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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.
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.
The 2013 Lexus GS climate control system has been awarded the ‘Production Vehicle Interior Innovation of the Year’ award by the Automotive Interiors Expo.
Compared to its predecessor, the new air-conditioning system in the Lexus GS features S-Flow technology that helps retain optimal comfort at considerably reduced power utilization. With sensors, the system finds out if the front or rear passenger seats are occupied and automatically shuts off all vents targeting the unoccupied seats.
Also, by measuring the surrounding temperature, inside temperature, and insulation, the system determines the best possible level of air conditioning. The equipped ‘Temperature Airflow Output control’ gives driver and passengers the ability to tailor airflow volume. In addition, the new air-conditioning system prevents window fogging much due to the two-tier interior and exterior air control.
As an added bonus, the Lexus GS’s air conditioning system is integrated with air cleaning technology, a new nanoe® system which runs automatically once the air conditioning is on. It discharges nanoe particles that help purify the air expelled from the vents to purify the air and eliminate odor in the cabin. The system also deoderizs the vehicle seats and roof lining and has a moisturizing effect on the skin and hair of the vehicle occupants!
This was the first ever Automotive Interiors Expo Awards, with a judging panel made up of leading European journalists.
Thursday, February 2nd, Lexus Santa Monica hosted a gala event to launch the all new 2013 Lexus GS at the store.
We were excited to see so many friends and clients show up to see this fantastic new Lexus.
Have a look at what some of the people attending thought about the new GS
And lets have Doug Wall give you a walk through!
There will be Valet Parking, Appetizers, Wine and Soft Drinks, plus Live Music!
Make sure that you RSVP to lexusevents@LAcarGUY.com
Lexus Santa Monica is located at 1501 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica. We look forward to seeing you here!
When Lexus first brought the GS to market it was targeted as the “sporty sedan” where the LS was the “luxury sedan”, but somewhere along road, the GS became soft, and the idea of it be comparable to a BMW 5 Series was tossed aside. With the latest iteration of the GS, Lexus are looking to change that conversation.
Right off the bat, Lexus are saying that they had the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class directly in their crosshairs as they developed the new GS. A part of going after the Germans with the GS is the debut of the new Lexus design language in the front end. Like it, love it, or hate it, get used to it, because this IS the new face of Lexus.
Part of philosophy with the new GS was set forth by Akio Toyoda himself when he said this car must have emotion in the styling, and emotion in the driving. He wanted the car to be able to stand out, and stand on it’s own, not just blend into the background. It is this point of view which Lexus believe that they will be able to achieve a 50% conquest rate with new buyers to the Lexus GS.
There will be three distinct versions of the GS, a Luxury, a Hybrid, and the F-Sport. We will focus on the Hybrid first. The idea with the Hybrid was more a focus on “Performance Hybrid” rather than “Economy Hybrid”. Think of the Hybrid as a V8 replacement, rather than say the CT200h which is focused on economy. The Hybrid is also the only GS model that will have LED headlamps available.
The Luxury level is firmly targeted at the E-Class Mercedes. The ride is tuned a little softer, there will be a special leather used, a three zone climate control system (two front, one back), 18 way power adjust seats and the driving dynamics are focused on a well controlled ride, rather than a “plush” ride.
The F-Sport is exactly what you’d think it would be. It is going after the 5 Series BMW and M-Sport trimmed 5 Series (not M5) with is multi level suspension settings, active rear steering, and electronic engine and steering controls that greatly sharpen everything when you go into Sport and Sport+ modes.
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