The Lexus brand has long been associated with reliability and sensibility, but it hasn’t always been associated with excitement. Parent company Toyota has set out to change that in recent years, and the modern offerings from the luxury marque consist of an array of competitive vehicles in many of the hottest segments. While the company still doesn’t offer options in all of the spaces occupied by European competitors like BMW, Mercedes and Audi, who tend to set the standard in the luxury world, Lexus does offer unparalleled reliability, and great offerings in the segments in which it does compete. Here, we’ll take a look at a few of the brand’s most prominent models.
The RX is Lexus’s best-selling vehicle and has been one of the top selling luxury crossovers in the country ever since it first went on sale back in the late ’90s. The RX is beloved by many for its car like driving dynamics, practicality and luxuriousness. Recently, as alluded to above, Lexus has made an effort to inject a sporty component into this otherwise mainstream luxury crossover, introducing the RX F Sport as its own unique trim level, although no true performance variant is offered. The standard RX of today, known as the RX350, offers a 292 horsepower V6 and seating for five people. A hybrid variant is offered, known as the RX450h, and comes with that same V6, bud adds a hybrid component, making for a total output of 308 hp while also returning around 30 miles per gallon in combined driving. Either version of the RX comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
New to the market for 2018 was the RX L, which offers a third-row seat, increasing seating capacity from five to seven. That said, the RX L is more of a stop-gap solution to a major hole in Lexus’ lineup, as the RX’s basic architecture wasn’t exactly designed for a third row, meaning that dimensions are tight. Extremely tight. Given this, luxury SUV buyers needing a third row for more than just occasional use will probably want to look to competitors like Acura, Mazda or Infiniti, as Lexus, oddly enough, doesn’t offer a 3-row crossover of traditional size. Find a Lexus RX for sale
The NX debuted back in 2015 as a smaller alternative to the midsize RX. A compact SUV, the NX competes with the likes of the Acura RDX, the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, the Mercedes GLC and even the more mainstream Mazda CX-5. Powering the standard NX300 is a 235 hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine — the first turbo to be offered in a Lexus in the U.S. – mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. As with many Lexus products, a hybrid variant of the NX is also offered. The NX300h uses a non-turbocharged 2.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to a hybrid system and a continuously variable transmission. Overall system output is 194 hp, good for an estimated 31 mpg combined.
Overall, the NX is competitive in the red hot compact SUV segment, and like most Lexus products, represents a great value proposition when compared to European alternatives. Find a Lexus NX for sale
Buyers looking for a big, full-sized Lexus product have essentially two options: the LS sedan and the Toyota Land Cruiser-based LX570 SUV. While the LX is a legendary, formidable off-road SUV, it hasn’t been redesigned in over a decade, and lacks the modern features and technology offered on the LS. Here in 2019, this leaves the LS, the first nameplate released by the brand when it was launched back in the late 80s, as Lexus’ true flagship vehicle.
The LS is Lexus’ flagship product;. The LS received a full redesign for the 2018 model year, and represents the best the brand has to offer. The LS is powered by a new twin-turbo V6, which replaces the V8 offered in the outgoing model. Channeling that power is an equally modern 10-speed automatic transmission. Overall, while the LS offers just about all of the safety and technology one could want out of a modern vehicle, the real name of the game here is refinement, something the LS has perfected as it enters into its fourth decade of sales. Find a Lexus LS for sale
The latest addition to the Lexus SUV lineup is the new UX subcompact crossover. Lexus says the name “UX” stands for “Urban Explorer,” which falls in line with the vehicle’s status as a small runabout designed for navigating tight city streets. Hybrid and F-Sport variants are offered and surprisingly, only the hybrid is offered with all-wheel drive. Altogether, the UX walks a fine line between crossover and hatchback, but for anyone living in a densely populated area, it’ll likely meet their needs quite well, offering a blend of luxury and practicality, all with a base price of just over $33,000 when factoring in extra fees.Find a Lexus UX for sale
Autotrader Says …
The hyper-conservative Lexus of the early 2000s is gone, and the company now makes cars and SUVs that are genuinely interesting to look at, and offer compelling powertrains while still maintaining their exceptional reliability. Vehicles like the RX, the NX and the UX represent the most popular vehicles in Lexus’ lineup, while the LS is the company’s flagship. That said, the company also offers the IS, the ES and the GS sedans, the RC and the LC coupes, and a pair of truck-based SUVs with the GX and the LX. While some of these vehicles are more competitive than others, they form a cohesive lineup, and all offer the refinement and sensibility that is synonymous with the Lexus brand. Find a Lexus for sale