2017 Lexus Models
The Lexus slogan “The relentless pursuit of perfection” tells you all you need to know about the brand. They want to provide the world with the most luxurious and enjoyable vehicles out there.
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They face heavy competition with the German luxury companies as well as other Japanese and American luxury options.
Lexus IS - $38,800+ - 38.0 mpg - 4.1/5.0
Lexus’ entry level luxury car is a surprisingly capable vehicle that can work for many different people. The available F sport package allows enthusiasts to enjoy a sport suspension and extra sporty touches.
Lexus LS - $73,500+ - 23.0 mpg - 3.6/5.0
Every luxury brand needs a flagship. One car they can point to and say “That car takes everything we know and gives it to you”. The LS does exactly that and provides a luxurious comfortable ride. This is going to be the last year of the currently LS, with Lexus having some big plans for a redesign.
Lexus GS- $47,300+ - 32.0 mpg - 3.1/5.0
Admittedly the large spindle grille and the squinty headlights on the front end of the GS aren’t for everyone. The mid-luxury GS competes with a lot of vehicles and typically has a price point coming in south of its German and American competition.
Lexus GS-F - $84,900+ - 24.0 mpg - 4.1/5.0
The main knock on the Lexus GS is that it can feel a little light on power. The GS-F edition throws that away. The upgraded 5.0 liter V8 puts out a very respectable 467 horsepower. The additional sport changes for the GS-F make it almost another car. Is it worth the additional $40,000? That’s the question for car buyers.
Lexus CT - $32,300+ - 43.0 mpg - 2.4/5.0
The CT is the answer when someone wants a Prius, but doesn’t want it to say “Toyota” on the hood. Despite that fact, the CT is sorely lacking. There are a lot of great hybrids now that provide you with a lot of power and good fuel economy. With only 134 horsepower, the CT is slow and still isn’t that great on gas. Not a winning combination.
Lexus ES - $39,900+ - 40.0 mpg - 2.1/5.0
Hybrids are a great way to balance performance with fuel economy. The ES hybrid represents a rather timid entry into the luxury car field. Nothing about the car truly stands out. The appearance is derivative. The engine and handling are nothing to write home about.
Lexus GX - $52,700+ - 20.0 mpg - 3.4/5.0
A lot of sport utility vehicles have forgotten that they are supposed to be capable offroad. The GX is certainly not one of those vehicles. While it has all the luxury you could hope for, it still retains the spirit of adventure that a good off roader needs.
Lexus LX - $90,900+ - 18.0 mpg - 2.6/5.0
For a vehicle coming in over six digits after options, it seems like the LX should provide more. The LX is comfortable enough inside, but lacks some of the strength that the smaller GX has. For the price it needs to be fun to drive or incredibly capable, and it sort of misses the mark with both.
Lexus NX - $36.300+ - 33.0 mpg - 4.4/5.0
The NX looks like a sports crossover. It has smooth lines and just looks like it wants to be travelling quickly. While it doesn’t fulfill that with the engine, it’s still a pretty good vehicle. It’s well equipped at low end price ranges, seats adults comfortably and provides a good degree of utility.
Lexus RX - $44,095+ - 30.0 mpg - 3.3/5.0
The RX provides more space than the smaller NX. Lexus took some time to make sure the interior was well appointed. Sitting in the seats feels wonderful and taking a glance around the cabin will leave you impressed. The RX has solid if unspectacular power and moderate fuel economy to match.
Lexus RC - $41,130+ - 32.0 mpg - 3.6/5.0
The Lexus RC is certainly an attractive coupe option. It might not have as much luxury as many of the sedans Lexus offers, but it still gets you what you need. It doesn’t quite have the zip of a lot of its competition, but does come in under the others on price most of the time.
Lexus RC F - $65,140+ - 25.0 mpg - 4.2/5.0
The RC F is a gorgeous car. The additional aggressive styling cues from the RC in the F package make it look fantastic. Under the hood rests an aggressive 5.0 liter V8. It transfers all 467 horsepower to the ground fairly seamlessly. The only downside is the car is a bit of a heavy beast. It lacks the nimbleness of some of its competitors and can feel a touch wallowing in comparison.
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