2016 Lexus RX Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on April 22, 2016 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 RX 350 and 450h are now both available in bold F Sport trim. 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, and helped it earn KBB's 2016 Luxury SUV Best Buy Award.

Driving It

From our full review of the 2016 Lexus RX: "While the new Lexus RX's exterior styling screams aggressiveness, its driving manners remain much as they have been: comfortable, quiet and confident. This is an SUV for those who appreciate a soft ride and serenity, vs. drivers who prefer blasts down twisty roads accompanied by a roaring exhaust note."

RX Hybrid

Lexus has offered a hybrid option for the RX for more than a decade. The RX 450h, which is more powerful for 2016, is just as fast to 60 mph as the RX 350 and has a range of 516 miles. Its fuel economy is 32 mpg around town -- compared to 18 for the regular 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 $43,000, and the top-of-the-line RX, the RX 450h F Sport, tops out at just about $67,000. Build and price your own Lexus RX to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

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Photo Gallery: Lexus RX Inside and Out