There are worse things than being a Toyota. You could be a Mercedes.
The fact is, Lexus has an incredible quality reputation that is not declining. Mercedes' reputation for quality has been declining in recent years. The acquisition by Chrysler did not help. Chrysler, like other American cars, aims to appeal by promoting their powerful engines. The really good car manufacturers promote their quality and safety first.
By the way, do you know that Lexus has a car that can do zero to 60 in 5.3 seconds and gets 30 mpg? Find that in any other car if you can!!
I own a Toyota and a Lexus, and they are great cars. I've also owned Fords, Chevys, Dodge, VW, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Buick, Pontiac, and although all were good cars, they did not compare with the Toyota and Lexus.