2016 Lexus RX350

Jan 20th
It is a truism of the movie industry that every model wants to act, actors inevitably want to direct, and directors really aspire to be producers. The restlessness that propels the players in Hollywood to abandon what they do well in favor of doing something different seems at times also to affect the auto industry. Take the Lexus RX. Launched…
2011 Lexus CT200h

Jan 15th
In the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk that Lexus might become an exclusively hybrid brand. Whether or not that will actually come true, hybrids are certainly a tremendous part of the brand’s business and image. Lexus continues to crank out gas-electric versions of otherwise conventionally powered models, as well as hybrid-only models such as the HS250h…
2013 Lexus LS460 / LS460L

Jan 7th
Note to luxury automobile manufacturers interested in entering the performance market: The world’s strategic reserve of performance-signifying alpha characters is dwindling fast. BMW has M locked up, Audi claimed RS, Cadillac took V, and greedy old Mercedes-Benz, acting with characteristic disregard for its comrades, took A, M, and G. Thank heaven the letter F was still available, or the Lexus…
2011 Lexus IS F

Jan 6th
The corporate line at Lexus is that the IS F was never intended to dethrone the BMW M3 as the world’s greatest sports sedan. We, like the general public, never believed it. Just look at the two cars’ spec sheets: Both are based on their respective company’s entry-level sedan; both have special 400-plus-hp V-8s shoehorned upfront; and both have big…
2015 Lexus RC Coupe

Jan 5th
Sure, it sports bulging fender flares, Porsche 959–esque slatted vents in its rear quarters, and a menacing spindle-shaped maw that looks like it inhales pavement by the slab, but don’t let the plumage fool you. The F Sport iteration of the new Lexus RC350 is really a smooth operator and more of a spiritual successor to Lexus’s first luxury coupe,…
2014 Lexus CT200h

Jan 5th
As the realm of hybrids expands, we occasionally find ourselves contemplating cars that bring to mind a question posed in an old country song: “Is your mouth writin’ checks that your body cain’t cash?” At the small, sporty end of the hybrid spectrum, there’s the Honda CR-Z, which we’ve characterized as having lots of flash but not much performance to…
2016 Lexus NX300h

Jan 3rd
Within a given model lineup, plotting each trim level’s price against the return for that investment typically yields a rising curve. Spend more money, get the better version of a car. But if you run this cost/benefit study on the Lexus NX family, we’re not so sure the graph follows so rosy an arc.The hierarchy starts out with the base…
2015 Lexus NX200t

Dec 27th
Lexus is about to go off its meds. And it isn’t because the brand’s regimen for success hasn’t been effective. On the contrary, since the aptly named RX hit the market in 1998, Lexus has ruled the roost in the mid-size luxury-crossover segment. Competing formulations have come and gone, but the RX’s ability to dull the ruder aspects of the…
2017 Lexus GS200t / GS350

Dec 25th
When the Lexus GS arrived in the early 1990s—the original Giugiaro-designed one—its mission was to challenge the reigning mid-size luxury sedans from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Accordingly equipped with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, the second-generation model made such a convincing case that it won 10Best Cars accolades for three years running (1998 through 2000). It has…
2015 Lexus RC Coupe

Dec 14th
Whenever an automaker decides to fire a coupe into the market, it most often plucks a sedan from its quiver of cars, cuts a few inches out of the wheelbase, excises two doors, and wraps it in a swoopy body aimed to seduce the emotional hearts—not the practical minds—of buyers. Not Lexus. Not this time around. The all-new RC350 is…
2013 Lexus RX350

Dec 14th
“Sport” is a term that gets almost as much use as “all-new” in the car biz, and seems to be just as elastic. Lexus employs both in its description of the RX350 F Sport, and both get a pretty good stretch.“Sport” and “sporty” certainly are not words we’ve associated with the Lexus RX clan, which received a refresh for 2013…
2013 Lexus RX450h

Dec 9th
Welcome to the core of the Lexus brand. Accounting for almost four of every 10 Lexus sales, the RX crossover is the epitome of Lexus-ness, leaving the 11 other Lexus models to fight over the remaining 60 percent. Toyota’s luxury division practically invented the car-based crossover with the introduction of the original RX300 in 1998.Lexus figured out that what most…