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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.
For more than a decade now the Lexus ES has been the favored vehicle offered by the luxury automaker, and that trend looks like it will continue thanks to all the nice improvements that have been made to the 2017 ES. Not only does the vehicle get some nice multimedia enhancements, but it also gets a bunch of safety features as standard to really sweeten the deal.
New Features offered in the ES
The ES comes with a set of new standard safety equipment that makes it safer than ever to driver around. Not only that but it comes with a GPS link system that connects right through a smartphone to bring GPS navigation to the vehicle’s multimedia system. Many advanced safety features that are designed to prevent accidents from occurring, come as standard on the 2017 Lexus ES.
The included safety features are the pedestrian detection system, adaptive cruise, lane departure and steering assist as well as automatic high beams. These features come together to make driving around a whole lot easier and safer. The added features should really make the 2017 ES even more desirable to buyers, and it’s already the most popular Lexus on the market.
Silky Smooth Ride Quality
The ES is a sedan that focuses on comfort and ride quality above all else, and it’s not like the other luxury sedans that focus on performance more than anything else. The 2017 model keeps with that focus and offers a highly desirable sedan that soaks up the bumps and bruises while travelling around on most terrain types. It comes with an excellent suspension system that makes most bumps hard to notice, and has excellent soundproofing that will keep your rides whisper quiet.
Paying for the Features
While the ES comes with a whole bunch of new standard features, you will have to pay a bit more money in order to have those features in the vehicle, which makes a lot of sense. The base cost of the vehicle is approximately $800 more than it was in 2016 and the destination fee has also gone up to $975, an increase of $25. These cost increases are quite minor compared to all the additional features that are being offered with the ES though, which helps the car remain a good value to buyers.
The Lexus ES is still one of the best offerings that Lexus has, and all the new features make owning the vehicle even more exciting overall.
Lexus has long been known for its reliability. People buy into the Lexus brand looking for a quality vehicle that’s going to offer luxury features, but also a level of reliability that supersedes most of the other brands in the same price bracket. The 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study just goes to reinforce that image by ranking the Lexus Brand as the highest overall for the 5th year running. That’s obviously exciting to Lexus, but it really says something that this victory was almost expected rather than a surprise.
What the Vehicle Dependability Study Looks at
The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) takes a close look at user-reported issues on vehicles three years old. That means the 2016 study took a look at 2013 vehicles and found that Lexus vehicles had the least number of reported problems as compared to the total number of Lexus vehicles out on the road. The study very accurately shows how well cars hold up over time, and it’s something that buyers are relying on to make their purchases and decide which vehicles to trust and which to pass over.
Benefitting from Three Segment Rewards
Not only did Lexus get the highest overall score from J.D. Power, but the company also locked down three different segment rewards. The three cars below all received awards in their segments.
- Lexus GS
- Lexus GX
- Lexus ES
The Lexus GS received the top spot for the Midsize Premium Car segment. The Lexus GX managed to take the leading spot in the utility vehicle category with the RX coming in second in that segment. Finally the Lexus ES was rewarded with the title of most dependable premium model overall, making it an excellent buy for customers looking for reliability above all else.
Selling More Future Vehicles
This rank is exciting for Lexus for two different reasons. First it’s a nice bit of recognition to show off when trying to sell vehicles. Every car manufacturer likes to be able to say that they produce the most reliable vehicles and then have something like this award to prove it. Lexus also benefits from a higher rate of return customers since customers that have few problems with a vehicle tend to stick with the same brand in the future. Lexus doesn’t have to work as hard marketing its products because the build quality and reliability sell the vehicles all on their own.
Both Lexus and Toyota are known for being reliable brands, and it’s because they keep receiving top prizes and recognition like this. Lexus vehicles build on top of the same reliable platform year after year and make improvements to build on their success even more as time goes on.
This Saturday and Sunday is The West Hollywood Auto Show on the World Famous Sunset Strip across from The Roxy. In addition to all the coolest new cars, come for the live entertainment, food, fun, photo booth and more surprises, and LAcarGUY is the presenting sponsor.
We will have nine vehicles and a salesman at this even both Saturday and Sunday from each of our stores involved, Fisker Santa Monica, Toyota Hollywood, Subaru Pacific, Lexus Santa Monica and Volkswagen Santa Monica. We will have our tent set up and small give aways available. The cars we will have on display will include:Toyota Rav 4
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Prius C
- Subaru XV Crosstrek
- Subaru Outback
- Lexus ES
- Lexus CT
- Volkswagen Jetta
- VW – Beetle
- Fisker Karma
The event is free to the public and starts at 11am each day and runs until 5pm, and we expect huge crowds!
The location is on Sunset Blvd, Across the street from the ROXY Theatre. 8950 West Sunset Blvd.
Hope to see you out there!
There have been five generations of the ES sedan since its introduction in 1989, and more than one million remain on the world’s roads. The folks at Lexus know that their entry-level luxury sedan could stand to be livelier if its going to attract younger buyers; but at the same time, they don’t want to alienate the traditional ES buyer, who averages 63 years in age, and have made the ES Lexus’ best-selling sedan.
So what we find is evidence of a trickle-down design and engineering shown to great effect with Lexus’ new ES 350 and 300h. Both from an exterior and interior stand point, the new ES takes many of its design cues from the elements introduced in the GS. As part of its complete redesign for 2013, this sixth-generation ES features sleeker styling, shorter overhangs, quicker steering, ECO, Normal AND SPORT driving modes and a tweaked suspension, all to provide a bit more masculinity and athleticism. The hybrid adds the additional low-speed, short-distance, pure-electric EV mode.
Also available only in the hybrid model is the bamboo interior trim option that was originally available in the new GS. Officials at Lexus say that if there is enough demand, the bamboo trim might be made available in the regular ES 350. They also went on to state that they have received positive feedback about the bamboo trim from journalists and consumers alike and are waiting for more data before moving forward to offer the option in models other than the hybrid.
What stands out most is the styling. The formerly conservative ES sheds its pinstripes in favor of Lexus’ new design language, sporting the signature spindle grille along with LED lights. In addition, the car is slightly lower and an inch longer, but the overhangs shorten on its 2-inch longer wheelbase. On the inside, the longer wheelbase results in an additional four inches in rear-passenger leg room.
The ES 350 retains its 3.5-liter V6, similar to the Camry, that puts out 268 horsepower and comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Powering the hybrid is a 2.5-liter I-4 Atkinson cycle four-cylinder along with Toyota’s hybrid drive system, where the combined total of the two produces 200 horsepower. The system employs a continuously variable transmission (CVT), borrowed completely from the Camry hybrid.
The hybrid launches from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 8.1 seconds which is a whole second slower than the 7.1-second sprint posted by the ES 350. Fuel economy in the hybrid is 40 city and 39 highway and a combined 40. The V6 posts 21 city, 31 highway, and 24 combined.
The long list of standard equipment for the ES includes a moon roof, keyless start, power everything, cruise-control, backup-camera, eight-speaker audio, and more. On the options list are Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, radar cruise control, navigation, 15-speaker/835-watt Mark Levinson audio and panoramic sun roof.
Overall, the all-new redesigned 2013 Lexus ES has surprised us with its sportier, bolder styling, more engaging driving dynamics, roomier interior, and it is still bank-vault quiet as a Lexus is expected to be. Slated to arrive in showrooms mid-August, pricing probably won’t be announced until closer to launch date. So continue to follow us on Twitter and check-in on our Facebook community to be one of the first to be notified as soon as it arrives.
The first Lexus ES was introduced over 20 years ago and the sixth generation, revamped 2013 Lexus ES 350 along with the all-new 2013 ES 300h officially debuted earlier this year at the New York International Auto Show. With a lower, wider and longer body, spindle grille and clean front-to-back lines, the car’s overhauled aesthetics is sure to catch one’s eye; but the promise of a combined 40 mpg in the hybrid model will definitely hold one’s attention.
The Lexus Hybrid Drive system features the highly efficient 2.5 liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine that’s augmented with battery power throughout the powertrain, a consideration that is especially noticeable on the high and low ends. The result is a sedan with solid pickup and sporty responsiveness, achieving 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 8.1 seconds. Expected EPA fuel economy ratings are approximately 40 mpg city, 39 mpg highway, and 39 mpg combined.
Equipped with an electric water pump, electric power steering, and an integrated hybrid electric motor/generator, this engine does not require accessory belts. The beltless design helps improve fuel economy and overall reliability. Engine-only power output is 156 hp (116 kW) @5,700 rpm, with 156 lb-ft (212 N-m) @ 4,500 rpm. The ES 300h generates 200 total horsepower (149 kW).
The ES 300h can be driven in Sport, Normal, Eco and EV (Electric Vehicle) modes, the last of which is a battery-only experience for low-speed driving under 25 mph and the car automatically exits EV mode when it accelerates. The digital dashboard combines a speedometer alongside a dial that gives conscientious drivers immediate feedback on their fuel usage. Turning to Sport mode, the visualization adjusts to display a tachometer.
The new ES bears the new face of Lexus with its distinctive, spindle grille. The “L” design motif is reflected in the LED daytime running lights and combined rear lamps. Fog lamps are integrated into the sculpted lower front bumper fascia. The ES 300h features an exclusive rear design with hidden exhaust and an integrated rear spoiler. Other details specific to the hybrid include unique blue badging and exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels.
The instrument panel places the main information display directly in the driver’s sightline, supplemented by a centre-mounted 3.5-inch color TFT multi-information display screen or available navigation and multimedia system. Below the center display is a self-illuminating LED analog clock.
The second-generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI) allows the user to operate the climate, audio, phone controls, optional navigation system and more. The screen menus are selected with a controller located on the centre console. RTI also reduces eye and hand movement, helping to decrease effort and distraction.
Overall, the Lexus ES 300h maintains a luxury feel with details that have filtered down from Lexus’ costlier models. The contrast white hand-stitching on the dash, wheel, and haptic control, the bamboo for the wheel and door panel trim, as well as sound deadening material in the windshield which makes for a quiet ride, enhancing the supremely hi-fi Mark Levinson sound system.
While hybrids have a reputation for sacrificing performance, the sedan is a fun daily driver with great fuel economy and affordable pricing. The enhancements, combined with the updated looks are sure to be attractive to potential buyers. Expected to arrive in showrooms August 2012, contact Lexus Santa Monica to have one of our sales consultants notify you as soon as it does.