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 SUVs, saloons, coupés and convertibles has attracted a loyal following.
Just like parent brand Toyota, Lexus is famous for its hybrid models (the non plug-in variety). These combine a petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, which recharges itself as you drive, for instance when coasting or braking.
With its cars, including the Lexus RX and Lexus IS, you typically have a choice of a conventional petrol or a petrol-hybrid engine. That said, the hybrids are very popular and some models are only available as hybrids.
Lexus IS Hybrid
Lexus RX Hybrid
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.
Ratings and review
Lexus car reliability
Entry-level equipment tends to be generous as it aims to out-do its premium German rivals, and it promises the luxury you would expect from its pricing strategy – our professional assessments see if it delivers on these promises.
Lexus only offers petrol or petrol-hybrid cars, and most buyers will opt for hybrids with their promise of greater fuel-efficiency over petrol-only cars. Like most manufacturers, Lexus is also developing fully-electric cars, which we'll be trying out as and when they launch.
The large SUV, with the boldest design in the Lexus range, is one if its success stories with buyers. It’s been such a hit Lexus has even introduced a seven-seat version, the , to make it even more practical and appealing to family buyers.
Lastly, if performance and sleek design are more your priority, there’s the large coupé. This is essentially a two-door, sporty version of the Lexus IS saloon, which has set itself up against competitors such as the .