2015 Lexus NX Review

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"As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines enough driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, but anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere, or stick to the brand's popular RX," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2015 Lexus NX Expert Review

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By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Display audio system, 7-inch screen, backup camera now standard

Price change: RX 350 and 450h $1,035 higher, and the RX 350 F Sport $1,085 higher; effective with September 2014 production those prices will increase $175

On sale: Since April

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

The RX crossover SUV is the best-selling Lexus model, so there was little need to make major changes for 2015. Besides the standard backup camera and 7-inch display screen, other changes are minor. LED fog lamps are included with optional high-intensity-discharge headlights, the turn signals add a three-flash lane-change feature and the Enform app suite adds Slacker radio.

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The lineup includes front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RX 350 with a gas V-6 and the RX 450h V-6 hybrid, plus the front-drive F Sport model that adds a firmer suspension, more aggressive exterior trim and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport is a decent attempt at adding some zest to the RX line, but most buyers are more interested in the comfort and convenience features of the other models.

By Rick Popely | July 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus ES 350, Lexus 300h: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Backup camera now standard, new optional multimedia system

Price change: TBA

On sale: September

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

Lexus is making some small changes to its most popular sedan for 2015, but they may not add up to enough to sway buyers from a good deal on a leftover 2014.

2014 Lexus ES 350 Expert Review

If you're a multimedia maven, though, you'll want to wait for the 2015s. A new multimedia system, similar to the one introduced last year on the IS 250/350 and other Lexus models, includes a customizable home screen, 3-D maps and a bird's-eye view for the navigation system, traffic guidance, the ability to cache 15 minutes of radio broadcasts for later play and other features.

By Rick Popely | July 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus NX First Drive

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As badge engineering goes, Toyota's luxury division has more hits than misses. The ES midsize sedan feels considerably nicer than a Toyota Camry; the GX bears little resemblance inside or out to its Toyota 4Runner sibling. And so it goes for the NX, a car Toyota Corporate Marketing Manager Brian Bolain says is "very loosely related to the RAV4," Toyota's popular small SUV. Bolain insists it has 90 percent different parts and a structure that's 20 percent more rigid.

2015 Lexus NX: First Look

Indeed, the two seem like distant cousins at most. The NX hits U.S. showrooms in December, one of 80 global markets in which Lexus plans to sell the SUV. Pricing is still to come. But at a media preview in Seattle, I drove preproduction versions of the gasoline-powered NX 200t and gas-electric NX 300h hybrid, and my early take is the NX holds promise.

As compact luxury SUVs go, the 2015 Lexus NX combines sufficient driving fun and occupant comfort to deserve a look, though anyone with serious cargo needs should look elsewhere in this crowded field, or stick to the brand's popular RX.

By Kelsey Mays | July 11, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Lexus IS 250, IS 350: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for iPhones now standard

Price change: $450 higher across the board for sedans

On sale: August

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

The IS 250 and IS 350 sedans were redesigned for 2014 with a racier look and improved handling, so they get few changes for their second season. In addition to Siri Eyes Free, LED fog lamps are standard on base models. A heated steering wheel is now a stand-alone option and part of the Luxury and F Sport packages for all-wheel-drive models, and heated/ventilated seats are added to the F Sport Package. The Lexus Enform apps suite adds Slacker radio.

2014 Lexus IS Expert Review

The 250C and 350C convertibles carry over for the second year in a row on the previous design for the IS.

By Rick Popely | July 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus RX 350: Car Seat Check

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Lexus' five-seat luxury crossover comes in two versions: the gas-powered RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h. When it comes to interior space, the two crossovers are nearly identical except for backseat legroom. Our test car, the 2015 RX 350, has 36.8 inches of rear legroom, but the hybrid version has slightly more at 37.1 inches. In our tests, we had to move the RX 350's front passenger seat forward to fit one of our rear-facing infant-safety seats behind it.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Lexus GS 350

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 10,462 model-year 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans manufactured June 8 through Dec. 26, 2012

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that the switch that senses the amount of pressure that the driver is applying to the brake pedal may fail. If this happens, the vehicle may brake without driver input or the illumination of the brake lights, increasing the risk of an accident. Toyota said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by this condition.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly for free.

What Owners Should Do: Toyota will notify owners later this month, but parts are not currently available. Owners will get a second notice when parts become available. Customers can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or the NHTSA's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or visit www.safercar.gov, for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche Flies, Fiat Flails in 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

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Porsche, Jaguar and Lexus topped J.D. Power's 2014 Initial Quality Study. Porsche and Lexus were among the top three brands in 2013, while Jaguar jumped seven spots to land at No. 2. And at the other end, Fiat, Jeep and Mitsubishi had the worst results. Two of those three — Mitsubishi and Fiat — were among 2013's bottom-feeders.

2011 Models Less Reliable Than 2010 Vehicles, J.D. Power Study Finds

IQS, one of several influential J.D. Power studies, is now in its 28th year. It expresses quality as problems per 100 vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. A lower score is better. Among 32 brands surveyed this year, Porsche led with just 74 problems — and Fiat was last, at 206.

"Porsche has three vehicles that are best-in-segment," Renee Stephens, vice president of U.S. auto quality at the company, told us. Those include the 911, Panamera and Boxster. Two others — the Cayenne and Cayman — were top nominated in their segments.

By Kelsey Mays | June 18, 2014 | Comments (8)

Cars.com's Top 10 Fun-to-Drive Fuel Sippers

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When I was 10, my dad set me and a go-kart loose in an abandoned parking lot, free to zip around the blacktop. At that age, you don't give a thought to how much gas costs; it's all about the fun. At this age, however, fuel economy is a big consideration when it comes to buying a car, but it doesn't have to trump the fun-to-drive factor.

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There are plenty of cars that offer both fun and fuel savings, from affordable subcompacts and gas-electric hybrids to pricier luxury cars and diesel-powered vehicles. To qualify for this list, a car has to have an EPA combined rating of 30 mpg, while bringing out the inner go-kart-loving kid in all of us:

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (9)

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