Lexus Crossovers Guide

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Lexus RX350

Year: Starting at $39,310 MPG 18-24 Luxury crossovers have been all the rage for years now, and none has been found in as many manicured driveways and portes cochères as Lexus’ RX. As a crossover and not a trucky SUV, and with only two rows of seats and not three (like Lexus’s other two luxury utes), the RX is spacious but not excessive, capable but not corpulent, comfortable but not conspicuously consumptive. In other words, for most moderately well-to-do households with a kid or two and a dog, it is just right. Now in the middle of its product cycle, Lexus has seen fit to give its popular RX a thorough facelift, blessing the mug with the company’s new hourglass-shaped grille and LED-daytime running lamp spears, complimented by new taillamps and tailgate details. The interior is slightly upgraded with some new color/trim choices and added technology such as Bluetooth connectivity and Lexus’s new Enform suite of in-car apps, including Pandora, Bing, Facebook and more. With driving dynamics about as benign as your great aunt Matilda, the RX has never been too exciting to drive, though a new-for-2013 F-Sport model livens things up with its tightened suspension and paddle-shifted eight-speed transmission. And of course, the hybrid RX model (which, as Lexus proudly reminds us, was the industry’s first hybrid SUV) receives the same styling and interior enhancements as the standard model with considerably better fuel economy (30 mpg vs. 21 mpg combined), albeit at a steep $6,600 premium. At least a laundry list of safety features come standard on all, most notably 10 air bags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. …
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