While many of Toyota’s vehicles are experiencing a decrease in sales in Canada, Lexus is actually experiencing a serious surge in sales. So much of a surge in fact that records are being set. During the month of April Lexus set the tenth consecutive monthly sales record and had the biggest month of sales to date with a total of 2,651 Lexus vehicles sold. Much of this is due to the latest RX SUV that’s selling like crazy all over Canada. Let’s dig into why that is.
Why is the RX Selling so Well?
Canada itself is well-known for having rough terrain that’s a bit more difficult to traverse than other countries, and that’s partly why SUVs are so popular in Canada, but that doesn’t explain why the RX is selling so well over other models. Lexus has an excellent reputation in Canada, but the RX is standing on its own in terms of quality and features offered. The SUV comes with an excellent selection of safety features that make driving more convenient and crashing much more difficult to do. The SUV is known for its reliability, it’s designed with a rugged platform that can stand up to harsh weather conditions such as snowy roads or mountain driving. The SUV is also highly luxurious.
Luxuriate While Off-Roading
While we don’t recommend taking the RX through tough off-road courses, there are likely some that it could handle just fine. It’s a pretty tough vehicle, but it also comes with all the comfort and aesthetic features that you would expect out of a Lexus. It’s fitted with carefully sculpted heated and cooled seats that are designed to make your drive as enjoyable as possible. The SUV itself looks stunning, and there’s ample space within for five passengers to ride around comfortably.
The 2017 RX is just a good solid vehicle to tackle the elements in style. That’s probably why 966 units were sold in April, a major increase of 11.2% over the previous April’s sales figures. That’s a significant increase and it shows that more people than ever before are interested in the RX and what it has to offer.
Canadian buyers are realizing the value of the RX, whether it’s the 350 or the 450h hybrid model, there’s a lot to like about the vehicle and how it handles in a variety of different driving conditions.
One of the most important tools in a modern-day vehicle is its navigation system. After all, without a good setup you could become lost very easily when driving around in unfamiliar territory. That’s why most people today make sure they get a car or truck with a nav system so that it can be relied on each time that you take the vehicle out. Nearly every Lexus vehicle sold today comes with navigation, so it’s pretty important for Lexus owners to know how to make the most of these systems. Here are a couple of helpful tips to help you make more of your navigation system when out and about.
Turn up the Volume
One of the biggest issues that drivers experience with the navigation system is directions that are too quiet. If you can’t hear the directions while driving, you’re going to miss important turns and end up driving inefficiently. Fortunately, there is a way that you can turn up the volume so that those directions are a bit easier for you to hear all along. To change the volume levels you’ll have to dig through a few menus, but the process isn’t too difficult, we promise.
Select “Menu” then choose the “Setup” option.
From there you need to choose “Voice.” And “Voice Settings”.
Once in this menu you can easily turn the volume up or down between 1 and 7. It often defaults on 2, so you can crank the volume up significantly.
Finding Your Way Home
There is a special feature known as Route Trace that makes it easy to figure out how to make it back to your starting location. Whether you are exploring a new area, or you simply need to remember how to trace your steps, this system is the way to do it. When it’s enabled the car will leave a series of dots on your navigation map that you can follow back in the opposite direction. This makes it easy to drive in unfamiliar surroundings, or to drop off a person and find your way home after.
To turn on this feature you’ll have to go through one of two different step sets. New vehicles make it easy, you just select “Options” and “Navigation Options”. Now choose “Map information” and select “Route Trace” to enable the option.
If you’re driving an older model you’ll have to choose “Show on Map” at the bottom of navigation, and choose “Route Trace”.
No matter how you turn Route Trace on, it should help you avoid getting lost while driving around and leave you with more positive stories to tell about driving. No matter what you want to use your vehicle for, hopefully these two navigation tips will help you make the most of it and stay out of trouble more consistently.
By now most Lexus fans know all about the reliability of the brand, or at least the supposed reliability that it has to offer. That’s because companies are constantly going on about the benefits of relying on Lexus. Sure luxury vehicles are more expensive, but the added cost pays off in the case of Lexus thanks to its exceptional dependability. To prove that point further, the luxury brand just received the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study for the sixth year in a row. If that’s not impressive I don’t know what is.
Dominating the Dependability Study
Lexus is known as a highly reliable brand, in part because it’s a branch of Toyota, but also because the luxury brand continually dominates reliability tests. According to the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus vehicles have been the most reliable luxury model widely sold throughout the U.S. for the last 6 years. That’s something worth bragging about, and even before Lexus was the top brand, it was still known for its reliability.
How the Study Determines Winner
The dependability study relies on a very simple metric in order to decide which vehicles are the most dependable overall. It looks at the number of reported problems for the vehicles sold, and then compares that figure with the level of vehicles sold. These two figures together lead to an average set of problems per 100 vehicles sold, and that’s the number that J.D. Power uses to determine which vehicles are the most reliable and which are the least.
Individual Lexus Standouts
On top of coming in first place for a luxury brand overall, Lexus also had three different models that scored highest in their respective categories. In the Midsize Premium Car category the Lexus GS came out on top with a score of 94 problems per 100 vehicles, which is actually exceptionally low. The Lexus RX had a similar score with only a small number of more problems per 100 with 105 problems per 100 vehicles on average. The Lexus ES took the luxury compact car segment with ease with just 91 problems per 100 vehicles.
Either Lexus vehicle is exceptionally reliable and worth taking a look at if you are considering buying in the category.
Lexus vehicles might not be the most flashy, or the most powerful of all the luxury models on the market today, but they are the most reliable. For buyers serious about the value of their purchase, and cost of maintenance over time, a Lexus makes a lot of sense compared to the many other luxury options on the market today.
Lexus is always looking for ways to improve on its vehicles, and that’s true for its flagship LS more than any other. The automaker took special engineering measures to make the LS more capable than ever. It’s stronger, safer, more spacious, lighter and faster, all from some serious engineering tweaks throughout.
Lexus is always looking for ways to expand the interior space of its automobiles, but it’s important to avoid making the vehicles bulkier in the process. The automaker managed to keep bulk to a minimum, while increasing interior space of its 2018 Lexus by relying on more durable high-strength steel products. The vehicle is actually lighter and more spacious, a pretty impressive combination.
Shedding the Pounds
In order to cut away approximately 200 lbs. from the vehicle, Lexus made use of high-strength tensile steel in several sections of the body of the LS. The steels are used throughout the body and frame of the vehicle to do away with bulkier metals that were once required to support the vehicle. Lexus also implemented an aluminum hood and trunk lid to cut down on weight even more. The overall result is that the vehicle is lighter, faster and more spacious overall.
Aluminum Supports a Safer Frame
Not only will the next LS be lighter, but it will also be safer as it tries to come out with higher scares on the next crash test. Lexus is making heavy use of aluminum webbing throughout the structure of the LS to add to its strength. The chassis benefits from suspension towers at both the front and rear.
All these changes should make the LS better than ever before and will give owners something to be proud of in their vehicles. Sure the lighter body, the greater interior space and the added safety won’t stand out as much as design changes would, but these improvements are the things that really matter most.
In order to celebrate the upcoming 2017 Lexus IS, the automaker made a special version of the vehicle absolutely covered in a total of 41,999 lights. The car lights up blindingly and can display a wide range of graphics and messages. It’s a pretty cool spectacle and it can do a lot more than you might expect.
Different Interactive Modes
Lexus is calling the light-covered vehicle LIT, and it comes with three different modes that all do something special and cool. From reacting to music, to drawing in attention, this special car is an excellent way to get attention on the automaker.
Music Viz Mode
In Music Viz mode all the lights on the vehicle respond to the sound and beat of music. Different patterns are created, and a unique looking light show is put on from the vehicle. It’s a pretty cool spectacle when put to the beat of a good song.
Gesture Mode gives full control of the LEDs to a single person through a gaming console. The console is attached to all the lights, and you’ll be able to create unique gestures all over the vehicle while going down the road, sitting at a red light, or just showing off in a parking lot.
Attract Mode is the main form of advertisement that Lexus does for the new IS. This mode shows off a unique spectrum of colorful patterns that Lexus claims shows off the design elements of the IS nicely.
This isn’t the first time that Lexus has gone all out for one of its upcoming vehicles. They create exciting spectacles and cool stunts all the time, but this one was particularly cool and is certainly a sight worth seeing. Do yourself a favor and watch a video of the car, it’s worth the time.
The Lexus LC 500 is an exciting vehicle and it’s currently the flagship model offered by the automaker. Even though the car just only came out, it seems like Lexus has more planned for the big model than just the basic version that’s gracing the streets around the country currently. Many people believe that a convertible model is in store and that it will be released in the next year or two. Others are expecting an all-wheel drive version or a more aggressive LC 500 F. Nothing is confirmed, but Lexus could go in a lot of directions with this impressive machine.
Why a Convertible?
There’s a really good reason for Lexus to release a convertible version of its vehicle, and that’s to compete. In order to compete with the likes of BMW and Jaguar a convertible would be a powerful and helpful tool. Lexus will likely want to capture a bit more of the market share, and a convertible will allow them to do that effectively.
It’s a Possibility
While there is no official word on whether or not Lexus is going to release a convertible version of the LC 500, it’s definitely possible to make one according to the chief engineer responsible for the LC. He claims that the structure is there to make it a possibility, it just needs the green light from Lexus to happen. There is no guarantee that it ever will, but many think it’s a possibility now.
Maybe a Performance LC or an All Wheel Variant as Well
The chief engineer also said that the car could be fitted with an all-wheel drive setup, but there was no word on whether or not that was going to happen either. It’s very likely that a more powerful and aggressively styled LC F will be released in the future, but Lexus hasn’t given an official word on that either.
There is a lot in store for this new flagship vehicle, but nothing can be confirmed at the moment. We’ll all just have to wait and see what changes are in store for the coupe next, and hope that they are going to be as good as we are expecting they will be.
The IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) recently did crash tests and came up with its initial list of 2017 Top Safety Pick + vehicles. Toyota managed to land the very top spot of all the testing, proving that Toyota works hard to create some of the safest vehicles around.
Toyota Took the Top Spot
Toyota managed to best all other automakers by nearly doubling Honda in second place by getting 9 of its vehicles on IIHS Top Safety Pick + designations (counting Lexus models as well). Honda had five cars that received the designation.
Good Lights Matter
Only 38 models received the IIHS top designation this year, and much of that has to do with the low quality of headlights that are used on vehicles today. The IIHS decided to take a close look at headlights and whether they provide a bright enough viewing area at night or not. A group of engineers examined each of the vehicles to verify that they were capable of lighting up the road at night and paving the way for safe driving. With so many accidents happening after dark, it’s good that the IIHS is finally looking into this issue with its rating system.
Automatic Braking is Another Consideration
Toyota recently implemented its active safety systems on nearly all of its new models, meaning that if you opt for a new Toyota you’ll enjoy some of the best safety features available, no matter what model you decide on. This is another factor that helped the automaker take the very top spot for the most models on the safety list. That’s because automatic braking and its effectiveness to mitigate accident damage is another important consideration that’s used when picking out a vehicle to be a Top Safety Pick + model.
What Toyota Models Made it?
- Prius V
- Lexus ES 350
- Lexus NX
- Lexus RC
- Lexus RX
Each of these vehicles managed to pass the strict crash tests, make it through the headlight test and achieve a good score for automatic braking. All together you get a pretty good lineup of vehicles, meaning that if you are a Toyota or Lexus fan, you have plenty of safe models to pick and choose from when making a purchase.
Are you looking to drive a modern luxury car focused on efficiency, but don’t like the idea of plugging in every night? Pairing a gas-powered engine with advanced battery technology, the current lineup of Lexus hybrid models provide advanced fuel economy without needing a plug. The Lexus hybrid lineup available in Santa Monica, CA is always charged and ready to take on your daily commute
Lexus of Santa Monica maintains a select inventory of the latest luxury hybrid models, ranging from the compact CT to the RX mid-size SUV. Take a look at the current hybrid cars and crossovers for sale at our Lexus dealership and leave the plugs in your TV.
It’s December to Remember at Lexus of Santa Monica, and our dealership has lease and finance offers available on a limited selection of hybrid models. Whether you need the capability of an NX SUV or the contemporary styling of a new ES sedan, you can drive a true luxury hybrid for less during our holiday sales event.
Do you have questions about the current Lexus hybrid lineup? Do you already know that you want to schedule a test drive appointment? Get in touch with the team at Lexus of Santa Monica through our contact form or by phone at (424) 229-9998 to learn more about adding a new luxury hybrid model to your daily drive.
Have you made sure to be good all year in hopes of finding a brand new Lexus luxury car, crossover, or SUV with a big red bow sitting in your driveway during the holiday season? With the Lexus December to Remember Sales Event, you are one step closer to making the dream of owning your own luxury vehicle come true.
Whether you’re looking to be as eco-friendly as possible with the CT hybrid, enjoy the poised power of the GS F, carry up to eight passengers in absolute luxury with the LX, or nearly any model in between, you can find a great offer at Lexus Santa Monica during the December to Remember Sales Event. Take a look at our expansive inventory to find all of the models we have in stock to help you find the Lexus that’s perfect for you. For more details about our lease and sales offers, take a look at our online incentives page.
Lexus Santa Monica has a dedicated finance team ready to help you find the perfect luxury car, crossover, or SUV at a price you are sure to enjoy. To talk to one of our highly trained team members about the December to Remember Sales Event, do not hesitate to give us a call at (424) 229-9998 or use our online contact form.
Once a year, Consumer Reports puts out a survey that ranks each vehicle manufacturer according to reliability. These reliability ratings show how well a manufacturer’s vehicles hold up over the years and the odds for which an owner will have to worry about problems and repairs. Consumer Reports uses a meticulously crafted 0-100 point system based on subscriber feedback to determine which vehicle is most reliable. For the 2017 model year, Lexus landed directly on top of the “More Reliable” brands list with an impressive 86 points.
Scoring more points than Tesla Motors, Ram Truck, Jeep, and GMC, Lexus remains at the same place as last year’s report as the most reliable vehicle manufacturer in the industry. Since the current information available from Consumer Reports spans the last ten model years, you can be sure that Lexus produces the kind of reliability you want from a luxury vehicle.
If you would like additional information regarding the reliability of Lexus models or how you can schedule a test drive at our Lexus dealership in Santa Monica, CA, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or by calling our team of product specialists directly at (424) 229-9998.