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Should I buy a Lexus?

By Oliver Trebilcock

Article 12 of 25

Lexus is Japan's premium car brand, but do its cars make a mark in the UK? Read on to find out whether Lexus is a brand worth considering

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What a success story Lexus has been. Toyota created it back in 1989 as a luxury division to rival Mercedes-Benz in America, and it succeeded spectacularly. 

Lexus might have had less impact in the UK, but its range of premium saloons, coupés, convertibles and SUVs has attracted a loyal ownership.

Just like parent brand Toyota, Lexus is famous for its hybrid models (the non plug-in variety), which combine a petrol engine with electric power, which is recharged as you drive including on braking. You typically have a choice of a conventional petrol or a petrol-hybrid engine on its cars, including the Lexus RX and Lexus IS. Some models are only available as hybrids.

Interested to see what Lexus has to offer? Check out all our Lexus reviews here.



Lexus: Which? Car Brand of the Year 2019

Lexus is our car brand of the year for 2019. Chosen from over 30 car makers, the primary reason Lexus won is for its reliability - which members can read about in detail in the table below.

It’s also not a brand solely concerned about cold, hard practicality. Bold designs and premium interiors across its range of luxury premium saloons, coupés, convertibles and SUVs continue to attract more drivers to its loyal UK following. 

Our surveys show the brand’s customer satisfaction is outstanding, making this a tough car company to beat.

Its cars are also very safe – all current models have received full five-star Euro NCAP ratings. In December 2018, Euro NCAP rated the hybrid Lexus ES the safest large family car of the year.

How reliable are Lexus cars?

Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Lexus owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.

Which? members can log in and use the table below to find out just how reliable Lexus cars really are. Not yet a Which? member? Join Which? to unlock all of our reliability ratings and our online reviews.

Lexus car reliability
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Table notes
Results from the 2019 Which? Car Survey (results gathered from 43,958 owners, about 52,443 cars, between December 2018 and February 2019).


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Choosing the best Lexus car

Lexus makes a wide range of premium-priced cars, from saloons such as the Lexus RC and large Lexus IS to hatchbacks including the Lexus CT200h.

Like every major manufacturer, it has a substantial range of SUVs and crossovers too, such as the Lexus RX luxury 4x4, Lexus RX-L which takes the RX formula and aims to make it more appealing to families, as well as the striking-looking Lexus NX large crossover.