Why are Lexus cars so expensive?

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Old 29 Jan 2014, 10:24 am   #1 (permalink)
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Atleast 10 years ago, people had no choice to buy Lexus or Mercedes or any other expensive car for the luxury or space, but starting these years, other companies are producing cars that do pretty much the same things that Lexus can do. let's see Kia cadenza or even Hyundai Azera 2014 compared to lexus LS, what can the LS do that those 2 cars can't do? while in UAE the LS is about 325k dhs, the Kia and Azera are both about 100k, that is about 3x the price which makes the monthly wikala about 7k















dhs per month on the LS and only about 3k dhs per month on Kia or Hyundai, does my ass hurt to pay all that while i can pay much lesser with the same statistics and luxury? If some of you people say that lexus is faster or anything, remember the speed limit for UAE is max 140 km/h, in which even a Yaris can go, so please give me real reasons and not some minor additional info such as A.C is better or anything. I really get pissed off when people say I have a lexus! and when you talk to them about any other company they just turn away. Have you seen the Azera 2014 interior and exterior? it can even sometimes beat the looks of lexus!
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 10:40 am   #2 (permalink)
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OK, so... What's your point? OR your question? If you want to chat, go find a chat room.
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 10:55 am   #3 (permalink)
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Honestly, I have no idea why Lexuses (Lexi?) are so overpriced. They really are glorified Kias. They're made for middle-aged women and don't stack up with Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Jag, Maserati, or even Cadillac in terms of performance. So, your guess is as good as mine.































And yes, they are technically faster than Kias, but they aren't nearly as fast as the other luxury cars I mentioned, until you get up into the highest end models. So, even compared to Mercedes, they're a rip off. Because Mercedes will give you a LOT more power for your money than Lexus will.































And as for speed -- the top speed really doesn't matter. Most fast cars need miles and miles of clearance to even come close to approaching their top speed.































It's all about acceleration -- how fast you can get to 60 mph. And a Mercedes will jump off the line a lot faster than a Lexus will. Which may not seem like a big deal, but #1. It's fun, and #2. It actually could help you avoid an accident, or traffic, etc. The faster you can get out of the way of oncoming cars, the better.
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 11:09 am   #4 (permalink)
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Lexuses are not expensive. Your overlooking the engineering. You are comparing a Kia/Hyundai to a Lexus/Mercedes. The only way Kia can make a luxury car at a fraction of the price is to cut corners. Just because a car looks good on paper and when it's new doesn't mean it's going to last 10 years like a lexuses would. Lexuses will put time into designing a trim price that will be in a high traffic place, meaning 2 years later the surface will still look new. Where as Kia will just slap on a plastic piece and a year later you need to take it in for warranty work because the paint is fading off.































Lexuses are also a million times more reliable than any Kia or hyundai. Look at the reliablity scores from lexus and compare to BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz.































Lexus doesn't have really good performance and they are not the fastest cars you can buy, but they are quality cars that last long, and that's why people pay "so much" for them. $80,000 for a LS460 is not expensive considering that a base A8 V6 or 740i cost atleast $85,000.
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 11:25 am   #5 (permalink)
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Some Hyundai's look like new Mercedes, but dont confuse it with a luxury, IT WILL NEVER BE A LUXURY MUCH AS THEY TRY TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE! Dont judge a book by its cover, you wont get no where.
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 11:39 am   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with you. All cars coming out of factories these days look great! As mentioned the performance figures are starting to match in the same level too! However when it comes down to it, I think you are paying for 'class' and a badge to display on your car. e.g. why SOME women want fancy Gucci handbags for $1000 where as a $50 could do just as well in terms of function and looks? Its basically a sign of economic status to show the rest of the world. I am not saying BMW owners are snobs, but growing up I always pictured BMW, Audi, etc. as a car of a successful person, so not knowing why, but if you gave me the choice of a basic 2008 BMW or a 2013 Kia top of the range, I would still choose the BMW.















(But as a side note, I don't like lexus cars...basically a fancy Toyota underneath!)
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 11:54 am   #7 (permalink)
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I have no doubt that Hyundai/Kia can build cars of comparable quality, but that's not the issue. So long as people will happily pay extra for a Lexus, Lexus will be happy to charge them extra. This is basic economics.
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Old 29 Jan 2014, 12:10 pm   #8 (permalink)
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It's called snob value. Humans need to prove that they are better than their neighbours. One way of doing this is to buy a car that has been sold on its 'quality'. All the expensive makers rely on this basic human instinct. people buying these expensive car do not keep them ten years. They would be laughed out of the neighbourhood with a ten year old Merc/Lexus/BMW.















If you want a reliable ,usable car the mainstream makes are fine. I have a KIA and nothing has dropped off in the three years that I have had it but I have a Ford too and the two springs have had to be replaced in 8 years . But being a Ford this was a cheap repair. If you are not a snob you ar elucky and you can buy a KIA,Ford,Hyundai,Toyota etc. and drive around happy with your wallet full of cash. But if you really want to show off there are only two cars to consider. Rolls Royce and Bentley. Two thirds of all Rolls Royces ever made are still running . What percentage of your car's manufacturer's vehicles are still on the road?
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