Lexus’ RX is a wallflower no more, especially in performance-oriented F Sport trim. Today we review an electrified RX 450h F Sport complete with tri-LED cornering headlamps with auto high beams, 20-inch…

2017 Lexus RX 450h F Sport Road Test

There was a time I couldn't understand why the Lexus RX sold so well. It was reliable, inoffensive to look at and finished fairly well inside, but there was no shortage of more alluring mid-size luxury crossover SUVs on the market. Now there are many more, albeit none more capable of eliciting reactions from passersby.

If you haven't noticed this bit of origami folded metal rolling art recently you'd better pay more attention to your surroundings while driving. The RX is everywhere, not only in its stylishly overt new duds, but in its various old models' wallflower attire too. I know the latest version isn't to everyone's taste, but that's precisely why those who appreciate Lexus' daring new design direction are even more enamoured with the brand.

"Is that brand new? It's really cool," said the young woman filling it up at a local gas station. Yes, you heard me right. A young person who thinks Lexus is cool. There are plenty more like her. Truly, the jury is in. Lexus Read Full Story
Lexus seems to have created a love it or leave it design language that’s finding more fans than not, its RC sports coupe a more dramatic example of its ever-expanding lineup, especially in F Sport trim.…

2017 Lexus RC 300 AWD F Sport Road Test

Where would you slot Lexus into the premium manufacturer matrix? Are they in the same league as the Germans, more desirable than their British, Swedish and American counterparts, or ahead of their Japanese peers?

In the U.S. Lexus is considered a Tier 1 luxury brand, along with Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi; we don't really have such a ranking, or at least I've never been able to find anything suggesting it. Strong sales numbers have a lot to do with their top-tier placement, but it also comes down to their near full range of models. For a relatively new brand, such a wide assortment of models and body styles means that some don't sell well enough to make much if any money, but instead provide important branding that trickles down to enhance higher volume cars and SUVs.

The IS series was Lexus Canada's bestselling car last year with more than 3,000 deliveries. This is a polar opposite result from Lexus' U.S. division sales that saw the more comfort-oriented ES series as Read Full Story
Lexus’ RX has always been a good looking luxury SUV, but now its daring design pulls eyeballs wherever it goes, especially in as-tested F Sport trim. The upgrade adds a unique mesh grille, more aggressive…

2017 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Road Test

I was about to start this story by saying there has never been a more successful luxury SUV created than the Lexus RX, but after a little research I'm finding out that's an old, outdated statistic.

The RX, which was the first car-based luxury crossover SUV ever produced, has been amazingly successful here in North America where it remains number one by a long shot, but within Canada alone it's currently second behind Audi's smaller albeit almost as accommodating Q5, while globally they both get beaten badly by Buick's number-one selling Envision that found 123,397 buyers worldwide during the first five months of 2017 (you can thank China for that), as well as Mercedes-Benz' GLC runner up that sold 117,856 global units over the same period. I don't have exact numbers for the RX in all the countries it's sold in because it didn't make the top 100 vehicles list. So much for starting out this review with a bang.

Of course, with 109,435 total U.S. sales last year and 8,147 Read Full Story
The 2017 Lexus ES certainly looks the part of a luxury car, but does it provide the interior quality, high levels of comfort, available features and performance most expect from this class? We test a…

2017 Lexus ES 300h Road Test

What can I say about Lexus ES' that hasn't already been said countless times before, other than it's a front-wheel drive, mid-size, premium-branded anomaly that's managed to weather regular storms of negative driving dynamics criticism and come out shining as a top seller in its field?

Of course, there really isn't much else directly in its field to compare it to other than Lincoln's MKZ or the front-drive Acura RLX that's no longer available in Canada. Alternatively we could look down market into mainstream volume brands in order to face it off against its own platform-sharing Toyota Avalon or others like Buick's LaCrosse, Chevrolet's Impala, Chrysler's 300, Dodge's Charger, Ford's Taurus, Kia's Cadenza, or Nissan's Maxima.

The major differentiator in this class is this electrified 300h that brought Toyota's storied Hybrid Synergy Drive to the mid-size luxury class in 2012 (a year after the MKZ Hybrid), but even this is now old news in the premium sector thanks to much Read Full Story
Will you miss Lexus’ CT 200h when it’s gone? We drive the end of an era, and do so in style thanks to this top-line F Sport model that features a bolder design, 17-inch alloys, a sport suspension,…

2017 Lexus CT 200h F Sport Road Test

With fuel prices once again soaring in most Canadian cities, the long-in-tooth Lexus CT 200h just might be one of the most relevant entry-level luxury models available today. Only Audi's more advanced plug-in A3 e-tron can give it a run for its money regarding fuel economy, although the German is initially $8,150 more expensive than the $32,750 CT. Then again, you can get much of that $8k back through provincial government greenification incentives if you live in Ontario, Quebec or BC, which the non-plug-in Lexus unfortunately doesn't qualify for.

Updated just a few years ago, the CT remains fairly fresh looking thanks to Lexus' new spindle grille and aggressive frontal body cladding, while its profile and sporty five-door body style has always been good looking.

It uses an older generation Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain, incorporating a 134 horsepower 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine for driving the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT), Read Full Story