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Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker Toyota. It is Japan's largest make of premium cars. Lexus vehicles are largely produced in Japan. They are continually ranked the best for reliability in the auto industry.

History

In 1983, Toyota started the F1 ("Flagship One") project that eventually developed into the Lexus LS 400. At the time, Japanese automakers exported more expensive models due to "voluntary export restraints" negotiated between the Japanese and American governments. The LS 400 was launched in 1989, having famously cost over $1 billion in R&D.
Lexus's vehicle lineup grew continually in the 1990s, and Toyota introduced the premium marque to the broader international markets in the 2000s. In the mid-2000s, Lexus began sales of hybrid vehicles globally, being the first premium automaker to do so.

Vehicle Lineup

Currently, Lexus has a broad model range that goes from hatchback to full-size SUV. Notably, however, no wagon is available since the discontinuation of the first-gen IS:
  • Hatchback: CT
  • Sedan: IS, ES, LS
  • Coupe: RC, LC
  • Convertible: LC
  • Crossover: NX, UX, RX
  • SUV: GX, LX
  • Minivan: LM

Scores

4.5Very Good1 reviews
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“Lexus makes reliable luxury cars”
—kylele on 16 May 2020

Products

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Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance Sedan (XE30, 2022)

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance is the first Lexus model in the new F SPORT Performance line. Based on the 3rd-gen XE30 IS compact executive sedan,...
Thumbnail of product Lexus NX 300 & 300h Compact Crossover (AZ10, 2021 Facelift)

Lexus NX 300 & 300h Compact Crossover (AZ10, 2021 Facelift)

Lexus NX 300 and 300h are updated with a range of new features for the 2021 Model Year.
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Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Lexus LC 500 Convertible, based on the LC 500 coupe, combines the stunning design of the LC family with its own luxurious handling characteristics designed t...
Thumbnail of product Lexus IS Sedan (3th gen, XE30, 2020 facelift)

Lexus IS Sedan (3th gen, XE30, 2020 facelift)

The 2021 Lexus IS pushes its sports sedan characteristic to a new level. From the functional aerodynamic enhancements to aggressive character lines, the 2021...
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Lexus ES (7th gen, XZ10)

The 7th-generation Lexus ES shared the TNGA: GA-K platform with the XX50 Toyota Avalon, essentially its premium version. In Europe, it also replaces the GS: ...

Articles

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Lexus ES (7th, XZ10) Review Rundown

Lexus ES has to compete with multiple executive car alternatives that focus on a sporty driving experience. The ES comes with a very efficient hybrid powertrain, which should appeal to those looking for an under-the-radar luxury saloon.
22 Mar 2021
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Lexus ES Welcomes Black Line Special Edition, More Powertrain Options, and Upgraded Standard Equipment for 2021

Lexus has updated the 2021 ES sedan with the series' first AWD powertrain, the ES 250 AWD, as well as new standard equipment for all models. ES 350 Black Lin...
22 Aug 2020
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Lexus, BMW, and Jeep to Launch New Models and Facelifts in the Week of 2 June 2020

Lexus and BMW will introduce their next generation IS sports sedan and G22 4 Series (2nd gen) Coupe respectively this week. Jeep will announce a facelift for...
02 Jun 2020

Reviews

kylele · 16 May 2020
4.5
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Lexus makes reliable luxury cars
There's no other way to put it: I've had BMWs and Jags before and though it was normal to visit the dealership every other month. A colleague let me drove his Lexus GS300 a few years back, and I got one myself. This thing has been bullet proof! Although lately the design is not to everyone's taste, I think they mostly look cool. Nothing beats being able to go places without worrying about breakdown anyway.
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