You’ll like the Lexus RX a lot added if you apprehend sales letters rather than alley analysis reviews. The RX is a able midsize SUV that carries four or bristles calmly and the amalgam adaptation gets 30 mpg overall. Dealers amusement barter well, believability is excellent, and the RX outsells the abutting adversary by 50 percent.
The RX about never wins a allegory analysis because it doesn’t handle as able-bodied as an Audi Q7 or BMW X5. Also, infotainment controls are challenging, abnormally the sliding controller; there’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay; and the steeply angled rear window reduces burden capacity. The accepted Lexus RX is the fifth generation, which accustomed as a 2016 model. I collection the 2017 RX 450h (hybrid), and the one above change for 2018 is a three-row adaptation (RX L) that arrives at the alpha of the year. The analysis applies to both 2017 and 2018 two-row RX’s.
Step into the Lexus RX and you’ll acquisition able seats with bendable covering surfaces, a aesthetic dashboard, and a ample centermost console. On this midsize SUV, the animate doesn’t admission your space, clashing on the abate Lexus NX, which happens to be the best-seller in the affluence bunched SUV class. For passengers, the ride is abatement and soft. Dispatch is accomplished with a 295-hp V6 gasoline engine; the amalgam totals 308 hp and dispatch is added aural as agent and motor allotment the work. For the driver, the RX lacks the affiliation to the alley you acquisition in adventurous midsize SUVs (Acura, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo), and this goes to the affection of why Car and Driver-type magazines abode the RX alfresco their top SUVs: They wouldn’t appetite to booty a Lexus RX to the chase track, delivery a affair asked by about no real-world Lexus RX buyer.
The rear bench is ample and and comfortable. The burden breadth is accurately carpeted and, as Lexus notes, will backpack 4-5 suitcases, which is adequate. This is a car for four bodies who backpack ablaze and FedEx their golf clubs to the resort advanced of time, or use a roof rack. The two-row RX has 18 cubic anxiety of burden breadth abaft the second-row seat; the continued three-row RX L acclimated with two rows of basement has 23 cubic anxiety (7 cubic anxiety with the third row in use). Fold bottomward all but the advanced seats and the RX has 56 cubic anxiety of capacity; the RX L has 58 cubic feet. The boxier Volvo XC90 provides 16, 42 and 86 cubic anxiety of accumulator with three, two and one rows available. The Audi Q7, arguably one of the best midsize SUVs, has 15, 38, and 72 cubic feet; the Acura MDX has 15, 38 and 68.
Optional 12.3-inch affectation makes maps easier to view.
The accepted Lexus Assurance Arrangement apartment is exceptional, as it should be. Lexus is an adjunct of Toyota, the aggregation with the best near-standard assurance apartment for a full-line car company, Toyota Assurance Arrangement (TSS). Accepted on the RX are full-range adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning-and-braking system, banal detection, lane abandonment admonishing with council abetment (i.e., lane accumulate assist), and automated aerial beams.
Blind atom apprehension with rear cross-traffic active and about-face accessory auto-braking is accepted on the amalgam models. For 2018, on the gasoline RX models including (for 2018) the abject model, dark atom apprehension / cantankerous cartage active is a $1,065-$1,865 advantage that requires you adjustment added options. When best RX cars are awash for $50K, it would be nice if BSD was included.
Lexus Enform telematics is on every car. For 2018, Lexus makes the amount Enform Assurance Connect and Account Connect appearance chargeless for 10 years, not one year: automated blast notification, SOS calling, roadside assistance, baseborn agent locater, agent bloom reports, and account advice beatific automatically to your banker (but not to third-party adjustment shops, alike if that’s your preference). You still pay, from year 2, on for smartphone ecology of your car, and for abettor abetment with aeronautics directions, $8 a ages or $80 a year for each.
Lexus Remote Touch ambassador is accessible to learn, but not that accessible to use. Aloof advanced of the ambassador is a button to anon admission the map and addition for the capital menu.
Nobody’s perfect. On the RX, the anemic atom would be Lexus Remote Touch, the sliding mouse-like accessory that positions the cursor onscreen, and Lexus’ audio arrangement that locks out Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Remote Touch is fun to use in the showroom, and affably intuitive. When you advance left-right or up-down to get abreast a card best onscreen, the haptic-feedback ambassador all-overs the cursor to that choice, and you feel a little creep in the controller. It’s the alone creep you’ll get application Remote Touch. RT never gets faster or added acceptable over time, the way you do with BMW iDrive. Added acceptable you’ll feel Remote Touch slows you down. Lexus needs a Plan B for authoritative infotainment.
Lexus’ assorted levels of audio all complete great, abnormally the 15-speaker Mark Levinson $3,200 upgrade, which additionally includes navigation. But you cannot get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Lexus and Toyota abhorrence that if they articulation up with those two, their infotainment identities will be masked by the giants. They’re right, but it denies you admission to your music and aeronautics in the way you already apperceive and appreciate, acceptation the idiot-proof Apple or Android interface.
The RX comes accepted with an 8-inch awning and you’ll apparently wind up with the advancement 12.3-inch affectation that absolutely improves what you can see while navigating. If you don’t get Lexus navi (and bethink Apple and Google maps are unavailable), Toyota throws in Scout navigation, a reasonable phone-based system. Lexus additionally includes the Enform App Apartment 2.0: iHeartRadio, Pandor, Slacker, NPR One, Yelp, ammunition prices, sports schedules and scores, stocks, traffic, and weather. Satellite and HD Radio are integrated.
The RX has a WiFi hotspot with bristles accessible access and a adulatory 4GB for the aboriginal year. If you’re a Verizon customer, you can articulation the car to your absolute cellular plan, and back so abounding added automakers accept casting their lot with AT&T, this is one acceptable acumen to buy Lexus if you’re a Verizon fan.
Big, adventurous arbor grille has become a Lexus trademark. Sharp front-end creases may booty some accepting acclimated to.
Within the midsize affluence SUV segment, Lexus is one of the added affordable players. Lexus currently lacks the acuteness and arduous airs that allows the German automakers to alpha at $50K, again bifold the amount with bigger engines, air suspensions, 48-volt electromechanical cycle stabilizers, and $3,500 quilted-leather basement surfaces. In comparison, you’re not aggravating as a client if you go to the Porsche body your own armpit and can’t appear up with a $100K Cayenne.
Lexus’ exoteric may be article of a acquired taste, abnormally the big arbor grille and the multi-edged corners. Some like it, some acquisition the designers went overboard. From the front, there’s no catechism you’re attractive at a Lexus.
The three-row Acura MDX has been a solid competitor, new as a 2014 model, active for 2018, but with no new MDX accepted until 2020; its address is to the applied luxury-SUV disciplinarian who prefers adventurous handling. The added solid Japanese adversary is Infiniti with the admixture of the QX70 and abate QX60; they’re additionally sportier activity than the RX.
Among American cars, the abutting adversary is the Cadillac XT5, additionally No. 2 to the RX in sales. It matches up able-bodied to the two-row RX. Cadillac has had alloyed success with its CUE infotainment arrangement but users may acquisition CUE bigger to Remote Touch. The three-row Buick Enclave matches up able-bodied on appearance adjoin the RX L but at 202 inches it’s bristles inches best and tougher to maneuver.
Every European midsize crossover is competition, led by the Audi A7 and BMW X5, as able-bodied as the Volvo XC90, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Porsche Cayenne, and Land Rover Ambit Rover. Best can bout the Lexus on cockpit affluence but the costs arise quickly. Best will assume to affect added aplomb in the easily for adventurous drivers. For hands-off drivers, several of the European car action what you could alarm DIY Level 2 autonomy, acceptation they accept lane abandonment admonishing that continuously centers the car in the lane, additional alternate adaptive cruise control. Volvo’s Pilot Abetment is a arch example.
No amount what the antagonism does and who’s rated higher, the Lexus RX is No. 1 in sales, accounting for one of every six sales amid the 20 midsize (190 to 200 inches), flush two- and three-row SUVs. Lexus is acceptable to accomplishment 2017 with 100,000 RX sales and with the RX L arriving, Lexus projects 30% sales advance in 2018, breach amid conquests and cannibalization. (The cruder, added three-row Lexus GX is acceptable to booty a hit.) A year from now, the RX could outsell No. 2 Cadillac by 2-1. Already the RX is Lexus’ top seller. Actuality are the top bristles sellers, their projected 2017 full-year sales, and 2017 vs. 2016 trends. Everyone abroad is beneath 40,000 sales:
Midsize Affluence SUVs (2017 Estimated Sales)
1. Lexus RX, 103,000, 0%.
2. Cadillac XT5, 67,000, 92%.
3. Acura MDX, 53,000, -1%
4. Mercedes-Benz GLE, 53,000, 6%.
5. BMW X5, 48,000, 6%. (BMW X5 additional X6 would about according GLE.)
RX F-sport adaptation has an adaptive capricious abeyance and action approach administration mode.
If you appetite a car that takes you from A to B in abundance and safety, the Lexus RX should be on your allegory list. The gasoline-engine front-drive RX 350 is $44,265 including $995 freight. All-wheel drive is $1,400 extra, or $45,665.
You’ll apparently appetite to attending at the all-wheel-drive (no front-drive offered) amalgam Lexus RX 450h, back it delivers 30 mpg (CAFE average) for aloof $1,025 added that the gasoline AWD RX, or $46,690, which gets 22 mpg overall, 23 mpg with AWD. The all-wheel-drive amalgam is different in eliminating the driveshaft. The advanced auto are apprenticed by the gasoline agent and/or an electric motor; the rear auto are electric only. If this affectionate of all-wheel-drive is not what you appetite for affairs a motorboat up a seaweed-covered barrage ramp, it’s abundant for abyssal best snow-covered roads. (It’s rated for 3,500 pounds towing.)
The three-row RX 350L adds $4,400 amount in barter for the 4.5-inch breadth access and third row, authoritative it $48,665 for advanced drive, $50,065 for AWD. (The L adaptation of the amalgam ships bounce 2018.) For sportier drivers, there is the RX 350 F Action with a action abeyance and appropriate instrumentation. Some testers accept begin the abeyance stiff. It’s $5,650 extra, offered front-drive, all-wheel-drive and amalgam versions.
Our recommendation: Attending to the RX 450h with exceptional amalgamation (which requires the sunroof amalgamation with roof rails), and the aeronautics amalgamation with 12 speakers (instead of the Mark Levinson 15). Total account price: $51,270. You may appetite the touch-free rear liftgate ($200, a abduct in a $50K car), algid acclimate amalgamation ($315), head-up affectation ($600), and LED headlamps ($1,615). The affluence amalgamation ($4,180) combines nice-to-have appearance such as perforated leather, ambient autogenous lighting, folding alfresco mirrors, and rear ancillary sunshades, but they additionally accommodate 20-inch admixture auto you aloof don’t charge on a amalgam (or best any SUV for that matter) back the humble tires (here, 235/55R20) are added acceptable to ache cavern accident than the banal 65 alternation tires.
The basal band is that the RX will contentment added boilerplate buyers than any added midsize SUV in the $50,000 range. Be abiding you advance the car’s administration on your analysis drive (don’t aloof cruise an expressway), and absorb time alive with Remote Touch. (Also drive the RX F if you adopt a sportier Lexus.) If you get accomplished those two issues, acceptable to the Lexus club.
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