With three generations of research and upgrading behind it, the Lexus RX is known as the first luxury crossover SUV. Starting from 1998, the first generation of RXs combined elements of the station wagon, sedan, and SUV. Lexus built on the success of this innovation starting in 2003 with a design overhaul that included a more streamlined body and it became the top-selling luxury vehicles in the US. The most recent incarnation of the Lexus RX boosts power with a 3.5 liter V6 engine able to reach a maximum horsepower of 270. Equipped with upgrades in comfort and design across the board, such as keyless access and power rear doors, SmartAccess fob and digital display screen, the inside of the Lexus RX is packed with possibilities—you can seat five people or fold down seats easily to accommodate whatever your destination determines.
2014 models range from the RX 350, which gives you a 21 MPG rating, 270 hp and a 3.5 liter V6 to the RX 350 F Sport where you will see 8-speed automatic transmission and styling on top of exclusive styling inside and out, made for driving enthusiasts. It’s no wonder the 350 was named one of Forbes Magazine’s, “Top Ten Most Reliable Used Cars.” Finally there’s the 2014 RX 450h, a luxury hybrid with a V6 and electric motor combining to give you the class-leading 30 MPG rating. Available with matte bamboo trim, the 450h is available in four-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Convenience features for the Lexus RX line allow you to personalize your driving experience down to the last detail. Choose from three separate settings in the front seats for heating and cooling, and enjoy your favorite tunes with Lexus’ Premium Sound System; each speaker is positioned exactly for optimized sound. With Lexus Enform and Safety Connect, you have the convenience of live, instant 24-hour navigation assistance as well as emergency services at the press of a button. Use the App Suite to get your movie tickets en route, make a dinner reservation, or access to store information on the go.
With an MSRP starting at $39,760, the Lexus RX is the perfect high-end vehicle for drivers who require the utmost in performance as well as the latest in style and design.
LEXUS RX SAFETY
The Lexus RX does not just offer luxury in a SUV; it makes sure performance is backed up by attention to safety as well. The 2014 model received top ratings across the board, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. IIHS singled out the vehicle’s multiple-positioned airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes.
One notable feature is the RX’s Pre-Collision system, which senses when a crash is imminent and then deploys several safety precautions: seatbelts are retracted, a warning beep signals, and brakes are pre-loaded for faster response.
Also available is Lexus’ Blind Spot Monitor, which will alert you to vehicles in adjacent lanes, giving you peace of mind when you drive.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE LEXUS RX
The Lexus RX 350 recently won a top honor in US News and World Report’s Best Cars for Families Awards. Named the 2013 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families, the RX 350 showcases its combination of quality, features, and space for today’s families—who need room for sports equipment and music instruments as well as luggage for travel and adventure.