The fully redesigned 2016 Lexus RX was launched last week after being unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year. The luxury midsize SUV gets new exterior style, an updated cabin, more power and updated features, according to a press release. Lexus says the 2016 RX will hit dealerships late this year.
Like the current RX, there are two variants of the new model: The 2016 Lexus RX 350 features a gas-powered 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The EPA hasn't released any fuel economy information yet, but Lexus estimates that a front-wheel drive 2016 RX 350 returns 20/28 mpg, which is better than the 2015 model's rating of 18/25.
The hybrid 2016 Lexus RX 450h has a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor system that make a combined 308 horsepower paired with a continuously variable transmission (automatic). According to Lexus, the 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid with front-wheel drive gets 31/30 mpg city/highway, which is similar to the 2015 model's 32/28 mpg estimate.
Both the RX and RX Hybrid have standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. F Sport models have an upgraded suspension and selectable driving modes that let you choose from Eco, Normal, Sport and Sport+ modes. These modes alter the responsiveness and feel of the suspension and powertrain systems, according to Lexus.
Reviewers say that the new RX's design is hard to miss. Edmunds writes that the new model has "radical styling that turns the traditionally conservative RX into something that gets noticed."
The 2016 RX comes standard with leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a nine-speaker audio system and an 8-inch display screen for the infotainment system. Options include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 12-speaker Bose or 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and navigation with an 8- or 12.3-inch screen.
The 2016 Lexus RX is available with driver assistance features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert.
After an initial test drive, Car and Driver reports that the RX's cabin features premium materials and rides comfortably. They add that the redesigned model "…builds on its existing strengths more than it establishes new ones."
The 2015 Lexus RX ranks fourth in our luxury midsize SUV rankings. Check back soon to see how the 2016 model fares in our rankings. Pricing information hasn't been announced yet, but the 2015 RX 350 starts at $40,970 and the 2015 RX Hybrid starts at $47,620.