Lexus displayed its all-new 2016 RX at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday, highlighting the luxury SUV's new interior and exterior styling, as well as new tech features. According to Lexus, the RX is their most popular model, and they've tried to build on that success in this redesign.
Not only is the RX popular among consumers, but it's favorable among automotive critics as well. The 2015 Lexus RX performs well in our rankings, as it's currently first out of 17 in our midsize SUV rankings. It's also the winner of our 2015 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award, as well as our 2015 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families award.
The 2016 model has a redesigned exterior that CNET says "features an angular design with crisply defined shoulders, squared-off wheel arches and—perhaps most obviously—the automaker's trademark spindle front end." The 2016 RX also has a longer wheelbase and greater overall length compared to the previous model.
The 2016 Lexus RX 350 comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 300 horsepower (30 more than last year's model) and it is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Lexus says the 2016 RX has a stiffer suspension compared to last year's model for improved handling. The hybrid model, the 2016 Lexus RX 450h, also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine along with an electric motor that combined make 300 horsepower (up from 295 horsepower in last year's model).
In an interview at the New York Auto Show, Jeff Bracken, Group Vice President and General Manager of Lexus, said "engineers have given a lot of thought" to the features that are in the 2016 Lexus RX. Some notable available features include a head-up display, an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch monitor located above the center stack, heated rear outboard seats, a panoramic moonroof and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual 11.6-inch screens.
The Lexus RX's chief designer, Gen Ikeda, says "Even while ensuring a high level of luxury and space within the cabin, the RX’s silhouette remains sleek and dynamic, while the interior has been designed for easy operation with luxurious execution."
New for 2016 is the Lexus Safety System+, which incorporates pre-collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and other features to maximize safety and to avoid or lessen collisions under varying driving conditions.
No pricing information has been announced, but the 2016 Lexus RX will be available towards the end of this year.