A Quick Rundown on the Lexus RX Lineup
The Lexus RX has become a standard of future SUVs, given its brilliant combination of marketing and engineering excellence. It has been the dominant luxury crossover on the market since 20 years ago. With the fourth generation on its way, it has stayed true to its time-tested formula. The newest addition to the RX lineup is the 2018 Lexus RX 350L, which is considered the five-passenger RX’s stretched variant, adding two more seats for more passengers.
Here is the RX lineup by the numbers.
1999 LEXUS RX 300 AWD
The first generation RX is an attention-grabber, which can be attributed to its car-like ride, value, and decent off-road capability. The four-speed automatic was powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 powertrain. It came in both front and all-wheel-drive variants. Furthermore, it boasts 220 hp and 222 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate from zero to 60-mph in a mere 8.8 seconds. That puts it toe to toe with the Mercedes-Benz ML320, which could achieve the same feat in 9.0 seconds.
2004 LEXUS RX 330 AWD
This model featured a five-speed automatic paired with a more powerful 3.3-liter V-6, reaching stats of 230 hp and 245 lb-ft. Aside from the fact it cut its 0–60 time to 7.8 seconds, fuel economy also improved to 16/22/19 mpg city/highway/combined compared to 17/20/18.
2008 LEXUS RX 350 AWD
Back in 2007, Lexus gave the second generation RX an update with a larger 3.5-liter V-6 for a noticeable power boost, allowing it to produce 270 hp and 251 lb-ft. It enabled the RX 350 AWD to accelerate from zero to 60mph in 6.7 seconds and a 15.2-second dash to the quarter mile, further proving it has indeed improved.
2010 LEXUS RX 350 AWD
The 2010 version boasted new technology, more passenger room, and sharper sheet metal. There were just a few changes under the hood. It swapped its old five-speed auto to a new six-speed gearbox, allowing it to increase power by 5 horsepower and 6 lb-ft of torque compared to its predecessor. Though acceleration from 0-60mph was slower by 0.1 second, its EPA figures improved to 18/24 mpg city/highway.
2013 LEXUS RX 350 F SPORT
The RX F Sport made its debut in 2013. It was solely offered with an eight-speed automatic. While its acceleration became a bit slower because of the 3.5-liter V-6’s power output, it had better suspension overall.
2016 LEXUS RX 350 F SPORT
The most noticeable change in the RX 350 F Sport was the spindle grille, but the automaker also made changes under the hood. While it still had a 3.5-liter V-6 powertrain, it could produce 295 hp and 267 lb-ft. It was offered with an eight-speed automatic as its standard. While there isn’t much difference in performance, fuel economy has improved to 19/26 mpg city/highway.
2018 LEXUS RX 350 L
It isn’t as quick as other models given its 0–60 time of 7.5 seconds, although that was unsurprising. It had a revised exhaust system which affected its power output, also allowing more storage space.