With so much flux among luxury crossovers, it's nice to know you can still count on the 2014 Lexus RX. The RX is one of the original midsize luxury crossovers, and it continues to offer a no-nonsense blend of comfort, quality and class. If you're looking for a set-it-and-forget-it ownership experience, the RX is tough to top. Here are five reasons why the familiar Lexus RX is a best seller year after year.

Just-Right Size

We're seeing plenty of smaller compact crossovers these days, along with lumbering 3-row beasts. So where does that leave the 2-row, midsize RX? Right where it wants to be. Big enough to feel safe but not so big that it's cumbersome, the RX is always in its element. It doesn't feel like a compromise; it just feels right.

Sterling Lexus Reputation

When you hear the word Lexus, you can't help but think of the company's reputation for dependability. With all the complexity in today's cars, reliability can be a question mark. But the RX has decades of Lexus quality behind every moving part. That also gives resale values a boost; there'll always be a market for a well-maintained Lexus, no matter how many miles you put on it.

Stellar V6 and Hybrid Powertrains

The RX 350 starts with Toyota's creamy-smooth 3.5-liter V6, which gives you ripping acceleration and a cool 25 miles per gallon on the highway. But there's also the RX 450h, one of the few hybrids in this segment, which uses a gas-electric hybrid system to achieve 30 mpg with some healthy power of its own. Either way, you get confident performance and more efficiency than you might expect.

Carlike Driving Experience

Underneath, the RX shares a lot with the Lexus ES sedan, and that's basically how it drives: smooth and silent, with that friction-free character that defines top luxury cars. The ride is pillow-soft, just the way it should be. Of course, the RX also gives you the high seats and commanding visibility of a midsize SUV, without losing touch with those car-based roots.

Versatile Interior

The quality of the RX's interior is well-known, but people are less aware of how versatile it is. The second-row seats slide and recline to accommodate all sizes, while flipping the seatbacks down gives you 80 cu ft of space; that's huge!

AutoTrader Says

If you just want to filter out all the static and go with what works, the 2014 Lexus RX is an easy choice. No wonder folks still can't get enough of this just-right SUV.

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Josh Sadlier is an automotive journalist based in Los Angeles and has contributed to such publications as Edmunds.com and DriverSide.com. He holds arguably the most unexpected degree in his profession: a master's in Theological Studies.

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