As you likely know unless you’ve been parked under a rock for the last 30 years, Lexus is Toyota’s luxury division, built to take on competitors like Mercedes, BMW, and Audi. The Germans can usually be copunted on to deliver fancy cars that outdo Lexus in sportiness, sybaritic features and frequency of updates. But the Japanese brand delivers the composed, tranquil experience many luxury buyers want, and also has one superpower its rivals can’t match: impeccable build quality and reliability.
Lexus cars don’t break down much. In fact, they have some of the lowest ownership costs of any vehicle. How long will your Lexus last? It’s basically an open question, because Lexus has only been around for about 30 years and many of them are still on the road. (At least one hit the million-mile mark.)
Buying a used Audi with 100,000 miles may feel like a one-way ticket to check engine lights and fiscal pain. But a Lexus at that stage may still have a decade or more of vitality left on them — and they are quite affordable.
Here, then, are five Lexus vehicles we found on sale for less than $10,000, each of which would make a solid addition to your garage.
2003 Lexus LX 470 – $8,995
The Notorious B.I.G. fave Lexus LX is a rebadged Toyota Land Cruiser with no loss of charm (at least for now). This LX has seen some use, but with a little under 130,000 miles, the powertrain is just getting broken in. It has a lot of family beach runs left.
2008 Lexus LS 460 – $9,900
The LS is Lexus’s flagship sedan, the brand’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This fetching gray and black model has a little under 91,000 miles, and may hang on for another couple decades.
2006 Lexus GX 470 — $9,975
The Toyota Land Cruiser Prado made it to the U.S. as the Lexus GX. It’s smaller than the LX, and cheaper too — but it’s still a robust off-roader. This one is still rumbling along, with just over 106,000 miles.
2007 Lexus ES 350 – $9,995
The Lexus ES is not very sporty — but, in pretty much every other way, it’s what buyers want in a luxury sedan. Here’s a sparingly driven example with only 58,000 miles.
2002 Lexus SC 430 – $9,998
The SC 430 has developed a bad reputation, mainly because Top Gear infamously declared it to be the “worst car in the history of the world.” The counterpoint is Lexus gave its buyers what they needed. It’s a grand tourer with a smooth V8 and comfy seats. Owners actually love them. Plus, this one only has 80,000 miles.
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