2016 Lexus RX
Lexus – now a maker of hoverboards – hasn’t forgotten about their better known cars and SUVs. So while we’re still waiting on our first ride on their “future” board, we accepted their invite to try the new 2016 Lexus RX in down to earth Portland, Oregon.
As the brands most popular model, it’s a little surprising that they went all-in with the ultra-aggressive styling of the smaller, nicheier NX. But, the RX takes all those sharp angles and creases, and ups the intensity. There’s also a little Nissan Murano thrown in with a “floating roof” design and blacked out D pillars.
The interior also sees a major update, and in line with their other new offerings, is a great exercise in sleek and simplistic design. The dash-mounted center screen is large – almost home theater large – when optioned up to the 12.3 inch size. Lexus, though, didn’t mess too much with the good things they already had going…
BEN DAVIS: “There’s a very loyal market for the RX, so Lexus was extra careful not to dramatically modify the interior dimensions, or restyle familiar controls in a way that would upset large groups of repeat buyers.”
JOHN DAVIS: A carryover 3.5 liter V6 sits underhood, but adds power for a 295 horsepower rating. The also returning 450h Hybrid has an Atkinson cycle 3.5 V6, that in conjunction with electrics motor/ generators outputs 308 HP. All wheel drive is optional on both powertrains.
As is an adaptive suspension system that electronically adjusts the dampers, aiding ride quality, and pushing it to a greater level of refinement, more befitting a Lexus.
On sale soon, the 2016 Lexus RX will start at just over $40,000. Hybrid, all-wheel drive, and F SPORT additions will make that climb ever higher.
Engine: 3.5 liter
Price: Just over $40,000