The Lexus RX crossover is the top-selling line from the automaker, and reviews are now in for the 2016 offering.
The mid-size SUVs in the Lexus RX crossover line are the most successful vehicles in Lexus' entire lineup and, with each new generation, the automaker tried to improve the successful recipe without changing too much too fast.
Nevertheless, the 2016 Lexus RX crossover line now sports a new style, with many reviewers describing the new look as "aggressive," at least for luxury crossovers. Otherwise, some things will be familiar; others will spice things up a bit.
For instance, the new Lexus RX still comes in V-6 and hybrid powertrain options: the RX 350 sporting a 3.5-liter, V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the RX450h hybrid that adds an electric drive to the V6 engine. Both the RX 350 and the RX450h will come in two variants: front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD). Things get more interesting, however, with new F Sport versions for both the V6 and the hybrid RX models in AWD variants.
"This is the completely redesigned RX, where sharp lines and contemporary style combine with agile handling and advanced technology—like the most comprehensive safety system offered on the RX. Available in four distinct models, including the first-ever RX Hybrid F Sport, this marks the end of the quiet arrival," Lexus touted.
"Our ambition has been to make a bold and completely new statement in this segment while building on and staying true to the pioneering values of our previous RX generations," added Takayuki Katsuda, the Chief Engineer of the new Lexus RX crossover.
The new Lexus RX crossover line has already stirred lots of interest and sparked various reactions, so here's what the first reviews have to say about it.
AutoGuide: With a far more aggressive exterior, technology packed interior and better mechanics, the 2016 Lexus RX has been upgraded enough to remain relevant while not deviating from its winning formula. More importantly, it looks poised to continue its sales-dominating ways.
AutomobileMag: No version of the 2016 Lexus RX can be called exciting, but Lexus has made some progress with the latest iteration of its best-selling vehicle. The RX F Sport now has the improved dynamics to back up its edgy styling and makes a convincing case for itself among its sportier competition. The evolutions of the standard and hybrid versions are less noticeable, but that's the name of the game when you're dependent on repeat buyers who are averse to change. If you can get past the sight of that crazy new front end, the fourth-generation Lexus RX upholds its sterling reputation while bringing even more to the table.
Cars.com: Overall, legions of happy buyers of the previous three generations of RX SUVs will be perfectly pleased with the new fourth-generation model. If you don't ask too much of it in terms of spirited driving, it will deliver a quiet, comfortable commute. If Lexus wants to be known for innovation and sophistication, however, it will have to do more than just throw some splashy styling and stiffer chassis tuning on the RX to get German-intending buyers to cough up their cash.
Slashgear: It's hard to imagine the existing Lexus faithful not falling for this new luxury SUV. The equipment list is high, the performance reassuring—even if you have to opt for the hybrid to get a little vigor on the road—and the experience inside as cosseting as you'd expect. In fact, only the design may prove divisive, depending on how conservative Lexus fans actually are. It finally feels as though the RX has some personality, along with the reassuring quality and reliability Lexus has become known for. "Safe" may have been the easier route, but the 2016 RX didn't succumb, and is all the better for it.
The new Lexus RX crossover will hit dealerships in November, but the final pricing remains unclear just yet. Lexus said that its new RX should start "well under" $45,000, but has yet to offer additional details.