AwardsLexus RX: Fourth GenerationUSA

Updated Lexus RX Interior Wins Award for User Experience

Lexus RX Interior Award

The 2020 Lexus RX has been named to the 2019 Wards 10 Best UX List, in recognition of its improved user experience behind the wheel:

The large, horizontal display screen [of the RX] seems to hover above the instrument panel, in clear view of the driver, and the head-up display is vibrant and colorful, with turn-by-turn navigation directions if desired.

Voice controls work well, allowing drivers to change climate settings, find radio stations and program navigation destinations, even with natural speech commands.

The center screen is the main access point for numerous vehicle and comfort settings, and it can be used as a touchscreen or controlled by the mousepad ergonomically placed in the console, to the right of the shifter.

The award looks at the user-friendliness of smartphone pairing and charging, voice-control navigation, head-up displays and the effectiveness of driver-assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control and blindspot monitoring.

Each German manufacturer also featured on the Best UX List, as did vehicles from Chevrolet, Ford, Hyundai, Range Rover and Subaru.

Australia

Lexus Australia Sales Up 30% in August

Lexus Australia Sales

Lexus sales in Australia were up nearly 30% in August, thanks to record sales of the NX crossover and the introduction of the UX crossover. A total of 817 vehicles were purchased.

The SUV lineup jumped 58.6% over last year, with the mid-size NX up 39.9% at 368 units and the UX selling 145 units. The two are the best selling models in the lineup.

Lexus Australia has now sold 6,373 units so far this year, a 5.2% increase over the same period in 2018.

IS Owner Blog

Lexus IS Owner Blog: My First Accident

Lexus IS Damage Accident

It happened in a flash, unexpected. I was driving alone my IS 300 on the highway in Toronto, stop-and-go traffic, plenty of space all around me, when a dusty old Buick slammed into me from behind.

First the shock, followed by a surprising quietness and a head full of racing thoughts. I angled towards the shoulder, eyes locked on the other driver, making sure to write the license plate number on my windshield with my finger.


Thanks to my Lexus dashcam, I have footage of the accident:


At first glance, the damage doesn’t look serious. I had been coasting with the flow of traffic, and that movement reduced the impact to a visible imprint on my back bumper.

I call the police, but was informed that no officer will be dispatched to an accident with no injury. Thankfully, this isn’t the case — we are both fine. Instead, we have to drive to a Collision Reporting Center to make a statement and have the damage photographed and assessed.

There’s little drama as we exchange information. I do my best to photograph the cars, and before I know it, it’s back out onto the highway with a CRC programmed into my GPS.


In my twenty years of driving, I have never been in an accident. I didn’t know about the rush of emotion that occurs a half-hour later, didn’t know about looped “what-if” scenarios that would play out in my head, or the post-traumatic stress every time a car pulls up behind me. The experience has been entirely new and wholly unpleasant.

Even so, I’m thankful it was minor in every regard, and that my biggest worry was the paint shop matching Atomic Silver just right. That is, until I went to the dealership…

This IS 300 AWD was made possible by the folks at OpenRoad Lexus Richmond, the premier Lexus dealership in British Columbia and a proud sponsor of Lexus Enthusiast.

South AfricaTech

Lexus to Offer Wifi as Standard Feature in South Africa

Lexus South Africa

All Lexus models sold in South Africa will now come with in-car wifi as a standard feature through a partnership with tech company Altron Netstar and communications provider Vodacom.

While limited to just South Africa, Lexus (and parent company Toyota) are the first automotive company in the world to offer mobile internet as a standard feature across the entire lineup. A free 15GB data bundle is included upon activation, with additional data packages available through a dedicated smartphone app.

[Source: The Citizen]

Body KitsJapanLexus RX: Fourth Generation

2020 Lexus RX F SPORT Body Kit by Modellista

Lexus RX Modellista Front

With the 2020 RX now in Japanese dealerships, official Lexus tuner Modellista has turned in a body kit for the updated crossover:

The kit is made up of a front underspoiler, side skirts, and a rear diffuser, for a total retail cost of ¥477,360 ($4,450 USD) for the RX and ¥509,760 ($4,750 USD) for the RXL. Two other options are also available — a luggage deck board for ¥86,400 ($800 USD) and a 22-inch aluminum wheel & tire set for ¥702,000 ($6,550 USD).

Lexus RX Modellista Rear

JapanRacing

Lexus to Compete in 2019 German DTM Racing Season Finale

Lexus LC 500 SuperGT

Since 2017, there have been moves afoot to consolidate specifications between Japan’s Super GT500 series and Germany’s DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, or German Touring Car Masters) series. The plan is now complete with 2019’s common “Class One” regulations package.

The first race to see crossover action featuring vehicles from both series will be the 2019 DTM season finale at Hockenheim in Germany on October 6. DTM has invited one Super GT500 racer from each of the 3 marques in the series (Honda, Lexus and Nissan) to compete as wildcard entries. In Lexus’ case, the #37 Team KeePer TOM’S car driven by Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirayawa will do the honors. Each driver will take part in one race of the double-header.

On November 22-24, Super GT racing will return the favor by inviting somewhere between 6 and 10 DTM racers to participate in the Super GT 2019 season finale at Fuji Speedway.

Lexus RX: Fourth GenerationUSA

Lexus USA Announces Updated 2020 RX Crossover Pricing

Lexus RX 2020 Hybrid

Lexus USA has announced pricing for the 2020 RX crossover, and it’s a minor increase considering the updated looks and the new inclusion of a new touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, & Android Auto.

The 2020 RX 350 starting price increases $330 USD to $45,175. An RX 350 with all-wheel drive is $1,400 more, at $46,575. The three-row RX 350L is priced from $48,325, or $49,725 with all-wheel drive. Finally, the RX 450h will start at $47,775.

The F SPORT package brings performance dampers and Sport+ drive mode, and starts at $48,975 for front-wheel drive and $50,375 with all-wheel drive. The F SPORT Performance package adds the active variable suspension from the LC, cold air intake, electric power steering, and active sound control, and brings the total to $51,375.

Production has started in both Japan and Ontario, and it’s expected the 2020 RX and RX L will be arriving at dealerships soon.

Lexus LX: Third GenerationRumorsUSA

Toyota to Discontinue Land Cruiser in USA, Focus on Lexus LX?

Lexus Land Cruiser Toyota LX

Jonny Lieberman from Motor Trend is claiming that Toyota will no longer sell the Land Cruiser in the USA after 2022, preferring to focus on the Lexus LX:

Why? Well, at $86,000 [the Land Cruiser is] expensive and hard to sell. Especially because Toyota has spent ZERO DOLLARS marketing their best product for several decades straight. 3,000 or so people a year buying a hand built, over-engineered, off road luxury masterpiece apparently ain’t enough.

And that’s not even the real reason. The Lexus LX570 is essentially the same vehicle and costs more (i.e. it is more profitable). Why not sell 7,000 LX570s a year instead of 4,000?

Toyota has issued a statement saying that no decision has been made regarding the Land Cruiser, but this would be a shocking turn of events considering the heritage of the nameplate. The reasoning does fit, especially with what Lieberman has to say about Lexus:

Dirty secret — Lexus hasn’t made a profit in about 2 years. Too many NXs being sold with cash on the [hood], not nearly enough big ticket products like GS, LS, LC, and LX getting bought. So yes, there will be a next-gen, 2023 LX570 sold in America, just not it’s Toyota sibling.

(Photo from Car Advice Australia)