2019 Lexus UX

The 2019 Lexus UX is a brand-new sub-compact crossover that slots below the compact NX in Lexus’s crossover lineup. With a starting price of $32,000, the UX competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA , Cadillac XT4, and BMW X2. The brand’s signature grill dominates the front of the UX while aggressive sculpting adds character to the bodysides, echoing the larger Lexus crossovers. Out back, a horizontal light fixture connects both taillamps and gives the UX a unique and premium…

2019 Lexus ES

The Lexus ES is the brand’s entry-level midsize luxury sedan, which underwent a complete redesign for the 2019 model year. Changes are mostly evolutionary inside and out, but stylistically the ES has become more nuanced and sophisticated. Detailed character lines and a bolder grille leave more an impression that the rather anonymous exterior styling of the previous generation. Inside premium materials are showcased, including unique seat embossing and a selection of interesting wood trims. Overall, it evokes the welcoming and…

Discovering Automaker’s Awesome Original Websites: Japanese Luxury Roundup

In the mid-1990’s most automotive brands that existed at the time began launching websites as digital was rapidly becoming the next frontier and offered an opportunity to showcase products and influence consumers as they perform research. Early examples of auto manufacturer websites provide a unique window into brand identity as there were wild variations in style and tone compared to the much more uniform websites of today, where virtually all have a nearly identical layout and user experience. Lexus: The…

2018 Lexus GX

The 2018 Lexus GX is a mid-size truck-based three-row luxury crossover. With its rugged underpinnings the GX is a capable off-roader and an excellent vehicle for towing as well. The standard V-8 provides smooth power delivery, but also gulps fuel pulling the heavy GX, managing only 16 MPG combined. The GX slots above the car-based Lexus RX and below the full-size truck-based Lexus LX in the brand’s lineup and is loosely based on the Toyota 4Runner. Prices start at an MSRP…

Lux SUV Olympics: Going For Gold!

hen shopping for a family-friendly three-row SUV that has luxury features and lots of utility, the choices are plentiful. In this evaluation we’ve narrowed down the choices to luxury brands only, as they generally offer upgraded dealer service, longer warranties, and more creature comforts than mainstream brands. However, shoppers on a budget or uninterested in all the gizmos can check out some top mainstream picks like the Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, and Kia Sorento.

2018 Lexus RXL

For 2018 Lexus has added an optional third-row seat to its popular RX luxury midsize SUV. Known as the RXL, the up to seven-passenger version will be sold alongside the five-passenger RX on Lexus lots. The 2018 RX lineup is positioned above the Lexus NX compact luxury SUV and below the Lexus GX, their full-size and truck-based SUV. Pricing for the RX starts at an MSRP of $43,270, with the RX-L starting at $50,620. Pros: Available Hybrid, Interior Craftsmanship, Smooth Ride…

2018 Lexus IS

The 2018 Lexus IS is a compact sport sedan that competes squarely with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It offers sharp handling, crisp styling and a sporty driving experience without sacrificing comfort. Accommodations are fairly small, so be sure to try the IS on for size. Prices start at an MSRP of $38,210.

2018 Lexus NX

The 2018 Lexus NX is the brand’s compact luxury SUV, slotting below the  ubiquitous midsize Lexus RX. Available in base, hybrid and flashy F Sport trim, the starting MSRP is $38,335 and quickly surpasses $40,000 when popular options are added. For shoppers looking for something a bit more dashing than the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V, what the NX lacks in cargo space it makes up for in style and comfort. Pros:  Quiet, Comfortable, Great Reliability Record, Fuel Economy, Futuristic Design…

Luxury Brand Sales in October 2017

Wow, Lexus and BMW were neck and neck in October sales! Even closer were Audi and Buick, just a few hundred units difference. Mercedes-Benz numbers includes 2,446 van sales, when we remove those the monthly tall comes out to 29,623, still well ahead of second place BMW. So, what is Mercedes-Benz doing so right to be this far ahead? A combination of a robust SUV lineup and its push downmarket with the CLA and GLA have postured the brand to…