2015 Lexus RC 350 / RC F

MONTICELLO, N.Y. — The setting was a wide track with large, perfectly manicured grass runoff areas that sits in a valley with its extremities running up and down the hills that feed into this depression. Its pavement describes arcs from surprisingly tight to wide open, joined by straights of varying lengths.

2015 Lexus NX

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lexus invented the luxury midsize crossover way back in 1998. It was an idea that quickly blossomed into one of the hottest segments in the luxury ranks and within a few years Lexus was faced with serious competition for its groundbreaking RX 300. But Lexus remains the midsize sales champ rolling on with the ever-popular RX 350.

Lexus GX460 — Sporting off-road credentials

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The luxury clad Lexus GX460 is a rugged off-road SUV in a mid-sized package, nearly 1,000 pounds lighter with comparable towing capacity and arguably more off-road capability than its larger, more expensive brother, the LX570.

The GX, which came to market a decade ago and was completely redesigned in 2010, gets a refreshening for 2014 with revised exterior styling including the new face-of-Lexus-grille, and on the inside a new very useable eight-inch touchscreen. Such advanced safety features as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure alert, and adaptive cruise control are available as options.

Lexus IS 350 — A redesign that works

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus has taken its 2014 IS to the next level gaining sports sedan status equal to such vaunted players as the BMW 3-S
eries, the Audi A4 and the newly minted Cadillac ATS.  The redesigned sports sedan gets updated, contemporary styling; 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 measured at 13.8 cubic feet; an interior upgrade befitting the Lexus emblem that blows away most of the cars in the segment; and added feature content.

Lexus LS 460 — A new beginning

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Just when you thought the Lexus flagship LS 460 had become irrelevant in the world of eye-popping sheetmetal the revitalized 2013 model arrives on the scene. Lexus has breathed new life into its flagship sedan that turned the industry on its ear when it entered the market in 1989, but has recently fallen on difficult times. U.S. sales slipped to their lowest point in two decades in 2012 when just over 8,000 units were sold. By comparison, more than 35,000 LS models were sold in 2007.

Lexus RX 350 — Still the luxury leader

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Just a couple of years after Toyota pioneered the car-based small SUV segment with the 1996 RAV4, it broke more new ground introducing the first luxury car-based SUV — the 1999 Lexus RX 300 — creating an industry segment that now includes nearly a dozen vehicles. Fifteen years later Lexus is still the luxury crossover leader. In fact the RX has never relinquished its sales crown by keeping the RX fresh with continual upgrades and meaningful changes.

Lexus ES 300h — Frugality wrapped in luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus introduced the first entry-level ES luxury sedan in 1989 and now six generations and hundreds and thousands of sales later it has rolled out a larger, more passenger friendly sedan and for the first time with both a gasoline and a hybrid variant.

Lexus GS 350 — No bad cars, but some better cars

By Al Vinikour

There’s a common belief that anymore there’s no such thing as a “bad car.” I tend to agree. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t “better cars” and lately I’ve put a fair amount of miles on one of the best — a 2013 Lexus GS 350.

2013 Lexus ES 350, ES 300h

DETROIT and NEWARK, N.J. — Welcome to the big leagues, ES. Lexus introduced its ES luxury sedan in 1989 and six generations later will be offering the popular mid-size sedan as both a gasoline and a hybrid variant. The first five generations of the ES shared the Camry platform, but for 2013 the new ES is “its own man” and enters the market with all guns blazing.

Lexus GS 350 — A sports sedan with mind-boggling technology

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It’s no secret the mere mention of the word Lexus connotes luxury. Not so well known is the fact that some Lexus models, while loaded with the usual upscale amenities its owners have come to expect, are also drivers’/enthusiasts’ cars as well.

The newest case in point is the all-new 2013 GS 350 sport sedan. Lexus has thrown all its gee-whiz technology into a completely redesigned mid-size GS.