feet. An eight-speed automatic transmission keeps revs low while the front tires spin. An AWD system is available.

The optional powertrain is the hybridized version of the same 3.5-liter V-6. Found in the RX 450h and now the RX 450hL, the system adds a high-torque electric motor and 37-kW battery. The system not only adds better fuel efficiency but also more power. The total system output is rated at 308 horsepower. As with most Toyota/Lexus hybrid vehicles, a continuously variable transmission is used. The RX 450hL comes standard with a unique AWD system that uses elector motors to turn the rear wheels rather than a mechanical connection to the engine and transmission.

Continue reading for details specs of the RX powertrain.

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Eject-O Seat-O: 2019 Lexus LX Drops Third Row and $5,000 Off the Sticker

Eject-O Seat-O: 2019 Lexus LX Drops Third Row and $5,000 Off the Sticker

The LX loses a seat, the RX gains a seat

Remember when Chevrolet announced the 2018 Tahoe Custom a few months ago? It comes without the third-row seats and a $3,750 cheaper price tag. Well, Lexus is running that exact play with its biggest SUV, the LX570. For 2019, Lexus is offering the LX in a two-row version with a whopping $5,000 off the MSRP.

It’s called the Lexus LX570 Two-Row, and it will start at $84,980. The uninspired name aside, the new model is aimed at customers who don’t need seating for seven or who need extra cargo space. A positive side effect of losing the rear seats is an added 5.8 cubic feet of cargo room for a new maximum of 50.5 cubic feet. Lexus also makes the roof rack and rails standard equipment here, too.

The rest of the 2019 Lexus LX 570 remains unchanged. Power comes from the venerable but outdated 5.7-liter V-8 making 383 horsepower and 403 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic feeds power to the full-time 4WD system. Towing remains at 7,000 pounds, and fuel economy is stagnate at 13 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. Premium gas is required, but that probably isn’t a concert for shoppers willing to spend $85,000 on a full-size, body-on-frame SUV.

Lexus will continue selling the seven-passenger, three-row LX 570 alongside the new two-row version. Expect to see both 2019 versions in dealerships sometime in mid-2018.

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2018 Lexus RX L Offers Three Rows of Seating for 6 or 7 and Tri-Zone Climate Control

2018 Lexus RX L Offers Three Rows of Seating for 6 or 7 and Tri-Zone Climate Control

It’s just like before, only bigger

Lexus has debuted a new, long-wheelbase version of its insanely popular RX luxury crossover. The new vehicle is stretched by 4.3 inches to make room for a power-folding third row with two seats. This brings the total seat count to seven – a first for a Lexus crossover. Optionally, second-row captain’s chairs add more comfort and easier access to the third row while bringing the seat count to six. Not surprisingly, Lexus calls this elongated version the RX L.

In addition to the extra two seats, the RX L comes with a tri-zone climate control system with vents for all three rows. Headroom is said to be respectable for third-row passengers thanks to a raised roof height and taller, more upright tailgate. Despite the design change, the RX retains its swoopy yet angular appearance.

The RX L will offer both gasoline and gasoline-hybrid powertrains. The RX 350L uses the newish but familiar 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and FWD is standard and Lexus’ Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. The RX 450L hybrid uses the same V-6 but adds an electric motor and 37-kW battery that bumps horsepower to 308. The hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, and AWD comes standard.

The 2018 Lexus RX L will go on sale before 2017 ends for a starting price of $47,670. Adding AWD knocks the prices to $49,070. Pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced. Lexus will continue selling the standard, two-row RX, allowing customers to choose which best suits their needs. Both versions offer the same exterior and interior color choices and list of optional features.

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2018 Lexus RXL

2018 Lexus RXL

Adding two extra seats could pay big dividends

The mid-size Lexus RX premium crossover has been around for almost two straight decades now, first hitting U.S. shores in the late ‘90s. Since its debut, Lexus has ushered in four generations, with the latest dropping in 2015. Now, it’s time for a refresh, and Lexus is providing just that with the latest 2018 model year. We’re still waiting for all the details, but the big news so far is the addition of third-row seating, bringing total passenger capacity to seven, a much-needed update for the top-selling model. Indeed, the Lexus RX is one of the segment’s most popular entries, and a seven-seater option has been expected for quite some time now. In addition to the added practicality, the RX will continue to offer efficient hybrid power and AWD grip, both features that should find their way to the new three-row model as well. The uniquely sharp exterior styling is expected to continue on more or less unchanged, as will the high-end luxury and technology inside the cabin.

Updating the RX with new seven-seat practicality is a good move for Lexus, giving customers a shot at greater seating capacity without stepping up to the larger V-8-powered Lexus LX and Lexus GX. We should get the full rundown on the 2018 Lexus RXL next week at the Los Angeles Show, but for now, read on for our speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 RX 350L.

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2017 Lexus Sriracha IS

2017 Lexus Sriracha IS

Care for some hot sauce on this special edition Lexus IS?

Special edition cars can go in a variety of different ways depending on the person who’s looking at them. There are some models like the 2013 BMW 760Li Sterling Robbe & Berking Edition that inspired universal acclaim. On the flip side, some special edition versions like the DS3 Givenchy Le MakeUp were panned for one reason or another. Somewhere in the middle of this vast expanse of special edition models sits the Lexus Sriracha IS, a unique iteration of the Japanese automaker’s luxury sedan that’s inspired by the Sriracha sauce made famous by the California-based hot sauce company Huy Fong Foods.

Yep, hell has frozen over now that cars are being inspired by food condiments.

To be fair, the Sriracha IS doesn’t look too bad. It actually has some appeal to it if you’re the type who appreciates a red car with green accents on it. At the very least, it is eye-catching, which I suppose is the reaction West Coast Customs was looking for when it was enlisted by Lexus to work on the IS and give it the Sriracha treatment in time for its debut, which occurred at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Give West Coast Customs this much; the custom features on the IS are really something else. The paint job itself took some time to plan and execute and the accompanying green accents are both bold and consistent with the color scheme of the hot sauce company. Even the interior is dressed up to be completely in tune with the hot sauce company’s identity, something I never thought I’d get to write, let alone see in my lifetime.

About the only thing disappointing about the Lexus Sriracha IS is that West Coast Customs didn’t do something to spice up the sedan’s 3.5-liter V-6 engine. It still packs 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque on account of the IS 300 AWD badge on the sedan. I just would’ve preferred it if Lexus instead based the Sriracha IS on the range-topping IS 350. At least that has 306 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque on tap. Or, you know, Lexus could just bring back the IS F. Speaking of which, what’s the word on that, Lexus?

Continue after the jump to read more about the Lexus Sriracha IS.

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Lexus Gets Spicy With The Sriracha IS In Los Angeles

Lexus Gets Spicy With The Sriracha IS In Los Angeles

A chili-inspired sedan turns up the heat in L.A.

Created as a premium carmaker, Lexus has taken big steps into the high-performance realm in recent years with its F-badged models and the LFA sports car. The current IS is one of the few Lexus automobiles that has yet to receive the full-fledged F treatment, but the brand has come up with another way to offer a hot version of the sedan. It goes by the name IS Sriracha and it was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

If you’re not familiar with sriracha, you should know that it’s a type of hot sauce that originated from Thailand. Why would you name a car after a dipping sauce? Well, it turns out Lexus wanted to spice things up in the tuning segment and teamed up with Huy Fong Foods, a California-based manufacturer that produces the most famous sriracha sauce in the U.S. Built by the folks over at West Coast Customs, the IS Sriracha is quite the unique build and essentially a tribute to the hot dipping sauce.

As you’d expect from a chili-inspired vehicle, it is painted red. However, the hue is far from common. According to Lexus, the Sriracha Red paint was designed "to mimic Sriracha sauce inside the bottle and topped with a clear coating." The automaker also says it has experimented with a range of mixtures and methods, including... wait for it... adding sriracha sauce to the paint itself. Talk about innovation...

The sedan also features a large Huy Fong rooster logo on the front fenders and several details in green, the official signature color of Huy Fong Foods. These include the "Spindle" grille outline and brake calipers. Another crazy feature is the bespoke key fob that includes an emergency chili button that dispenses the sauce from a nozzle. Just in case drivers need more chili on their burgers.

Inside, the chili theme continues with a red steering wheel made by casting a Sriracha-like liquid in resin. The unit features a “Hot Handling” logo and chili-like flakes. There’s also leather seats with the Huy Fong rooster logo and green accents, green ambient lighting, and a special Sriracha Mode that tunes the powertrain for faster gear changes and more dynamic throttle mapping. Finally, the trunk is stocked with 43 bottles of Sriracha for "emergency condiment situations."

I’ve been there once, so yeah, that’s a good idea!

There’s no word as to what lurks under the hood, but the IS 300 AWD badge suggests that motivation comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 255 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It’s not the hottest IS out there, but it’s not slow either. The car also comes with two unique jackets that feature hand-embroidered images of the Sriracha IS and custom Sriracha IS patches, as well as custom... oven mitts.

Continue reading for the full story.

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2015 Lexus LF-C2 Concept

2015 Lexus LF-C2 Concept

When Lexus debuted the Lexus LF-LC in 2012 it excited the world of enthusiasts. Lexus had created a beautiful sports coupe and promised a high-power hybrid powertrain would power it. That car has yet to see production as of November 2014, but it seems that things are likely getting closer. Lexus has just introduced the LF-C2 Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show, hinting there’s a brand-new sports convertible underway. The new show car is an “open-air concept,” a convertible version of the LF-LC coupe. with a more production-friendly design.

Although its design is quite familiar, blending styling cues from both the LF-LC Concept and the production RC F, the LF-C2 is far from being a regular convertible. The concept comes with no top whatsoever and a spindle grille that will make you question your sanity once you look at it from different angles. Wrapped in a striking shade of golden yellow, the LF-C2 features a light-colored interior, a unique rear deck that turns into a center console towards the dashboard and a state-of-the-art video monitor. Hit the jump for the full details.

Updated 18/11/2014: With just a few hours before its official debut in Los Angeles, Lexus dropped two more teaser images for the LF-C2 concept car. You can see all of the teaser images after the jump.

Updated 11/19/2014: The new Lexus LF-C2 concept made its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Check the official details after the jump.

Keep reading to get more info on the new convertible Lexus LF-C2 Concept

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2010 Lexus GX460

2010 Lexus GX460

The Japanese luxury automaker Lexus will reveal their replacement for the GX470 luxury SUV at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show with a model called the GX460. The new full size SUV is based on the European model of Toyota’s Land Cruiser and will go on sale sometime in early 2010.

The main difference between the Land Cruiser and the GX460 is the front end appearance of the Lexus with its new grille, redesigned headlamps, new bumpers and chrome trim on the side windows and lower door moldings. Not to mention the Lexus’ luxurious interior.

Under the hood of the all new GX460, Toyota’s the current 4.7 Liter V8 is being replaced by a more efficient 4.6 Liter unit that delivers a maximum output of 310 HP and 327 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a new fuel saving six speed automatic transmission with sequential shift. One thing is certain with the all new Lexus GX460, not only will it be able to transport an entire soccer team and all their gear, but it will do it with unparalleled refinement.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus RX 350

2010 Lexus RX 350

The third generation RX 350 made its debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. First launched in 1998, the RX 350 comes completely redesigned and will continue to set new benchmarks in areas that have made it the best-selling luxury utility vehicle: innovation, styling, performance, utility and comfort. The luxury SUV is available in two versions: AWD and FWD, with prices starting at $39,025 and $37,625 respectively.

Under the hood, the 2010 RX350 offers an improved 275-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electrically controlled, sequential-shift six-speed transaxle. The all-wheel-drive version will feature an Active Torque Control AWD system that optimizes torque depending on driving conditions, resulting in improved efficiency and performance.

The luxury SUV features a strong stance and powerful new body design with the goal of enhancing comfort and maneuverability. The inverted-trapezoid design in the front and the horizontally integrated rear are incorporated together via a pronounced shoulder along the RX’s profile. Stylish molding around the side windows and at the base of the doors provides low-profile strength.

It sits on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and comes with a selection of luxury and sport option packages, which include features like Lexus’ exclusive Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, dynamic radar cruise control, and a Sports Package featuring a sport-tuned suspension.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus RX450h

2010 Lexus RX450h

The RX 450h (second generation) made its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show next to the RX 350. The car will go on sale in the spring of 2009.

The RX 450h will feature an exclusive grille, hybrid badging including blue-trimmed Lexus logos, unique front bumper, a special 19-inch optional wheel design, blue-tinted headlamps and taillamps, and optional LED headlamps.

Under the hood there is a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.

The RX 450h features a front-wheel hybrid drive or an electronically driven, part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) hybrid drive system, which supplies the rear wheels with the optimal amount of torque as conditions demand. Unlike mechanical AWD systems that reduce fuel efficiency via added weight and friction, the RX 450h’s rear-mounted electric motor-generator allows all four wheels to perform regenerative braking, charging the hybrid battery more effectively.

UPDATE 11/06/2010: Check out our review for the RX 450h hybrid by clicking here!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus RX brochure leaked

2010 Lexus RX brochure leaked

Lexus will unveil the 2010 RX at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Today Autospies posted the first leaked images of the RX350 and 450h from its new brochure.

Our Japanese is a little rusty, so we haven’t been able to lift any new technical details yet. What we do get is a sense of how close Lexus kept the new car to the LF-Xh hybrid concept revealed at last year’s Tokyo Auto Show. The new RX carries the new Lexus corporate look, which Lexus calls "L-finesse" styling. Still, even after a redesign, the RX hasn’t changed too much from when it first arrived in the U.S. over a decade ago.

More pics after the jump

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2010 Lexus RX to be revealed at the LA Auto Show

2010 Lexus RX to be revealed at the LA Auto Show

Lexus confirmed today that the 2010 RX will make its world debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The design of the 2010 RX will not stray too far from the current design, which didn’t stray too far from the original 1997 design. The updates to look of the RX will likely be inspired by the Lexus LF-Xh hybrid Concept revealed last year at the Tokyo Show (using Lexus’ "L-finesse" style.)

Not much is known about the technical details, except that the next generation will continue to receive a hybrid version. When we know more, you’ll know more.

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