Lexus RX

The fourth-generation RX debuted at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The 2016 Lexus RX is a new design that takes after the NX Crossover that debuted last year, but Lexus wanted to take it from boring to cutting-edge. Lexus is taking aim at the younger generations by making the RX far more visually outgoing with its new design cues. Base MSRP $42,000


For 2016, Lexus added some sharp designs to the RX, like the new Spindle Grille design from its F Sport trim. Another new implementation is the floating roof design with a blacked-out C-pillar, which seems to work surprisingly well in this case. Dimensionally, the vehicle has grown around five inches in length, while the wheelbase is stretched by around two more inches in length. Other minor changes that Lexus are trying in the new RX include newly designed head and taillights, as well as 21-inch wheels.


Upon entering the cabin, the first thing one will notice is the redesigned center stack, featuring a more rectangular infotainment screen atop the dash. Below that, two HVAC cents with an analog clock perfectly centered between them adds a bit of class to the interior. Further down the center stack, the hard-button radio controls followed by the HVAC controls are easily visible. Everything that the driver will need is right at his or her fingertips. Lexus is still using the track pad for navigation controls.


The RX comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that has an incredible bump in horsepower from the previous generation. Now making 300 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque, that is a 30 horsepower gain over last year’s model. Reaching 60 mph takes about 7 seconds and will accelerate up to an electronically limited 155 mph.


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