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Are Toyota and Lexus the Same Manufacturer?

Toyota is among the global leaders in the automotive industry. Like other car companies, it also parents a luxury brand––Lexus. But are Toyota and Lexus models made by the same manufacturer? What brands does Toyota Motor Corp. own?

A red logo of the Lexus parent brand, Toyota, on the side of a white building
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Are Toyota and Lexus the same?

As Honda is to Acura and Nissan is to Infiniti, so Toyota is to Lexus. Lexus is the luxury segment under the umbrella of the Toyota parent company. So we know that Toyota owns Lexus, sure. But how similar are the two brands?

A Toyota Motor Corp. Lexus UX 250h Hybrid vehicle stands on display during the press day of the Seoul Motor Show
The Lexus UX Hybrid | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Toyota and Lexus are not technically the same manufacturer. Lexus is a luxury brand that shares platforms and components with Toyota models. In fact, Lexus models are even produced in Toyota factories––both in North America and Japan.

Lexus models are in many ways a fancy version of corporate cousin Toyotas. For example, the 2021 Land Cruiser Prado and the 2021 Lexus GX460 share a platform. So really, when you think about where and how both Lexus and Toyota models are produced they are basically the same manufacturer. However, they remain two separate entities. Two separate brands.

Which brand is better? Is a Lexus worth the upgrade?

U.S. News and World Report put the two brands head to head in a study which we at MotorBiscuit have referenced before. The verdict? It really depends on what the buyer is looking for and how much money they can comfortably spend on a vehicle.

2021 Toyota Avalon Limited AWD interior | Toyota

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Lexus pulls ahead in categories like performance and luxury interior amenities. Both brands offer safe, reliable cars. It may not always be worth the luxury pricing to opt for a Toyota. After all, Lexus and Toyota models do share platforms. Additionally, Toyota increasingly adds upscale features to its lineup––enhanced audio systems and leather interior to name a couple.

When did the first Lexus come out?

According to Lexus, the first Lexus models released in 1989. The Japanese luxury brand hit the scene with two sedans––the Lexus LS 400 and the Lexus ES 250. Since then, Toyota’s luxury segment has grown in success over the years.

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Obviously, Lexus has been doing something right. Lexus models continue to earn praise and awards in key areas such as safety and reliability. Iv’e recently tested the 2021 Lexus NX F Sport, the GX 460, and the LC 500H. Though none of them are without fault, each model impressed me in its own way.

What car companies does Toyota own?

Consumer Reports has a handy list of which companies own which car brands. Toyota Motor Corp. owns, of course, Toyota. It also owns its luxury segment Lexus. But does Toyota own any other brands other than Toyota and Lexus?

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At one point, Scion also fell under the ownership of Toyota Motor Corp. However, the interest didn’t hold for Scion models. Ultimately Toyota decided to discontinue Scion and integrate the models into the Toyota lineup.

These days, Toyota has a large focus on mobility in general, taking an active role in both the Olympics and Paralympics. It streamlines its efforts in the automotive world into Toyota and Lexus models. Currently, Toyota Motor Co. is making efforts toward an electrified future for both Toyota and Lexus models.