Lexus IS 350 C — Fulfilling a wish

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

You have always wanted just one convertible experience in your life, but for a variety of reasons you were never able to make the purchase, but you still have a passion for an open-air machine even as you figure the time for such extravagance has slipped away.

Lexus ES 330 marks years of entry-luxury success

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The ES mid-sized sedan has been the volume leader in the Lexus automobile fleet since it reached the market in September 1989, instantly becoming a sales success, giving buyers the opportunity to enjoy an entry-level luxury sedan at an affordable price.

Nothing much has changed over the years (other than the emergence of sport utility vehicles but more on that later).

Lexus GS 300 has new spunk and style

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The new 2006 Lexus GS sports sedan is loaded with the latest in technological innovations, as you might expect with an all-new entry from Toyota’s premium brand.

Lexus RX 350 – still leader of the pack

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Competition has exploded since Lexus invented the car-based luxury sport utility in 1998 with the breakthrough RX300.

Eight years ago, the RX300 was the only player in a segment known today as premium crossover. The Lexus set the standard for a slew of vehicles that followed with a pleasant ride, a luxurious and Lexus-quiet interior, bad-road capability and a smooth and powerful drivetrain. Darn good if not inspiring.

Lexus LS 460 – unencumbered luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

While sitting behind the wheel of the 2007 Lexus LS 460 for the first time we were amazed at the absence of a joystick control knob, an item that has become fashionable on nearly every European and Japanese vehicle that dares to proclaim it a member of the luxury elite.

We have become programmed to believe that it’s necessary to complicate previously simple tasks in our rapidly changing technology-driven environment.

Lexus ES 350 gains power — quietly

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Auto writers are fond of drooling over luxury sports sedans that offer performance combined with slot-car-like road-holding prowess.

While we think as a group that this combination of vast horsepower, tuned suspensions and highly bolstered seats is the epitome of the four-passenger-over-35-grand genre, there are many buyers who value a soft compliant ride, whisper-quiet interior and recliner-comfortable seats.

Lexus GS 450h — it can make you a believer

By Al Vinikour  

For as long as I can remember I’ve heard the philosophy: you pay for what you get! Like everything else in my life I put this on the back burner, figuring I’ll make up my own pearls. However, I’ve been test-driving a Lexus GS 450h, the hybrid model of the Lexus GS mid-sized luxury sedan. Previously I’d not been a big fan of hybrids. I am now, because “You pay for what you get.”  

Lexus HS250h — A challenging enigma

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When we were first introduced to the all-new Lexus HS250h in the spring of 2009 we looked at the purpose built hybrid with jaundiced eye asking why Lexus didn’t simply build a hybrid version of its popular ES 350 mid-sized sedan.