5-Year Cost to Own Awards 2013

Posted 2/10/2013 1:23 PM

Speaking of Lexus, as a brand defined in large part by value and reliability, it's no surprise Toyota's luxury division would take home this year's 5-Year Cost to Own Award as the outstanding luxury brand. In addition to low maintenance costs and strong resale values, Lexus scores well in fuel costs, too, thanks in part to the most hybrid offerings of any luxury automaker. And on top of the financial advantages, Lexus also delivers what is often cited as the best ownership experience around.

Here's a quick look at the cars behind this year's luxury brand award winner.

2013 Lexus CT
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $40,507
The 2013 Lexus CT 200h is a tidy, upscale sports hatchback that shares the hybrid powertrain of the Toyota Prius. Acceleration is modest, but it blends willing road manners, sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior and a prestigious badge with great fuel efficiency.

2013 Lexus IS
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $51,173
There's a new IS on the way for 2014, but the second-generation model still looks good and offers plenty of refinement. Owners will also appreciate this luxury sport sedan's strong residual values and solid reliability record long after signing on the dotted line.

2013 Lexus ES
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $46,266
For its 6th-generation debut, the 2013 Lexus ES has a slightly larger design with fresh sheet metal, more interior amenities, better fuel economy, and a hybrid model that uses a 4-cylinder gasoline engine and battery-powered electric motor to achieve up to 40 mpg.

2013 Lexus GS
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $58,153
New for the 2013 model year, the fourth generation of Lexus' mid-size luxury-sport sedan boasts bold styling and an even more luxurious interior. With a fresh emphasis on dynamics, the GS is now a more tempting option for driving enthusiasts.

2013 Lexus LS
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $88,543
Like Ben Stein dressed in Tour de France bicycle gear, the 2013 Lexus LS looks like a legitimate performer, but underneath beats a familiar conservative heart. The Lexus LS 460 F Sport is available for those desirous of more dynamic and visual aggression, if not horsepower, but overall the Lexus LS continues to deliver what its fans truly want: abundant luxury, an insulated ride and an unparalleled ownership experience.

2013 Lexus RX
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $53,027
Now in its third generation, the 5-passenger 2013 Lexus RX is the best-selling car for Toyota's luxury division, and it's easy to see why. The RX has the serene ride quality and superb interior craftsmanship long associated with Lexus sedans, yet has the storage capacity, seating flexibility and commanding view of an SUV. 

2013 Lexus GX
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $64,979
One of the few luxury SUVs utilizing a traditional boxed ladder frame, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 strikes an excellent balance between serious off-road capability and civilized daily driving manners. With standard full-time 4-wheel drive (4WD), exceptional ground clearance and many off-road tech features, the 2013 Lexus GX 460 is an enticing proposition for the adventurous luxury-SUV buyer.

2013 Lexus LX
5-Year Cost to Own as of December 2012: $87,021
Luxurious amenities and a comfortable ride meet true off-road capability in the 2013 Lexus LX 570. Meant to coddle up to eight passengers in rush-hour traffic and rugged terrain alike, the LX is Lexus' biggest and most powerful SUV. With a starting price of over $80,000 and a mighty thirst for fuel, the LX's abilities don't come cheap.

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