Last Updated on April 3, 2022 by MABER SAL
Toyota and Lexus brands are all from the same automaker: Toyota motor corporation. It is not uncommon to find two models from different brands that are very similar. Lexus vehicles are believed to be superior to Toyotas due to their luxury image. Lexus vehicles also have a higher price tag and luxurious comfort features.
For most car enthusiasts looking for reliability and affordability, Toyota models work best for them compared to their Lexus counterparts. The company has taken advantage of this and ensured that you could find a Toyota equivalent for most Lexus models. You can find a well-performing and reliable vehicle without the luxurious features found in Lexus from Toyota. You will end up spending significantly less but drive the car you want.
This article looks at the Toyota equivalents of the current Lexus line and their specifications. We will compare the Toyota models to their similar Lexus models. After reading this article, you will be well equipped to choose between a Lexus and Toyota comfortably. You will also have a clear picture of the outstanding features on the Lexus that are not on the equivalent Toyota model. Keep reading!
Lexus’s current line of vehicles
Before we get into the comparison, let’s look at the current line of Lexus vehicles and what each offer. Currently, Lexus offers different cars that are either: car-based crossovers, sedans and SUVs.
The Lexus RX is amongst the first car-based crossover that became an icon and benchmark for luxury and non-luxury brands. This model propelled the Lexus brand to become the best-selling luxury marque in the U.S for many years.
The first-ever full-size Lexus sedan is the LS, first launched in 1989 and is now in its fifth generation. It offers all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive and is also available as a hybrid. The Lexus IS also a sedan and luxury compact car. It is ranked by U.S news & world report as the 10th most luxurious small car. Lexus sedans also include the ES and GS models that appear pretty similar.
For crossovers on the current line of Lexus, we have the UX and NX, which come with premium performance features and are also luxurious in style and performance.
Lexus offers customers large truck-based SUVs that offer three seating rows, enhanced towing and off-road capabilities. These models are the LX and GX,
Now that you know the current line of Lexus models, we can look at their features and compare them to their Toyota equivalents. Let’s see whether the Lexus models offer value for their higher price tag.
Lexus RX vs Toyota Harrier
The Toyota Harrier is a close equivalent to the Lexus RX. The models have a similar stylish and sturdy exterior design. You can easily confuse one model for the other. The vehicles appear sporty, but they are not designed for sports driving. The Toyota Harrier has two seating rows, but the Lexus RX has three for a more spacious and luxurious ride. It has a sunroof, power-adjusted leather seats, windows and locks. The Lexus RX has seats made of delicate calfskin and finished wood or metallic trims. It has a comfortable and straightforward driving position with ergonomic missteps. Beneath the hood, customers have better performance from the Lexus RX, but the Toyota harrier is also quite powerful. Below is a summary of how their engines and transmission compares
|Lexus RX||Toyota Harrier|
|Transmission||Automatic transmission||Continuously variable transmission (CVT)|
|Engine||2.0L, inline 4-cylinder turbocharged engine||2.0L inline 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated|
|Rpm at maximum hp||4800||6600|
Lexus LS vs Toyota Celsior
The Lexus LS was the flagship model of Lexus, and it is a full-size luxury sedan that debuted in 1989. This model is the same as Toyota Celsior, only that the Celsior was made for the Japanese market between 1989 -2006. These models are equivalent, with the nameplate being the only difference. Here’s a summary of the model’s specifications
|Lexus LS/ Toyota celsior specifications|
|Layout||Front-engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Engine||4.3-litre 3UZ-FE V8|
|Power output||290 hp|
|Transmission||5- speed automatic6-speed automatic|
|The suspension (front and rear)||Double wishbone|
|0-62 mph||6.3-6.7 seconds|
|Top speed||130mph limited155mph unlimited|
Lexus IS vs Toyota Camry
The Lexus IS, and Toyota Camry are similar in appearance and share many features. However, the Lexus is more powerful with more advanced safety and luxury features. If you are after power speed and performance, you will have to pay more and get value in the Lexus IS. If your primary concern is fuel efficiency, a stylish design, and a good daily driving car, the Toyota Camry will do so. Here’s a comparison of their features
|Lexus IS||Toyota Camry|
|Engine||2.0L Turbocharged inline-4 gas engine||2.5L inline-4 Gas engine|
|Transmission||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||Combined:25MPGHighway: 31MPGCity: 21 MPG||Combined: 32 MPGHighway: 39 MPGCity: 28 MPG|
|Drivetrain||Rear-wheel drive||Front-wheel drive|
|Fuel tank capacity||17.4 gallons||15.8 gallons|
|Horse power||241hp @5200 rpm||203 [email protected] rpm|
|Torque||258 [email protected] rpm||184 lb.-ft @5000 rpm|
|Infotainment features||Standard HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, premium sound system, satellite radio, smart device integration, Wi-Fi hotspot, auxiliary audio input, MP3 player, bucket seats, leather steering wheel, premium synthetic seats and an optional moonroof||Bluetooth connection, satellite radio, smart device integration, Wi-Fi hotspot, MP3 player, auxiliary audio input, cloth seats and bucket seats|
|Comfort features||Steering wheel audio controls, optional navigation system, adaptive cruise control, A/C, power mirrors, climate control, optional cooled/heated front seats and||Steering wheel audio controls, power mirrors, A/C, adaptive cruise control, climate control, optional heated front seats, keyless entry and multi one A/C|
Lexus ES vs Toyota Avalon
Both the Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon are large sedans redesigned to include better luxury features; both have a 3.5L V6 engine and a spacious interior. They offer standard safety, tech features, and a quiet ride. Let’s get into the comparison.
|Lexus ES||Toyota Avalon|
|Engine||3.5L V6 Engine||3.5L V6 engine|
|Horsepower||302 HP||301 Hp|
|Vehicle dimensions||196” x 73” W x 57”H||196” L x 73” W x 57”H|
|Power-train warranty||Six years or 70,000 miles||Five years or 60,000 miles|
Lexus UX vs Toyota C-HR
The C-HR and UX are subcompact SUVs that come packed with various features. They are very similar, but you’ll have to splurge more on the Lexus UX due to the extra luxury features. The Toyota C-HR has a single-engine option and standard front-wheel drive; it is popular for its fuel economy and liveliness. The Lexus UX has more power and is faster; it also has a sports-tuned system that gives it a more athletic feel.
|Lexus US||Toyota C-HR|
|Engine||2.0L four-cylinder engine||1.2L turbo four-cylinder petrol engine|
|Transmission||CVT automatic transmission||Continuously variable transmission (CVT)|
|Fuel economy||Combined: 42 mpg||Combined: 29 mpg|
|Features||Synthetic leather, five-seater||Cloth upholstery, rear camera,|
|Safety||Blindspot monitoring, cyclist and pedestrian detection||Automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection|
Lexus NX vs Toyota RAV4
The Lexus NX and Toyota RAV4 are mid-size SUVs amongst the essential models from Toyota. Both models have been redesigned multiple times to make them better versions. The Lexus NX comes with lots of new design elements and technology. Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, is more advanced with smarter, high tech and more spacious and safer. These models can easily be substituted for each other due to their standard features. Here’s how they compare.
|Lexus NX||Toyota RAV4|
|Engine||2.0L turbo||2.5 L 4 cylinder|
|Torque||258 pound-feet torque||184 pound-feet torque|
|Suspension||Sport-tuned with automatic variable suspension||Multi-link rear suspension|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds||0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds|
|Horsepower||235 hp||203 HP|
Lexus GX vs Toyota Landcruiser
The Lexus GX is very similar to the Toyota Landcruiser Prado that isn’t available in the United States. Both SUV models are solid, friendly and can handle off-road tracks with composure. These models share a platform and appear similar, but Lexus offers more luxury. Below is a summary of how the models compare
|Lexus GX||Toyota Landcruiser|
|Engine||4.6L V8 Gas||5.7L V8 Gas|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||City: 15mpgHighway: 19 mpg||City: 13 mpg Highway: 17 mpg|
|Drivetrain||4 WD||4 WD|
|Fuel tank capacity||19 gallons||24.6 gallons|
|Horse power||301 [email protected] rpm||381 [email protected] 5600 rpm|
|Torque||329 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm||401 [email protected] rpm|
|Max towing capacity||6500 lbs||8100 lbs|
Since Toyota and Lexus brands are from the same manufacturer, they have a lot in common, and some models across the brands can substitute each other perfectly. All the models listed above share similar features, and the Toyota counterparts cost less. If you want to get a quality car without breaking the bank, go for the Toyota models.