In the late 80’s, Lexus rolled into the scene and steered the course for luxury automobiles. The nameplate quickly emerged as a leader in both high quality design and sleek, sophisticated style. Decades later, the world-class brand continues to produce dream cars with cool exteriors and contemporary interior cabins. In fact, Lexus has recently debuted the 2016 RX, the fourth generation of the ultra-luxurious crossover utility vehicle that seamlessly integrates superior performance, safety, and spectacular design. As Lexus’ longtime best-selling luxury crossover, the new RX raises the bar with the ultimate riding experience and a head-turning look that represents the very best Lexus has to offer.
We had the privilege to get a sneak peek of the all-new 2016 RX by getting behind the wheel and taking the latest-and-greatest for a test drive. It’s an understatement to say that all our expectations were met and then some. We put these world-class wheels on the open roads of Portland, Oregon and wound our way around the scenic Pacific Northwest in our sweet ride. Our backdrop was the lush greenery and picture-perfect charm that makes this region one of the most popular outdoor recreation destinations in the country. With eyes on the road, we still enjoyed the spectacular views on the route custom designed by Lexus.
While we rode, we recognized the impeccable craftsmanship inside the vehicle. The rounded seat cushions and perfectly placed armrests provided ergonomic support that made us reconsider a road trip across country. Plus, the console is a modern command center with convenient new features with a sharp and cutting-edge aesthetic. On top of all that, we couldn’t help but feel more confident – because there’s no better status symbol than styling and profiling in an exquisite car.
There are a lot of bells and whistles with the all-new Luxury Utility Vehicle, so you can truly make this Lexus your own. Standout options include front-wheel drive or, for New Englanders going into the snow season, an all-weather drive (AWD) for both the RX 350 gas model and the fuel-efficient RX 450h hybrid, ideal for your smart and savvy commuter car. Pick from two types of headlights to get the look you love as well as power-tilt, solid aluminum roof rails, a slide moonroof, or a panoramic moonroof.
Continue personalizing your own car with several packages for even more luxurious upgrades. Lexus is offering Safety, Luxury, Premium Rear Seat Entertainment and Towing Packages. With the Navigation Package, opt for the Mark Levinson® Audio System with 15 speakers and a DVD player to stay connected on the go and rock out to your favorite tunes at full volume. From the base RX to the sporty RX F Sport to the RX 450h Hybrid, this new RX covers the unique needs of any driver. All models are also longer, wider and come standard equipped with the cool new touchless liftgate on the back hatch—something the shopaholic lady in your life will love!
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A remarkable engine
Step on the gas to experience a smooth transition, and accelerate seamlessly from zero to whatever your need for speed. The engine is so quiet that you won’t even notice you’re gliding along in a smooth ride with reduced vibrations.
The base RX really has some kick with a 3.5-litre redesigned V-6 engine that boasts 292 horsepower and 265-lb of torque. Conscious of the environment and your costs at the gas pump, the hybrid still packs a punch with 3.5-litre V-6 of its own, as well as a whopping 308 horsepower and 247-lb of torque.
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Keeping it classy
Leading the crossover utility market, the previous line of RX models has become well recognized on the road. But Lexus has shaken things up a bit to make the new RX really stand out in style. Competing with other luxury auto brands, Lexus rolled out some radical changes to the look of the car that give the RX sporty athletic character and sophisticated charm at the same time.. From the scooping front to the all-new, super plush and decadent interior designs, this vehicle may be called a utility crossover, but this is a car that perfectly blends form and function. This wider RX has a more expressive stance with wheels positioned dramatically forward and an overall contemporary appearance. Other drivers will turn to look at signature features like the striking spindle grille, chrome-plated border, and triple L-shape LED headlamps.
The spacious interior is a driver’s dream, allowing for a comfortable position for drivers and passengers. The updated center console features clearly separate audio and climate control sections for easy use. The RX also has a Micro SD card slot for enhanced functionality of external media, meaning you can seamlessly connect your Spotify or Pandora stations to rock your ride.
Speaking of sound, the seamless transmission of sound in this vehicle will make your music that much better in the newest models. Each car comes equipped with the standard audio system, which includes HD Radio™, Bluetooth® audio, the Micro SD card slot, and nine speakers. The system also includes voice recognition microphone, an AUX mini jack along with two USB ports located within the center console for easy access. While this system is well above average, drivers who need even more audio enhancements can opt for the for super crisp sound of the 15-speaker Mark Levinson Premium Surround System (ML) package with advanced Clari-Fi™ compressed music restoration technology and DVD player. We listened to our own jams with this package upgrade and can attest that it’s acoustic technology at its very best.
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As trademark features, the 2016 RX delivers 100% as a smooth and quiet ride.
With so many distinct drive settings available via the Drive Mode Select system including ECO, NORMAL, and several SPORT modes, each driver can steer his own course. Get the best-of-both-worlds experience by riding in luxury conveniently packaged as a utility vehicle. Whether you want to pick up your date, get to and from work, or pack up your pup and your camping gear, you’ll have every option to fit your lifestyle in true luxury.
If you’re ready to take your own sneak peek at what Lexus has in store, you can connect with the iconic brand online. For more information on the 2016 Lexus RX, be sure to check out Lexus.com. You can also head over to Lexus’ Facebook page and follow them @Lexus on Twitter. Make sure to follow the hashtag #LexusRX.