Lexus – Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:45:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AutoGuide.comLexus – Refreshed Lexus GX Gets New Grille, Safety Features Tue, 18 Jun 2019 16:20:19 +0000 Refreshed Lexus GX Gets New Grille, Safety Features Refreshed Lexus GX Gets New Grille, Safety Features
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The 2020 Lexus GX 460 has been refreshed to include standard safety technology and a massive new grille. As one of the oldest vehicles in the Lexus lineup and the whole industry in general, the refresh is welcome as the SUV has been on sale for 10 years and hasn’t been updated since 2014.

If you didn’t like Lexus’ enormous grille before, get ready because now there’s a whole lot more of it. While we were starting to get used to it on other models, the scale of the grille on this full-size three-row SUV might be a bit hard to swallow for some. The grille might actually be the same size as before but now has a mesh design instead of horizontal chrome bars, which makes it look larger and more intense. Flanking the new grille are updated triple-beam LED headlights. There are also some new trim options available for the interior and now the second-row passengers each get a USB port.

The bigger news (figuratively speaking) is the addition of Lexus Safety System+ as standard equipment, which means the entire Lexus lineup now comes standard with active safety equipment. This package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

ALSO SEE: Where is Lexus Made?

The Lexus GX Luxury trim is now available with a new optional Off-Road package that includes a multi-terrain monitor with panoramic camera views (you can see what’s around the SUV and even underneath), a transmission cooler, fuel tank protector, Crawl Control, and Multi-Terrain Select, which lets drivers tailor the SUV’s performance depending on the terrain (rocks, mud, moguls, snow and sand).

The powertrain for the Lexus GX remains the same, a 4.6L V8 that outputs 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed transmission sending power to all four wheels that enables the SUV to tow up to 6,500 lbs.

Pricing and availability for the 2020 Lexus GX 460 haven’t been announced yet.

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2020 Lexus RX Debuts, Finally Gets Android Auto and a Touchscreen Thu, 30 May 2019 03:55:24 +0000 2020 Lexus RX Debuts, Finally Gets Android Auto and a Touchscreen 2020 Lexus RX Debuts, Finally Gets Android Auto and a Touchscreen
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The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover segment and has since become the Japanese brand’s best-selling vehicle. A significantly refreshed model has just debuted with some much-needed tech upgrades.

The 2020 Lexus RX and three-row RX-L variant finally come standard with Android Auto, making the crossovers the first in Toyota’s luxury lineup to get it. Apple CarPlay is also standard, but the even bigger news is the addition of a touchscreen, which is a godsend because that means drivers won’t have to use the terrible and finicky touchpad interface to use the infotainment system. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the touchpad interface was a dealbreaker and this new touchscreen addresses my biggest complaint with the otherwise excellent RX. Although the touchscreen will make the crossover much more user-friendly and a lot less frustrating, the “Remote Touch Pad” is still available for drivers who inexplicably might prefer using it.

2020 Lexus RX interior

There are also six USB ports throughout the car and a new voice recognition system that Lexus says can recognize millions more phrases than other Lexus vehicles. The power liftgate can also be activated via a kick sensor. Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 will also be standard on every RX. It adds bicyclist detection, low-light pedestrian detection, road sign assist, and lane tracing assist to an already well-stocked suite of driver assistance and safety tech that includes collision mitigation and full-speed adaptive cruise control.

ALSO SEE: Lexus UX vs NX: Which Small Crossover is Right For You?

The Lexus RX also gets tweaked styling cues — the front and rear fascias have been nipped and tucked, new 18-inch wheels are now standard, the headlights are now slimmer, and a couple of new colors are now available including an excellent dark metallic green called Nori Green Pearl that first debuted on the Lexus UX.

2020 Lexus RX rear

A few changes have been made that should help improve driving dynamics as well. Suspension tweaks and updated dampers will help reduce body roll and make the ride even smoother, while also improving steering response. The Lexus RX also gets active corner braking to help prevent understeer, which will help the crossover feel more stable in quick turns. Drivers can also pick between two F-Sport packages, one for cosmetic upgrades and one for performance upgrades that includes an active variable suspension system.

The 2020 Lexus RX goes on sale near the end of this year and pricing will be announced closer to that time. Of course, hybrid options are still available.

ALSO SEE: Where is Lexus Made?

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Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Mon, 27 May 2019 20:14:50 +0000 Top 10 Hybrids with AWD Top 10 Hybrids with AWD
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Hybrids are gaining traction – and we don’t just mean they’re growing in popularity. There’s also an increasing number of electrically assisted automobiles on the market that also offer the benefits of all-wheel drive.

Not just crossovers and SUVs, either – of which there are many, from the humble likes of the Toyota RAV4 to the uber-luxurious Bentley Bentayga. Or supercars, for that matter, like the Acura NSX, BMW i8, and the discontinued Porsche 918 Spyder. We’re talking about standard-production passenger cars that you can buy today.

So if you want your next car to have all-wheel drive and a hybrid powertrain but don’t need (or want) the larger form of an SUV (or the performance of a six-figure sports car), here are 10 hybrids with AWD that are currently waiting for you at your local dealership, ranked by price. Stay tuned: We will have a list of SUV and crossover hybrids with AWD very soon.

Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

Toyota Prius AWD-e

hybrids with awd

  • Hybrid
  • 121 hp / 105 lb-ft of torque
  • 50 mpg (combined)
  • $27,310 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

The cheapest model on our list is also the most fuel-efficient, and one of the latest to couple four-wheel traction with hybrid propulsion. Refreshed for 2019, the Toyota Prius is now available with a new AWD-e system that adds extra electric motor on the rear axle to give it extra grip. It takes a small hit in fuel economy, which Toyota estimates at 52 miles per gallon in the city, 48 on the highway, and 50 on the combined cycle – slightly down from the standard, front-drive Prius’ 58/53/56. But it’s still one of the most efficient all-wheel-drive vehicles you can buy.

The AWD system in this Prius is unique in that it only connects the rear axle from zero to 6 mph regardless of conditions for stronger and more confident launches, and at speeds at up to 43 mph if wheel slippage is detected. When slippage is not detected and at speeds over 43 mph, the electric motor is essentially disconnected and the Prius continues to operate as a front-wheel-drive car.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Toyota Prius and Prius AWD Review


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Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid

hybrids with awd

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 137 hp / 134 lb-ft of torque
  • 35 mpg (combined)
  • $35,970 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Though billed as an SUV (and with most of the off-road capability to back it up), the Subaru Crosstrek is essentially a jacked-up, rugged wagon version of the Impreza (much as the Outback is to the Legacy). It’s also the only electrified vehicle Subaru currently offers, packing the Japanese automaker’s signature flat-four engine and all-wheel drive, but augmented with a pair of electric motors with plug-in capability. Short of the Prius, you won’t find a more fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive passenger car (however far it may push the definition) on the market.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Best Home EV Chargers


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Volvo S60/S90 T8 eAWD

hybrids with awd

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 400 or 415 hp / 472 or 495 lb-ft of torque
  • 29-31 mpg (combined)
  • $56,040 / $64,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Volvo’s T8 “Twin Engine” powertrain is an impressive feat of engineering, extracting upwards of 400 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine – thanks to the addition of a turbocharger, supercharger, and electric assist (with plug-in capability to boot). In addition to XC60 and XC90 crossovers, Volvo offers the trick powertrain here in both the S60 and S90 sedans (but not, for the time being, in the V60 and V90 wagons). They’ll deliver 31 and 29 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle. And if you go for the performance-oriented S60 T8 Polestar Engineered, you’ll have 415 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque to play with, which is more twist than you’ll find anywhere here this side of a Porsche or AMG Mercedes.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Volvo S60 Review: The Best-Driving Volvo Yet


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BMW 530e xDrive iPerformance

hybrids with awd

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 248 hp / 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $56,695 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

BMW offers a wide array of hybrids, including sedans, crossovers, hatchbacks, and supercars – but you can’t get all of them with all-wheel drive. The 530e offers the automaker’s xDrive system as an option, and only takes a slight hit in fuel efficiency as a result: 28 mpg on the combined cycle with all-wheel traction, compared to 29 without. The 330e is slated to return next summer, based on the new 3 Series and with more muscle, but don’t expect it to offer all-wheel drive like the plug-in 5 Series.

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Audi A6/A7/A8

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 335 hp / 369 lb-ft of torque
  • 25 mpg (combined)
  • $59,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Ever the champion of all-wheel drive, Audi has taken the bold step of equipping three of its top passenger cars with a mild hybrid assist as standard. The A6, A7, and A8 all come with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6, augmented by a 48-volt electrical system to channel 335 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It returns the same 25 mpg (on the combined cycle) in the mid-sized A6 sedan and the svelte A7 Sportback, but just 22 in the larger A8 limousine.

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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 377 hp / 341 lb-ft of torque
  • 28 mpg (combined)
  • $62,895 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Honda’s luxury division, Acura has made all-wheel drive integral to its hybrid approach in the MDX crossover, NSX supercar, and this, the RLX sedan. The 3.5-liter V6 makes 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque (as available in the standard RLX), but the Sport Hybrid with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive adds three electric motors – one up front, two in the back – to boost output up to a combined 377 hp and 341 lb-ft, all the while delivering 28 mph on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Where is Acura From and Where is Acura Made?


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Mercedes-AMG E53/CLS53/GT53 4Matic+

  • Mild Hybrid
  • 450 hp / 568 lb-ft of torque
  • 24/23/21 mpg (combined)
  • $73,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The letters AMG have long stood for Mercedes performance, but the German automaker’s in-house tuner has stepped into the electric age with its new 53 models. The powertrain mates a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight six with a 48-volt electric supercharger to a nine-speed automatic and 4Matic+ all-wheel drive (both tuned by AMG). It produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft, but with the 21-hp/184 lb-ft EQ Boost kicking in, it’ll deliver as much as 450 hp and 568 lb-ft. And there’s no shortage of body-style choices: you can get it in the E-Class sedan, coupe, or convertible, in the CLS four-door coupe, and in the new flagship GT 4-Door Coupe (as well as the GLE crossover).

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Lexus LS500h AWD

  • Hybrid
  • 354 hp / 257 lb-ft of torque
  • 26 mpg (combined)
  • $84,055 (delivered)
  • AWD: Optional

Every iteration of the Lexus LS, stretching back 30 years now, has been powered by a V8. Not the latest version, though: this one’s available exclusively with V6 engines. But you can get it with a hybrid assist, and (unlike its LC coupe counterpart) all-wheel drive. The latest LS500h isn’t as powerful as the twin-turbocharged LS500, but it’s two to three times as potent as the other all-wheel-drive hybrid Toyota product that kicked off our list. It’s also about as plush, roomy, and laden with tech as anything else on the market, and will return a respectable 26 miles per gallon of gasoline on the combined cycle.

ALSO SEE: Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers


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BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 389 hp / 442 lb-ft of torque
  • 22 mpg (combined)
  • $96,545 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

The electrified version of BMW’s flagship 7 Series, the new 745e is bigger, brawnier, and altogether more upscale than the aforementioned 530e. With a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, it’s also considerably more potent than the four-cylinder 740e it replaces. But the increased output comes at the expense of fuel economy: where the previous 740e was rated at 27 mpg on the combined cycle, the new 745e returns just 22 mpg, putting it near the bottom of this list in terms of efficiency (to say nothing of its very high purchase price).

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Porsche Panamera 4/Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Plug-In Hybrid
  • 457 or 677 hp / 516 or 626 lb-ft of torque
  • 23 / 20 mpg (combined)
  • $104,150 / $187,450 (delivered)
  • AWD: Standard

Porsche offers not one, but two plug-in hybrid versions of its four-door grand tourer. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with an electric assist to deliver a combined 457 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which would already make it one of the most powerful on this list. But the Turbo S E-Hybrid goes even further, with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 electrically boosted to a massive 677 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy isn’t stellar, rated at 23 and 20 mpg, respectively, on the combined cycle, but either can be had in the standard-wheelbase four-door, stretched Executive, or Sport Turismo wagon body-styles, offering a wide array of choices.

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Where is Lexus Made? Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:57:15 +0000 Where is Lexus Made? Where is Lexus Made?
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Lexus is marketed in more than 70 countries around the world and was first introduced in North America in the late 1980s.

Despite its popularity, some consumers may not know Lexus’ origins or where it builds its cars, crossovers and SUVs today.

SEE ALSO: Trademark Filing Could Signal Fully Electric Lexus UX300e

In this post, we’ll provide an overview of Lexus’ history, where it was first incorporated and where its plants are located. This post will focus on the Lexus plants that serve the North American market, although many of the luxury brand’s plants serve the globe.

Where is Lexus From?

Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury brand, was founded in Toyota, Aichi, Japan and has its headquarters in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Lexus was developed around the same time that Nissan and Honda were working on setting up their respective luxury brands – Infiniti and Acura. The Japanese government had imposed vehicle export restrictions at the time, so it made more sense for the country’s domestic brands to use what little export allocation they had to ship out more expensive and more profitable vehicles.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Lexus UX Review | UX 200 and UX 250h

Toyota developed the first Lexus vehicle, the LS 400, under the ‘F1′ project codename and later debuted the car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The LS 400 was an immediate success, slightly surpassing investors’ expectations for sales in 1989. In 1990, which was Lexus’ first full year of sales, the brand sold an impressive 63,594 units between its two models at the time, the LS 400 and ES 250. The lineup grew with the GS 300 in 1993 and the LX 450 SUV in 1996.

Where is Lexus Made?

Lexus vehicles are mostly built in Japan, however, it does operate two plants in North America as well, serving the Canadian and U.S. markets.

Toyota Tahara Plant – Tahara, Aichi, Japan

  • Lexus LS
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus IS
  • Lexus GX
  • Lexus RC

Toyota Yoshiwara Plant – Toyota, Aichi, Japan

  • Lexus LX

Toyota Motor Kyushu – Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Lexus UX

Toyota Miyata Plant – Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan

  • Lexus IS
  • Lexus ES

Toyota Motomachi Plant – Toyota, Aichi, Japan

  • Lexus LC

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. – Cambridge, Ontario

  • Lexus RX 350
  • Lexus RX 450h

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. – Georgetown, Kentucky

  • Lexus ES350

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Top 10 Most Expensive SUVs Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:33:18 +0000 Top 10 Most Expensive SUVs Top 10 Most Expensive SUVs
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Crossovers and SUVs are hugely popular these days.

It’s why automakers keep introducing more and more of them every year, with some companies vacating the traditional car market altogether.

Versatility is a major reason why these machines are selling so well in America, and really, around the world. Utility vehicles typically have far more cargo space than comparably sized sedans. But another benefit is their elevated seating positions, which provide drivers with a bird’s eye view of their surroundings. And if that’s not enough, there’s a huge span of different models available. Truly, there’s something for every driver’s budget and taste, from the diminutive Honda HR-V to Chevrolet’s colossal Suburban.

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Of course, there’s also a selection of ultra-pricey SUVs tailor-made for the world’s moneyed elite. They often provide outrageous performance, style, and luxury in a package that makes us common folk weep. Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive SUVs available today.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe, $113,995

Like the BMW X6, Mercedes’ AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is another utility vehicle that prioritizes style over function. Matching its nemesis from Munich, it too can reach mile-a-minute velocity in 4.1 seconds. A bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 provides the motivation, 577 horsepower to be precise, while a seven-speed automatic transmission ensures that output makes it to all four wheels through a performance-tuned 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. Base price is around 114 grand, a figure that includes $995 in destination charges.

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Porsche Cayenne Turbo, $125,850

Next up, another German road-rocket, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. This five-seat SUV shows its taillights to the GLE 63 S Coupe, blitzing to 60 in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is 177 miles an hour (285 km/h). Not bad for a vehicle with just 541 horses. Base price for the Cayenne Turbo is a whisker shy of $126,000 including $1,250 for delivery, though in typical Porsche fashion you can load it up with tens of thousands of dollars in superfluous add-ons like personalized door-sill guards and body-color key fobs.

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Mercedes-AMG GLS 63, $127,145

Looking for something a little bigger than a Cayenne yet still audaciously expensive? Well, seek no further because the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 is the ride for you! This three-row behemoth is graced with 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of twist, more than enough of each to haul around up to 98 cubic feet (2,775 liters) of cargo and rocket to mile-a-minute speed in 4.5 seconds. This rig stickers for more than 127 grand, a price that mercifully includes delivery, which is an additional $995.

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Tesla Model X Performance with Ludicrous Mode, $137,000

But you don’t necessarily need internal combustion to enjoy stupid speed as the Tesla Model X proves. Opt for the Performance version of this all-electric SUV, which starts at 108 grand, and then check the box for Ludicrous Mode, which tacks another $20,000 onto the sticker price, and you’ll have a big, honkin’ utility vehicle that can hit 60 in an absurdly brisk 2.8 seconds. Terminal velocity is 155 miles an hour (250 km/h). Estimated driving range is just shy of 290 miles.

ALSO SEE: The Best Ultra High-Performance Tires And What They Cost

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Mercedes-AMG G 63, $148,495

Back to Mercedes-Benz for a moment, because this fabled luxury brand offers an even more expensive SUV than the GLS 63. The AMG-ified G 63 is an absolute beast both on road and off. Blessed with 577 horsepower there’s not much it can’t handle, from outrunning sports cars on the drag strip to climbing the tallest of mountains, this latest Geländewagen is one of the most capable vehicles around. Priced at right about $150,000 including $995 in delivery fees it better be!

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Maserati Levante Trofeo, $170,000

Next up, an Italian thoroughbred. The Maserati Levante Trofeo starts at around 170 grand. What does that get you? Well, how about a 590-horsepower Ferrari-built V8 and top speed of 187 miles an hour! All-wheel drive is, of course, standard for enhanced traction in all conditions.

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Lamborghini Urus, $200,000

The Urus isn’t Lamborghini’s first SUV, but it’s unquestionably the Italian brand’s best. With a fire-breathing 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 under its hood, this family-friendly vehicle is endowed with 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Those kibbles and bits rocket the Urus to 60 miles an hour in less than 3.6 seconds. As for top speed, this thoroughbred maxes out at 190 miles an hour. With style, drama and surprising function, what’s not to love about this thing? Well, perhaps the base price, which is around 200 grand.

READ MORE: 5 Things a Lamborghini Urus Can Do That a ‘Regular’ Lambo Can’t

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Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase, $209,495

What country builds the most-expensive SUVs? Well, based on our top-three finishers here the answer would unquestionably be Great Britain. The Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography Long Wheelbase (Phew! That’s a mouthful.) features a supercharged V8 delivering up to 557 horsepower. It rolls on gigantic 21-inch wheels and has seating for up to four very lucky people, who will be coddled in absolute luxury. Base price for this high-performance, top-shelf, extended-length beauty is just shy of $210,000, including $1,295 for, you guessed it, destination charges.

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Bentley Bentayga/Bentayga Speed, $250,000?

The Bentayga is Bentley’s first-ever SUV. Imposing and powerful, it offers unparalleled performance and luxury. The base version stickers for right around $200,000, but the recently announced Speed model is likely going to cost even more than that. Will it be a quarter of a million dollars? Your guess is as good as ours. With a W12 engine cranking out 626 horsepower, this British brute can accelerate to 60 miles an hour in just 3.8 seconds!

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan, $325,000

Finally, we come to what should be the most-expensive utility vehicle available today, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Lest you think this illustrious brand was immune to the SUV craze, the folks in Goodwood have seen fit to introduce an elevated wagon of their own. A gigantic-yet-liquid-smooth 6.7-liter V12 provides the motivation here, a library-silent 563 horsepower. That should be enough to deliver 60 miles an hour on a silver platter in just 4.8 seconds, not bad for a vehicle with the aerodynamics and mass of an ocean liner. Expect the Cullinan to kick off at right a princely $325,000.

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Best Cars of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Watch the Live Walkaround Here Wed, 16 Jan 2019 15:20:12 +0000 Best Cars of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Watch the Live Walkaround Here Best Cars of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Watch the Live Walkaround Here
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The 2019 Detroit Auto Show wasn’t the blockbuster show people were hoping for, but there were still a lot of exciting new cars that debuted.

If you missed our Facebook livestream, join‘s Jodi Lai and Craig Cole as they take you on a tour of the North American International Auto Show to show you the most important cars that were revealed. They visit the Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford Explorer, Ram HD, Lexus RC F Track Edition, Cadillac XT6, Kia Telluride, Subaru WRX STI S209 and more.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition is Not an LFA, But at Least It’s Trying Mon, 14 Jan 2019 05:00:22 +0000 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition is Not an LFA, But at Least It’s Trying 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition is Not an LFA, But at Least It’s Trying
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Lexus is paying more attention to sport and has improved its RC F coupe, debuting an RC F Track Edition at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Although the whole RC F lineup has been refreshed for the 2020 model year with a tweaked design and improved performance, the standout news here is the addition of the limited production Track Edition.

All RC Fs get improved aerodynamics, a bit more power, reduced weight, a tweaked suspension, and new styling. RC Fs are powered by a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine that’s now rated at 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque, which is up 5 and 6, respectively.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Detroit Auto Show Coverage

Lexus has also added a standard launch control system that helps the coupe get to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. New Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires are also part of the upgrades — Lexus says these new tires will help improve grip and curb understeer, something the RC F suffers from.

The new Track Edition gets a lot of carbon fiber parts designed for better aero and a big reduction in unsprung weight. A new carbon fiber front lip and fixed rear wing are lightweight parts that help increase downforce. The roof and hood are also carbon fiber, while the muffler and tailpipes are now titanium, shaving down the weight even more. Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors are also being offered, peeking out from lightweight 19-inch forged alloy BBS wheels.

Track Editions come standard with a red interior with red carbon trim throughout. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but production for the 2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition begins in the second quarter of 2019.

ALSO SEE: Where is Lexus Made?

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Lexus LC Convertible is Only a Concept for Now Fri, 11 Jan 2019 15:23:03 +0000 Lexus LC Convertible is Only a Concept for Now Lexus LC Convertible is Only a Concept for Now
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The Lexus LC Convertible Concept has been presented ahead of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, previewing the future direction for the Japanese luxury brand.

While only a design study for now, the LC Convertible Concept likely previews a production LC convertible. It looks quite road-ready, we think, with no over-the-top details or unrealistic styling elements.

“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said chief designer Tadao Mori. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”

SEE ALSO: Lexus LC500h Review

It’s not clear if the LC Convertible Concept is a folding hardtop or a soft top, but the design looks to lend itself to the former. The last Lexus with a moving hardtop was the Lexus IS Convertible, which was introduced in 2009 and discontinued when the second-generation IS was replaced with the current third-gen model.

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If the LC Convertible Concept were to ever reach production, we imagine Lexus would offer it with both the hybrid V6 and naturally aspirated V8 powertrains found in the LC 350h and LC 500, respectively. The concept has the V8, though.

For reference, the LC500h makes 354 hp from its hybrid-V6 setup, while the LC500’s naturally aspirated V8 is good for 471 hp.

SEE ALSO: Lexus LC500 Review

Lexus will likely be gauging the public’s reaction to the LC500 Convertible Concept in Detroit and online, deciding on a production model from there. What do you think — should it get the green light?

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Trademark Filing Could Signal Fully Electric Lexus UX300e Mon, 17 Dec 2018 20:25:15 +0000 Trademark Filing Could Signal Fully Electric Lexus UX300e Trademark Filing Could Signal Fully Electric Lexus UX300e
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At the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, Toyota told us that its dealers had yet to put pressure on the automaker to give them an EV and that it’s customers had yet to express much interest in buying one.

Toyota may be in no rush to bring a battery electric vehicle to market, but while the budget brand seems perfectly content with its growing lineup of hybrids and plug-ins, the luxury-minded folks over at Lexus appear to have greater ambitions.

SEE ALSO: Toyota: We Don’t Have a Business Case to Make EVs

AutoGuide has dug up a trademark application filed by Toyota with the European Intellectual Property Office for ‘UX300e’. The Lexus naming scheme uses lowercase ‘h’ to denote hybrid vehicles, so this filing appears to point to the eventual arrival of a fully electric Lexus UX300e crossover.

Automakers will sometimes file trademarks in order to prevent another company from using a desired name, but ‘UX300e’ is very specific, which makes us think that Lexus intends to actually use it on a production vehicle.

The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept, which was shown at from last year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, was a small crossover that Lexus said could have a hybrid, plug-in or even all electric powertrain. Perhaps the LF-1 was Lexus’ way of telling us that a UX-based electric crossover was coming down the pipe.

SEE ALSO: Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Video, 5 Things You Need to Know

It’s hard to say if the electric Lexus UX300e will ever see the light of day, but a battery electric vehicle from Toyota’s luxury brand is inevitable. Toyota may not be able to get its budget-minded customers into EVs just yet, but it can probably upsell wealthier Lexus buyers into a pricy electric powertrain rather easily.

With the New Year approaching fast, we may even see the Lexus UX300e turn up sometime next year. We’d say a debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show or 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show is very plausible. Don’t expect the UX300e to be offered in North America, though. Rumors indicate Lexus’ first EV will be sold in Europe and Asia only.

ALSO SEE: Where is Lexus Made?

Discuss this story on our Lexus UX Forum.

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9 Things to Know About the Lexus GS F (Plus a 360 Video with Craig Cole!) Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:02:01 +0000 9 Things to Know About the Lexus GS F (Plus a 360 Video with Craig Cole!) 9 Things to Know About the Lexus GS F (Plus a 360 Video with Craig Cole!)
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The GS F is Lexus’ sportiest sedan, a large four-door that offers unexpected performance and versatility.

With a powerful V8 engine routing its torque to the rear wheels, this car is a legitimate sports machine, competing with other speedy sedans like the Cadillac CTS V-Sport and Audi S6 to name a couple. Here are nine important things to know about this go-fast four-door.

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9. The Powertrain is Dynamite

In a world chockablock with downsized turbocharged engines the GS F’s high-winding naturally aspirated V8 is a breath of fresh air, a characterful reminder of the good ol’ days. Displacing an even 5.0-liters, this two-by-four is both creamy smooth and incredibly muscular, rated at 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. Pounding its chest, this engine can rocket the car to 60 miles an hour in as little as 4.5 seconds, it can tear up the quarter-mile in less than 13, aided by a smooth and responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Not bad for a car that weighs more than two tons (4,043 pounds/1,830 kg)!

But when you’re not burying the accelerator the engine is relatively placid, delivering plenty of low-speed torque for effortless around-town motoring.

ALSO SEE: Where is Lexus Made?

8. That Sound!

Giving it the bark to match its bite, the Lexus GS F is equipped with a clever bit of under-hood kit that allows it to produce some truly glorious noises as engine revs build. Nail the accelerator and at around 3,500 rpm a small flap in the intake system opens, which allows it to broadcast some real V8 sound and fury. A smooth and powerful engine that makes beautiful music is undoubtedly the best part of this performance machine.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Lexus UX Review | UX 200 and UX 250h

7. Impressive Real-World Efficiency


And if you drive with even a modicum of care, this husky sedan will deliver incredible fuel economy. Indeed, it’s only rated at 16 miles per gallon (14.9 L/100 km) in the city, 24 (9.7 L/100 km) on the highway and 19 mpg (12.5 L/100 km) combined by the U.S. EPA, but in this author’s hands it delivered just shy of 28 miles per gallon on a 600-plus-mile road trip. That’s incredible for a car with nearly 500 horsepower! And no, I wasn’t hypermiling.

Having both port and direct fuel injection, a high compression ratio of 12.3-to-1 and the ability to selectively run on the Atkinson cycle as conditions permit, are a few reasons for this impressive efficiency.

6. A Firm, Controlled Ride

The GS F rolls on forged, staggered-width, hand-polished 19-inch BBS wheels that are wrapped in sticky Michelin tires. Meaty Brembo brakes are standard, an arrangement comprised of six-piston mono-block front calipers and 15-inch rotors; four-pot binders with 13.6-inch discs service the rear.

Lexus’ Linear Adaptive Variable Suspension system is standard, providing a controlled though tolerably firm ride. If you’re looking for the car to waft along like a land yacht of decades past this is the wrong luxury sedan for you.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Review – VIDEO

5. It Drives Well for a Large Sedan

A relatively large and heavy piece of equipment, the GS F is nonetheless engaging, behaving like a smaller car. The steering is crisp without verging on twitchy, while friendly sightlines instill driver confidence. Of course, body motions are well controlled.

Giving owners yet another feature to play with is a standard torque-vectoring differential that offers three driver-selectable setting, though, honestly, it’s completely unnecessary for normal street usage.

4. A Dated Interior

By now you should be getting the impression that this Lexus is a well-rounded luxury sedan. Even so, it does have a few annoying quirks.

And one of the most significant is the interior. Yes, it’s spacious and of course the assembly quality is top notch, but the design and materials could use an overhaul. The multi-tier dashboard looks out of step with current trends and much of the switchgear seems like it was pulled directly from a lower-priced Toyota. This is not what you want to see in a luxury vehicle stickering for nearly six figures. Out the door this particular car went for $86,725, including $995 in delivery fees (est. $114,816 CDN).

The GS F’s interior didn’t even feel as nice or well thought out as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s I tested a few weeks before, a much more mass-market model that stickered for around half as much.

3. An Infuriating Infotainment System

But you can live with a less-than-stellar cabin, what’s far more inexcusable these days is poor infotainment technology, and this Lexus’ offering is disastrous.

Their Remote Touch Interface puts a mouse-like control nub on the center console that you use to move a cursor around like you would on a computer. But what works well on a desktop PC is simply not appropriate in a car. As you might imagine, this arrangement is challenging to use while driving and the interface is completely unintuitive. Even simple tasks like entering an address in the navigation system or managing radio presets is a chore. At least the large, 12.3-inch screen is bright and colorful.

2. Ineffective Climate Control?

Another complaint about this car centers on the GS F’s climate-control system. Its air conditioning was surprisingly ineffective, at least in the model tested for this review. It struggled to keep the cabin comfortable in late-summer with temperatures no greater than the mid-to-upper 80s. During my time with the car, I pretty much left it as low as it would go with the recirculation button pressed but it never really got cold. This could have been a quirk with one particular car but if you’re shopping for a GS make sure the AC works to your liking.

1. Unexpected Versatility

The GS F is a large car though it’s still unexpectedly versatile. Its front seats are supportive and well contoured, plus its back bench has lots of stretch-out room, plenty of space for two lanky adults. Even the trunk BIG (in capital letters), offering 14 cubic feet (396 liters) of storage space. Who needs a crossover when a four-door car can be this versatile and fun to drive?

Discuss this story on our Lexus Forum.

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Toyota/Lexus Considering Slashing Lineup Tue, 06 Nov 2018 14:45:25 +0000 Toyota/Lexus Considering Slashing Lineup Toyota/Lexus Considering Slashing Lineup
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Toyota isn’t immune from the crossover epidemic sweeping the globe; certainly not in North America.

In October, the automaker saw light truck sales across both of its divisions rise 6.8 percent, year over year, in the United States, offsetting a 7.2 percent drop in passenger car sales. Tally that volume up over the first 10 months of 2018 and the picture’s even more stark. Year to date, trucks are up 7.7 percent, cars are down 11.1 percent.

The automaker’s North American CEO admits it’s looking at passenger car candidates for execution.

Speaking to Automotive News, Jim Lentz reiterated Toyota’s stance that cars still have a place in the North American lineup but admitted some might have to go.

“We are taking a hard look at all of the segments that we compete in to make sure we are competing in profitable segments and that products we sell have strategic value,” Lentz said, shortly after T the release of Toyota’s quarterly earnings report. Operating profit rose 11 percent in the last fiscal quarter (to $5.09 billion), helped by growing truck sales and company-wide efficiency initiatives.

ALSO SEE: New Toyota Corolla Sedan Not Coming Until 2020

Claiming that Toyota has no intention of pulling a Ford (by canceling all non-trucks and CUVs except for the Mustang), Lentz said models in certain segments are under consideration for discontinuation — a group that includes coupes.

Taking a gander at Toyota’s diverse lineup, there are a few bright spots to be found in its passenger car offerings. Camry sales rose 4 percent, year over year, in October, and the Corolla line and Avalon enjoy year-to-date volume increases. There’s also wind in the redesigned Lexus LS and ES’s sails. However, there’s no shortage of models pinning the throttle on the road to irrelevancy.

Sales of the subcompact Yaris hatch are practically nonexistent, down 79.4 percent since the start of the year. According to AN’s product pipeline, it’s not due for an overhaul until 2021. Meanwhile, an imperceptibly refreshed (and renamed) Yaris Sedan — the rebadged Mazda that already collects the lion’s share of Yaris volume — appears for 2019.

While the 86 2+2 sports coupe never sold in great numbers (sales fell 40.4 percent through October), Toyota needs that model as a youthful attention grabber. Its PR value can’t be discounted. At Lexus, however, two pricier coupes exist, and only one verges on supercar status. The LC is both a prestige model and technological showpiece, commanding prices near the six-figure mark, but the seldom-thought-of RC, introduced for 2015, doesn’t have the same cachet. October RC sales weren’t even double that of the far pricier LC, and volume over the first 10 months of the year was down 52.1 percent. Last year’s RC tally was half of what the rear-drive coupe enjoyed in its first full year on the market, just two years prior.

For some time, the once-mighty GS sedan (remember those “Something Wicked This Way Comes” ads from the late ’90s?) has been considered the most likely candidate for the gallows, and there’s nothing coming out of Toyota to change anyone’s mind on the matter. While the model does return for 2019, there’s not a breath of word on a refresh or redesign. Sales are a small fraction of that of the IS and ES.


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Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 17:54:01 +0000 Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018 Top 10 Most Reliable Automakers: Consumer Reports 2018
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Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Survey and there are a few surprises.

This year’s survey collected data from over 500,000 Consumer Reports members to determine what problems or issues vehicle owners can expect. Those problems range from troublesome turbocharged engines to infuriating infotainment systems, as well as transmission issues and other problems. The publication said this year’s survey reinforces its recommendation that consumers should avoid brand new or redesigned models, instead waiting a year or two until the automaker has had a chance to work out the issues that often arise.

Below, you will find the top 10 most reliable automakers from this year’s study.

SEE ALSO: Japanese Brands Shine, American Automakers Tumble in Consumer Reports’ Latest Reliability Survey

9. Hyundai

2019 hyundai santa fe xl

With an average reliability score of 57, Hyundai ties in ninth place this year. According to Consumer Reports, the Korean automaker’s least reliable model is the Ioniq, while its most reliable model is the Santa Fe XL. Hyundai Tucson owners have been complaining about the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual clutch transmission, saying the transmission suffers from rough shifting, computer problems, and slipping. Overall, the Ioniq Hybrid has below average reliability, with owners complaining about rough shifts from the six-speed transmission and engine problems.

Hyundai’s overall ranking did not change from last year and a total of five models were considered in the survey.


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MINI ties Hyundai with an average reliability score of 57, but it’s worth noting the British automaker didn’t even have a ranking last year. Two models were considered in the survey, with the Cooper being MINI’s least reliable and the Countryman being its most reliable. The Cooper did improve to average, while the Countryman has an above average reliability rating.

8. BMW

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In this year’s survey, BMW drops three spots to eighth place with seven models analyzed in the study. The German automaker received an average reliability score of 58, with the X1 being its least reliable model and the i3 being its most reliable model. The redesigned BMW X3 was noticeably below average, with owners complaining about climate system issues, including coolant leaks. Seat controls that required the seatback to be replaced were also noted.

The BMW X1 crossover dropped to below average due to suspension problems, premature brake wear, and steering wheel vibrations.

7. Audi

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Also dropping three spots this year, Audi edges out competitor BMW with an average reliability score of 60 to land itself in seventh place. Six models were considered in the survey, with the Audi A3 being the least reliable and the Audi Q5 being the most reliable. Overall, all the Audi models that Consumer Reports has sufficient reliability data for rated average or better, although the scores were not as high as they have been in previous years.

5. Infiniti

2018 infiniti q60

With four models with sufficient reliability data, Infiniti went up one spot this year to tie for fifth place. The Japanese luxury automaker’s least reliable model is the Q50, while the Q60 was the most reliable model. The brand scored 61 in this year’s survey, and both the Q50 sedan and QX60 improved to average reliability ratings.

5. Kia

2019 kia sedona

With the same average reliability score as Infiniti, Kia dropped two spots to tie for fifth place. Eight models were considered in this year’s survey, with the Cadenza being reported as the least reliable model. The Sedona minivan topped reliability for the brand. Although the Kia Sportage is similar to the Hyundai Tucson, it has been much more reliable. The same applies to the Niro Hybrid, which has above-average predicted reliability.‘s Car of the Year, the 2018 Kia Stinger, has average reliability. Hurting the Cadenza’s reliability score are issues with faulty thermostat sensors, problems with the climate system, and engine cooling.

4. Subaru

2018 subaru crosstrek premium and limited

Making a two-spot jump to fourth place, Subaru has an average reliability score of 65 in this year’s study. Six models provided sufficient data, with the Subaru WRX being the least reliable model and the Crosstrek being the most reliable offering from the brand. According to Consumer Reports, the redesigned Impreza has problems last year but has rebounded this year with better than average reliability. The redesigned Crosstrek has much better than average first-year reliability, while the WRX was the only Subaru model with below average reliability due to transmission problems.

3. Mazda

2019 mazda mx-5 miata

Mazda saw a huge jump in this year’s survey, climbing nine spots to third place with an average reliability score of 69. The Japanese automaker had six models analyzed in this year’s survey with the CX-3 being noted as the least reliable and the MX-5 Miata as the most reliable. It appears Mazda has managed to work out the issues that plagued the CX-9 and MX-5 Miata, but the CX-3 is still rated below average due to climate system problems.

2. Toyota

2018 toyota prius c

Toyota lost the crown in this year’s survey, dropping one spot to second place. With 14 models supplying reliability data, the Japanese automaker received an average reliability score of 76. Its most reliable model is the Prius c, while the least reliable model is the Tacoma. The Tacoma continues to have issues with the driver system and in the transmission minor trouble spots, while the 2018 Camry saw a slight drop in reliability to better than average. Owners say they experienced problems with the Entune infotainment system and rough shifting from the eight-speed automatic transmission.

1. Lexus

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Toyota may have lost the top spot this year, but at least the honors went to its luxury arm, Lexus. Rising one spot, Lexus had six models accounted for in this year’s study, earning an average reliability score of 78. The brand’s least reliable model is the IS while its most reliable model is the GX. This year, all Lexus models with sufficient data were rated average or above, although the redesigned LS was not taken into consideration since there wasn’t sufficient data.

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