Introduced in 1989 as Toyota's luxury line of vehicles, Lexus was originally intended to provide an Asian-made alternative to illustrious German marques like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. While early models may have missed the mark in terms of both styling and performance, today Lexus has formed a distinct identity of its own, separate from that of both its parent company and its European peers. Delving into everything from F1-inspired designs with the LFA, to sporty hatchbacks with the CT200h, Lexus has consistently shown a willingness to take risks — and more often than not, they have paid off. However, perhaps Lexus' biggest contribution to the luxury field has been in its commitment to hybrid design — embracing battery power while others have shied away, the Japanese brand has shown that performance doesn't necessarily need to be sacrificed for fuel efficiency. 

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2018 Lexus LC 500

Much like Kia’s Stinger, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 was designed as a sexy grand touring car.

2016 Lexus RX 350

Newly Creased, Not Quite Edgy. A sleek and sporty 5-door sport utility vehicle.

2016 Lexus LX 570 5-Door SUV

Land Cruising, Lexus Style. A full-size luxury on- and off-road SUV with V8 power.

2015 Lexus RC 350

Weird is the new black with this luxurious premium coupe.

2015 Lexus NX 200t

Crossover Appeal. Luxury four-cylinder crossover.

2014 Lexus IS350 F Sport

New Lexus Sedan Has Hourglass Figure, but Can It Dance?. An aggressively styled new sports sedan.

2014 Lexus IS350 Convertible F Sport

The Thrill of Compromise. A comfortable, if not sporty, premium convertible.