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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

Thumbnail of product Lexus SC 430 (Z40) Convertible (2001-2010)

Lexus SC 430 (Z40) Convertible (2001-2010)

Lexus SC 430 (chassis code Z40) is a luxury mid-size hardtop convertible in production from 2001 to 2010. It was powered by a 3UZ-FE naturally-aspirated V8 engine that displaced 4.3 liters. The successor to the original SC coupe, the SC430 re-populariz...
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Thumbnail of product Lexus IS C Convertible (2008-2013)

Lexus IS C Convertible (2008-2013)

Lexus IS C is a compact executive convertible in production from 2008 to 2013. It was available with a range of V6 engines that displaced 2.5 to 3.5 liters. The IS 250 C also had optional AWD. Based on the Mk2 Lexus IS sedan, the IS C has a hard top. I...
Neoscore 78%
Thumbnail of product Lexus RC (XC10) Coupe (2014-2018)

Lexus RC (XC10) Coupe (2014-2018)

Lexus RC (chassis code XC10) is a compact executive coupe in production from 2014 to 2018, whereupon it received a facelift. It was available with a range of inline-4, V6, and V8 engines that displaced 2.0 to 5.0 liters. Combining elements of the Lexus...
Neoscore 88%NEX score 51%
Thumbnail of product Lexus LFA (LFA10) Sports Car (2010-2012)

Lexus LFA (LFA10) Sports Car (2010-2012)

Lexus LFA (chassis code LFA10) is a ultra high-performance mid-size sports car in production from 2010 to 2012. It was available with a single 1LR-GUE naturally-aspirated V10 petrol engine that displaced 4.8 liters paired to a 6-speed single-clutch aut...
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Thumbnail of product Lexus SC / Toyota Soarer III (Z30) Coupe (1991-2001)

Lexus SC / Toyota Soarer III (Z30) Coupe (1991-2001)

Lexus SC (chassis code Z30) is a luxury coupe in production from 1991 to 2001. It was available with a range of inline-6 and V8 engines that displaced 3.0 to 4.0 liters. Arguably the most beautiful coupe to have come out of Japan, the Mk1 Lexus SC boas...
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Thumbnail of product Lexus GX (J120) SUV (2002-2009)

Lexus GX (J120) SUV (2002-2009)

Lexus GX470 (chassis code J120) is a mid-size SUV in production from 2002 to 2009. It was available with different tunes of the 2UZ-FE naturally-aspirated V8 engine that displaced 4.7 liters. The only transmission is the exceptional Aisin A750F 5-spee...
Neoscore 73%

Articles

Thumbnail for article Car News Round Up, Issue 11

Car News Round Up, Issue 11

Issue 11 of Neofiliac's Car News Round Up: This time, we bring 4 updates from BMW, Ford, and Lexus.
04 Jan 2022
Thumbnail for article Lexus ES Welcomes Black Line Special Edition, More Powertrain Options, and Upgraded Standard Equipment for 2021

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
Thumbnail for article Lexus, BMW, and Jeep to Launch New Models and Facelifts in the Week of 2 June 2020

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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