If you want a Lexus but can’t justify spending the asking price for a new one, consider getting a more budget-friendly used Lexus. Going with a used model will dramatically reduce the price by taking advantage of depreciation on recent vehicles coming off short leases, while still giving you the durability and luxury the automaker is known for. Lexus doesn’t suffer the same depreciation as other luxury brands, but their reliability can be an added benefit for used owners who can depend on their used vehicle for longer. If you aren’t sure which used Lexus to consider, check out our five best models.
2012 Lexus ES
The 2012 Lexus ES is an excellent choice that has stellar reviews and reliability ratings, as does the previous model year. This is part of a generation of ES models that has a nice, upscale interior, smooth ride, and a quiet cabin that keeps you separated from the outside world. The trunk is nice and roomy, so you will never notice a lack of space. Most drivers find the 268-horsepower engine to be the perfect amount of power while still maintaining 28 mpg on the highway to save you more money over time.
The 2012 ES will always come with eight speakers to listen to your favorite music plus a USB port for smartphones. It also gives you leather seats on all models, including power adjustment in front. Expect dual-zone automatic climate control and a power sunroof as well in this used model.
2012 Lexus RX 350
Either the 2011 or 2012 Lexus RX 350 will also be an amazing choice for an affordable luxury SUV, as this model was recently redesigned. Just like previous generations, the RX 350 from this model year has car-like handling in an SUV and a lush interior. The interior includes leather on the shift knob and steering wheel plus wood trim. You will also find nine speakers of audio were standard.
This SUV will give you 270 horsepower and a tranquil ride plus the versatility of an SUV with the luxury of a Lexus. If you find an upgraded model, you may also get Mark Levinson audio, navigation, rear-seat entertainment, and adaptive cruise control in addition to the standard reclining and sliding rear seats.
2014 Lexus RX 450h
In search of efficiency? Consider the 2014 RX 450h Hybrid. As the last model before a refresh, the 2014 has the most possible features without getting into the higher prices of more recent, current generation models. The 2012 version earned the title of Best Hybrid SUV for the Money, and the 2014 edition had a similar platform and powertrain with similar fuel economy advantages.
The RX Hybrid will put you in control of a gas V6 along with two electric motors, with an extra electric motor on models with all-wheel drive. The result is 295 horsepower with up to 32 mpg in the city. To give you peace of mind buying used, the 2014 RX Hybrid has excellent ratings for reliability with a very high-quality interior.
2011 Lexus IS
The 2011 Lexus IS is available in a few different models so you can find it with varying degrees of power. No matter the model, this used Lexus has a gorgeous interior, complete with padded surfaces and soft leathers. While all seats are comfortable, the tallest passengers won’t have quite enough legroom or headroom in the second row. Then again, this is a compact vehicle, so that is to be expected. Opting for the 2011 model year over a previous one lets you find an IS 350 model with all-wheel drive if you want.
You might find the 2011 IS with either a 204-horsepower base engine or a 306-horsepower option, both of which are V6s. All models will feature a power sunroof, push button start, leather seating, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and dual-zone climate control, and you may even find a model with ventilated front seats or navigation.
2012 Lexus CT 200h
You can get a fun used hybrid with an upscale interior if you find a 2012 CT Hybrid. It was introduced the previous model year, so a 2012 model is about as cheap as you can get while still taking advantage of adjustments made after listening to the first buyers. Of course, no major changes were really needed, and this model year comes standard with a hands-free phone, navigation, LED lighting, a sport-tuned suspension, eight airbags, and a backup camera.
The 2012 CT Hybrid is highly efficient with 43 city/40 highway mpg so you will save money on your purchase, then continue saving as you drive all over. To make it even better for the planet, Lexus also used bio-sourced materials for the trimming and other components whenever possible on this model. The Lexus CT gives you 134 net horsepower and uses an electronic CVT with FWD.