Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota, producing vehicles known for their quiet and refined interiors and comfortable rides. But that’s not enough for the luxury automaker anymore, as their latest offerings have the look (if not the drive yet) of sport, including the redesigned IS 250 and 350 sedans.
The IS 250 and 350 get brand new bodywork and a completely renovated interior that is highlighted by a recessed seven-inch LCD display in the dash. Outside, the car looks brand new, with a prominent version of Lexus’ spindle grille up front and more athletic curves and lines down the sides and rear. The two cars are still being sold in convertible configuration as well, the IS 250C and IS 350C respectively, but those cars do not receive the same styling updates and carryover basically unchanged from last year. The same is true for the performance-oriented IS-F and its 416-hp V-8 which has the old look as well.
The ES-series of midsize luxury sedans was redesigned in 2013 adding new, modern exterior styling and upgraded interior features. The ES 350, kept its 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and a six-speed automatic under the hood. Lexus also introduced the ES 300h in 2013, offering 40/39 mpg city/highway and ably combining efficiency and luxury.
Lexus had a busy year in 2013 when it also redesigned its sporty GS-series of sedans. Splashed across the front of the GS 350 and the GS 450h is Lexus' pinched front grille and under the hood each features a V-6 with different aims (power and performance in the GS 350, efficiency in the GS 450h). The new GS is more fun to drive, more fuel efficient, and of course offers the latest in technology and creature comforts.
The largest passenger cars Lexus has to offer are members of the flagship LS-class: the LS 460 and the LS 600h, which come in standard and long-wheelbase versions. These two full-size sedans offer luxurious trappings and comfortable rides, while also keeping plenty of power on tap. The LS 460 features a 4.6-liter V-8 that outputs 380-hp with rear-wheel drive, and 357-hp if all-wheel drive is equipped. Interestingly, the LS 600h offers even more power with 438-hp from its gas/electric system and a 0-60 mph time of 5.5 seconds while delivering better fuel economy.
Lexus also offers the exclusively hybrid CT 200h. The CT 200h is the entry level Lexus, and the five-door hatchback is marketed as a “sporty” hybrid with more aggressive styling and handling than you’ll find in most of the other cars Lexus makes. At 43 mpg/city and 40 mpg/highway, it’s also the most fuel efficient car in the lineup.
Moving on, the RX-class of crossovers also features one gas powered model (RX 350) and a more efficient hybrid version (RX 450h). The RX 350 has long been one of the most popular luxury crossovers, and its 3.5-liter V-6 takes regular gas, which will save you money at the pump. Speaking of saving money at the pump, the RX 450h features a hybrid system that outputs 295-hp while also getting you 30-32 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive is available on both models.
Need more space? Then the seven-passenger GX 460 SUV, with full-time all-wheel drive and a 4.6-liter V-8 will happily swallow more people and cargo than the RX.
The king of the mountain is the massive LX 570, which is a more luxurious version of Toyota’s iconic Land Cruiser.