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Q: What is the difference between Toyota and Lexus?

A: Lexus and Toyota are both automotive brands that are owned by the Toyota Motor Company. However, there are a number of key differences between the two brands. Toyota mostly manufactures entry-level trucks, cars, and SUVs to a broader market, while Lexus manufactures luxury cars and SUVs for sale to the more high-end market. 

Q: When did the Lexus come out?

A: The Lexus brand was first established in 1989. This year marked the release of the first two Lexus vehicles for sale - the Lexus LS 400 and the Lexus ES 250. 

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Lexus reliability rating (by RepairPal)

RepairPal gave Lexus an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Lexus 4th out of 32 among all car brands. This rating is based on an average across all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on all Lexus models is $417, compared to an average of $543 across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset. This includes both scheduled maintenance and unscheduled repairs.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Lexus owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.9 times per year, compared to an average of 1.2 times across all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 7% across all Lexus models, compared to an average of 11% for all the models RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more about RepairPal reliability ratings