When Toyota came up with Lexus, the idea was to have a luxury car model that could offer speed, elegance, comfort, and safety with excellent customer care service. Those things don't come cheap. After all, if you want cheap, you can always get a Toyota.
That does not mean that there aren’t affordable models on the market. Lexus has been diversifying its range, and some of its models can be had for as little as $19000. Discontinued models like the Lexus HS (discontinued in 2012) can fetch $10000 or less. However, the models listed here are all still in production, and the latest models are featured. Here are the ten least expensive Lexus models, in order according to their prices.
10 Lexus CT 200H ($19,879-$26,603)
The Lexus CT 200H is an electric hybrid sport compact that was introduced in 2010. It was based on the Prius and was the first of many hybrids from Lexus. It was sold in the United States for seven model years.
The CT is powered by the same underlying technology as the Prius, which is Toyota’s 2-ZR-FXE. However, it only manages a fuel economy of about 42mpg to the Prius’ 55mpg. However, in the US, it was discontinued in 2017. It is still in production in other countries. In the UK, the prices were increased because of equipment upgrades.
9 Lexus IS250C ($21.743 - $39151)
The Lexus IS has been a major brand from Lexus since when it was introduced in 1999 and has many models under its wing. One of these is the IS250C convertible. IS means Intelligent Sport, which should give you an idea of what the car is meant to achieve.
The sports variant of the Lexus IS features enhanced performance and handling. The car was discontinued in 2015, leaving its badge to the Lexus IS300. Lexus teased an image of a revamped and upgraded third-generation but nothing has come to fruition ever since.
8 Lexus NX200T ($23,578-$34,278)
The Lexus NX is a crossover SUV introduced in late 2014. The NX in the name stands for Nimble Crossover, and it shares the same market with the Toyota RAV4. They even share the same structure and wheelbase. It has one of the best driving dynamics for a vehicle in its class.
The Lexus NX is the first Lexus vehicle to offer a turbocharged gasoline engine, and it comes with a 2.0L inline four-cylinder DI engine. Despite massive success, especially in Europe, it has been discontinued in the US.
7 Lexus UX 200 (From $33,325)
The Lexus UX (Urban Explorer) is a compact crossover SUV introduced in March 2018. It is powered by a 2.0L petrol engine with a continuously variable transmission. It has the best-in-class turning radius with agile performance compared to its compact size. Nearly every feature of this crossover was curated for exploration. The premium package has ventilated front seats as an extra feature.
Since it is designed for urban class and utility, it also features exceptional rigidity and a low center of gravity for exceptional handling.'(Geneva Motorshow, when it was launched.)
6 2020 Lexus NX 300T ($36,720-$45,210)
The Lexus NX 300T is a 5-passenger compact SUV. It is a significantly improved NX 200T. For one, it is powered by the Lexus ESTEC D-4ST engine with direct fuel injection. It is equipped with double boost gauges to take driving to another level. The new sound surround system sets the bar high for its category.
It also got a lot of added features in the electronics department, new ones such as a Pressure Monitor and a Blind-Spot monitoring system. This is why it has a higher price tag, with the basic version starting at $36,720.
5 2019 Lexus IS300 (Starting at $38,560)
The Lexus IS300 2019 sedan the cheapest member of the Intelligent Sport line that is still in production. The current model is a rendition of the 2013 IS300 and carries some outdated technology. However, it is a dependable vehicle that you can get with an RWD, AWD, or Sport AWD option.
There is also a 2020 model that is due, which many customers hope will have upgraded electronics and enhanced functionality. The basic model starts at just below $39,000 up to about $44,000 for the fully-loaded sports version.
4 Lexus ES 350 ($39,900)
The Lexus ES 350 is a champion from the ES line that goes back for decades. The ES stands for Executive Sedan. It is designed for superior comfort and ride quality, and it features a highly potent engine with a first-of-its-technology.
This sedan has been touted to be the most advanced ES ever to be produced. Suspension and styling has been taken a notch higher with an adaptive variable suspension system. There are three versions of this model, with the basic one starting at $39,900. The highest-priced one is the F-Sport at $44,635.
3 Lexus RC 300 ($41,145-$48,885)
The Lexus RC is a two-door luxury coupe introduced in 2013 at the Tokyo Motorshow. It is an upgrade from the RC 200T that was discontinued in 2017, and a few versions of the model are available.
The basic one is powered by a 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine, with the RWD system starts at about $41,000. More trims are available like bigger engines, better suspension, superior powertrain, etc. Some of the notable features include four-seat coupe and Wi-Fi spot connectivity. Active safety features come as standard for all the trims.
2 2019 Lexus RX 350 ($43,820-$50,870)
The Lexus RX is the best-selling Lexus crossover SUV, with its hybrid version taking the badge for a similar feat. Four generations have been produced so far, and the 2019 RX 350 is the latest. It comes with an abundance of safety features for the trims. The refreshed interior is definitely something to look out for.
It has two trims only, with a basic and an F-Sport version. The basic version starts at $43,820, while a loaded F-Sport can reach prices of $50,000.
1 2019 Lexus GS 300 ($46,860-$51,450)
The Lexus GS is a line of executive performance sedans that began production in 1993. The GS 300 is one of the latest models and is based on the enormously successful S-Series platform, such as is present on the Toyota Crown. The GS 300 is what you would describe as a ‘sensible’ car. That is why it has the GS for Grand Sedan. It combines smooth performance with the ultimate in comfort and luxury.