Satisfying gasoline and hybrid powertrains; excellent hybrid fuel economy; relaxed ride; quiet cabin; big cargo area
Low-mounted rear bench seat; no third-row seat
The previously optional 7-inch central display screen with the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) is now standard, and it comes bundled with 12-speaker audio and a rearview camera. The RTI controller has also been revised for better usability.
The Lexus RX may not be front-page news, but those who buy them tend to love them. We'd stick with the base RX 350, since it's both well equipped and reasonably priced. Find a Lexus RX for sale
The 2015 Lexus RX comes in regular RX 350 or hybrid RX 450h trim.
The RX 350 ($41,895) includes 18-in alloy wheels, LED running lights, a power rear liftgate and keyless entry with push-button ignition. Inside, the RX 350 has fabric upholstery, 10-way power front seats, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a 7-in central display screen with the mouse-like RTI controller and a 12-speaker audio system with a 6-CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and iPod/USB connectivity.
The RX 450h ($48,545) adds a unique grille and front bumper, as well as hybrid-specific status gauges, but otherwise it mostly shares the RX 350's equipment roster.
Notable options (many of which come bundled in packages) include 19-in alloy wheels, a sunroof, adaptive xenon or LED headlights, two kinds of leather upholstery, driver memory functions, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system with twin 7-in screens, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with an 8-in display screen, voice-command functionality and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect telematics suite.
The F Sport package (only offered on RX 350 all-wheel drive) includes many of the above extras and adds an 8-speed automatic transmission, a sport suspension, 19-in wheels with more aggressive tires, a 115-volt outlet and unique styling details inside and out. A Sport Appearance package adds a similarly aggressive look to the regular RX 350 but lacks the F Sport's mechanical upgrades.
The RX's back seat is, unexpectedly, not a particularly strong suit. We figured this 2-row crossover would lavish attention on its rear passengers, but the bottom cushion is mounted surprisingly low to the floor, resulting in a knees-up riding position for those with long legs. Still, there's plenty of room for adults.
Cargo space measures a generous 40 cu ft. behind the rear seatbacks and 80.3 cu ft. with those seatbacks folded down. Note that the RX 450h has the same cargo capacity as the regular RX 350, because its battery pack is concealed beneath the rear seat.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2015 Acura MDX -- Equipped with 7-passenger seating and more engaging driving dynamics, the appealing MDX is a safe and reliable alternative to the Lexus RX.
2015 Cadillac SRX -- Outfitted with a powerful V6, the SRX is ready to rumble with the Lexus, though it's not as roomy inside.
2015 Volkswagen Touareg -- A dedicated 2-row crossover like the RX, the frequently overlooked Touareg is available with an excellent TDI turbodiesel V6, and it has a nicer interior and a more comfortable back seat than the RX.
Used Porsche Cayenne -- You might think that the Cayenne's out of your price range, but Porsche offers a solid certified pre-owned program, bringing a lot of lightly used Cayenne models into play.