Lexus RX

The Lexus RX comes in two basic forms: RX 350 and RX 450h. The RX 350 is powered by a smooth 3.5L V6 engine and produces 295 horsepower. With this engine, 60 mph arrives in under eight seconds, and the RX 350 achieves 28 mpg on the highway in front-wheel drive trim. The RX 450h combines a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total of 308 horsepower. Fuel economy jumps to 30 mpg on the highway for front-wheel-drive versions. The only transmission available is an 8-speed automatic, while all-wheel drive is optional on either version of the RX.

Both the RX 350 and the RX 450h are also available in F SPORT guise, further enhancing both the interior and exterior styling, while also tightening up the handling. The F SPORT package adds an 8-inch LCD display instrument cluster, unique quilted seats, adjustable suspension, interior aluminum trim accents and drilled aluminum pedals. Outside, the F SPORT gets a blacked-out grill, plus exclusive 20-inch wheels.

Option packages available on the RX 350 include a Luxury Package with perforated leather seats, a nicer powered driver's seat, 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel and Gray Sapele wood trim. A Navigation Package adds a 12.3-inch color screen for the navigation system, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, voice command, a DVD player, dual-zone climate control and Lexus Enform app suite. A Lexus Safety System package includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar controlled cruise control, a lane keep assist and lane departure warning system, intelligent high beam headlights and premium triple beam LED headlights.

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Editors' First Take

With 2.3 million examples sold so far, you have to admit that Lexus was onto something when it created the luxury crossover segment with the debut of the RX back in 1998. Now, the automaker is back for a fifth crack at its best-selling model, and it's bringing the heat with three variants at launch and a fourth plug-in hybrid coming soon. 

Meet the new RX

The new Lexus RX will only be available in a two-row configuration at launch. The future of the three-row RX L is unclear; Lexus said the five-seater outsold the seven-passenger model by a very wide margin and that, for now, it's choosing to focus its attention on the best fit for its customers.

The new RX's dimensions stick pretty closely to the outgoing model. It's exactly the same overall length as before but the 112.2-inch wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer, creating a more planted look and freeing up cabin space. The wide and low appearance isn't just an illusion; the SUV is also an inch wider and 0.4-inch shorter than before.

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