Lexus Talks Turbochargers, Possible SC Successor

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German luxury brands have been bullish on turbochargers for years, but Toyota's Lexus division has been reluctant to follow — at least until now. An all-new turbocharged four-cylinder in the NX 200t serves as the base engine in the brand's newest SUV. If you believe Brian Bolain, Lexus' corporate marketing manager, it's just the tip of the turbo iceberg.

Related: 2015 Lexus NX Starts at $35,405

Lexus has come a long way since its 1989 inception: Sixty dealerships have grown to more than 230, and the brand held the U.S. luxury-brand sales title throughout the 2000s. But it lost the crown to Mercedes-Benz in 2011 when a March earthquake and tsunami in Japan left U.S. inventory below BMW and Mercedes levels for six of the nine months that followed. Mercedes has kept the sales title ever since.

Bolain downplayed the importance of Lexus being America's top-selling luxury brand, but he did hint at a few directions it might go — specifically, more turbochargers and perhaps a replacement for the SC convertible.

By Kelsey Mays | October 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Urban Cars

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From squeezing between a Dumpster and a wall to holding your breath as a bus hard aports past your bumper, cities can be an automotive minefield. And cars are often the casualties. Need proof? Look no further than auto insurance rates. A 40-year-old male with a 2012 Honda Accord in Manhattan's West Village would pay 27 percent more for the exact same coverage than if he lived across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., according to CarInsurance.com's analysis of six leading carriers.

Related: Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

Yet scores of Americans still prefer to live in the city. From New York to San Antonio, the country's 25 largest urban centers are home to 31.9 million people within city limits, according to the 2010 Census. That's 10.3 percent of the entire U.S. population in 2010, and given the trend of increasing urbanization, it doesn't look like it will recede anytime soon.

Most city-zens still have to drive. Not to worry: Our latest Top 10 nominates cars best suited for urban driving. Editors considered our candidates' overall size relative to their competitors, as well as visibility, city gas mileage, turning radius, city drivability, utility and more.

Here are our picks, in order of which cars received the most votes. In cases of a tie, we ranked by turning circle and other dimensions.

By Kelsey Mays | August 11, 2014 | Comments (10)

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 (10)

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)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

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The 2014 Nissan Rogue found its way back to the No. 1 spot this week on our list of most-read reviews. Meanwhile, all the way down at No. 10, the 2013 Lexus CT 200h reappears on the roster. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Toyota Highlander
3. 2014 Jeep Cherokee
4. 2014 Chevrolet SS
5. 2014 Subaru Forester
6. 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
7. 2014 Infiniti Q50
8. 2013 BMW 328i
9. 2014 Mazda3
10. 2013 Lexus CT 200h

By Matt Schmitz | February 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Video

Lexus' hybrid hatchback is updated for 2014, and Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says although the exterior revisions make the CT 200h more distinctive looking, its new large spindle grille overtakes the car's front end.

Inside, the cabin dimensions haven't changed, so the interior remains tight in terms of passenger room, Mays says. Other changes inside include a new version of Lexus' multimedia system, new steering-wheel controls and more padding. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Starts at $32,960

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Lexus is wasting no time in launching its refreshed hybrid hatchback. The 2014 CT 200h was just unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it's going on sale next month. Even better, its price isn't increasing. The 2014 Lexus CT 200h starts at the 2013 version's base $32,960 price, including a $910 destination fee. 

The biggest change is a more aggressive look in front; the 2014 model adopts Lexus' large spindle grille. Other visual differences this year include revised front and rear bumpers, LED daytime running lights, a larger rear spoiler and what Lexus describes as a "shark fin" antenna.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 2, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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Introducing an aggressive new look and the promise of improved driving dynamics while maintaining its estimated fuel economy of 43/40 mpg city/highway, Lexus fancies the 2014 CT 200h as both "mean" and "green." The redesigned hybrid hatchback is now debuting simultaneously at both the Guangzhou Motor Show in China and the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, where we got a peek. The most obvious styling update is the expansive new hourglass-shaped Lexus spindle grille, the center of which has been pushed forward to create a three-dimensional form. Other exterior cues include 10-spoke 16- or 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a new "shark-fin" antenna, revised rear bumper design, L-shaped reflector housings and a black lower-center section emphasizing the vehicle’s broad rear stance. Inside is a new door-panel trim and stitched upholstery design, while new available interior trim finishes include "striped wood" and metal film.

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Lexus says performance enhancements include increased body rigidity, suspension retuning and improved aerodynamics to create a "more agile, engaging" driving experience, while noise-reduction measures have quieted the cabin and reduced vibrations. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Lexus CT 200h Will Debut in China

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When Cars.com reviewer David Thomas critiqued the 2013 Lexus CT 200h, he praised it for its fuel economy, handling and overall coolness, but wondered about the demand for a sporty luxury hybrid compact. Evidently there's enough to freshen up the 3-year-old niche nameplate for the 2014 model year. The 2014 CT 200h will make its world premiere later this month at the 11th China (Guangzhou) International Auto Parts & Accessories Exhibition in Guangzhou, China.

For the new model year, the CT 200h gets the family's spindle grille, newly designed alloy wheels and a revised rear end. No word yet on pricing; the current version starts at nearly $33,000 with destination fee. The automaker will release further details at the Guangzhou show.

By Matt Schmitz | November 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Small Luxury Hybrid Isn't a Plug-In?

"Which compact hybrid is upscale and not a plug-in?" 

Sandy, Baltimore


By Rick Popely | September 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

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