The Lexus RX series has been one of the best-selling luxury SUVs ever built. In fact, it’s actually the best-selling vehicle Lexus has ever built, with over 2 million units sold in Lexus’ 26-year history. So building a successor is something engineers took very seriously, and the 2016 Lexus RX is a no-compromises SUV that sacrifices nothing in the name of efficiency.
When I say no compromises, what I’m really referring to are the two drivetrain options Lexus RX buyers will get to choose from. A more powerful 3.5 liter V6 engines offers 300 horsepower, thanks to features like direct injection and a new 8-speed automatic transmission, Lexus is expecting solid fuel economy numbers for the standard RX300.
If, however, you’re the kind of SUV buyer who is out to make a statement, than you’ll be more interested in the Lexus RX450h, which uses a similar 3.5 liter V6 but running on the more-efficient Atkinson cycle. An electric motor helps the hybrid Lexus RX make the same 300 horsepower as the conventional motor, meaning buyers don’t have to pick between more power and better fuel economy. Lexus isn’t putting out exact fuel economy figures yet, but the press release says the new engines have been tuned for “high fuel economy ratings and low carbon emissions.”
Unsurprisingly, it looks a lot like the smaller Lexus NX, carrying on the sharper design langauge meant to evoke some passion from buyers. Beyond that, the 2016 Lexus RX received a host on improvements inside and out, though nothing particularly “game changing” in the world of luxury SUVs. The immense popularity of the Lexus RX is reason enough to leave the design mostly alone, and while other automakers race to build the “next big thing” Lexus will be making money hand-over-fist as its legions of loyal buyers keep coming back for more.