Every model of car and SUV

Every model of car and SUV

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Lexus is Toyota’s luxury automobile division headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. Toyota created the brand in 1989 to have a more exclusive branding for its luxury cars in overseas markets. Lexus started with LS and ES sedans before expanding to include SUVs, coupes, convertibles and even the occasional supercar. Key competitors include German heavyweights Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW, as well as Japanese market rivals Infiniti and Acura and American rivals Cadillac and Lincoln.

Lexus is a big part of Toyota, with all that entails. Lexus can be more conservative than its competitors, being slower to respond to ruptures and less frequent in its model upgrades. Lexus can also get eccentric and polarizing with its style. The brand’s current penchant for oversized “spindle nets” is a great example.

However, the Lexus’ durability is legendary; In one famous example, a 1996 LS 400 passed the million-mile mark in February 2019. The brand has cache: Hip-hop and country music lyrics frequently reference Lexus due to the car’s status as an indicator of wealth, and the homonymous value of the name. The useful fact is that Lexus rhymes with Texas.

How does Lexus name its models?

On the surface, Lexus uses a simple alphanumeric naming system. The first letter tells you the model. The second letter gives you the body shape (S for sedans, C for coupes, X for SUVs). The three-digit number indicates engine displacement (2.0L becomes “200”, 3.0L becomes “300”); etc.). The letter “h” after the three-digit number indicates a hybrid powertrain.

In practice, it can be…not so simple. The typical letters — U, L, I, N, G, E, R — have no real meaning and do not follow alphabetical order of price or condition. The three-digit number no longer tracks engine displacement directly. On some models, the same three-digit number can be used with completely different engines.

To ease the confusion, here’s a reference guide:

Lexus terminology

  • F: The “F” indicates a vehicle produced by Lexus’s high-performance division, the equivalent of AMG in Mercedes or M in BMW. The “F” comes from Fuji International Speedway, the track where Lexus develops these cars.
  • F-Sport: “F Sport” cars are sportier versions of the standard Lexus models. They include modest performance improvements and interior and exterior design upgrades. They don’t get the upgraded powertrain that true “F” cars do.
  • if: This is the classification used for typical cars, such as the LF-1. LF stands for “Future Lexus”.
  • Spindle grille: Lexus uses large, distinctive grilles on the front of vehicles that extend to the bottom of the vehicle. It’s a polarizing design feature. Some have likened the shape to the mouth of a villain predator films.

    Lexus cars

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    2022 Lexus 500 V8 sports sedan

    Lexus

    The IS is a compact sports sedan from Lexus. The current third generation debuted in 2014. RWD versions use an eight-speed automatic transmission. AWD versions have six speeds. Lexus has added the range-topping IS 500 with a 472-hp 5.0-liter V8 for 2022.

    Body Style: Sedan

    Decorations:

    • IS 300 RWD/4WD
    • IS 300 F Sport RWD/AWD
    • IS 300 F Sport design Rear-wheel drive/four-wheel drive
    • IS 350 F Sport
    • IS 350 F Sport Performance
    • IS 350 F Sporty design
    • IS 500 F sporty performance
    • IS 500 F Sport Premium

      Motors:

      • It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
      • 3.5L V6
      • 5.0L V8

        MSRP Base: $41,235

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        S

        The ES is Lexus’ midsize luxury sedan. Known for its reliability and value, it is the best-selling non-SUV Lexus model in the United States. ES 250 models feature a 203-hp 2.5-liter engine and all-wheel drive. ES 350 models feature a 302-hp 3.5-liter V6 and front-wheel drive. ES 300h models use a 215-hp 2.5-liter hybrid engine and front-wheel drive.

        Body Style: Sedan

        Decorations:

        • ES 250 four-wheel drive
        • ES 250 luxury all-wheel drive
        • ES 250 Ultra luxury all-wheel drive
        • ES 250 F Sport Design, four-wheel drive
        • S350
        • ES 350 luxury
        • ES 350 Ultra Luxury
        • ES 350 F Sporty design
        • Handling ES 350 F sports

          Hybrid trims:

          • S 300 hours
          • ES 300h luxury
          • ES 300h Ultra Luxury
          • ES 300h F Sporty design
          • Handling ES 300h F Sport

            Motors:

            • 2.5 liter inline four
            • 3.5L V6
            • 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid

              MSRP Base: $43,190

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              L.S

              The LS is Lexus’ full-size luxury sedan. This was the first Lexus-branded model built in 1989. It is available with either a 416-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 or a 354-hp 3.5-liter V6 hybrid. All models use a 10-speed automatic transmission and can be equipped with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

              Body Style: Sedan

              Decorations:

              • LS 500 rear-wheel drive/four-wheel drive
              • LS 500 F Sport RWD/AWD
              • LS 500h four-wheel drive

                Motors:

                • 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine
                • 3.5L V6 hybrid

                  MSRP Base: $80,685

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                  rc

                  Lexus RC Gear Patrol

                  Lexus

                  The RC is a two-door compact sports coupe from Lexus. There are two engines, a 241-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and a 260-hp 3.5-liter V6. Both engines can be paired with rear- or all-wheel drive. Lexus also offers standard and track versions of the RC F equipped with the 5.0-liter V8.

                  Body Style: Coupe

                  Decorations:

                  • RC 300 RWD/4WD
                  • RC 300 F Sport RWD/AWD
                  • RC 350 RWD/4WD
                  • RC 350 F Sport RWD/AWD
                  • Rcf
                  • RC F track version

                    Motors:

                    • It has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder
                    • 3.5L V6

                      MSRP Base:$45,920

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                      L.C

                      Lexus LC Gear Patrol

                      Lexus

                      The LC is Lexus’ luxury two-door sedan. It comes as a coupe or convertible. The coupe can be had in a 471-hp gas version with a 10-speed automatic or a 354-hp hybrid version that uses a four-speed automatic transmission. And CVT. The LC only comes with rear-wheel drive.

                      Body Style: Coupe, convertible

                      Decorations:

                      • LC500
                      • LC 500 hours
                      • LC 500 convertible
                      • LC 500 Inspiration Series Coupe/Convertible

                        Motors:

                        • 5.0L V8
                        • 3.5L V6 hybrid

                          MSRP Base: $99,050

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                          Lexus SUVs and Crossovers:

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                          The UX, or “Urban Explorer,” is a luxury subcompact crossover from Lexus that debuted in 2019. It’s Lexus’s least expensive vehicle, starting at $35,925. The UX has dropped its base gas engine and will only be available with a 181-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder hybrid and all-wheel drive.

                          Body Style: Crossover SUV

                          Decorations:

                          • UX 250 hours
                          • UX 250h F Sporty design
                          • UX 250h F Sport handling
                          • UX 250h Premium

                            engine:

                            • 2.0L Inline-4 Hybrid

                              MSRP Base: $36,690

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                              Nx

                              Lexus nx

                              Lexus

                              The NX is Lexus’ smaller luxury crossover. The brand has debuted an all-new model for 2022, which debuts Lexus’ new infotainment system. The NX now features a lineup of four engines. Lexus offers base combustion models that are naturally aspirated (203 hp) and turbocharged (275 hp). The NX can also be ordered as a hybrid (240 hp) or plug-in hybrid (304 hp). All trims except the base model come standard with all-wheel drive.

                              Body Style: Crossover SUV

                              Decorations:

                              • NX250 front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive
                              • NX350 four-wheel drive
                              • NX 350 F four-wheel drive system
                              • NX350 4WD
                              • NX 450h+ four-wheel drive
                              • NX 450h+ F Sport Handling AWD

                                Motors:

                                • 2.5 liter inline four
                                • Turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder
                                • 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
                                • 2.5-liter inline-four PHEV

                                  MSRP Base: $40,605

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                                  Rx

                                  Lexus RX

                                  Lexus

                                  The RX is Lexus’ midsize luxury crossover. It is the brand’s best-selling vehicle of all time in America, typically outselling the brand’s entire auto division combined. Lexus has debuted an all-new version for the 2023 model year, which has been downsized from the V6 engines.

                                  The RX comes in both front- and all-wheel drive with either a turbocharged 2.4-liter four (275 hp) or a hybrid 2.5-liter four (246 hp). The new high-performance version, the RX 500h F Sport Performance AWD, uses a 366-hp hybrid version of the 2.4-liter turbo four-cylinder. And the new RX 450h+ PHEV gets 37 miles of EV-only range.

                                  Body Style: Crossover SUV

                                  Rx Decorations:

                                  • RX 350
                                  • RX 350 Premium
                                  • RX 350 Premium+
                                  • RX 350 luxury
                                  • RX 350 F four-wheel drive system

                                    RX Hybrid Models:

                                    • RX 350 4WD
                                    • RX 350h excellent all-wheel drive
                                    • RX 350h Premium+ AWD
                                    • RX 350h luxury all-wheel drive
                                    • RX 350h luxury + four-wheel drive
                                    • RX 450h+ luxury all-wheel drive
                                    • RX 500h F Sport Performance All-Wheel Drive

                                      Motors:

                                      • Turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder
                                      • 2.5L Inline-4 Hybrid
                                      • Turbo 2.4L inline-four hybrid

                                        MSRP Base: $49,950

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                                        rice

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                                        The RZ is Lexus’ first electric vehicle in America. It is a two-row compact crossover. It debuts for the 2023 model year. It shares a platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra. The RZ 450e has 308 horsepower and standard all-wheel drive. But it only offers 220 miles of EV range. That drops to 196 miles without the base 18-inch wheels.

                                        Body Style: Electric SUVs

                                        Decorations:

                                        • RZ 450e Premium AWD
                                        • RZ 450e luxury all-wheel drive

                                          engine:

                                            MSRP Base: $59,650

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                                            Texas

                                            Lexus Texas

                                            Lexus

                                            The TX is an all-new model from Lexus for 2024. It’s a three-row crossover and a rebadged version of the Toyota Grand Highlander. It comes with three engine options: gas, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid.

                                            The base engine is a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower. You can upgrade to the 500H hybrid model, the equivalent of a Toyota Hybrid Max, which produces 366 horsepower. The PHEV model offers up to 404 horsepower and 33 miles of electric-only range.

                                            Body Style: Crossover SUV

                                            Decorations:

                                            • TX 350
                                            • TX 350 Premium
                                            • TX 350 luxury
                                            • TX 500h F Sport Performance AWD
                                            • TX 500h F Sport Performance Luxury AWD
                                            • TX 550h+ luxury all-wheel drive

                                              Motors:

                                              • Turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder
                                              • Turbo 2.4L inline-four hybrid
                                              • 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 PHEV engine

                                                MSRP Base: $55,050

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                                                GX

                                                Lexus GX Overtrail

                                                Lexus

                                                The GX is Lexus’ midsize SUV. It’s closely related to the 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser. It’s finally getting an all-new version for 2024. Lexus has dropped the old 4.6-liter V8 for a turbocharged 3.4-liter V6 with 326 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. The brand also introduced the new Overtrail off-road model.

                                                Body Style: SUVs

                                                Decorations:

                                                • GX550 Premium
                                                • GX550 Premium+
                                                • GX550 luxury
                                                • GX550 Luxury+
                                                • GX550 Over Trail
                                                • GX550 Over Trail+

                                                  Motors:

                                                  • Turbo 3.4L V6

                                                    MSRP Base: $64,250

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                                                    LX

                                                    Lexus LX 600

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                                                    The LX is Lexus’ flagship full-size luxury SUV. It was all-new for the 2022 model year, and is based heavily on the J300 Toyota Land Cruiser, which never made it to America. The big change is the powertrain. Lexus ditches the old reliable 5.7-liter V8 for a more powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6, generating 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Luxury trims have also helped take the LX model to the upscale level, with prices for upper-level trim reaching six figures.

                                                    Body Style: SUVs

                                                    Models:

                                                    • LX600
                                                    • LX600 Premium
                                                    • LX 600 F sports handling
                                                    • LX600 luxury
                                                    • LX 600 Ultra Luxury

                                                      Motors:

                                                      • 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine

                                                        MSRP Base: $92,915

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