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2016 Lexus RX

2016 Lexus RX
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  • Lexus RX
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    278 (Est.)
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    3.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; FWD, AWD
  • Price:
    42000 (Est.)
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Among the stars at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the all-new 2016 Lexus RX. This forth-generation RX builds on the foundation already laid by Lexus’ best-selling model of all time. A hot new design that takes after the compact NX crossover that debuted last year clearly moves the RX from meek and boring to vogue and cutting-edge. Lexus might lose some of its older customer base, but will likely gain a younger, yet just as affluent crowd thanks to this bold move.

The 2016 RX wholeheartedly embraces the corporate Spindle Grille design from its F Sport trim. Inside, the cabin takes an even further departure from what we’re used to seeing from Lexus, departing from the brand’s current design styles in favor of something fresh.

Even the mechanicals have been heavily updated. The 3.5-liter V-6 returns with more power and direct injection. An all-new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the mix while the RX 450h’s Atkinson-cycle powertrain also gets a slight power boost.

All told, the new RX is far more visually outgoing in its new design. What that actually means for its sales numbers is unknown, but I’d bet on a huge growth in popularity.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Lexus RX made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show - in both standard and hybrid versions.

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2018 Lexus RX350 - Driven

2018 Lexus RX350 - Driven

The grandfather of luxury crossovers

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998 and basically invented the luxury crossover segment. It’s even appropriate to credit the RX with the boom in popularity for all crossover niches. But things have changed, of course, and the competition is fierce. Lexus brought its latest RX iteration to life for 2015, complete with the aggressive styling seen elsewhere in Lexus’ lineup.

Now as 2018 rolls on, the Lexus RX gets a new three-row version called the RX L. it’s available in the RX350 and RX450 configurations, meaning you can haul seven people with a standard V-6 or one connected to a hybrid system. If that’s not enough choice, Lexus will also let you have the F Sport package – and that’s all before getting into the optional features available within the cabin. Needleless to say, the RX offers customers plenty of choices.

But we’re testing the old standard – the RX350 in FWD without the appearance package or hybrid powertrain. This is the type of RX you’d find at any Lexus dealership without having to special order something. Let’s have a look.

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What it's Like to Daily Drive the Lexus RX350

What it’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus RX350

Smooth cruising for four adults

This week we’re evaluating the Lexus RX350 in FWD and without all the extra stuff like the F Sport package and hybrid drivetrain. This is the RX in its purest form. It’s also the least-expensive way to have an RX and a build configuration that you’ll likely find stacked like cordwood at the local Lexus dealer.

It probably comes as no surprise to hear the Lexus RX 350 rides like a cloud on stilts. Lexus has always done a fantastic job building smooth-riding suspension systems for its sedans. That expertise carries over into the RX, along with the 20 years of experience Lexus has with build the luxury crossover. It’s almost hard to believe the RX nameplate is 20 years old in 2018.

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Price Check: Lexus RX350 vs the Competition

Price Check: Lexus RX350 vs the Competition

How the Lexus RX 350 stacks the cash

Luxury SUVs are expensive and it takes a hefty bank account to afford one, but even wealthy folks love a good deal. After all, saving and spending wisely are critical parts of becoming wealthy, right?

We’re comparing the 2018 Lexus RX350 to a four of its main rivals. These are the Cadillac XT5, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKX, and for a comparison to Lexus’ new three-row version of the RX, the Acura MDX.

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Cargo Space: This is how the Lexus RX350 Stacks Up

Cargo Space: This is how the Lexus RX350 Stacks Up

Turns out that sloping roofline has a downside

This week we’re evaluating the Lexus RX 350 luxury crossover. We’ve covered it Enform infotainment system, talked about its price verses it competition, and looked at how it drives. Now its time to compare the Lexus’ cargo-carrying abilities.

Four of the Lexus’ main competitors are the Cadillac XT5, Audi Q5, and Lincoln MKX. These two-row crossovers represent some of the hottest-selling in the luxury crossover segment, which itself is one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments in the entire automotive industry. We’re also including the three-row Acura MDX as a comparison against Lexus’ new three-row version of the RX, the RX L.

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A Brief Look at the Lexus RX350's Infotainment System

A Brief Look at the Lexus RX350’s Infotainment System

What’s to like and not like

The Lexus Enform system has been around a while, and unfortunately, its age is showing. While I can’t complain that it doesn’t work, the joystick-controlled system just isn’t the most pleasing to use or the most user-friendly. It takes a while to become comfortable with. Enform also lacks modern features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Still, for all its faults, it’s a decent system. It just goes about the whole user-input thing a bit differently than other systems on the market. It’s hard to criticize Lexus for trying something different, right? Maybe, but it seems Enform might be holding Lexus back. Let’s have a look.

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Quick Specs: 2017 Lexus RX350

Quick Specs: 2017 Lexus RX350

Lexus’ comfy crossover examined

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998, but its most recent iteration came out for 2015. Traditionally a two-row crossover, the RX ventures into new territory for 2018 with a three-row version called the RX350 L. The two extra seats makes the RX L Lexus’ first three-row crossover. Of course, the LX SUV has boasted three rows for quite a while, but with a massive jump in price and less on-road refinement relative to the unibody-based RX.

This week we’re behind the wheel of the 2017 RX 350 in FWD. It’s technically the base model since it doesn’t have the F Sport package, AWD, or the hybrid drivetrain. That’s just fine, though, as Lexus sells a big number of FWD models without the sporty appearance package or expensive hybrid system.

We’re taking a look at the RX 350’s specs – from its 3.5-liter V-6 to its passenger volume. We’ll also be covering several other aspects of the RX, both objectively and subjectively, along with the full driven review. Stay tuned for that.

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2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Worst In Show

2017 Los Angeles Auto Show – Worst In Show

The four-wheeled equivalents of a box-office flop

With December now upon us, the LA Auto Show opens to the public, with throngs of hungry auto lovers filing into the downtown convention center to get a glimpse of all the fresh four-wheeled offerings hot off the press. TopSpeed was there to cover all the big debuts, and we found more than a few that were worth your praise and adulation. However, for every model that impressed, LA also served up at least a few that were… let’s say problematic. Indeed, it wasn’t all roses and lollipops and rainbows in La La Land, and as such, we feel compelled to put together a smattering of offenders in the following Worst In Show list.

Most of the following entries left us with a profound sense of “meh,” while others had us questioning why they even decided to show at all. Of course, your opinions on the worst from LA might differ, so drop your picks in the comments section below!

Continue reading to learn more about our picks for Worst In Show from the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2018 Lexus RX L Offers Gas-Only or Hybrid Drivetrain; Updated Chassis

2018 Lexus RX L Offers Gas-Only or Hybrid Drivetrain; Updated Chassis

Two powertrains – one long Lexus

The new 2018 Lexus RX L is 4.3 inches longer than the standard RX and offers two additional seats in the new power-folding third row. Aside from that and a slightly less slopped roofline, the long-wheelbase RX is basically unchanged over the 2016-2017 version. Even the powertrains carry over, which isn’t a bad thing. Lexus has done a great job at building two smooth, efficient, and relatively peppy choices.

The standard mill found in the 2018 RX 350 and RX 350L is the 3.5-liter V-6. The all-aluminum engine features dual overhead cams with variable timing, duration, and lift for maximum manipulation of the combustion process. Even the combustion cycle can change, switching from the Otto cycle during acceleration to the Atkinson cycle during lighter operations. Horsepower is rated at 290 and torque comes in at 263 pound-feet. An eight-speed automatic transmission keeps revs low while the front tires spin. An AWD system is available.

The optional powertrain is the hybridized version of the same 3.5-liter V-6. Found in the RX 450h and now the RX 450hL, the system adds a high-torque electric motor and 37-kW battery. The system not only adds better fuel efficiency but also more power. The total system output is rated at 308 horsepower. As with most Toyota/Lexus hybrid vehicles, a continuously variable transmission is used. The RX 450hL comes standard with a unique AWD system that uses elector motors to turn the rear wheels rather than a mechanical connection to the engine and transmission.

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2018 Lexus RX L Offers Three Rows of Seating for 6 or 7 and Tri-Zone Climate Control

2018 Lexus RX L Offers Three Rows of Seating for 6 or 7 and Tri-Zone Climate Control

It’s just like before, only bigger

Lexus has debuted a new, long-wheelbase version of its insanely popular RX luxury crossover. The new vehicle is stretched by 4.3 inches to make room for a power-folding third row with two seats. This brings the total seat count to seven – a first for a Lexus crossover. Optionally, second-row captain’s chairs add more comfort and easier access to the third row while bringing the seat count to six. Not surprisingly, Lexus calls this elongated version the RX L.

In addition to the extra two seats, the RX L comes with a tri-zone climate control system with vents for all three rows. Headroom is said to be respectable for third-row passengers thanks to a raised roof height and taller, more upright tailgate. Despite the design change, the RX retains its swoopy yet angular appearance.

The RX L will offer both gasoline and gasoline-hybrid powertrains. The RX 350L uses the newish but familiar 3.5-liter V-6 with 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and FWD is standard and Lexus’ Dynamic Torque Control AWD system. The RX 450L hybrid uses the same V-6 but adds an electric motor and 37-kW battery that bumps horsepower to 308. The hybrid uses a continuously variable transmission, and AWD comes standard.

The 2018 Lexus RX L will go on sale before 2017 ends for a starting price of $47,670. Adding AWD knocks the prices to $49,070. Pricing for the hybrid hasn’t been announced. Lexus will continue selling the standard, two-row RX, allowing customers to choose which best suits their needs. Both versions offer the same exterior and interior color choices and list of optional features.

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2018 Lexus RXL

2018 Lexus RXL

Adding two extra seats could pay big dividends

The mid-size Lexus RX premium crossover has been around for almost two straight decades now, first hitting U.S. shores in the late ‘90s. Since its debut, Lexus has ushered in four generations, with the latest dropping in 2015. Now, it’s time for a refresh, and Lexus is providing just that with the latest 2018 model year. We’re still waiting for all the details, but the big news so far is the addition of third-row seating, bringing total passenger capacity to seven, a much-needed update for the top-selling model. Indeed, the Lexus RX is one of the segment’s most popular entries, and a seven-seater option has been expected for quite some time now. In addition to the added practicality, the RX will continue to offer efficient hybrid power and AWD grip, both features that should find their way to the new three-row model as well. The uniquely sharp exterior styling is expected to continue on more or less unchanged, as will the high-end luxury and technology inside the cabin.

Updating the RX with new seven-seat practicality is a good move for Lexus, giving customers a shot at greater seating capacity without stepping up to the larger V-8-powered Lexus LX and Lexus GX. We should get the full rundown on the 2018 Lexus RXL next week at the Los Angeles Show, but for now, read on for our speculative review.

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Apple's Self-Driving Lexus Spotted On Public Roads

Apple’s Self-Driving Lexus Spotted On Public Roads

Looks like one very pricey roof rack…

In case you hadn’t heard, Apple is secretly developing self-driving car technology, and earlier this week, one of the tech giant’s autonomous test mules was possibly spotted out and about on California streets. Made public in a brief video clip posted to Twitter, the car in question is a late-model Lexus RX SUV with what appears to be a roof full of cameras, radar equipment, lidar, and various other sensors critical to self-driving operation. Making the spot was MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of Voyage, a rival self-driving tech startup, who seems convinced that the car is indeed of Apple origin. In response to Higgins’ short video clip, Twitter user @idiggapple posted a pic of the same Lexus (or one that looks very similar), which apparently pulled up to an Apple shuttle stop briefly before departing.

By all accounts, it certainly looks like this is indeed Apple’s latest test mule. The company has already been approved for public testing of autonomous Lexus RX vehicles, the previous iterations of which have made headlines after showing up at random intervals around the Bay Area. To us, this definitely looks like the car is gathering data for self-driving software development, although the car could also be used for mapping purposes, another activity that lends itself to self-driving tech development.

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Google's Self-Driving Car Involved In Another Road Accident

Google’s Self-Driving Car Involved In Another Road Accident

Reports indicate that the autonomous vehicle was not at fault

Google’s self-driving Lexus RX450h hybrid SUV was involved in a car accident near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California after a commercial van ran a red light on an intersection and blowing through the side of the SUV, causing significant damage to the car. Fortunately, neither the truck driver nor the human driver on-board the RX450h were hurt from the incident.

The tech giant was quick to release a statement about the crash, emphasizing that the self-driving car wasn’t at fault of the crash. According to the statement, the self-driving car’s traffic light was at green “for at least six seconds” before it entered the intersection. The car, which was piloting itself at the time of accident, was going about its business when the van ran its red light. The driver inside the SUV ultimately applied the brakes but it was too late as the van hit the SUV clean in the side, resulting in the latter to have to towed away in a flatbed trailer.

Incidents like this have already plagued Google’s development of autonomous driving technology, including multiple instances wherein its cars have been rear-ended in slow-moving traffic. This particular incident though is the first time one of the tech’s giants self-driving cars has figured into a high-speed crash.

Google is expected to release a more detailed report about the crash towards the end of the month, but the incident also highlights one of the significant challenges attributed to the development of autonomous driving vehicles. As advanced as these cars are expected to become, they still can’t account for the behavior of other drivers on the road, particularly those who don’t pay as much attention on the road when they’re driving as they should.

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Patent Application For Lexus RX350L Surfaces In Europe

Patent Application For Lexus RX350L Surfaces In Europe

Future long-wheelbase variant of the RX SUV could be in the pipeline

If a recent trademark application in Europe is any indication, the Lexus RX could get a range-topping variant in the near future. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but AutoGuide is reporting that an application for a “Lexus RX350L” trademark has appeared in Europe.

The trademark was filed with the European Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market on March 11, 2016. The application is classified under the category “Automobiles and structural parts thereof”, seemingly indicating that Lexus is planning on building a long-wheelbase version of the RX350. The giveaway in this instance is the addition of the letter “L” on the model’s nameplate. Lexus has a history of using that same letter to indicate a longer version of a specific model. Case in point: the LS600h L, the long-wheelbase hybrid version of the Japanese automaker’s flagship model.

Using that as an indicator, it looks like Lexus is in the process of developing an extended version of the RX SUV, one that could turn into the range-topping version of the entire lineup. It would make sense for Lexus to have a seven-seater SUV sitting as a de facto flagship model, especially in a time when a lot of its rivals are coming out with their own seven-seater SUVs.

There’s still no actual timetable on when the model will be launched, but given the current climate of the SUV market, expect it to arrive sooner than later, possibly as early as late 2016, giving Lexus enough time to prep it as a 2017 model.

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Google Exec Explains Crash Caused By Autonomous Vehicle

Google Exec Explains Crash Caused By Autonomous Vehicle

Lesson learned for the Big G

Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car project, took the stage at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas to shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the road accident caused by one of the tech giant’s autonomous vehicles. Word of the crash only made the news last week even though the actual collision between Google’s self-driving Lexus RX and a city transit bus occurred on February 14, 2016.

At the conference, Urmson explained that all of Google’s autonomous vehicles have been taught to move to the right-most lane when they plan to turn right, something all human drivers are also taught to do. The RX did just that, but just before it was supposed to turn right, it detected sand bags on the road ahead it, prompting it to make a sudden stop.

Once the light turned green, the car prepared to take the lane to the left, but not before detecting a city bus that it anticipated would slow down to give way to the car. But the bus didn’t slow down and just as the car was making the lane change, it hit the side of the bus at two mph, resulting in minor damages to both vehicles.

No one was injured from the mishap, but seeing as Google assumed responsibility for causing the crash, Urmson’s team immediately began implementing “3,500 new tests” to ensure that its autonomous cars wouldn’t be responsible for another crash of that nature again. These tests don’t cover the system of just one autonomous vehicle. On the contrary, the self-driving team said that the tech is fed through its fleet of autonomous cars through deep learning technology, enabling all the Google cars to share these tests and experiences from real-world driving situations. The tech giant believes that situations like the one can be used as a learning tool for its entire fleet of cars, ensuring that it doesn’t happen again.

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Google's Self-Driving Lexus RX Crashes Into Commuter Bus

Google’s Self-Driving Lexus RX Crashes Into Commuter Bus

Tech giant admits to shouldering "some responsibility" for the crash

One of Google’s self-driving vehicles, in this case a Lexus RX, figured into an accident with a transit bus last February 14, 2016 in Mountain View, California. Ironically, the crash occurred within a cartwheel’s distance of the tech giant’s headquarters.

The crash occurred when the autonomous SUV attempted to switch lanes to avoid some sand bags, incorrectly assuming that the bus approaching from behind would either slow down or stop completely to let the car make the lane switch. Neither ended up happening and the RX smacked right into the side of the bus. The RX ended up damaging its front fender, wheel, and a self-driving sensor.

Thankfully, the crash happened at low speeds – the autonomous SUV was angling towards the center lane at two mph while the bus was traveling at 15 mph. Nobody was hurt from the accident and all the passengers of the bus were transferred to a new bus to continue their commute.

Google has since released a statement, saying that it shouldered “some responsibility” for the accident, saying that it could’ve avoided the ordeal entirely if it had just waited for the bus to pass before making the lane switch. That said, it also chalked up the incident to a simple “misunderstanding” that happens routinely on the road every day in all parts of the world.

Since the accident, Google also said that it had reviewed the incident and has made important refinements to its software so that its cars have a clearer understanding of the behavior of public transit vehicles in cases like the one it was involved in.

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Google Testing Self-Driving Cars In Texas

Google Testing Self-Driving Cars In Texas

The smart cars are spreading. After several years of testing its autonomous vehicle technology around California’s Bay Area, Google recently confirmed that it was taking its self-driving vehicles to Austin, Texas.

According to Jennifer Haroon, head of business operations for Google’s self-driving car project, at least two of the company’s white 2015 Lexus RX 450h SUVs will be used in the Lone Star State, one of which has already been on the street for the last week or so. The second car will be deployed sometime this week. The cars are outfitted with Google’s array of sensors and autonomous software.

The cars will mostly test around the north/north-east quadrant of downtown Austin, and for now, will not venture onto the highway. This will be the first time Google’s autonomous cars have been tested outside California.

Google hopes the change in scenery will provide a new environment for its autonomous software to sort through, including differences in geography, as well as a variation in the behavior of drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. “We really won’t know until we’ve started testing more,” Haroon said.

Last month, reports emerged that Google’s SUVs were spotted in Austin before any announcement from either company or government officials. Google says the cars were being driven by employees in order to map the area prior to autonomous testing.

“It makes the task of self-driving easier on the car so that the car can really focus on what’s novel and new in the environment,” said company spokeswoman Courtney Hohne.

Public officials are embracing the tests as a means towards safer and more reliable transportation with a lower rate of congestion.

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2016 Lexus RX 200t

2016 Lexus RX 200t

Lexus only recently unveiled the 2016 RX, and it has a completely new look that some may love and others, not so much. At the Shanghai Auto Show, Lexus revealed a new addition to the redesigned RX lineup, in the form of the RX 200t.

The Lexus RX lineup dates back to the 1999 model year, which was when the U.S. first laid eyes upon the RX 300 crossover SUV. In 2004, the RX gained a new look, a 3.3-liter engine, and a new name: RX 330. In the 2007 model year, the RX’s engine grew again to a 3.5-liter V-6, which meant that a name change to the RX 350 also took place. Following its change to the RX 350, the SUV received a new look in 2010.

With its new four-cylinder addition for the 2016 model year, the RX is treading into new waters for this segment, as neither the Acura MDX nor the Infiniti QX60 have four-pot offerings. Is this movement to a smaller, turbocharged engine a good move for Lexus?

Continue reading my review of the RX 200t to find out.

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Lexus RX - Generations

Lexus RX - Generations

Lexus unveiled the all-new RX at the New York Auto Show last week, and the redesigned crossover hits showrooms in 2016. The RX luxury crossover is such an integral part of the Lexus lineup that it’s easy to forget it’s only been a part of the family since 1998, when it debuted as a 1999 model. As one of the first true crossover vehicles, the RX was born just as the sport-utility vehicle craze was hitting its stride, and its unibody chassis and car-like ride predicted fairly accurately the future of the SUV.

Considering the RX has always shown a remarkable focus in terms of what it offers, this could be a case of the market adapting to the vehicle, rather than the other way around. How did Lexus pull that off? Let’s take a look back at the previous three generations of the RX.

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C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima

C-Pillar Design Comparison: Lexus RX Vs. Nissan Maxima

If you’ve been following us lately, you probably noticed our new focus on comparisons. They helped us conclude the new Focus RS is a better alternative to the Golf R, and that the Porsche Boxster has the upper hand over the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Also, comparing the Focus RS and the 2015 Mustang made us realize Ford is brave enough to let use choose between two fantastic and highly desirable performance cars. If you enjoyed those, than be prepared for more, but until we roll out our next comparo, we will take a closer look at the 2016 Nissan Maxima and 2016 Lexus RX.

Confused? Than let me say that this isn’t a regular comparison. That would be impossible since the two come in different shapes and sizes, and, more importantly, compete in completely different segments. So what do the Maxima and the RX have in common, you may ask? Well, besides being made by Japanese manufacturers, these new models share a common design feature, which seems rather awkward with both cars having been introduced at the New York Auto Show. Keep reading to find out more about it.

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2016 Lexus RX

2016 Lexus RX

Among the stars at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the all-new 2016 Lexus RX. This forth-generation RX builds on the foundation already laid by Lexus’ best-selling model of all time. A hot new design that takes after the compact NX crossover that debuted last year clearly moves the RX from meek and boring to vogue and cutting-edge. Lexus might lose some of its older customer base, but will likely gain a younger, yet just as affluent crowd thanks to this bold move.

The 2016 RX wholeheartedly embraces the corporate Spindle Grille design from its F Sport trim. Inside, the cabin takes an even further departure from what we’re used to seeing from Lexus, departing from the brand’s current design styles in favor of something fresh.

Even the mechanicals have been heavily updated. The 3.5-liter V-6 returns with more power and direct injection. An all-new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the mix while the RX 450h’s Atkinson-cycle powertrain also gets a slight power boost.

All told, the new RX is far more visually outgoing in its new design. What that actually means for its sales numbers is unknown, but I’d bet on a huge growth in popularity.

Updated 04/01/2015: The new Lexus RX made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show - in both standard and hybrid versions.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 035 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 035 LIVE

The TopSpeed Podcast is always full of fun and exciting stuff, but this week we really blew things out with a huge amount of news and questions. And we did it all within our usually scheduled hour time limit. This is Episode 036 and it is awesome.

First things first, thanks to everyone who stepped up and gave us a question for this week’s show. We all really appreciate it, and every question was great. It added some great content to the show. Keep it up this week.

We get the show started with our usual Weekly Wheels segment. Mark comes in hot and heavy with the exciting and angry Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG. We spend a fair bit of time discussing this awesome little machine, and then we touch on my next press car, the Volvo S60 for just a moment.

From there we jump straight into the news with my recent test of The Crew video game beta. From video game fantasy we move to real world fantasy with the official details of GM’s incredible ATS-V Coupe. At least 450 horsepower, and three pedals; what a dream machine. Somehow, we don’t spend the entire show talking about the ATS, and we move on to the death knell of the rotary engine, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept and the new naming scheme for Mercedes-Benz. Mark also takes some time to talk about the potential revival of the GMC Jimmy (never gonna happen, Mark). We even find some time to touch on the DirtFish Rally School, the Rolls Royce Wraith Sport spy shots, and the spy shots of the upcoming Maserati Levante mule.

I told you, there was a lot of stuff to cover.

Again, thanks to you awesome listeners, we had a nice full Questions and Answers segment that involved a look at our favorite cars form the 90s, how we would spend 20 grand to have a race car, the most beautiful engine bays we have ever seen, and we have a discussion about high-end tuned cars versus showroom racers. Oh, we also take a quick look at Volkswagen’s awesome 268 horsepower TDI engine and the 10-speed DSG gearbox.

We wind out our show with a nice Own, Drive, Burn that features a trio of fast small cars; the A45 AMG, Audi RS3 and the BMW 1 Series M.

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2014 Lexus RX 350 - Driven

2014 Lexus RX 350 - Driven

The Lexus RX has been around since 1998 and has stuck to the same basic concept of a compact to midsize crossover with a peppy engine, decent fuel economy, and luxury to boot. The RX’s first generation established the vehicle’s reputation as a swanky alternative to larger, body-on-frame SUVs. Bowing out in 2003 after a mild facelift in 2000, the RX moved into its second generation. The same story continued, with the then new RX’s debut in 2004, a refresh in 2007, and exit in 2009. Lastly, the third generation came about in 2010 with a refresh in 2012. Now two years afterward, the 2014 RX 350 still looks relevant though it’s appearance is much more subtle than other, more recent Lexus products.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of an RX 350 to get a feel of how this aging crossover is holding up.

While the it’s beginning to age in comparison to Lexus’ growing number of fresh products, the RX still holds it own. In a way, it walks softly but carries a big stick. It doesn’t command attention in the same way an Escalade does, but once within its cabin, a certain level of luxury is found. And while the RX and the Escalade aren’t direct competitors, they’ll likely be parked side by side at the local country club or golf course.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 019 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 019 LIVE

It was a day early, but we hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of the TopSpeed Podcast. There was the usual bit of silliness, a fair amount of arguing and we even managed to talk about some car stuff.

As always, we want to say a very special thanks to our live viewers.

For Weekly Wheels, I discuss my time with the Prius V, Mark talks to us about what he thinks I got wrong with the Lexus RX 450h, and Justin tells us how much he liked the new 2015 Honda Fit.

For news stories we cover the new fourth-generation Miata engine and reveal date, talk about Mercedes bringing back the Maybach name, and we cover our exclusive news of Kahn Design moving into car production.

After that we spend some time with Mark talking about the 100-year anniversary of Dodge, how they are celebrating with a 707 horsepower Challenger, and end with a look at the future of the rock-crawling Jeep Wrangler. To finish the news, I had a few things to say about a faster Alfa Romeo 4C and looked at how you can buy a cheap Porsche Boxster or Cayman next summer.

For our viewer-question segment we talk about cars that can do epic burnouts, cars we want to see do epic burnouts and then we talk about racing video games. With the video games we take a second to look at our all-time favorite games and touch on the games that are coming out in the next six to nine months. There is even a sneak peak at a new piece I am working on.

To end the show we do our traditional Own, Drive, Burn and it was easily the hardest one we had yet. We have to choose between a legendary classic Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.

If you liked the show, let us know in the comments. If you didn’t like the show, let us know that too. Apart from the comments, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast or by email, Podcast@TopSpeed.com. Don’t forget, if you like the show but can’t always make it the to site to watch or listen, you can subscribe to our cast on iTunes.

Stay safe this weekend, and we will see you guys next week.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 018 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 018 LIVE

We hope everyone enjoyed the show! A special big thanks goes out to our live viewers and commentators. You make the show even more enjoyable.

This week is crammed full of crazy and wild stuff, and we start things off with a bang. Right after introductions we talk about my upcoming trip to Colorado to drive some V-8 powered Miatas. We then jump straight into the Weekly Wheels segment where Justin talks about his time with the spacious Kia Sorento. Spoiler alert: he really liked it. We kept the SUV theme going with my talk about the Lexus RX 450h. You get a good explanation about why I was so hard on the thing in my review. We finish with Mark’s thoughts on the Prius.

If you think this list is a bit boring, I have a brand new Miata coming soon, so that will be in next-week’s podcast.

For the news, we start with the somber news of the tragedy at Pikes Peak. To keep from depressing everyone on this Thursday we move to Mark’s trip to the Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama. From there we move to the insanity that is a 700 horsepower Challenger. There is lots of grunting and yelling of ’Merica in that segment.

To finish out the news, we do a mad dash through a pile of Goodwood news including the new Focus ST, the McLaren 650s GT3 and Nissan’s new hill climb record.

We finish the show up with a few questions from the viewers that range from how to buy a used car, to how to escape rapid soccer fans. We also look at the future of the Focus RS and the next-generation Miata.

The last piece of the show is Own, Drive, Burn and we have a large Mercedes, an armored personnel carrier and a monster truck. This whole show was full of awesome and crazy.

If you have questions for us, or if you have suggestions for Own, Drive, Burn, just drop them in comments, or hit us up on the Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast. You can also send us an email to Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Have a safe weekend and we will see you next Thursday.

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2015 Lexus RX 450h - Driven

2015 Lexus RX 450h - Driven

The Lexus RX essentially created the luxury crossover market when it debuted in 1998. By using a unibody chassis rather than a body-on-frame setup like most SUVs, the Lexus was quieter, more comfortable and nicer to drive than any of its competitors. Lexus had an immediate hit. Now more than 15 years later I have been given the keys to a third-generation model. Meet the RX 450h.

The “h” signifies that this particular family machine is powered by a hybrid system. Toyota makes some of the best hybrids in the business, but I worry that the weight and heft of an SUV may be too much to ask of the Hybrid Synergy Drive setup. With lots of crossover competition from America and the German’s alike the RX 450h has some stiff rivals. Can this latest version of Lexus’ segment defining crossover keep up with the now rampant competition?

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2015 Lexus RX 350

2015 Lexus RX 350

Introduced in 2010, the third-generation Lexus RX remained popular among customers looking for a luxury crossover utility powered by either a conventional gasoline drivetrain or a hybrid one. Lexus was aware of that with each year and continued to update the SUV in order to keep it fresh.

The current RX received its most important update for the 2014 model year, when the vehicle gained Lexus’ spindle grille, now available on most of the lineup, LED daytime running lights and a pair of reshaped taillights. Upgrades were more substantial equipment-wise, but we’re not here to talk about the 2014 model. The 2015 version is out and it’s time to have a look at what Lexus is offering on the RX 350.

As a vehicle that defined the luxury, midsize class and that has a well established group of loyal owners, the RX 350 is an SUV that apparently can make it through a model year with only minor updates. And that’s what the 2015 version is trying to do. No need for disappointment though, these new bits and pieces won’t let it fall behind its rivals just yet.

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2015 Lexus RX 450h

2015 Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX hybrid was one of the pioneers of the hybrid, luxury SUV realm, as is debuted back in 2006 — known as the RX 400h back then — when luxury SUVs with electrical intervention were still fairly new. Rolling into 2015, the model continues into its sixth year under the RX 450h name.

For 2015, Lexus continues in that tradition, presenting an SUV that combines the fuel economy of a compact sedan, the power of a V-8 and the comforts of a luxury vehicle all rolled into one.

This is the 450h and even with the rather lack of updates on the way it looks, you can excuse the company for that given how relatively new the refreshed package really is.

The 2015 Lexus RX 450h is set to remind us why Lexus knows its hybrids the same way it knows how to build premium performance for its performance line.

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2013 Lexus RX 450h

2013 Lexus RX 450h

The Lexus RX range entered the market back in 1998 and, in 2005, a hybrid version was offered for the first time. Now, the RX 450h has been redesigned for the 2013 model year with a new, more elegant and aggressive frontal design, as well as a new Sport mode, supplementing the full hybrid powertrain’s Normal, Eco, and EV (electric only) drive modes.

The new Lexus RX 450h has received a bold, elegant, and highly individual frontal treatment which was inspired by the latest generation GS sedan. Lexus has combined the trapezoid upper grille and slanted lower grille into just one element, while the lower grille now features horizontal bars and is finished in black. The rear lamp clusters have been redesigned with a stronger, more sweeping horizontal emphasis.

Under the hood, Lexus placed the usual 3.5-liter V-6 engine combined with two electric motors for a total of 295 HP. However, compared to the previous model, the RX 450h adds a new Sport mode that further improves the performance and dynamic ability of the RX 450h.

UPDATE 04/10/2012: Lexus has announced the US prices for the 2013 RX450h set to arrive in dealerships this month. The RX 450h FWD version will be priced from $45,910, while the AWD version will be priced $47,310, an increase of 1.5% and 1.0% respectively over the previous year.

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2013 Lexus RX 450h F-Sport

2013 Lexus RX 450h F-Sport

For the first time in Lexus history, Lexus is offering the full 2013 RX model range with another variant: an F-Sport package. Sitting beside the new RX F-Sport in the Lexus stand at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was the new RX 450h F-Sport, along with both of their standard models. As is typical of any vehicle carrying the stylish F-Sport package, the RX 450h F-Sport gets enhanced dynamics and sporting character to try and attract more buyers.

The new F-Sport package adds a new front bumper with a bigger lower section, an aerodynamic spoiler for improved high speed stability, and F-Sport upper and lower grilles to the hybrid SUV. It also comes standard with an exclusive set of 19" shaded alloy wheels and a front wing with F-Sport badging.

The interior gets black, smooth leather upholstery with white grey perforations and contrast stitching, steel silver painted trim inserts, and a black ceiling. For the performance upgrades, Lexus has added a lateral performance damper system, which is designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations. This system features a front performance damper connecting the left and right front suspension towers, and a rear damper connecting the left and right sides of the rear lower back panel.

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2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

2013 Lexus RX F-Sport

One of the two new vehicles Lexus brought to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the Lexus RX F-Sport, which joins the face-lifted 2013 Lexus RX in the Japanese automaker’s booth. The former appears to carry a lot of Lexus’ new design language and, in particular, the new spindle grille looks pretty aggressive and menacing. These features provide more evidence of an aggressive new look for the high-performance crossover that’s a far departure from the more subdued versions of the past. In addition to the spindle grille, the RX F-Sport also comes with a new front lip spoiler, new fog lamps, new LED daytime running lights, and plenty of F-Sport accessories to match everything else the crossover has.

The Lexus RX F-Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces an output of 270 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, which is joined by a lateral performance damper system that has been designed to absorb and minimize undesirable body vibrations, thus contributing to a more comfortable ride.

UPDATE 03/07/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos for the Lexus RX F-Sport.

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2013 Lexus RX

2013 Lexus RX

Lexus’ big-boy crossover, the RX, made its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show as a face-lifted 2013 model. This confirmed the long-standing rumor that the Japanese automaker would bring two new models to the show that would be launched in 2012.

Joining the RX in Lexus’ Geneva Motor Show booth was the all-new RX F Sport based on the RX 450h hybrid. Leading up to its Geneva debut, leaked images picked up from a Lexus brochure by Minkara clearly show the crossover in almost every conceivable angle. Looking at the photos, it appears that the face lifted RX carries more styling changes than we initially thought, bringing in the company’s new aggressive design, including a new front lip spoiler, the inclusion of a sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and special badging.

UPDATE 03/08/2012: This review has been updated with official specs and photos from Lexus.

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2011 Lexus RX 450h SE-I

2011 Lexus RX 450h SE-I

It seems that 2011 has started in style for British customers with a special edition Lexus RX 450h. Called the SE-I, this new version comes fully equipped for the cold season. The model is already available for order, and with prices starting from £49,398 (£48,899 for the model and an additional £499 for the package).

The SUV’s exterior is distinguished by a new roof rails and a rear bumper protect, plus front and rear under-run plates and a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside there is a tough boot liner for those occasions where muddy boots are a problem. There is a refrigerated cool box that can not only keep your food and drinks cold, but can also keep them warm during those winter months. The option list includes: Remote Touch control, electrically operated tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, Lexus Navigation System, and a 12-speaker audio system.

Under the hood, everything remains the same. The Lexus RX450h will feature a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.

Press release after the jump.

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Review: 2010 Lexus RX450h

Review: 2010 Lexus RX450h

Trying to multitask might seem like a good idea at first, but although you might get things done, you might not get them done well. Watching your favorite football team or Formula One race, while studying for an exam, and typing a paper might work for a while, but you won’t know what happened in the race, you’ll fail the test, and your paper will be poor at best.

The 2010 Lexus RX450h attempts it’s own multi-tasking effort. The hybrid SUV tries to be luxurious, fuel efficient, and practical all at the same time. It manages to accomplish everything it set out to do, albeit with varying degrees of success.

The fifth-generation RX is the newest version of the best selling model in the Lexus line, but only one in five sell with a hybrid motor under the hood. So Lexus is banking on the RX450h being good at everything it attempts to do. So, how does it fair?

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2010 Lexus RX 450h by Paul Tolson of EST

2010 Lexus RX 450h by Paul Tolson of EST

The last customized Lexus model to be revealed at the SEMA Show is an RX 450h by Paul Tolson. Tolson’s take on Lexus’ most popular luxury hybrid model reveals a kickass widebody conversion kit and some fancy schmancy wheels.

Take one look at the RX450h by Tolson and you will clearly see that this SUV is anything but ordinary. The Hired Gun Paint Werks widebody conversion kit allows the RX 450h to hug the ground in a menacing way that typically doesn’t accompany a family vehicle. Adding to that edge is the Air Runner Integrated suspension system, Rotora RFK Series 6-piston custom color caliper, 355mm x 32 mm 2-piece drilled, and slotted rotors. The exterior is finished off by Leon Hardiritt Vertu wheels in 21x10-inch front with -4 offset and 21x12-inch rear with +9 offset. The interior saw changes made to the materials and stitching courtesy of Garcia’s Auto Interiors and trim and accent pieces were added by Hired Gun Paint Werks.

No engine modifications were made to the hybrid SUV, no surprise there, but the 3.5-liter V6 engine with an output of 295 HP aims to please to begin with so changes weren’t all that necessary.

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TopSpeed's Top Ten Mid-Level Crossovers

TopSpeed’s Top Ten Mid-Level Crossovers

Have some cash to blow, but the wife, and/or husband, won’t let you buy a Porsche? Well, as bad as that might be, mid-range crossovers won’t solve that pain. Instead, they’ll provide a luxury driving experience with the fun factor of getting stabbed.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad. As much as we don’t like crossovers, we do think they’re better than massive SUVs. Some can even be fun to drive now and again. For these tests we will be looking at style, image, standard equipment, interior space, and driving dynamics. Price will also be considered, but not as much as the other areas.

We will have to get a price cap to keep things in the mid-level, so we’ll set it at $45,000. That should be more than enough to get the lower end luxury models from Cadillac plus the German and Japanese car companies.

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Video: "Auntie" needs to learn to park Lexus RX300

Video: "Auntie" needs to learn to park Lexus RX300

The next time you find yourself struggling to fit into a parking space with a long queue waiting behind you, you might want to speed things up a little unless you want to be a victim of some pretty hilarious audio commentary from the cars behind you.

This video of a Lexus RX300 backing into a parking space won’t exactly set your screens on fire, but the audio commentary from the driver waiting for dear old "Auntie" to get into her parking space is the stuff of legends. It’s a good two minutes worth of hilarious whining from the obviously impatient driver.

Watch and laugh, people. Watch and laugh.

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2010 Lexus RX 350

2010 Lexus RX 350

The third generation RX 350 made its debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. First launched in 1998, the RX 350 comes completely redesigned and will continue to set new benchmarks in areas that have made it the best-selling luxury utility vehicle: innovation, styling, performance, utility and comfort. The luxury SUV is available in two versions: AWD and FWD, with prices starting at $39,025 and $37,625 respectively.

Under the hood, the 2010 RX350 offers an improved 275-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electrically controlled, sequential-shift six-speed transaxle. The all-wheel-drive version will feature an Active Torque Control AWD system that optimizes torque depending on driving conditions, resulting in improved efficiency and performance.

The luxury SUV features a strong stance and powerful new body design with the goal of enhancing comfort and maneuverability. The inverted-trapezoid design in the front and the horizontally integrated rear are incorporated together via a pronounced shoulder along the RX’s profile. Stylish molding around the side windows and at the base of the doors provides low-profile strength.

It sits on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and comes with a selection of luxury and sport option packages, which include features like Lexus’ exclusive Mark Levinson® Surround Sound system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, dynamic radar cruise control, and a Sports Package featuring a sport-tuned suspension.

Press release after the jump.

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Lexus RX450h by Wald

Lexus RX450h by Wald

Who ever thought that a hybrid had to be boring never spoke with the Japanese tuners at Wald International about their Black Bison RX. With the growing popularity of fossil fuel saving environmentally friendly gas/electric automobiles that we will begin to see more and more green tuner cars on the streets. Starting off with one of the best new cars on the market, the artisans at Wald International have turned the new Lexus RX hybrid into an attractive vehicle. Now that may not sound like much of a feat, but they had their work cut out for them.

The previous generation Lexus RX Hybrid wasn’t much of a looker, but the biggest problem with the new version is that it looks like a bloated cow, as is a grenade went off inside the old car and bulged out the bottom, made the eyes all squinty and left it with a fat butt that looks like it is being clenched for dear life because otherwise it will explode. Let’s say that it is not the most desirable of car designs; however with a lower hanging front bumper Wald International has made the new RX look mode like an oversized Toyota Matrix, which isn’t a bad thing. Fortunately this kit is available for both RX 350h and RX 450h owners, so they can feel a little better about being green.

Like all the latest tuning package the one for the Lexus SUVs is also called Black Bison and consists of a new front bumper with integrated fog lights and a pair of perfectly placed horizontal bars that visually extends the front end of the Lexus all the way to the ground, helping to eliminate the standard car’s puffy cheeks that Toyota considers to be aerodynamic fenders. Out back a new rear bumper with integrated diffuser makes the hybrid Bison seem a bit more relaxed. The oversized wheels, although they may rob a few MPG, go a long way to draw your eyes away from the Toyota stamped sheet metal. We would like to thank Wald International for making the new Lexus RX a car that we would want to drive and goes a long way to dispel the notion that efficient cars have to be unattractive.

Stay tuned will get back with more details!

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Lexus Announces Prices for Select 2010 Models

Lexus Announces Prices for Select 2010 Models

Lexus announced pricing for the 2010 IS 250 and IS 350 luxury sport sedans, IS 250 C and IS 350C luxury hard-top convertibles, IS F high performance sedan, SC 430 hardtop convertible, RX 350 luxury utility vehicle, RX 450h luxury hybrid utility vehicle and LX 570. Prices for the IS 250 starts from $31,845, for the IS 350C from IS 350C; the 2010 IS-F is priced at $57,760, the SC 430 at $67,505, the RX 350 at $37,250 and the LX 570 at $76,405.

The IS 250, IS 350 and IS F enter the 2010 model year with an updated Lexus Premium Audio System and an optional hard disc drive (HDD) navigation system. The IS F also receives a new 19-inch wheel design, limited slip differential, and foldable rear headrests.

For 2010, the SC 430 receives new 18-inch six-spoke wheels, side mirrors with puddle lamps, an updated navigation system and updated Mark Levinson(R) Premium Audio System. SC has one exterior color change - Costa Azul Mica replaces Tigereye Mica.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus RX450h

2010 Lexus RX450h

The RX 450h (second generation) made its world debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show next to the RX 350. The car will go on sale in the spring of 2009.

The RX 450h will feature an exclusive grille, hybrid badging including blue-trimmed Lexus logos, unique front bumper, a special 19-inch optional wheel design, blue-tinted headlamps and taillamps, and optional LED headlamps.

Under the hood there is a Lexus Hybrid Drive system with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. This, combined to a new, more efficient inverter delivers 295 hp, 27 more hp than the current generation RX hybrid.

The RX 450h features a front-wheel hybrid drive or an electronically driven, part-time all-wheel-drive (AWD) hybrid drive system, which supplies the rear wheels with the optimal amount of torque as conditions demand. Unlike mechanical AWD systems that reduce fuel efficiency via added weight and friction, the RX 450h’s rear-mounted electric motor-generator allows all four wheels to perform regenerative braking, charging the hybrid battery more effectively.

UPDATE 11/06/2010: Check out our review for the RX 450h hybrid by clicking here!

Press release after the jump.

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Video: the Lexus RX450h at work

Video: the Lexus RX450h at work

Have you ever wondered how the hybrid system in the new Lexus RX450h works? If you did here’s the answer for you!

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2010 RX 450h and IS Convertible prices announced

2010 RX 450h and IS Convertible prices announced

Lexus announced prices for the 2010 RX 450h hybrid SUV and 2010 IS250C and IS350C retractable hardtop convertibles. The RX450h will go on sale for a price of f $41,660 for the FWD version and $43,250 for the AWD version. The prices for the 2010 IS250C will start from $38,490 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the IS250C with a six-speed automatic transmission will be $39,660. The IS350C will have a MSRP of $43,940.

The 2010 RX 450h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle engine combined to a lighter electric motors. It delivers 295 hp and has a fuel economy of 30 mpg combined.

TheIS 250C features a 2.5-liter, 204-hp V6 mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the IS350C contains a 3.5-liter, 306-hp V6 with a six-speed automatic.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 RX 350 US pricing announced

2010 RX 350 US pricing announced

The 2010 Lexus RX 350 will go on sale this month at a price of $36,800 for the front-wheel drive (FWD) model and $38,200 for the all-wheel drive (AWD) version.

The 2010 RX 350 teams a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine with an all-new six-speed Multi-Mode Automatic Transmission. Horsepower is increased to 275 at 6,200 rpm from 270 in the previous generation, while ninety percent or more of the 256 lb.-ft. of peak torque is available from 2,300 to 6,100 rpm, an optimal range where torque is most utilized. The new six-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous five-speed, and the Multi-Mode allows the driver to shift manually when desired by first moving the gated shift lever to the “S” slot and then pushing it forward ("+") to up shift and backward ("-") to downshift.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Lexus RX brochure leaked

2010 Lexus RX brochure leaked

Lexus will unveil the 2010 RX at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Today Autospies posted the first leaked images of the RX350 and 450h from its new brochure.

Our Japanese is a little rusty, so we haven’t been able to lift any new technical details yet. What we do get is a sense of how close Lexus kept the new car to the LF-Xh hybrid concept revealed at last year’s Tokyo Auto Show. The new RX carries the new Lexus corporate look, which Lexus calls "L-finesse" styling. Still, even after a redesign, the RX hasn’t changed too much from when it first arrived in the U.S. over a decade ago.

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2010 Lexus RX to be revealed at the LA Auto Show

2010 Lexus RX to be revealed at the LA Auto Show

Lexus confirmed today that the 2010 RX will make its world debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The design of the 2010 RX will not stray too far from the current design, which didn’t stray too far from the original 1997 design. The updates to look of the RX will likely be inspired by the Lexus LF-Xh hybrid Concept revealed last year at the Tokyo Show (using Lexus’ "L-finesse" style.)

Not much is known about the technical details, except that the next generation will continue to receive a hybrid version. When we know more, you’ll know more.

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2009 Lexus RX spied

2009 Lexus RX spied

Auto Motor und Sport caught the 2009 Lexus RX testing at the Nurburgring race track. This should say a lot about the future of the original crossover SUV, because most SUVs don’t take the time to be able to say "tested at the Nurburgring".

The base engine will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 introduced this year in the current RX 350. Top version will be powered by a 380 hp 4.6-liter V8 engine used in the recently introduced LS 460 sedan.


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2008 Lexus RX350 review

2008 Lexus RX350 review

The Lexus RX was first introduced in 1998 as one of the first crossovers’, a mix between the sedan comfort and the SUV style. The RX brings together the luxurious Lexus style with the legendary reliability of Toyota SUVs. Originally built off the Toyota Camry/Lexus ES platform, the RX is a long time best seller for Lexus, and a benchmark to all other crossovers.
The RX350 is the second generation of the famous Lexus RX series.
Eleven years after its introduction, the RX recipe remains mostly unchanged. Over the course of its career, Lexus updated the RX with a more powerful engine (including a Hybrid version (400h)) and has added the latest high tech options (such as GPS and voice commands).
To keep its lead in the very competitive crossover market, Lexus just offered the RX a mild facelift, with a more powerful 3.5L engine and a name change (from RX330 to RX350).

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Lexus Pebble Beach RX 350 and ES 350 pricing announced

Lexus Pebble Beach RX 350 and ES 350 pricing announced

Lexus today announced pricing for the Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350 special edition packages. Production of the Pebble Beach Collection RX and ES is limited to 6,000 vehicles each. The MSRP for the RX 350 Pebble Beach package is $3,880, while the ES 350 package carries an MSRP of $4,170.

The RX 350 Pebble Beach Edition will be available in three colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black and Truffle Mica. For the RX models Truffle Mica is available only with this special edition package. The RX will feature new and unique design 18-inch wheels and chrome grille, a color-keyed rear spoiler and a special interior trim combination. Customized floormats, featuring Pebble Beach Company’s signature The Lone Cypress(TM) logo, are included. On the exterior of the RX, Pebble Beach Edition badging will be on the front fenders. The RX 350 Pebble Beach Edition is offered in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive and marks the first Lexus special edition model built in North America at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada.

The sleek ES 350 Pebble Beach Edition is available in the special Truffle Mica color, as well as Tungsten Pearl Silver and Obsidian Black. The 7-spoke 17-inch wheels come with an exclusive liquid graphite finish while the interior of the ES features semi-aniline leather-trim and a wood and leather-trim steering wheel. The ES Pebble Beach Edition also features The Lone Cypress(TM) logoed floormats and special Pebble Beach Edition badging on the front fenders.

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2008 Lexus Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350

2008 Lexus Pebble Beach Collection RX 350 and ES 350

Lexus unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show two limited editions: the Pebble Beach Collection RX and ES. The edition will be limited to only 6,000 vehicles each and will be available beginning in mid-February for the RX and mid-March for the ES models. Also a SC 430 Pebble Beach Edition model will be introduced this summer and a 600h L Pebble Beach Edition will debut this fall.

The RX 350 Pebble Beach Edition will be available in three colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Obsidian Black and Truffle Mica. Truffle Mica is available on the RX only with this special edition package. The RX will feature new and unique design 18-inch wheels and chrome grille, a color-keyed rear spoiler and a special interior trim combination. Customized floormats, featuring Pebble Beach Company’s signature The Lone Cypress(TM) logo, are included. On the exterior of the RX, Pebble Beach Edition badging will be on the front fenders. The price for the RX Pebble Beach Edition package is $3,880.

The sleek ES 350 Pebble Beach Edition is available in the exclusive Truffle Mica color, as well as Tungsten Pearl Silver and Obsidian Black. The 7-spoke 17-inch wheels come with an exclusive liquid graphite finish while the interior of the ES features semi-aniline leather and a wood and leather steering wheel. The ES Pebble Beach Edition also features The Lone Cypress(TM) logoed floormats and special Pebble Beach Edition badging on the front fenders.

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2007 Lexus RX 400h by 714 Motorsports

2007 Lexus RX 400h by 714 Motorsports

714 Motorsports was started in 1999 by founder and CEO Allen Hayes. 714 Motorsports has been building top quality show cars since our introduction into the aftermarket industry. Our vehicles have been displayed by the most prestigious manufacturers in the industry. 714 Motorsports utilizes cutting edge ingenuity to create some of the most crowd pleasing show vehicles.

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Lexus ES350 NHTSA Investigation

Lexus ES350 NHTSA Investigation

The National Highway Safety Administration is investigating the Lexus ES350. An investigation is a preliminary step that can, in some circumstances, lead to a recall.
The problem is unintended acceleration. Apparently there have been forty reported incidents of unintended acceleration, eight resulting in collisions and twelve people being injured.
According to Toyota, the problem is a floor mat. If the mat isn’t secured properly, it apparently can jam the accelerator pedal.
It’s the same (...)

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Actively Safe: Avoiding Accidents Before They Happen

Actively Safe: Avoiding Accidents Before They Happen

On the count of six, the buildings start to move. On 13, the car gets a new fender. The pigeons come in on 15, the butterflies on 21, and the miraculous transformation is complete by 24.
It’s difficult to change the world in less than 30 seconds but that’s exactly what happens in two TV commercials in a new ad campaign from Lexus. The campaign, titled "Actively Safe," highlights the benefits of 14 active safety features offered in the automaker’s new 2008 RX 350, Lexus’ top-selling (...)

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 2008 Lexus RX 350 Luxury SUV prices announced

2008 Lexus RX 350 Luxury SUV prices announced

Lexus today announced manufacturers suggested retail prices (MSRP) for the 2008 RX 350, the top-selling luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV). For 2008, the RX 350 receives exterior enhancements that include a freshened front-grille design and new exterior chrome door handles. New seven-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with a Liquid Graphite finish are available as an option. The 2008 RX 350 also adds two new exterior colors: Brandy Wine Mica and Desert Sage Metallic. Inside, the RX 350 offers an (...)

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2007 Lexus RX350 Limited Edition

2007 Lexus RX350 Limited Edition

Lexus ushers in 2007 with a new addition to its RX range, the RX 350 Limited Edition. This special version of Lexus’s luxury SUV benefits from a higher specification at a price that represents exceptional customer value. And, of course, owners are guaranteed Lexus’s class-leading levels of refinement and reliability, together with customer service that is second to none in the industry.

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2007 Lexus RX 400h

2007 Lexus RX 400h

Being the world’s first gas/electric hybrid-powered luxury utility vehicle, Lexus inaugurated a new era in luxury in vehicles with the introduction of the 2006 RX 400h. Lexus has broadened the RX 400h’s appeal with a new front-wheel-drive model and revamped offerings in both standard and optional equipment.

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2007 Lexus RX 350

2007 Lexus RX 350

RX 330, the number-one selling luxury SUV, receives improved performance and additional luxury details for model year 2007. The new RX 350, available as both front-wheel (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) models, adopts a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that improves both performance and fuel efficiency. The 2007 models also receive advanced luxury and convenience options and additional refinements for enhanced drivability.

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2006 Lexus RX 350

2006 Lexus RX 350

After creating a new segment in 1997, the Lexus RX went on to become the best-selling luxury SUV in the world. The improvements introduced to the 2006 model bring additional dynamism and refinement that will consolidate the dominant position of RX in the global SUV market.

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2006 Lexus RX 400h

2006 Lexus RX 400h

Ever since the Lexus RX 400h debuted at the North American International Auto Show, this Lexus hybrid has continued to generate interest among consumers.

"The new RX 400h redefines the midsize luxury SUV market while raising awareness and acceptance of hybrid gas-electric vehicles among luxury car and SUV buyers," said Denny Clements, Lexus group vice president and general manager. He goes on to state that the Lexus hybrid SUV will add a performance dimension to the traditional hybrid advantages of high mileage and low emissions.

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