The Lexus RX is one of the originals and still one of the leaders in the mid-size crossover SUV segment, as it continues to evolve its car-based mechanicals with more styling flair and soon-to-be available models that have a third row. The fact that the RX again tops this category in resale value is a tribute to the bold decision taken by Toyota's luxury division to give the RX more edge in both looks and handling.
While previous Lexus RX models were known for understated styling and bulletproof reliability, Lexus has kept the latter, but amped-up the former with a large, spindle grille design that really makes this vehicle stand out from the crowd. While the exterior is much more extroverted, traditional RX buyers will find comfort inside, which retains its excellence in noise isolation and comfort.
The base RX 350 is available in either front- or all-wheel drive and is powered by a 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, which offers great performance while delivering good fuel economy. The range-topping model in the line is an all-wheel-drive hybrid, the 450h, which puts out a combined 308 horsepower from the same V6 engine which is coupled to a 123-kW electric motor. If your tastes run more towards an enthusiast bent, the RX also offers an F Sport package that has larger wheels and tires and a tauter suspension. The RX also comes with a wide range of driver assists, including blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert as part of the Lexus Safety System+.
The much anticipated 3-row versions of the RX, which are 4.3 inches longer than the standard model and wear RX 350L and RX 400hL nametags, will be available next spring and will add about $4,000 to the vehicle's list price. That added utility of 6- or 7-passenger seating depending on the second- row configuration will only add to the 2018 Lexus RX's ability to deliver top resale value.