Toyota vs. Lexus: Worth the Upgrade in 2019?

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Is a Lexus Worth the Extra Money?

Toyota and Lexus owners are quite loyal to their respective brands. As the former is the parent company of the latter, many lifelong Toyota owners look at Lexus as the aspirational brand to move up to after that promotion or bonus. But is it worth the extra coin?

More than a few Toyota and Lexus vehicles ride on shared platforms, use similar drivetrains, and offer similar driver assistance features. But Lexus has gone to great lengths to differentiate its vehicle offerings by giving them upscale cabins, a unique infotainment system, and, in some cases, more potent available powertrains.

So is that worth paying the premium for Lexus? You're paying for more than just a badge, although Toyota vehicles have become quite competent. The build quality, cabin quality, and drivability make this a tougher choice than you might expect. Note that scores change throughout the year, so check back often to see if the brand we’ve crowned here is still the winner.

Read on to see whether or not upgrading to Lexus is worth it.

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