Lexus LC 500 — Luxury eye candy

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It's been nearly eight years since Lexus pulled the plug on the aging SC 430 hardtop convertible coupe. Now Lexus is back in the high-end mid-sized coupe business stronger than ever with a head-turning and heart-pounding entry — the 2018 LC 500. It combines luxury craftsmanship with outstanding performance and ultra-modern styling.

2018 Lexus LS 500

SAN FRANCISCO — Luxury carmakers always have one flagship vehicle. Most often it is their biggest sedan, the one they want as their lead vehicle, one that radiates the essence of excellence, along with all the substance and presence of a dreadnought-class luxury sedan. For Lexus, that vehicle is the LS sedan, originally launched 28 years ago to compete with cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sedans.

Lexus GS F — Luxury-flavored performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus has created something very intriguing for its diehard fans who like the styling and handling traits of the current GS sports sedan, but who yearn for more muscle such as found in BMW's M series and Mercedes-Benz AMG-tuned sedans.

Lexus ES 350 — Epitome of family luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Lexus ES sedan has been the luxury go-to car for nearly three decades. It's a prime example of Lexus solitude. It exudes performance and comfort in luxury surroundings. It features an attractive modern design, a spacious cabin, a long list of standard and available equipment, and a positive history of quality.

2018 Lexus LC 500

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Almost everything about Lexus’ new flagship coupes screams “irresistible.” Inspired by the 2012 LF-LC concept car, the LC 500 and LC 500h hybrid have presence and savoir-faire that are nearly off the charts. At the recent media introduction of the all-new Lexus LC500 on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Lexus executives made it abundantly clear that their objective is for the words “boring” and Lexus never to be used in the same sentence.

Lexus CT 200h — Luxury hybrid hatchback

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

After six years the Lexus CT 200h purpose-built hybrid has less than 90,000 sales to its credit. But the niche vehicle soldiers on for a seventh year with a 2017 version offering luxury buyers a good looking compact hatchback rated at 42 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. Buyers find that the CT 200h's combination of attractive styling that has worn well over the years and upscale amenities is appealing, while its hatchback body style can accommodate a wide variety of cargo.

Lexus RC — Choices available with sports coupe

By David Finkelstein

Lexus has struck a perfect balance between styling, performance and agility as never before with the 2017 RC line of sport coupes. The RC's sports oriented chassis is also quite unique. It's based off of the underpinning architecture of other Lexus automobiles, drawing from the best of two proven mechanical setups that have been notability successful thus far.

Lexus ES 300h — A lot of luxury car for the money

By David Finkelstein

I had to look twice at the manufactures suggested retail pricing for the 2016 Lexus ES 300h Luxury Hybrid Sedan that was my test car for the week. The MSRP stickered out at just $40,920. And that's with countless extras included. For a premium automobile with an attractive retail price, coupled with amazing fuel mileage, this remarkable automobile is clearly a hit on many fronts.

Lexus IS 200t — An engaging experience

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The redesigned Lexus IS sports sedan — updated in 2014 — has a contemporary exterior, a new stiffer structure making it easier to tune for performance while maintaining a comfortable Lexus-like ride, a longer wheelbase resulting in additional and much-needed passenger space, and a spacious trunk measuring 13.8 cubic feet. Also in the mix is an interior upgrade that blows away most of the competition in the segment. And new feature content for 2016 is impressive.

Lexus RX — Attractive design, cutting-edge technology

By David Finkelstein

Its hard to comprehend the fact the Toyota's premium Lexus Division first launched its RX models stateside way back in 1998. Then as now, it quickly proved exceedingly popular with those needing the flexibility of a sport-utility vehicle combined with the driving comfort of a luxury sedan.