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Five Family Cars That Just Aren't
Five Family Cars That Just Aren't

What happens when a "family" vehicle turns out to be less than friendly? I like to think creatively about vehicles that can handle my family and all our gear. Minivans are the most obvious choice, but I've taken a look at other vehicles that might just fit the bill. Everything from crossovers to...Read More»

2008 Lexus IS 350
Lexus IS350 V-6 Named A '10 Best Engine' For 2009

The 3.5-liter V-6 found under the hoods of the 2009 Lexus IS 350 and GS 350 was honored with a spot on Ward Automotive's 10 Best Engines list for 2009. This marks the fourth year in a row that Lexus' 2GR-FSE V-6 has made the list. Ward's judges were all impressed with the V-6's power, refinement...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX: Hybrid or No, A Step Up

Now that the hullabaloo that was the 2009 Detroit auto show is over, we're getting back to the business of road-testing cars. Late last year we drove the new 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrids out in California, and in our opinion, they're just as refined as the previous edition--with a couple...Read More»

2007 Lexus LS460
Lexus Recalls GS, IS, And LS For Possible Corrosion In Fuel System

If you own a 2006-2008 Lexus GS350 nee GS300, Lexus IS250/IS350, or Lexus LS460/460L, please check with Lexus to see if your car qualifies for an important recall. In addition, Lexus will be sending you mail notifying you if you have an affected vehicle. Lexus found that fuel delivery pipes on...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus Celebrates 20 Years

Toyota proudly notes that its wildly successful Lexus division debuted exactly 20 years ago at 1989's Detroit Auto Show. The cars that started the brand were the LS 400, a Benz S-Class fighter, and the ES 250, a Camry-based sedan with a V-6, frameless windows, and stellar fit and finish. Despite a...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
2010 Lexus HS 250h Preview

With the debut of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the Toyota Prius expands into a family of vehicles that now includes a formal four-door sedan--one with a pricetag likely to hit $30,000. The HS 250h, Lexus announced this morning at the 2009 Detroit auto show, is the first luxury hybrid-only vehicle, as...Read More»

Toyota's Enform system
Toyota Launches OnStar Competitor

Intrigued by the popularity of GM's OnStar, Toyota has announced that it will offer a built-in safety service in some Toyota and Lexus models as soon as summer 2009. The services will have different names--Safety Connect for Toyotas, Enform for the Lexus (presumably because "Safety Connect" sounds...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX 350, RX 450h Hit the Road

The newest editions of the best-selling Lexuses on the planet have arrived--and for the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and hybrid 2010 Lexus RX 450h, the buzzwords are "don't rock the boat." The new crossover's shape is clearly related to the outgoing model, though the faster rear pillar and more creased...Read More»

2010 Ford Fiesta
Consumer Reports Rates Ford and Japanese Brands Highest

We reported earlier today about Ford Motor Company's solid reliability ratings in Consumer Reports' 2008 Annual Car Reliability Survey. Says Consumer Reports, "on average, Ford continues to build the most reliable American cars." But the comprehensive test also revealed that reliability of European...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX spy shots
2010 Lexus RX Coming to the L.A. Auto Show

Earlier this year, we showed it to you in spy photos--now Toyota execs confirm the 2010 Lexus RX will get its world debut at the 2008 Los Angeles auto show in November. The new Lexus RX won't vary too widely in styling from the current vehicle, if our spy shots on file hold up. The updated version...Read More»

Project Lexus GS concept
Lexus Brings Big V-8, Chassis Dyno, and More Mojo to SEMA

Everyone's getting in on the SEMA action, it would seem, and even Lexus, long the maker of unobtrusive and smooth luxury conveyances, is going to wear a muscle tee and flex a bicep or two this November in Vegas. It seems they have carmakers like BMW and Audi in their sights, and it sounds like...Read More»

2010 Lexus IS 250 C
2010 Lexus IS Convertible: Giving the SC the (Folding) Boot

When it arrives in U.S. showrooms in spring 2009, the new Lexus IS Convertible will do two things for the Toyota luxury brand: give it a reason to dump the slow-selling, bathtub-shaped SC convertible, and simultaneously give it a much less expensive hardtop convertible with which to fight the...Read More»

Pirate
Talk Like a Pirate Day! Which Car Makes You Go "Arrgh?"

Avast ye scurvy wenches and prepare to be boarded! Or something like that. It's Talk Like a Pirate Day--you know, the holiday that took the place of Arbor Day on our corporate calendar--and an excuse for all kinds of otherwise normal-appearing people to speak like Johnny Depp speaking like Keith...Read More»

2009 Toyota Tundra
Toyota Adds E85, Four-Cylinders to 2009s

Toyota's plans for the 2009 model year include a big boost to ethanol-powered trucks and to four-cylinders. Toyota says for 2009, its entire Tundra model line will be available with E85 ethanol flex-fuel capacity "in select regions." Far less efficient than diesel and even gasoline, burning ethanol...Read More»

2009 Lexus LS 460 L
2009 Lexus LS 460 Gets All-Wheel Drive

The 2009 Lexus LS 460 gets the same all-wheel-drive option found in the hybrid LS 600h L sedan, the Toyota luxury brand confirmed today. Both the long- and short-wheelbase LS sedans will receive the option, which makes the LS the fourth Lexus sedan to offer all-wheel drive. Both versions also are...Read More»

2007 Lexus IS 250 4-door Sport Sedan Auto RWD Open Doors
2010 Lexus IS Convertible Is Paris-Bound

Lexus is planning a convertible version of its IS sedan, but no coupe version is planned. A report in Autoblog, via eGMCarTech this morning, says that the Lexus SC convertible is history, and that a new IS convertible is in the pipeline. TheCarConnection.com's sources report the new convertible IS...Read More»

2008 Lexus LS 460
Black Card Ready? Lexus Pebble Beach Editions Are Here

Lexus is sporting twins at this year's Pebble Beach Concours festivities--special editions of the SC convertible and LS sedan. The 2009 Lexus SC Pebble Beach Edition gets a "Mercury Metallic" exterior color, with an ecru and black interior with black-stained maple trim. Badges and floor mats are...Read More»

Car Dealer
Are Dealers Doing a Better Job Satisfying Customers?

That's the question posed by researchers wondering whether dealers are doing a better job than conventional wisdom would suggest. We've all heard the horror stories, of course: dealers who renege on promises, deliver a different vehicle than the one a customer expected to get, or throw a prospect's...Read More»

2009 Hyundai Genesis
The Week in Reverse

We drove the new Hyundai Genesis this week once more, and liked it so much we're adding some points to its review next week. In the meantime, Hyundai execs say the big four-door could get all-wheel drive soon--which makes us wonder if the Genesis will also spawn a big crossover vehicle along with...Read More»

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