Buyer's Guide

2022 Lexus Rx
Select a Different Model (15 Available): 350 AWD
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 26 mpg
Cargo (Std/Max) 16/33 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
Horsepower 295@6,300
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2022 Lexus RX MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Powerful and frugal hybrid engine
  • Upscale interior trimmings
  • Excellent overall value

Cons

  • Tiny optional third-row seat
  • F Sport trim is more stiff than sporty
  • Four-star NHTSA overall safety score

The Lexus RX is of monumental importance to today's automotive landscape. When it arrived for the 1999 model year, the original RX was the first SUV produced using unibody construction on a car chassis—in other words, it was the first crossover. Today, the RX competes in the crowded midsize luxury SUV segment and remains a best-seller for Lexus. Now in its fourth generation, the 2022 RX is offered in two- or three-row body styles, and with an available hybrid powertrain.

What's New

  • Grecian Water blue, Cloudburst Gray, and Iridium silver added to paint choices
  • Front foglights offered as a standalone option
  • Special Edition appearance package offered

What We Think

Don't be misled by the RX's sharp styling. This crossover is about as soft as they come. Comfort seems to be its top priority, and at that it's quite successful. Ride quality is smooth and quiet. Plush surfaces extend beyond the seats and around the cabin. In our experience the RX450h hybrid's engine is smoother than the RX350's V-6, and it feels peppier while improving fuel economy.

Interior packaging is not an area where the RX excels. Although front-row occupants have plenty of space and storage cubbies, those in the second row might feel confined. Things are worse in the seven-seat RX L model, the third row of which is cramped to the point that it's nearly useless. Cargo capacity isn't tremendous in either model, so overall practicality is better in some RX competitors.

Fun-seeking drivers might be drawn to the F Sport trim but could be left disappointed. Its stiffer suspension doesn't return a commensurate improvement in handling or fun. Nevertheless, there's something appreciable about the RX's unapologetic approach to subdued luxury. It's a smooth and relaxing everyday crossover, with proven reliability and strong value that make for a compelling ownership proposition.

Performance and Fuel Economy

RX350

  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 295 hp/267 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 20/28 mpg (FWD), 19/26 mpg (AWD)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 6.8 seconds (AWD)

RX350L

  • Drivetrain: FWD or AWD; eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 290 hp/263 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.5 seconds (FWD)

RX450h

  • Drivetrain: AWD; CVT automatic transmission
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor
  • Horsepower/Torque: 308 hp/274 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 31/28 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.0 seconds

RX450hL

  • Drivetrain: AWD; CVT automatic transmission
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor
  • Horsepower/Torque: 308 hp/274 lb-ft
  • Efficiency (city/highway): 29/28 mpg
  • Acceleration (0-60 mph): 7.2 seconds (est. )

Is the F Sport Package Worth It?

The roughly $3,500 F Sport trim for the RX includes more aggressive styling, 20-inch wheels, sport seats, and tuned suspension dampers. That last item is the sole performance upgrade, which doesn't necessarily make the RX any better—it's just not particularly sporty to begin with. The F Sport suspension only seems to make the ride less comfortable. That's true too of the available Handling package, which adds adaptive dampers and a cold air intake. Unless the RX F Sport's edgy styling is irresistible, keep it simple and stick with a regular RX.

Safety Ratings and Features

Every 2022 RX gets a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, with five stars being the maximum score. That overall rating factors four-star frontal crash and rollover protection scores with a five-star side crash score. From the IIHS, the RX earned 2021 Top Safety Pick designation when equipped with the available triple-beam LED headlights. Regardless, it got the highest Good score in all six crashworthiness tests.

Standard driver assist and active safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front automatic emergency braking, and automatic high-beams. All RX models are equipped with 10 airbags.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Although in the RX front-row passengers are treated to generous legroom, overall, it's not a very spacious SUV. The RX L's third-row seats are cramped to the point that they're hardly useful at all. Here's how the Lexus compares to the 2022 Genesis GV80, which is also available in two- or three-row configurations.

Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 RX: 32.6/16.0 cubic feet
  • 2022 RX L: 58.5/23.0/6.2 cubic feet
  • 2022 GV80: 80.4/34.9/11.6 cubic feet

Headroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 RX: 39.4/39.1 inches
  • 2022 RX L: 39.8/38.5/34.8 inches
  • 2022 GV80: 40.2/38.4/34.3 inches

Legroom (first/second/third rows):

  • 2022 RX: 44.1/38.0 inches
  • 2022 RX L: 41.1/30.9/23.5 inches
  • 2022 GV80: 41.6/38.7/30.3 inches

Technology

The RX is equipped with a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen or available 12.3-inch unit. Both have Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa; the larger touchscreen adds built-in navigation. Six USB ports are positioned around the cabin. Premium 15-speaker Mark Levinson and 12-speaker audio systems are offered to replace the standard nine-speaker setup. Other tech upgrades include a 360-degree parking camera system, head-up display, and wireless charging pad.

Recommended Trim

Whichever RX you choose, we advise going for a 450h hybrid model. It starts at just under $50,000, which is about $3,000 more than a basic RX350. In our opinion, it's worth the cost for its improved fuel economy, standard AWD, and livelier drive. Choosing an F Sport model doesn't add performance to excuse its harsher ride, and the L model simply isn't properly designed to function as a three-row SUV. Find an RX450h with the larger 12.3-inch infotainment display, and you'll have a comfortable, efficient everyday crossover with lots of tech.

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2022 LEXUS RX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence (ECVT-i
Trim
350 AWD
Class
Premium Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
295@6,300
Standard MPG
19/26
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$1000 Lexus announces a College Graduate Reward Program on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible Military personnel. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$1000 Lexus announces a Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 03-31-2022
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$1500 Lexus announces a Lease Cash on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 2.99% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 2.49% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - Lexus announces special APR financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022