Surprisingly improved handling; still very comfortable; same reliable powertrain as always; efficient hybrid model
Somehow, there's still no third-row seating; polarizing styling; Remote Touch interface can still be a challenge
The RX has been fully redesigned for the latest model year. In addition to a few new tech features, the latest RX touts totally new interior and exterior styling, along with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. See the 2016 Lexus RX models for sale near you
We'd go with the base-level RX 450h. We don't need the F SPORT, which is primarily an appearance package, and we think the hybrid-powered RX 450h justifies its price premium over the regular model by offering more standard equipment and economy-car-like gas mileage. Between the luxury, the fuel economy, the cutting-edge technology and the improved handling, the RX 450h feels like one of the best all-around vehicles on the market. Find a Lexus RX for sale
The base-level RX 350 ($42,900) includes a backup camera, Lexus' premium vinyl upholstery, a power tailgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual power front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an 8-in center screen with Lexus' Remote Touch controller, a 9-speaker stereo, a USB port for music, a CD player and HD Radio.
Drivers looking for a little extra excitement will want to go with the F SPORT ($50,100), which features 20-in alloy wheels, enhanced exterior styling, an improved suspension with extra drive modes for spirited driving, paddle shifters, unique interior trim and leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.
Hybrid models (the RX 450h, which starts at $53,200, and the RX 450h F SPORT, which starts at $56,500) are equipped similarly -- though the RX 450h comes standard with a few additional items that are part of the RX 350's Luxury package, such as a power sunroof, automatic wipers, leather upholstery and ventilated seats.
As for options, the RX offers an extensive list. In addition to the aforementioned RX 350 Luxury package (which also adds roof rails and seat memory), both models also offer a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a larger center screen, a rear DVD entertainment system, a wide-angle backup camera, a panoramic sunroof and a long list of today's latest safety gadgets, which includes a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and forward-collision warning with automatic braking.
|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|
2016 Acura MDX -- The MDX is a close competitor to the RX in terms of pricing, but it offers the all-important third-row seat, which you can't get in the Lexus. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer a hybrid variant.
2016 Lincoln MKX -- You might be surprised to find out just how competitive Lincoln's latest offering is. Not only does it tout similar fit and finish and comfort to the RX, but it offers stronger performance -- and less polarizing styling.
2016 Volvo XC90 -- The new Volvo XC90 is more expensive than the RX, but with good reason: It offers amazing technology and a finely crafted interior.
Used BMW X5 -- The X5 offers stronger acceleration than the RX, along with better handling and cornering capabilities. It also touts the all-important BMW name. But prices are a lot higher, so you may want to consider a used model.