Why 2009 Was the Year of Lexus
Lexus LFA

12/29/2009—Nobody will deny that the last year has been an iffy one for the auto industry. The funny thing is, you’d never have known it by following only Lexus’ 2009 happenings. Here are 10 reasons why Lexus ruled in 2009. —Brian Gill

  1. Remote Touch: A features control system that works like a computer mouse? To quote Popular Mechanics (while handing Lexus its top innovation award): “This brilliant system is the solution we’ve been waiting for.”
  2. Anti-Scratch Paint: This Lexus-developed exterior coat actually repairs itself if you scratch it with your fingernails. Just another reason to own a Lexus LS.
  3. The IS C’s Roof[1]: The Lexus IS Convertible’s roof opens and closes faster than, well, anything that takes more than 20 seconds.
  4. The Lexus LF-Ch Concept Car: Here’s one way to know whether you’re the top luxury automaker: While much of the auto industry wallows, you put your future on display.
  5. The LFA: A Lexus V10 supercar with a “permissible” speed of 277 mph? Need we say more?
  6. David Huang’s 1,000-horsepower IS: Lexus owners continue to love their vehicles—and at least one loves his enough to make $100,000 in enhancements.
  7. The HS 250h’s fuel mileage: The most fuel-efficient luxury automobile ever built—and that’s the unchallenged truth.[2] Plus: There’s a reason Conan O’Brien smashed up clunkers, then gave this car away.
  8. Lexus Enform[3][4]: Thanks to this innovation, the 2010 Lexus navigation system gets info from your desktop PC. And that’s only one thing it can do.
  9. This Year’s Lexus GX: The hills, Lexus made it recently known, will soon be alive with best-in-class V8 fuel economy.[5]
  10. Lexus magazine: In 2009, Lexus made it a priority to keep its magazine alive for Lexus owners. Thanks for visiting; keep telling us what you’d like to see.

Legal Disclaimers

[1] Class based on luxury coupe, hardtop convertible segmentation, retractable hardtop competitors.
[2] 2009 EPA MPG Estimates. Actual mileage will vary.
[3] Available on select 2010 Lexus models. Contact with the Lexus Enform response center is dependent upon the telematics device being in operative condition, cellular connection availability, navigation map data and GPS satellite signal reception, which can limit the ability to reach the response center or receive support. Enrollment and Telematics Subscription Service Agreement required. A variety of subscription terms is available; charges vary by subscription term selected.
[4] Lexus Enform premium services Destination Assist and eDestination will function in the contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. These services may also function in Hawaii and limited areas of Alaska for vehicles that contain map data for those states. They will not function in Canada or in other countries outside the United States.
[5] Based on 2010 EPA mpg ratings of luxury SUV V8-powered vehicles. Actual mileage will vary.