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  • 2013 Lexus RX 450h road test, Catskill Mountains, NY, July 2012

    The Lexus RX luxury crossover line is the mainstay of Toyota's luxury line in the U.S., representing fully 42 percent of the brand's total 2011 sales. And the hybrid Lexus RX 450h model finds many buyers among progressive, affluent suburban families. There's just one problem: Its real-world gas mileage doesn't appear to match its EPA ratings. Reader Jay Fink wrote last month to Green Car Reports: I would love to express my disappointment in the fuel economy of my 2012 Lexus RX450 Hybrid. I'm not getting anywhere near what Lexus claims the vehicle should get. I'm a conservative driver and use...

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    Lexus Recalls 2010 RX450H In Extended Floor Mat Recall

    More than two years after Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus recalled the majority of its hybrid cars to stop the accelerator pedal sticking on aftermarket mats, yet more of its cars have just been recalled for the snip. This time, it isn’t Toyota’s Prius hybrid, but over 150,000 RX...

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h First Drive. [Photos: Antony Ingram]
    2013 Lexus GS 450h: First Drive

    Ever since Lexus launched the RX 400h hybrid SUV in 2005, gasoline-electric hybrids have been an integral part of the Lexus lineup. Cleverly combining performance, luxury and economy, they allow luxury buyers to avoid the compromises that might otherwise be associated with making a luxury vehicle...

  • 2013 Lexus ES 300h
    2013 Lexus ES 300h: First Drive

    When Lexus rolled out its HS 250h hybrid sedan a few years ago, there was a lot of head-scratching. The HS 250h was rather cramped inside, had a powertrain that was way too noisy for a Lexus, and was rated at just 35 mpg city, 34 highway—barely better than the Camry Hybrid of the time, which...

  • 2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport
    2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport Drive Report

    It's not every day you get to push a car to its limits on a circuit, so when the chance presents itself it's something to be relished. Even if that car proudly displays a hybrid badge on the side, as you'll find on the flanks of the 2012 Lexus CT 200h F-Sport. With the demise of the HS 250h, the CT...

  • 2011 Lexus HS 250h
    Lexus Discontinues The HS 250h Hybrid, Quietly

    “It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” once penned songwriter Neil Young, addressing the hazards of a life lived in the spotlight. If you were a fan of the Lexus HS 250h hybrid, you’ll be saddened to learn that fading away is exactly the fate of Lexus’ compact...

  • 2013 Lexus RX 450h

    Toyota has released new or updated pricing on the 2013 RX 450h hybrid crossover and the 2013 GS 450h hybrid sedan.

  • 2013 Lexus ES 300h
    2013 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid Bows At 2012 New York Auto Show

    Toyota made a vow to build every one of its vehicle lines in hybrid form, and it's adding another model to the growing hybrid list at this year's 2012 New York Auto Show with the introduction of the 2013 Lexus ES 300h. The first Lexus ES hybrid seems to share much with the latest Toyota Camry...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    Lexus RX 450h Drive To Geneva: What (MPG)'ll She Do, Mister?

    Before we were handed the keys to the 2012 Lexus RX 450h AWD, we were advised that although the luxury SUV would be a comfortable companion, freeway driving isn't the best test for a hybrid vehicle. Or is it? After all, we already know that hybrids work best in city driving, but low tailpipe...

  • 2013 Lexus RX 450h teaser
    2013 Lexus RX 450h Live Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    This morning at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Lexus unveiled the 2013 RX 450h hybrid SUV, essentially a minor revision to its popular crossover SUV hybrid. Outside, the new RX 450h wears a new set of bumpers, complete with redesigned grille, LED daytime running lights and a reshaped headlamp. At the...

  • 2012 Lexus RX 450h
    2012 Lexus RX 450h To Geneva: What Would You Like To Know?

    Tuesday next week marks the start of the 82nd Geneva Motor Show. Physically small in size, it's nevertheless one of the biggest events on the motoring calendar and the scene of major launches every year. This year, Lexus is lending us an example of its premium hybrid off-roader, the 2012 Lexus RX...

  • 2013 Lexus RX leaked via official brochure
    2013 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV Leaked, Debuts At Geneva Show

    The Lexus RX 450h, on sale since 2009, is set to gain a facelift this year and a sporty new trim line, to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2013 RX will gain some of the styling cues found on the 2013 Lexus GS range, giving the front end a sharper, more aggressive look. The...

  • The 2013 Lexus GS 250

    At the end of November, BMW and Toyota Europe announced they had entered into a green engine partnership in order to work together on diesel engine and battery technology. At the time, we pointed out the European-based collaboration was unlikely to result in any new drivetrain options for U.S. cars. Now both firms have confirmed that Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus won’t benefit from the deal either. “The agreement with BMW does not include any supply of BMW engines to Lexus,” Toyota Europe spokesman Etienna Plas told Automotive News, while BMW’s development chief...

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h live photos
    2013 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid Sport Sedan To Be Rated Over 30 MPG

    It's not yet in dealerships, but the 2013 Lexus GS 450h offers a big boost in gas mileage for buyers of mid-size sport sedans. The all-new GS 450h hybrid is expected to be rated at 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 31 mpg. In comparison, the 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid sport...

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h live photos
    Lexus GS To Get Second, Lower Power Hybrid Model For Europe?

    If the Lexus CT200h wasn't evidence enough that the Japanese luxury car maker sees downsizing as an important brand strategy, then plans for a new small hybrid engine in the GS sedan could be further proof. The smaller hybrid would join the 2013 Lexus GS 450h hybrid that was revealed at the 2011...

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    2013 Lexus GS 450h Luxury Hybrid Debuts In Frankfurt

    Lexus is showing an all-new 2013 GS 45h hybrid luxury sport sedan at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show

  • 2013 Lexus GS 450h teaser
    2013 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid: LED Headlamps, Possible Plug-In Later

    While Lexus unveiled its all-new 2013 GS 350 sports sedan at the recent Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, it showed off only the gasoline GS 350 model. Details of the future hybrid version, the 2013 Lexus GS 450h, remain under cover until the company launches the car officially at next month's...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011
    2012 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid Hatch: Now Louder, With More Noise!

    You may or may not be happy to know that the new 2012 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback will come with a new feature not found on the 2011 model. It will make more noise. For 2012, in addition to an optional F Sport package and a new color (Nebula Gray Pearl replaces Smoky Granite Mica, if...

  • 2011 Lexus RX 450h

    Last September, Toyota said the company would launch six new hybrids by the end of 2012. Now, a report from the German car magazine AutoBild suggests that one of those is a new Lexus: a baby brother for the brand's hugely successful RX 450h hybrid crossover utility vehicle. The new compact crossover, which AutoBild dubs the CX 300h, would be based on the Toyota RAV4--meaning it too might be built in North America, as the RAV4 is. There's no current RAV4 hybrid model, although if the report on the Lexus CX 300h is true, a RAV4 Hybrid would make sense. A pair of compact hybrid crossovers would...

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    2006-2007 Lexus RX 400h, Toyota Highlander Hybrids: Recall

    Toyota will recall 2006-2007 Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX 400h hybrid crossovers to inspect and repair a component that could fail in the hybrid control system.

  • Lexus LS 600h Landaulet for Prince Albert Of Monaco wedding
    Lexus LS 600h Hybrid Landaulet Used To Shuttle Monaco Prince

    We already knew Prince Albert of Monaco was a bit of an activist--or at least he likes to think he is--but now he’s gone out and commissioned the development of a one-off ‘Landaulet’ to carry him and his bride-to-be Carlene Wittstock on their wedding day, this July 2. A Landaulet...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h compact hybrid hatchback, road test, June 2011
    2011 Lexus CT 200h Compact Hybrid Hatch: First Drive Review

    The 2011 Lexus CT 200h pretty much occupies a class of one. At the moment, it’s the sole luxury compact hybrid hatchback sold in the U.S. And it’s a dedicated hybrid, meaning there’s no gasoline-only version. If you want the compact hatch, you get the hybrid. It’s also terra...

  • Gazoo Racing Lexus CT 200h race car
    Hybrid Hot Rods: Lexus CT 200h 'Ring Racer, Mugen Honda CR-Z Hardly Dull

    Hybrid cars, often defined in the public eye by the distinctive shape of the Toyota Prius, are frequently derided as dull and no fun to drive. While the Tesla Roadster smashed the stereotype of plug-in electric cars as slow and dorky, hybrids haven't been as lucky. So here are a couple of hybrid...

  • 2011 Lexus CT 200h F Sport
    Lexus Plans Performance CT 300h Hybrid For Sports Minded Consumers

    Last year took a little trip down to New Orleans to check out the prototype version of the Lexus CT 200h. Of course, we were pleasantly surprised with this entry-level luxury hybrid aimed at a younger market that is looking for upscale features with the hot-hatch image. At the time...

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