The Lexus RX might not be the most exciting option when it comes to mid-size crossover SUVs with a bit of luxury, but previous generations have proven to be solid, dependable performers.
With the latest generation, which is all-new for the 2016 model year, Lexus set out to spice things up a little.
The basic formula is the same but now the RX comes with a bold design that definitely makes it stand out from the crowd.
The overall size is also up. The vehicle is about 5 inches longer than before, with the wheelbase growing by about 2 in. It’s still a strict five-seater, though. A larger version with three rows of seats is coming, most likely for the 2018 model year.
2016 Lexus RX 350 F SportEnlarge Photo
Another key change is the improved handling and dynamics. While previous generations tended to feature rather non-communicative handling, you feel much more confident pushing this new one harder through the curves. This is especially true if you add the available F Sport package. The vehicle rides on MacPherson struts in front and a double-wishbone setup is used at the back.
In the powertrain department, popular options like the RX 350 and RX 450h variants remain. The RX 350 sports a 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 that’s teamed with an 8-speed automatic. The RX 450h gets a V-6-based hybrid setup good for 308 hp.
The 2016 Lexus RX starts at $42,850, including destination. Rivals include the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, BMW X5, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKX, Infiniti QX60, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volkswagen Touareg and Volvo XC90.