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BMW X5 VS. Lexus RX300: 100K Mile Rematch
BMW X5 VS. Lexus RX300: 100K Mile Rematch

We added an X5 to the fleet of silver SUVs in our driveway this past week. As a 2002 model with 120,000 on the odometer, it does not show its age. The silver paint is still well preserved and the black leather and dark poplar trim show nary a sign of wear and tear. It came from a loving home, with...Read More»

2010 Lexus RX 350
2010 Lexus RX 350 - Soft, Squishy, Safe and High

Ok, let me say this upfront -- I am not a huge fan of the SUV/crossover category. I prefer a different type of vehicle and one that differs from the Lexus philosophy of driver involvement. Which is to say somewhere between clobbered into a comatose state and numbed out with a double dose of...Read More»

The 2010 Toyota Prius
Kelley Names Toyota, Lexus Best Brands For Resale Value

Residual value is a common concern of car buyers, especially during tough times like these. Accordingly, shoppers might be interested to know that Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com® 2010 Residual Value Study has given the Toyota brand its Best Resale Value Award. (Curiously, this is the first time that...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
CR: 41 Percent Of Acceleration Complaints Involve Toyotas

Whether or not so-called "sudden acceleration" problems involve issues with floor mats, operator confusion over pedals, or actual vehicle defects, several automakers rank far above others in terms of complaints made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Toyota has many more...Read More»

2010 Audi A4
Audi Ups Advertising In Response To Crumbling Economy

In economic times like these, most companies are looking to trim expenses. Many start by scaling back their marketing budgets -- which, as anyone who's taken Marketing 101 can tell you, is a pretty bad idea. Audi, however, has gone in the other direction, with a 20% increase in advertising and...Read More»

Active Parking Guidance System - in Lexus LS 600h
Does The 2010 Lexus LS 600h Park Itself As Well As A Ford?

For several years Lexus has offered an Advanced Parking Guidance System (APGS; also called Intelligent Parking Assist) option on its Lexus LS 460 and Lexus LS 600h, and the same system is offered in the 2010 Toyota Prius. The Lexus/Toyota system was, and still is, the first and only system in the...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota To Shorten, Then Replace, 3.8M Accelerator Pedals In Safety Recall

Toyota announced today that it would recall 3.8 million of its vehicles to replace the accelerator pedals, to alleviate once and for all any chance of uncontrolled acceleration from the pedal being trapped by ill-fitting floor mats. While it develops new pedal designs, Toyota will have its dealers...Read More»

2010 Lexus GX 460
First Drive: 2010 Lexus GX 460

Stepping into the brand-new 2010 Lexus GX 460 for the first time, it's hard not to feel a bit nostalgic. Why? Among mid-size utes, the Lexus GX 460 is the last one standing; it's the only vehicle this size that sticks with the body-on-frame construction long preferred those who do heavy towing, and...Read More»

2010 Lexus ES 350
2010 Lexus ES 350 Gets Classier Cabin, Better Detailing

The front-wheel-drive ES 350 has long been the most subtle car in Lexus' already hardly overt lineup—appealing to those who want a smooth, responsive, quiet, and very comfortable luxury car, with some world-class technology features inside. For 2010, the ES 350 gets a number of changes, but it...Read More»

Third-gen Toyota Prius test drive
Toyota Floor Mat Safety Recall: My Prius Goes On Notice

You're well aware that Toyota is recalling the 2004-2009 Prius--among a list of vehicles--for an issue with floor mats. Here at High Gear Media, we have at least two vehicles affected by the recall, both 2004 Toyota Prius hatchbacks, both even the same shade of blue. One of them's mine, and in the...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota: Floor Mats To Blame In Stuck-Accelerator Issue

Toyota says there's no evidence that the automaker's Toyota or Lexus vehicles have an unintended-acceleration issue. But improperly installed or wrong-size floor mats can interfere with the accelerator pedal and cause it to stick, the automaker admits. Today Toyota started to mail letters to...Read More»

2010 Nissan Murano
Compared: 2010 Lexus RX 350 vs 2010 Nissan Murano LE

TheCarConnection.com has just updated our full review of the Murano for 2010 and thought it would be the perfect time for a little match-up...against the 2010 Lexus RX 350. When the Nissan Murano was first redesigned for 2009, we wrote, "The 2009 Murano is just as smooth as the RX, definitely...Read More»

2010 VW GTI App Store Launch
New VW GTI Launched With iPhone App, Mazda Diesels Could Come To U.S.: Today’s Car News

The 2010 Golf GTI is making it’s away across the U.S. and in the lead up to its arrival in showrooms Volkswagen has launched the car in its App Store, with the availability of the new “Real Racing GTI” game. [Motor Authority] Mazda caught a lot of flak earlier this year for...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ten Most Fuel-Efficient Cars For '10

Most ordinary gasoline models look like guzzlers next to the hybrids—and a few compact diesel models—that dominate the upper echelon of this year's EPA fuel economy ratings. For instance, according to the EPA's Fuel Economy Guide information released last week, a 2010 Toyota Prius will cost...Read More»

2011 Lexus LFA
Preview: 2011 Lexus LFA

• What is it? Lexus’ first supercar and a genuine rival to Ferrari and Lamborghini • The basics: High-rev V-10 and rear-wheel drive fun • On sale: 2011 • Price: $375,000-plus (est.) The supercar that almost wasn’t, the 2011 Lexus LFA, has finally made its world debut at this month’s...Read More»

2010 Toyota Venza
Bluetooth, iPod Connectivity Expanded In 2010 Toyota Venza

The Venza carries into its second model year with no significant changes. That's the short story, however some people might find the Venza's entertainment system considerably more functional; tech-savvy shoppers will be quick to verify that an USB auxiliary port and iPod connectivity are newly...Read More»

2010 Lexus GS 450h
Lexus Prices 2010 GS and LS Sedans

The 2010 Lexus GS and LS sedan lineup looks a lot like it did in 2009. A few minor interior and exterior appearance updates, some new technology and a new Sport Package for the LS are about all that changes. Fortunately for fans of the GS, the prices have stayed the same, too. The LS sees minor...Read More»

Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota-Lexus Floor-Mat Problem Is Now Officially A Recall

One week ago today, owners of eight Toyota and Lexus models got an urgent plea from the U.S. Department of Transportation, delivered via the media: Remove your driver's side floor mat immediately, and don't replace it until you've taken your car to the dealer. With much of the coverage calling it a...Read More»

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: High-Mileage Achiever, Everyman's Interior

40 miles per gallon. That's what we at TheCarConnection.com just saw in a week's worth of driving—driving in which we really made a point to treat the Fusion Hybrid much like any other car. And when we actually tried to drive economically, following the excellent hybrid system display when we...Read More»

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