What You Need to Know About the 2015 Lexus NX 200T, NX 300h

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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. For those looking for a smaller crossover, here is a primer on the new Lexus:

 

Snapshot

  • Starting price: NX 200t, $35,405; NX 300h, $40,645 (prices include destination fees)
  • Competes with: Acura RDX, Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
  • On sale: Now

 

What We Like

  •  Cabin quality
  •  Relatively roomy backseat
  •  Many standard features, upscale options
  •  Fuel efficiency with either drivetrain
  •  Responsive transmission in NX 200t

 

What We Don't

  •  Engine/transmission response in NX 300h
  •  Mushy brakes in NX 300h
  •  Smallish cargo area
  •  Usability of navigation system
  •  NX 200t requires premium gas

 

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By David Thomas | January 28, 2015 | Comments (1)

Lexus Helps Keep an Eye on Teen Drivers

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While I don't yet have a teen driver in my home, I'm only a short year away from sympathizing with those of you who do. I can only imagine the slight discomfort (OK, who are we kidding, night-sweat-inducing panic) that comes along with sending your teen, with his or her yet to be fully developed prefrontal cortex, out into the world with the family-car keys.

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Lexus is the latest in a string of automakers helping to reduce parents' anxiety. Through its Enform Remote App, parents can preset limits like speed and drive times, as well as geo-fence driving boundaries. When the vehicle exceeds any of these chosen limitations, a notification will be sent to a parent's cellphone. The app combines safety and peace of mind, two valuable things to the parents of a teen driver.

By Kristin Varela | January 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

2015 Lexus ES 350: Car Seat Check

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For 2015 Lexus' midsize sedan now has new standard equipment every parent will appreciate: a backup camera. Families will also like how the 2015 Lexus ES 350 handles child-safety seats. Its copious amount of room and easy-to-access Latch anchors helped the sedan earn straight As across the board.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Lexus GS F Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays takes a closer look at Lexus' new performance sedan, from the GS F's aggressive front grille to its 467-horsepower V-8. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

More 2016 Lexus GS F Details and Photos

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Lexus returns to the high-performance luxury sedan segment with the debut of the GS F, and it's given its latest performance model some significant styling changes along with more power under the hood to distinguish it from the standard GS.

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I really like the car's new headlight design. It's something you rarely see changed when a car makes the transition from the mainstream to a niche performance model, but the thin lights look slick and work well with the F line's signature hourglass grille. That grille somehow doesn't look as massive here as it does on Lexus' RC F coupe.

By Mike Hanley | January 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

How Two Powerful Sedans Stack Up In Detroit

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Automakers aren't being shy at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. On Monday, high-performance machines like the Ford GT and Acura NSX were revealed. Today, a couple of high-performance sedans were rolled out for all to gawk over.

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Cadillac's all-new CTS-V and Lexus' first GS F may seem similar at a glance of their beefier wheels, bulging wheel arches and likely uncomfortably bolstered seats, but under the hood they're quite different. One of them is designed to be a beast with specs that are hard to match by any car on the road, while the other hopes to elevate itself to performance-enthusiast consideration.

We wonder how far apart they'll be when prices are announced, but here's how some of their other numbers stack up.

By David Thomas | January 13, 2015 | Comments (0)

2016 Lexus GS F: First Look

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Competes with: BMW M5, Cadillac CTS-V, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Looks like: The GS got an IS F Sport nose, and then some

Drivetrain: 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: Late this year

Lest you confuse the new 2016 Lexus GS F with the extant F Sport version of the GS sedan, the two look quite different — namely because Lexus went all Darth Vader on the F with a conjoined, mammoth version of its spindle grille that recalls the smaller, redesigned IS. It's the easiest way to differentiate the GS F from the GS F Sport, whose cosmetic differences and suspension/braking upgrades build on the GS 350 and hybrid GS 450h.

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Tearing around a racetrack would probably differentiate the cars, too. The GS F uses a naturally aspirated, high-revving V-8 that's good for 467 horsepower at a zingy-high 7,100 rpm – substantially more than the GS 350 (306 hp) or hybrid GS 450h (338 hp between the engine and electric motor), F Sport or no.

Lexus will show the 2016 GS F at next week's 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and we expect it to go on sale sometime late this year.

By Kelsey Mays | January 6, 2015 | Comments (2)

2015 Lexus IS 350 F Sport: Car Seat Check

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Can something fast and stylish also be roomy and comfortable? The Lexus IS 350 with the F Sport Package is the perfect example; it nails the first two, but parents might not get enough out of the backseat in the room and comfort departments. Excellent Latch anchor exposure made installing child-safety seats a breeze, but our rear-facing seats took up more than a comfortable amount of room in back.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

How a Lexus ES 350 Saved Christmas

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You probably saw a Christmas tree strapped to the roof of every other car the day after Thanksgiving. Discounted trees fly out the doors of hardware and department stores quicker than pants unbuckle after an excessive turkey dinner. I planned to snag one of those door-buster trees on Black Friday but didn't have the most cargo-friendly tree hauler: a 2015 Lexus ES 350.

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In my deal-hunting crosshairs was a 7.5-foot-tall, LED-lit artificial tree with 1,433 branch tips on sale for $79 from $199. Even boxed, I wasn't too hopeful the tree would fit in the sedan's trunk because the ES 350 lacks a folding backseat. Knowing it had no chance in the trunk, the plan was to fit the box in the cabin straddled across the backseat and over the reclined front passenger seat.

Then the inevitable happened: the store sold the last tree minutes before I walked in. The last tree standing was a scraggly, hastily assembled floor model on which I made an offer to store management. Deal accepted, but the store simply took the tree off the display rack and stuck it in a shopping cart. Now I have a shopping cart stuffed with two parts of a partially assembled tree, no box and no folding backseat. Ah, yes, the holidays.

By Joe Bruzek | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lexus Plans New Collision-Avoidance Safety Package

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Lexus plans to roll out a new safety package in 2015 and offer it across its lineup by the end of 2017 — so, in all likelihood, the 2018 model year. Dubbed Lexus Safety System Plus, the package will include automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with corrective steering on some vehicles, and forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic braking above 6 mph.

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The move aligns Lexus with parent Toyota's plans to make precollision systems "widely available" by the 2018 model year. Lexus' features aren't necessarily new, but the packaging is. The brand's collision warning feature, dubbed Pre-Collision System, is available as an option across the lineup; some models add a driver-monitoring system that scans for signs of inattention. And many Lexus models offer lane departure and blind spot warning systems.

By Kelsey Mays | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

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