The luxury crossover SUV segment was created by the Lexus RX and it's been a perennial favorite for delivering high quality, great packaging for a 2-row vehicle and enough upscale aura to make owners feel special. That combination also results in a high resale value. Both the 2017 Lexus RX 350 and the brand itself feed off each other to raise this midsize model to the top of the list.
Lexus is also building on these attributes by bringing a bit more edge to the styling. Last year, an all-new RX bowed with styling some thought may be a bit too radical for the division's tradition-oriented owner base. But it was a gamble that paid off, as the bolder look, which features a prominent spindle grille and a sleek profile that features a "floating roof" design, has captivated both loyal Lexus owners as well as buyers new to the brand.
In addition to the high quality and reliability that contribute to retaining high value, the 2017 Lexus RX also adds new standard safety features. These include the kind of warnings and assists for which buyers in the second-hand market will increasingly be on the lookout. The Lexus Safety System+ suite, which was previously an extra cost option, includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and dynamic radar cruise control.
Prices on the 2017 Lexus RX 350 start at just under $44,000 for front-drive models, with all-wheel drive an extra $1,400. The F Sport option, which includes a sportier suspension and other cosmetic upgrades, begins at around $50,000. Pricing undercuts rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE, which combined with high resale value, makes the Lexus RX a safe bet for low operating costs.