2018 Lexus RX

 
 
2018 Lexus RX
 

2018 Lexus RX

MSRP 
$44,265
Invoice 
$42,101
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Regular Unleaded V-6, 295 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Lexus RX has the savvy and ability to do it all. It's both luxurious and sporty, all while maintaining an air of practicality. Lexus made the choice to sell the RX with only two rows of seats. The upshot is that the interior of the Lexus RX feels cavernous, offering up the kind of rear seat legroom that's more commonly found in luxury cars. All this, despite still offering plenty of cargo space behind the rear seats. Engine options are powerful and smooth, while its ample ground clearance allows for light off road duty when needed. With a base price starting around $43,000, the Lexus RX competes with other SUVs on the market from luxury manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

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What's New For 2018

The Lexus RX returns for 2018 with several notable changes. Lexus' Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect systems were both available in the past, but now they are not only standard, but come with a full 10 years of service, for free. The hybrid version of the RX is now available in more forms, with a new premium package for this year that includes power folding mirrors, wood trim, leather seats and a driver memory package. For buyers who prefer their options a la carte, a base trim of the RX 450h is also available starting in 2018.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 4 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Lexus RX

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Lexus Safety System+ Forward Collision
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Keeping Assist
    • Lane Departure Alert (lda) w/Steering Assist Lane Departure Warning
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Concealed Diversity Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and Internal Memory
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD Lexus Display Audio -inc: 8-inch screen, 9-speaker premium audio system, Bluetooth hands free phone and automatic phonebook download capabilities, Scout GPS link app-based turn-by-turn directions, voice recognition, Cache Radio, ability to pause/record live AM/FM radio and HD Radio, traffic and weather data provided via HD Radio (free to all users while in HD Radio range), basic traffic map, weather forecast, Siri Eyes Free and Electro Multi Vision (EMV) display
  • Exterior Features
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Colored Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Tires: P235/65R18 M+S
    • Wheels: 18" x 8" 7-Spoke Aluminum
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power driver's and front passenger's seat w/fore-aft slide, fore-aft recline, front vertical height, rear vertical height and power lumbar support
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Leather Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Compass
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Valet Function
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
    • HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • NuLuxe Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Tracker System
    • Backup Monitor
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V VVT-iW
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic -inc: Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) and smart stop technology
    • 3.329 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 5,666 lbs
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 19.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 56.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 18.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 18.4
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/211
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 295 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 267 @ 4700
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 109.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 192.5
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.6
    • Height, Overall (in) - 67.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.4
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 121.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.4
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 44.1
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.8
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 56.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 38
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.6
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 56.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 27
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 45.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lexus RX
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P235/65VR18
    • Front Tire Size - P235/55VR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/65VR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/55VR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 3500
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 350
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 3500
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.25
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.03
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.95
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.46
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.22
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.01
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.33
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.81
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4222
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Lexus RX Photos & Colors

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  • Nebula Gray Pearl Nightfall Mica Obsidian Satin Cashmere Metallic
  • Nebula Gray Pearl
  • Nightfall Mica
  • Obsidian
  • Satin Cashmere Metallic

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Introduction

The Lexus RX is a midsize luxury crossover with a soft ride and practical design. The current-generation, introduced for the 2016 model year, added a healthy dose of style to its practical merits. For nearly two decades, the RX has been practically synonymous with midsize luxury crossovers. In its more fashionable current form, the RX retains its fine road manners.

There are no major changes for 2018. Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect are complimentary for 10 years (previously one year) on 2018 Lexus RX models, and the 2018 RX 450h offers more options than before. The 2018 RX lineup is as broad as before.

The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that develops 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. Running on a lean combustion cycle for best gas mileage, the V6 mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel standard is standard, with all-wheel drive an option.

RX F Sport models include paddle shifters, as well as remapped steering. Adaptive shock absorbers respond to changing road-surface conditions.

The gas-engine RX isn’t as quiet-running as it used to be because sports appeal has been added. F Sports are louder yet, because intake sounds from the engine are amplified and sent into the cabin, ready to stimulate the aural sense of enthusiastic drivers. A Drive Mode Selector provides Sport and Eco modes.

Lexus continues to produce hybrid versions. The RX 450h blends a lower-power V6 gas engine with batteries and electric motors that power rear wheels, resulting in an all-wheel-drive powertrain. Combined output is 308 horsepower, sent to a smooth-operating continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Every RX includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. Blind-spot monitoring and surround-view cameras are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the front-drive model four stars overall, while the all-wheel-drive version gets the full five stars. Both got five stars for side impact, but four for frontal crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the (identical) 2017 RX its Top Safety Pick Plus designation. The RX earned Good results in each crash-test, meeting the organization’s standards for advanced safety technology and headlight quality. Frontal crash protection was judged Superior.

Lineup

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 ($43,220) comes with front-wheel drive, the 3.5-liter V6, synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power front seats, and an 8-inch touchscreen. (Prices are MSRP for 2017 models and do not include $995 destination charge.)

All-wheel drive ($1,400) is available. Premium and Luxury option packages are available, each adding leather upholstery. The available navigation system can upgrade to a 12.3-inch screen.

RX 350 F Sport ($49,120) has an adaptive variable suspension, restyled front and rear ends, sport front seats, black mesh grille, 20-inch wheels, and supercar-inspired instrument cluster. All-wheel drive ($1,400) is available.

RX 450h AWD ($53,035) has the hybrid powertrain and all-wheel drive, and is now available with standalone options and a Premium package.

RX 450h F Sport ($56,645) contains the hybrid powertrain with F Sport equipment.

Options include a panoramic sunroof and Mark Levinson audio.

Walkaround

Compared to its conservative predecessors, the current RX qualifies as daring. Abundant detail work, topped by a roofline that could suggest jet aircraft, imbues the RX with a more forceful personality and sleekly adventurous character.

Like other Lexus models, the RX is dominated by its hourglass-shaped spindle grille. Considered radical when it first appeared, the unusually tall grille is not universally admired.

What has been called a floating canopy roof also gives the RX a more notable appearance than some rivals. Lexus has given the bodysides exuberantly sculpted and flared surfaces.

Interior

While the RX body shuns conservatism, its cabin retains a calm, orderly aura with few distractions. Nothing is flashy inside, and nothing feels cluttered or overdone. Although the base RX is upholstered with synthetic leather, other versions are fitted with genuine hides, along with wood trim. Subdued materials with excellent fit and finish remain an RX highlight.

Five adults can fit inside. Front seats are particularly comfortable, with plenty of space all around. Soft cushioning feels fine even after a long drive, and the driving position is excellent. Entry/exit is easy, because seats are at optimum height for step-in access.

Back-seat occupants get relaxing accommodations with abundant space and reclining seatbacks. Split-folding rear seats offer good support. Seats in the RX 450h are an inch higher, due to the location of the hybrid batteries, but headroom isn’t affected much. Cargo space is good, with 18.4 cubic feet of storage volume behind the rear seat, expanding to 56.3 cubic feet with seatbacks folded.

On the horizontal-themed, uncluttered dashboard, controls are split into upper and lower zones. The infotainment setup uses a mouse-style interface and touchpad, which can respond to swiping or zooming gestures. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are unavailable.

Most road and wind sounds are subdued, but F Sport passengers will hear engine noise that’s sent into the cabin. Visibility is adequate, but broad back pillars obstruct some of the rearward view.

Driving Impressions

Though the RX handles with greater sharpness than its predecessors, its primary merits include pampering of passengers and comfort on the highway. Built on a carlike foundation, the RX promises admirably unruffled ride comfort.

Not only is handling composed and confident, the electric power steering delivers greater road feel than expected. In F Sport models, the drive-mode selector adds Customized, Sport S, and Sport S+ modes to the usual Normal, Eco, and Sport settings.

Expect a firm ride from the F Sport, as well as heavier steering. Adaptive dampers stiffen as needed to firm up the ride.

An RX isn’t the quickest-accelerating crossover, but a front-drive model moves out swiftly with considerable authority. The CVT in the RX 450h hybrid tends to restrain performance, compared to the regular model’s conventional automatic.

With the RX 450h, the gasoline engine powers the front wheels, while electric power propels the rear wheels. In addition to making the hybrid all-wheel drive, this setup permits the RX 450h to start off using battery power alone.

Fuel economy ranks around average. With front-drive, the 2017 RX 350 was EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive drops each estimate by 1 mpg. The RX 450h hybrid has been EPA-rated at 31/28 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined.

Summary

Brashly shaped and refreshing compared to past RX models, today’s version may not be quite as refined, but it’s a hard vehicle to ignore. Up front, the brazen grille might either attract or repel one’s eye, but its effect is commanding either way. Performance is a plus for the gas-engine RX 350, though not necessarily stronger in the stiffer-riding F Sport.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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