Japanese luxury - it's a concept that was foreign to U.S. car buyers before the launch of nameplates including Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti. However, over the course of about two decades all three have become household names, with Lexus leading the way.
From its relatively humble beginnings, Lexus has grown to be one of America's leading luxury brands. Following up on the successful Lexus IS 300 (dubbed the Lexus Altezza in Japan) are the new entry-level models known as the Lexus IS 250 and Lexus IS 350; a hotrod version of that model is called the Lexus IS F. Like competitors Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Lexus fills its ranks with a range of
upscale sedans including the Lexus ES 350, the Lexus GS 350 and Lexus GS 460, and the Lexus LS 460 and LS 460 L, also known as Japan's equivalent to the S-Class.
In an effort to put a halo of green around the company's name, the Lexus GS 450h, Lexus LS 600h L, and Lexus HS 250h hybrid models have been developed. The same fuel-sipping technology is used in the Lexus RX 450h crossover, a more efficient version of the Lexus RX 350. Rounding out the lineup are the Lexus GX 470, the Lexus LX 570 SUV (a more luxurious version of the Toyota Land Cruiser), and the Lexus SC 430 convertible.