The new 2018 Lexus RX, like never before, makes a style-conscious statement. It now scores big in terms of car-like driving manners, quality, and on comfort. Furthermore, it is boldly styled and impeccably crafted than before resulting in a well-rounded luxury crossover.
It looks sleek and adventurous. And the same theme is carried over to the engine bay where a capable V6 rests. Lexus says the V6 should be able to generate a laudable output of 295 horsepower for the RX 350. Almost every element inside and out burbles with life.
The Lexus RX 450h hybrids on the other hand come with less powerful V6s but in tern offers a smooth riding experience. Regardless of the engine specified, both models are able to span a wider range of road manners, from moderately firm to plush smooth.
The cabin of the new 2018 Lexus RX, like before, seats five persons. The seats are notoriously comfortable and relaxing even on long journeys. In addition, Lexus being a luxury brand has continued to shower it with impressive standard high-tech gadgetry. Fit and finish is exemplary.
The number of available safety features has also grown for the 2018 model year to include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning systems. Both the NHTSA and the IIHS are however yet to offer the crash impact test scores. But going by recent rumors, it’s quite possible that the new model is poised for an all-round five-star performance.
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2018 Lexus RX Reviews
- exterior design & changes
- engine specs
2018 Lexus RX Interior
The interior of the new Lexus RX 2018 is comfortable and spacious. It scores big in terms of the overall material quality and gadgetry but fails when it comes to cargo versatility and the functionality of the huge entertainment screens.
In terms of ease of use, the controls are driver-oriented and easy to use. There’s an intricate mix of buttons and knobs. Moreover, Lexus did a good job of improving the functionality of the 12.3-inch navigation screen that is now more intuitive and easier to use than before. The remote Touch Joystick has also received improvements.
When it comes to getting in and out, the wide opening doors make it an easier process. Again, more clearance is offered by the power-memory steering wheel that swings away to give space to the driver.
Up front, there’s plenty of room. The driver as well as the passengers enjoy copious amounts of head- and legroom. Some tall drivers may however complain about the knee and toe space. Exterior visibility is laudable as the front view is entirely unobstructed.
As for the technologies offered, the base RXs should be expected to come equipped with features such as a premium audio, navigation, cruise control, synthetic leather, rear-seat DVD entertainment, and a panoramic sunroof. Smartphone savvy buyers should not however expect smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as they are nowhere to be found.
Exterior Design & Changes - 2018 Lexus RX
Most of the personality the 2018 Lexus RX gets emanates from its exterior design that imbues it with well thought-out, contemporary yet somewhat risky design cues. The design is as controversial as that of the Toyota C-HR – its cousin from Toyota.
The madness starts from the spindle grille. While it’s still though-provoking for some, it has actually evolved to be less shocking than it once was. The rest of the surfaces – hood and the roof – return with the same striking touch that help flare the RX in extravagant ways.
2018 Lexus RX Engine Specs
As already told, the new 2018 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a moderately powerful 3.5L V6 engine capable of generating a whopping 295 hp and 267 lbs. ft. of torque. It is fuel efficient thanks to a system that Lexus says runs on a lean combustion cycle.
The 2018 Lexus RX 350h on the other hand comes equipped with the same base engine and integrates it with electric motors and batteries. Output here is rated at 259 horsepower and 247 pounds feet of torque. The hybrid-powered RX 450h is available with an all-wheel drive system.
The EPA is yet to publish the fuel economy ratings of the RX to this date but says the RX 450h should be able to return 30/28 mpg in the city and on the highway respectively. We should however expect those of the front-drive RX 350 to be around 20/28 mpg in the city and on the highway, and down to 19/26 mpg for those equipped with an all-wheel drive system.
The Acura MDX and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class pose the greatest existential threat to the 2018 Lexus RX. The Mercedes-Benz GLE gives the RX a run for its money thanks to an impressive feature set that includes a spacious cabin, capable engines, and a dizzying list of standard and optional features. Popular online publications say its costs range from an MSRP of $52,200 for the GKE 350 SUV to around $111,860 for the AMG GLE 63 S 4Matic Coupe.
The Acura MDX on the other hand scores big when it comes to offering a generous array of features and active driver aids, a quiet and weirdly quiet interior, and enhanced handling. Pricing for the Acura MDX starts from an MSRP of around $47,025.