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U.S. News & World Report names Lexus 2021 Best Certified Pre-Owned Program winner

Lexus has once again placed atop the U.S. News & World Report Best Certified Pre-Owned Program rankings.

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The best certified pre-owned (CPO) programs offer a lengthy warranty, perks, and dependable used vehicles. Lexus offers all those things, helping it earn the U.S. News & World Report award for Best Certified Pre-Owned Program for 2021.

"Lexus has a well-deserved reputation for reliability that makes Lexus models appealing CPO cars," says Page Deaton. "On top of that record of dependability, Lexus offers used car buyers an excellent CPO warranty, as well as a long list of CPO program benefits, like free maintenance visits and a free loaner car."

2021 Lexus LSThe Lexus LS is getting a revision for the 2021 model year. Photo courtesy of Lexus

As part of the Lexus CPO program, used car buyers get up to two years of warranty coverage, with no mileage limit nor deductible. They also include complementary roadside assistance, a loaner car, and four factory maintenance service visits in the first two years or 20,000 miles of ownership.

Lexus offers a full lineup of vehicles including the IS, ES, GS, LC, and LS cars and UX, NX, RX, GX, and LX SUVs. Lexus recently introduced the 2021 Lexus IS. The Lexus LS full-size flagship sedan is getting a makeover for the 2021 model year. The automaker also brought the new 2021 Lexus LC Convertible to market this year. Other revisions to the Lexus lineup are expected to be announced soon.

In addition to its Best Certified Pre-Owned Program award, U.S. News & World Report evaluates the Best Vehicle Brands, Best New and Used Cars for Teens, and Best New Cars for Families. This year Lexus did not place in the Best New and Used Cars for Teens rankings, but their mass market sister brand Toyota had several winners. The same is true for the Best New Cars for Families award winners.

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Refreshed luxury crossover

2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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