Audi or Lexus: 87% of People Can't Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: Craig
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When it comes to luxury cars, it's easy for your eyes to glaze over when you try to tell them apart. But you'd better shake off that fog, gearhead! This quiz will see if you can tell the German masterpiece Audi from the Japanese smooth operator Lexus.

Seeing the potential for huge profits in the luxury car market, Toyota launched the Lexus brand in 1989. At first, it sold little more than stock Toyotas with lots of extra bells and whistles, much like buying a Ford Mustang rather than a Mercury Capri.  Interestingly enough, Lexus vehicles weren't available in Japan until 2005!

These days, Lexus is a brand all its own, with the RS sedans winning awards worldwide and even SUVs and sports coupes rounding out the offerings. No pickup truck yet!

Also lacking a pickup truck among its offerings is German automaking legend Audi. Most people think of Mercedes-Benz when they think of German cars, but the Audi deserves attention. The brand was hurt by a pedal misapplication problem that was originally blamed on faulty transmissions back in the '80s, but has recovered and carved out a solid place in the luxury market. 

So, can you tell a Japanese luxury car from a German one? Settle into your hand-tooled leather seat and fire up the quiz!

Introduced in 2008, the Q5 is a compact crossover SUV. Now in its second generation, the Q5 is built in Mexico and features a 2.0-liter gas and 3.0-liter diesel engine option.

Introduced in 2011, the CT is a hybrid sports hatchback based on the Toyota MC platform also used for the Matrix and Corolla. The gas engine used in this hybrid system is a 1.8-liter straight four while the electric engine is powered by a 1.3 kWh nickel-metal hydride battery.

The largest of Audi's SUV offerings, the Q7 is not only fun to drive but it is comfortable and packed with many features. It is also extremely safe.

One of the first Audis ever produced, the 72 formed part of a series of cars along with the Audi 60, 75, 80 and Super 90. Over 80,000 were produced.

First marketed in 1989, the ES class from Lexus has undergone a number of changes over the years. The ES first began life in the compact segment before moving to the mid-sized range offered by Lexus. Today, the ES is produced as a mid-size executive car, with the sixth generation offering three gas powerplants and a hybrid option.

Essentially a high-performance A4, the S4 sure packs some grunt. There have been six generations of the S4, with the latest powered by a monster 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine capable of producing over 350 brake horsepower.

With its ample cargo space, an incredible range of power plants, great handling and refined luxury, the Audi A7 is a crucial part of the German manufacturer's fleet. Another impressive aspect is the ton of features the vehicle comes standard with.

This four-door sedan, marketed by Lexus since 1989, is in its sixth generation and currently features in the mid-sized segment. It remains an excellent seller in the United States with over 350,000 sold.

Over 30,000 of these fastback coupes were built by Audi from 1969 to 1976. It was noted for its slanting back section. The 100 Coupe S was powered by a 1.8-liter engine coupled to a 4-speed manual gearbox.

Contesting the supermini segment, the Audi 50 was a small, three-door hatchback. Produced between 1975 and 1979, the 50 was sold only in Europe. With a four-speed manual gearbox, it had three different engine options, the biggest of which was a 1.3-liter.

As its name would suggest, the F Sport is a sports version of the Lexus F. Parts for this model are produced in conjunction with Toyota Performance parts .

A definite influence on the R8, the Rosemeyer was another concept car from Audi.

Fairly popular in Europe, the Lexus GS is not a massive seller in the United States. The GS offers a beautiful interior and acres of space for both driver and passenger alike and has a number of standard features. Of course, cars from the luxury division of Toyota are not cheap, with almost $40,000 price difference between the entry level and top of the range model.

This full-size luxury sedan has been in production since 1994. The newest generation, to be introduced in 2018, will include self-autonomous driving at speeds of up to 60 km/h. It will also park itself. Powerplants will include a range of options including a behemoth in the form of a 6.0-liter V12.

You would not normally associate a luxury vehicle like a Lexus with some off-roading, but don’t let the GX fool you. It is based on the same platform of two of Toyota’s excellent off-roading options, the 4Runner and the FJ Cruiser. The GX offers a dynamic suspension, crawl control and is powered by a big V8. It is certainly more than capable!

Entering production in 2011, the Q3 is another in the Audi SUV range. It is based on the Audi Cross Coupé Quattro of 2007. Although still in its first generation, the Q3 received two facelifts, one in 2014 and one in 2015.

The first hybrid vehicle from Lexus, the HS was marketed from 2009 to 2014. It was based on the Toyota MC platform also used for both the Corolla and Matrix. This luxury four-door sedan was only marketed in the United States from 2009 to 2012. Sales, however, were below expectation.

A Lexus model since 1999, the current generation of the IS, the third, has a range of powerplant options, both gas and hybrid. The top of the range model features a 3.5-liter 2GR-FSE V6 which produces over 300 brake horsepower.

First marketed in 2002, the RS6 is an executive car with a sporty twist. Now in its third generation, the RS6 takes the form of an "Avant" or station wagon. A station wagon with a bite! The RS6 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

This hybrid offering from Lexus is safe, reliable, spacious and offers a comfortable drive. The hybrid engine offers excellent gas mileage including 29 mpg in the city. Those numbers make it more economical in city driving than some vehicles are on the open road. The hybrid engine is no slouch either, producing 338 brake horsepower.

The Q2 is another SUV offering from Audi, although much smaller than the Q3, Q5 and Q7. This 5-door wagon was introduced in 2016. It includes a 1.0, 1.4 and 2.0 liter gas models as well as two diesel options. The Q2 was designed by Marc Lichte.

Released in 2017, this grand tourer takes the form of a two-door fastback coupe. Its development follows on from the 2012 LF-LC Concept first shown by Lexus in 2012. The LC is powered by either a 3.5-liter hybrid V6 or a 5.0-liter V8 gas engine.

Despite its small back seat and minimal trunk space, the Audi A3 more than makes up for it in the fact that it is fun to drive with excellent handling and peppy acceleration.

This four-seater sedan was produced by Audi from 1965 to 1972. It featured either a 1.5 or 1.8-liter engine.

Currently, the LF badge at Lexus is linked to a range of 17 different concept cars including a digital model, the LF-LC GT which appeared in the PlayStation game, Gran Turismo 6.

The A1 launched in 2010 in the super-mini class. The A1 has a number of powerplant options from 1.2-liter gas engines to 2.0-liter turbo-diesels. This car is favored by drivers who want a sporty offering, but a relatively small car at the same time.

This full-size luxury four-door sedan has been in production since 1992. During that time, Audi has launched four generations, with the latest, the A8 (D5), hitting the market in 2017 where it appeared as a product placement in the movie, Spiderman: Homecoming. Top of the range models are powered by a monstrous 6.0-liter TFSI W12 engine

One of the earliest Audi cars, the Type A was produced from 1910 onward. Built by hand, only 140 were made.

A sports car from Lexus, the LFA was produced for just a two-year period from 2010 to 2012. It was one of the most expensive cars offered by the brand and only 500 were built. The LFA was powered by 4.8-liter V10 capable of producing 552 brake horsepower.

This mid-sized luxury car formed part of the Audi fleet from 1968 to 1994. During this time, Audi produced four generations. These incorporated various model types including two- and four-door cars as well as a 5-door wagon.

Also marketed as the Toyota Celsior in Japan (only between 1989 and 2006), the LS remains in production and is currently in its fifth generation, released in 2017. This full-sized luxury four-door sedan is the flagship of the Lexus fleet.

This mid-engined two-seat sports car was first marketed by Audi in 2006. It is available as a coupe and convertible and uses Audi's all-wheel-drive system. This, along with a 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine give the R8 plenty of oomph!

An executive coupe, the A5 first joined the Audi fleet in 2007. Other than a 5-door Sportback, the A5 is also available as a 2-door cabriolet. Now in its second generation, the A5 has featured many special models over the years, including the RS5 powered by a 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine capable of producing 450 brake horsepower. It propels the car from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

This racing car from Lexus has entered a number of endurance races, including a 24-hour event a Nurburgring in 2008.

Introduced to the market in 1994, the Audi A4 still remains a popular executive car. All-in-all, the car has been redesigned six times in the past 23 years with the B9 the current model. It has a range of power options including gas and diesel engines from 1800 to 3000 cc.

With over 30 years of production, the 80 was a stalwart of the Audi fleet. In that time, Audi produced five generations. From 1973 to 1986, the Audi and Volkswagen Passat were essentially the same cars.

Produced between 1980 and 1991, the Quattro was a 2-door coupe with four-wheel drive. Not only was it popular with the public, but it dominated the Rally scene in the mid-‘80s.

The Audi E Tron Spyder concept car saw the light of day at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. Not only did it look spectacular, it was a hybrid as well.

The Lexus LS 400 debuted in 1990. This luxury 4-door sedan quickly became a firm favorite providing both luxury and Toyota's famed reliability. Interestingly, development for this car had started as far back as 1983.

This executive car was introduced in 1994. Now in its fourth generation, the A6 offers a sedan as well as a station wagon model option. The current generation, designated as C7, includes a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as well as a hybrid version.

There have been three generations of the Audi TT 2-door sports car since 1998. It is available as both a coupe and roadster and also includes an all-wheel-drive Quattro model. In the '90s, it became an immediate head turner thanks to its sleek lines and excellent performance figures.

This Lexus SUV has been in production since 1995. Currently in its third generation, over the years, the vehicle featured a number of components that have made it a more than capable off-roader.

A supermini 5-door hatchback, the A2 formed part of the Audi fleet between 1999 and 2005. It offered two gas and two diesel engines, the largest of which, in terms of capacity, was a 1.6-liter petrol engine. The A2 was constructed out of aluminum and based on the Audi Al2 concept car.

Based on Toyota's New MC platform, this five-door compact crossover SUV was introduced in 2014. Sales of the hybrid model, in particular, have been strong in the United States, with Lexus moving 160,000 units in three years.

The fourth and last generation of the Audi 80 saw a cabriolet version. As much had to be re-engineered in terms of design, the Cabriolet version was available till 2000 although all other models in the range ended in 1996. This was the first soft top Audi model since 1959.

This two-door coupe, first produced in 2015, is a real looker. Engine options start with a 2-0-liter powerplant but the top of the range RC is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Now a mid-sized crossover SUV, the RX was first marketed as a compact crossover SUV from 1998 to 2003. The fourth generation of the RX includes an 8-speed automatic gearbox and 3 powerplant options, including a 3.5-liter V6 hybrid.

Along with its sister car, the Audi 100, the 200 formed the mainstay of the Audi fleet from 1976 to 1991. The 200 was the top of the line model in the range and was produced for two generations.

This rear-engined, front-wheel drive tourer was marketed by Lexus from 1991 to 2010. During this 19-year period, only two generations were produced. The first was a two-door coupe while the second, also marketed at the Toyota Soarer, took the form of a two-door coupe convertible.

The Lexus GS F sports sedan, part of the GS range, comes with a custom tuned suspension and a 5.0-liter V8 which propels it from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds.

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