2014 Lexus RX 350 Demonstrates How Lexus Created and Then Dominated the Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle Segment
There’s no question that Lexus created the blueprint for the luxury crossover utility vehicle 15 years ago with the original RX models. The 2014 RX 350 maintains its segment leadership by evolving that original, much-copied formula. The 2013 model year brought a freshened design with the bold brand-signature spindle grille. The line also brought new driving pleasure with the RX 350 F SPORT model.
After revolutionizing the luxury SUV category with the first RX model in 1998, Lexus next revolutionized SUV propulsion with the first RX hybrid model in 2004. Projecting a bold presence with its Lexus spindle grille, the 2014 RX 450h hybrid continues the evolution of this groundbreaking vehicle, which offers an impressive 32 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 30 mpg combined EPA fuel economy (30/28/29 MPG with AWD).
TORRANCE, Calif. (August 23, 2013) – The redesigned 2014 Lexus GX 460 luxury utility vehicle (LUV) will be offered in two grades when it arrives at dealerships beginning in September. The standard GX will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $49,085, $4,710 or nearly nine percent less than the previous year; while the Luxury model which will be priced at $60,715. The MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $910.
TORRANCE, Calif., March 12, 2013 – Lexus earned a top honor in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars for Families Awards.
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 – Lexus earned top honors in two categories of U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Cars for the Money awards for its outstanding value.
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 – Lexus earned top honors in the Luxury Brand category of Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 5-Year Cost to Own Awards.
CHICAGO (Jan. 22, 2013) – Don’t call it a comeback.
Lexus Takes Top Honors for the Second Year in a Row in Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com 2013 Best Resale Value Awards for Luxury Brand
TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2012 – Lexus earned top honors in the Luxury Brand category of Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Best Resale Value Awards. In addition to taking the luxury brand award for the second year in a row, four Lexus models won in their categories: the IS sport sedan in the Entry-Level Luxury Car category, the GS 350 sport sedan in the Luxury Car category, the RX 450h in the Hybrid SUV category and the LX 570 in the Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover category. The Lexus LX 570 was also in the Top 10 overall for 2013 Best Resale Value. This is the third time since the Best Resale Value: Luxury Brand award was initiated in 2009 that Lexus has won, having earned the honor for the 2010 and 2012 model years as well.
Filed under: Aftermarket , Sedan , Toyota , Specialty , Luxury Now that we’ve waved goodbye to the Lincoln Town Car , there’s a big ol’ hole in the automotive market for new livery vehicles – you know, the blacked-out hire cars frequently seen idling outside of airport terminals and hotels. Cadillac has announced that its XTS flagship will be offered with a factory livery package , and other American automakers like Chrysler and Lincoln have entered this luxury fleet segment as well. But it won’t stop there. During our first drive of the 2013 Avalon , Toyota officials confirmed that the company will offer a livery edition of its new large sedan. As expected, the livery edition will have a black-on-black color scheme and will offer heated seats and individual heating and cooling controls for rear seat passengers, deleting the front heated seats in the process. (Sorry, Jeeves.) Two different Avalon livery models will be produced – a V6 model based on the XLE trim and a hybrid version based on the XLE Premium grade. With its 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain, the gasoline-electric Avalon is rated at 40 miles per gallon combined. That’s certainly an improvement over the old 19-mpg Town Car. Toyota spokesperson Moe Durand confirmed to Autoblog that the Avalon livery car will be available to order through the brand’s entire dealer network. That said, Toyota isn’t expecting huge sales numbers for its package – “500 to 1000 units in first year,” says Durand.
TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 25, 2012) – Young people are committed to making a difference in the world, and for the sixth year, their efforts will be rewarded through the Lexus Eco Challenge. An educational program and contest, the Lexus Eco Challenge has inspired and empowered more than 22,000 middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. For their efforts, more than $3.5 million has been awarded to students, teachers and schools across the nation. This fall, students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus, the luxury automaker, has once again joined with Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to create the eco-friendly educational school program.