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.

Lexus RX 450h — Practical luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Lexus won the lottery when it developed the RX 300 crossover in the late ’90s. The first RX reached the marketplace as a 1999 model and quickly became the best selling vehicle in the Lexus stable.

A strict departure from the hot-selling body-on-frame sport utilities of the time, the RX hit all the right notes for thousands of customers who wanted a more fuel-efficient and car-like upscale sport utility.