2016 Lexus RX Walk Around

The 2016 Lexus RX tosses out the previous predictably elliptical shape for a more daring attitude, especially noticeable in the roofline, shunning sedateness while maintaining its comfort/utility orientation.

Likely a merger of separate design inspirations, the end result comes together well, resulting in an expressive appearance. Up front, various angles mix to create a geometric theme that might even be deemed menacing. C-pillars are blacked-out, impeding the visual continuity of the bodysides. Flared wheelwells possess dark matte-trimmed lips. Blacked-out lower body trim helps impart a more rugged note.


Complementing the new body, the interior is markedly sportier. Materials are welcoming, warmer-looking than in most German-brand rivals. The cockpit exudes calmness and precision.

Door trim and dashboard resemble those in Lexus sports sedans. Cabins feel neat and uncluttered. Subtle colors dominate, with matte trims.

Getting in and out is easy, and front-seat comfort excels. Back seats can accommodate passengers of nearly any size. RX 450h riders sit about an inch higher, as the nickel-metal hydride battery goes under the back seat.

Lexus lowered the driver’s seat height by 0.75 inch, seeking a sportier, more carlike posture. F Sport seats are more deeply bolstered.

Standard seat upholstery is vinyl-like NuLuxe. Natural leather is available in the Premium Package; semi-aniline leather in the Luxury Package.

As expected, an RX is quiet-riding. F Sport versions send some engine noise inside, but it’s barely noticeable. Visibility is helped by thinner pillars and a wider rear quarter window.

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