Along with its closest cousin, the Toyota Avalon, the ES 350 is all-new this year, including a much more powerful 3.5 V6 with direct and port fuel injection, which delivers 302 horsepower, up from 268. The ES 300h gets 15 more horsepower from its 2.5-liter hybrid for a total of 215. Also gaining direct fuel injection, the 300h increases its fuel mileage from 40/39 to 43 city/45 highway.
A new model, ES 350 F Sport, offers an adaptive suspension with electronically adjustable shock absorbers. F Sport comes standard with 19-inch wheels with 40-series tires. The stereo system has been designed to enhance the engine sound.
The GS 450h Hybrid is discontinued.
The GS F has a special 10th anniversary edition. Limited to only 100, it is destined to become a collector's item akin to the 1979 Chrysler Imperial Sinatra Edition. Special matte gray paint, blue brake calipers and unique black wheels ensure that anyone who worked at Lexus this year and were intimately involved in the project might remember this is the anniversary edition.
All GS models get smart watch control and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Don't let the kids talk in the car, or your front yard may be filled with boxes of toys when you get home.
Lexus Enform Remote will work with your smart watch or Amazon Alexa to start your GX by remote, warm your seats or cool off the inside among other conveniences.
The IS 300 with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been retuned, improving throttle response, transmission shifting and turbocharger response time. These changes, unfortunately, also lowered fuel mileage from 22 city/32 hwy to 21 city/30 hwy on IS 300 RWD.
New Triple-Beam LED headlights are available, offering brighter, distinctive lighting. Lexus Enform Remote now allows Alexa, the artificially intelligent assistant by Amazon, control things and it allows access to remote start from a smart watch.
Alexa is now integrated into the multimedia, acting as an assistant. Apple CarPlay is also added and voice command is overall improved.
The ten-speed automatic gets reprogrammed. It takes a lot of tries to get ten gears to shift without stumbling or feeling "busy" or in the wrong gear. Lexus is re-tuning its new transmission. The adaptive electronically adjustable shocks can now get even softer to improve comfort. Steering tuning is also tweaked and the rear engine mounts have been modified to reduce engine vibration.
Apple CarPlay and Alexa are now standard in all models. The driver assistance features in the LS now include Lane Change Assist: signal a lane change and the LS will perform it for you.
Not wanting to take a back seat to Lincolns or even Mustangs, the LX 570's side mirrors now project a Lexus logo on the ground when the doors are unlocked. The Lexus Enform remote adds smart watch and Amazon Alexa integration.
Lexus Enform remote smart watch and Amazon Alexa integration here, too. Apple CarPlay is now standard, but not Android Auto.
The 2019 RC coupe gets a refresh with new sheet metal, grille and lights meant to relate it closer to the new LC coupe. The interior is also refreshed with new materials. Aerodynamics, suspension and tires are tweaked to improve handling and ride. Interestingly, the old 6-speed automatic is still installed when you get all-wheel drive.
Apple CarPlay and Alexa inetgration are both now offered, standard. Lexus Enform Remote is also now offered as standard equipment and allows remote starts through Alexa or even your Apple Watch (suck that Dick Tracy).
The RC F keeps its old sheet metal for now. Another 10th anniversary package, limited to only 240 RC F vehicles is the only change it sees for the 2019 model year. Matte gray paint, blue calipers, black wheels and carbon fiber interior pieces make up this special edition.
Enform App Suite with smart phone integration is now standard.
Both the regular RX and the new for 2018 RX L are unchanged for 2019 except that Lexus App Suite is now standard.
This new luxury mini-sport utility hits a hot new niche. Now Lexus can compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and X4 and the Mercedes GLA. It was an easy upgrade Lexus accomplished by increasing the horsepower and adding luxury features to the Toyota C-HR.
The UX's 2.0-liter engine squeezes 25 more horsepower from the C-HR's engine for a total of 169. That's less than all of the competition except the Buick Enclave. It's more than the UX Series' more downmarket rivals like the Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax, though. The UX 250h offers a 2.0-liter hybrid engine with 175 horsepower, all-wheel drive (electric motor drives the rear wheels) and 41 city/38 highway MPG.
Lexus safety systems are standard: lane departure warning, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, forward collision warning and Pre-Collision System (automatic braking).