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2018 Lexus GS F
2018 Lexus GS F

With its GS F, Lexus takes on revered rivals like the BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V, and Audi RS 7, though at a disadvantage. Yes, it has a 467-horsepower V-8, but forced induction gives all of its competitors far more power. Still, track-ready handling mixed with...Read More»

2018 Lexus NX
2018 Lexus NX

In its fourth year on the market, the Lexus NX compact crossover utility vehicle gets some mild styling upgrades, additional features, and a new model name for the gasoline version. The 2018 Lexus NX 300 (known as the NX 200t in previous years) is available with front- or all-wheel...Read More»

2018 Lexus GX 460
2018 Lexus GX

The 2018 Lexus GX has something to hide. Beneath the leather and hourglass nose, it’s a Land Cruiser Prado—something like a Toyota 4Runner—to the rest of the world. It’s more a work truck than its glam-SUV grille and geegaws let on, but just a short drive in any...Read More»

2018 Lexus GS 350
2018 Lexus GS

The Lexus GS is a worthy rival for the German sport sedans, taking a sharper edge than some of them. Available in GS 300, GS 350, GS 350 AWD, and GS 450h, in addition to the high-performance GS F (covered separately) models, this mid-size car is appealing for more than just its agile...Read More»

2018 Lexus LX 570
2018 Lexus LX

The Lexus LX 570 exists because the Land Cruiser does. If that world-patrolling, UN-peacekeeping Toyota hadn’t built up decades of global goodwill, there’d be no reason to plaster it with leather and wood and a big chromey grille, and sell it as a luxury truck. The heritage...Read More»

2018 Kia Optima
2018 Kia Optima

The 2018 Kia Optima represents what we like best in mid-size sedans: good features, handsome styling, admirable safety, and compelling value. Yeah, we don’t know what’s not to like either. This year, Kia added a sportier trim level to the Optima and made standard some...Read More»

2018 Lexus ES
2018 Lexus ES

The 2018 Lexus ES mid-size sedan may be the most traditional model left in the brand’s lineup. It’s more spacious than the IS sport sedan, at a similar price, and softer and more comfortable than the GS sport sedan, which is the same size. As Lexus sedans have tried to be...Read More»

2018 Lexus RC F
2018 Lexus RC F

The Lexus RC F doesn't have a high-performance sheen built up over decades. Rivals like the BMW M4 have considerable laurels to rest on, in that regard. But the RC F comes the closest yet of any Lexus to nailing the elusive German recipe for track and street two-door performance. We...Read More»

2018 Lexus RC
2018 Lexus RC

The Lexus RC competes with established luxury-brand sport coupes such as the BMW 4-Series, Audi A5, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This year, Lexus renames the RC 200t and makes it the RC 300. It’s the sole 4-cylinder coupe; the 300 AWD, 350, and 350 AWD models each have a V-6 engine...Read More»

2018 Lexus RX
2018 Lexus RX

The Lexus RX has been shorthand for luxury crossovers for almost two decades. It’s also been styled with a sober hand and shushed with a librarian’s insistence. Until now. In 2016 Lexus redesigned the RX and set out after shoppers who saw sport-tuned German crossovers, and...Read More»

2018 Volkswagen Golf
2018 Volkswagen Golf

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is a perennial favorite—and something of an underdog—among compact cars. It's offered as a four-door hatchback, a wagon with either a standard or slightly raised suspension, and a pair of sporty "hot hatches." With the 2018 Golf, Volkswagen has taken...Read More»

2017 Volkswagen CC
2017 Volkswagen CC

The 2017 Volkswagen CC is an aging but still handsome "four-door coupe," meaning a four-door sedan with a lower and sleeker roofline than VW's squarer and more upright Passat (which sells in much higher numbers). It's actually a mechanical cousin to the last-generation VW Passat, the...Read More»

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