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If you hadn't heard, the Lexus NX is a runaway sales success. You may have noticed the edgy compact crossover cruising through better neighbourhoods lately; I've certainly seen my fair share. It's an eye-catching addition to its ever-expanding market segment, but this said the response it's had with premium consumers is especially impressive for a newcomer because it's hardly without both fresh and longstanding competition. The luxury compact crossover SUV segment is one of the fastest growing in the entire automotive sector, both in overall sales as well as models being added. It's now u...
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Long, lean and now endowed with a much more committed take on Lexus' brand-wide spindle-shaped grille and accompanying front fascia, the refreshed 2016 ES 350 is an altogether more stylish and attractive mid-size sedan, or at least that's this journo's opinion. Lexus has given its once conservative mid-size front-driver the RC treatment, and I'm not talking Royal Commission or remote control but rather the Japanese brand's gorgeous new two-door sports coupe. I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to turn away from the ES' broader, deeper, polished nickel-rimmed and glossy black m...
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I remember the first IS I drove almost exactly 15 years ago. That was way back in December of 2000, the car a first-year, first-generation 2001 IS 300 that I was particularly taken by. It wasn't the optional brownish orange, or bright yellow that was all the rage back then, electric blue, or any other notice-me hue, but rather a mild shade of metallic silver, yet it was brilliantly fun to drive, had one of the coolest chronograph watch-style primary gauge packages I'd seen to date, and was a bold new step for what was at that time a staid and conservative Lexus brand. I've reviewed six IS...
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The last time Lexus made an ultra-powerful sports coupe its stratospheric price tag was close to $400,000 and its availability very limited. The 2012 LFA should more accurately be categorized as a supercar than a sports coupe, yet many of the highly coveted model's design cues and technologies can be seen in Lexus' latest super-coupe, the much more affordable RC F, which to some may look more appealing and dare I say even drive better than the LFA. The RC F bowed to much enthusiasm at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last year, but now that it's out here on the street...
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Lexus' IS lineup has included a sedan and retractable hardtop convertible for some time, but no fixed hardtop two-door model. And this while its premium competitors clean up in the personal sports coupe segment. Audi has its A5/S5 coupes, BMW its legendary 3 Series/M3 Coupe, which was recently renamed 4 Series/M4, not to mention a slightly smaller 2 Series two-door, and Mercedes-Benz added a C-Class Coupe to its lineup a few years back. Lexus' Japanese rival Infiniti has long offered the G35/G37 Coupe, now dubbed Q60, while Cadillac gives North American patriots (and other global patrons)...
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When the GS sedan was redesigned for the 2013 model year it made a dramatic statement, especially for a mid-size Lexus. Sure it is Lexus' performance-oriented midsize model, so it should look more aggressive than the comfort-biased ES, per se, but its new spindle-shaped grille was even more provocative than the nose on the Japanese premium brand's exotic LFA supercar. That spindle grille has now become the brand's trademark look, showing up on everything from the best-selling RX crossover SUV to the aforementioned ES sedan, making the latter look uncomfortably similar to the pricier GS. T...
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What does NX stand for? According to Lexus it's short for "Nimble Crossover", a fitting name or so I found out after a weeklong test drive. As for me, the NX represents what's NeXt in the premium compact crossover segment, a vehicle that's been a long time coming and one that was well worth the wait. At first glance you'll notice it's hardly a "me too" design. If they were to offer it in bright orange, lime green or matte black it might cause some to expect a Lamborghini badge on the hood and tailgate, and even when sprayed in more conservative hues many will be shocked to see Lexus'...
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Last year the CT 200h received Lexus' new trademark spindle grille, and the resultant new look is so strong, so unique, so definitive, so undeniably Lexus that the entire car looks reshaped and ultimately reborn. My 2014 CT 200h tester was in Premium trim, two positions up from base, while this time around I'm back in top-line F Sport trim. The last time I covered a CT 200h F Sport was 2012, and after reviewing the old photos it looks decidedly bland in comparison this new 2015 version, despite being coated in the same F Sport-exclusive Ultrasonic Blue Mica paint. Adding the new spin...
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 If you have been seriously considering a luxury hybrid due to high fuel costs yet are now reconsidering because pump prices have fallen dramatically over the last month, I have one thing to say to you: think long-term. While nobody can predict the future, this recent decline in the price of oil may be more of a short-term reaction to geopolitical circumstance than any real abundance of cheap crude, and besides, if you had been told seven or eight years ago that gas would be priced near a dollar per litre in the year 2015 (let alone 20 to 50 percent higher as we experienced over th...
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Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press Once upon a time, the only luxury crossover SUV available with an efficient hybrid-electric drivetrain was the Lexus RX. Now, 10 years later, many premium brands offer hybridized CUVs. While the RX remains the leader, Lexus is fully aware that they can't rest on their laurels while competitors play catch up, reason enough for introducing numerous upgrades with their 2015 RX 450h SportDesign. Like the conventionally powered RX 350, the RX 450h benefits from a refreshed front fascia, keeping this latest iteration's styling fresh two years after...
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