2017 Lexus RX Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on January 26, 2017 1:49 PM

A comfortable, reliable refuge from the stresses of the world.

The Lexus RX has an edgy new look, but at its core, Lexus' best-selling model focuses more on ride comfort, refinement and a quiet cabin than on having the driving dynamics of a sports sedan. Completely redesigned last year with more power and more features, for 2017 the Lexus Safety System+ suite of safety features has been made standard, and F Sport models are now available with front-wheel drive. The RX's successful combination of all-season traction and plenty of room for people and their gear has helped build a highly loyal fan base that returns year after year.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2017 Lexus RX: "Lexus recently overhauled the entire RX line giving it a more aggressive exterior and a more fluid interior design. Changes were made to the suspension and drivetrain as well, but the 2017 Lexus RX 350 remains a luxury SUV that places an emphasis on comfort and confidence over blistering performance."

RX Hybrid

Lexus has offered a hybrid option for the RX for more than a decade. The all-wheel-drive-only RX 450h is just as fast to 60 mph as the RX 350 and has a range of 516 miles. Its fuel economy is 31 mpg around town -- compared to 19 for the regular AWD RX -- and it gets 28 mpg on the highway.

F Sport

If you want a little more attitude in your RX, there's the Lexus RX F Sport. In addition to cool styling cues including unique wheels, grille and interior, the RX F Sport offers a sport-tuned suspension and paddle shifters.

Build and Price

Getting into an RX means you're looking at a starting price of almost $44,000, and the top-of-the-line RX, the RX 450h F Sport, tops out at just about $63,000. Build and price your own Lexus RX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Small Luxury SUVs

This popular segment has grown to more than 10 vehicles strong, with each of the entries appealing on a variety of levels. Visit our Compact Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to have a look at all your options.

Photo Gallery: Lexus RX Inside and Out



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