lexus-RX

2017 Lexus RX

OverviewThe Lexus RX, which has reigned as the best-selling Lexus model and the top seller among all luxury crossovers and SUVs for nearly two decades, went under the knife for some major work in 2016. It kept the passenger-car mechanicals, raised seating position, posh interior, and cargo-friendly five-passenger SUV body style but cranked the styling volume up to new heights with an outsize snout, a floating roof, and a riotous surface treatment. Voting with their wallets, the car-buying public seems to prefer this new RX, as sales have increased versus the more sedate-looking previous version.

Compared with the exterior, a steadier hand crafted the RX’s cabin, which was all-new in 2016. It retains the sumptuous materials, bank-vault quietness, and lengthy list of standard amenities for which Lexus is known. The redesigned model also received tweaks to its structure, suspension, and steering but not to the extent that one would now seek out twisty pavement. Aside from the excellent isolation and cocooning, there really isn’t much about the RX350’s driving experience that might distinguish it from more plebeian Toyotas.

For 2017, the RX350 is available in well-equipped base or sporty F Sport trim, the latter boasting 20-inch wheels, adaptive damping, an engine-sound enhancer, quilted sport seats with more bolstering, and an even more expansive grille. Also offered is the RX450h gas-electric hybrid. All are available with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

What’s New: After the major redo last year, the fourth-generation RX350 rolls into 2017 with minor tweaks to its standard and optional equipment. Optional last year, rain-sensing wipers and the Lexus Safety System+ now are standard fare, the latter adding a pre-collision warning system, automatic high-beams, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, and lane-keeping assist to the RX’s already lengthy list of safety gear. (The RX450h hybrid now brings standard blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system with automated emergency braking.) Also, the F Sport trim is now available with front-wheel drive, not just all-wheel drive as before.

What We Like: The RX350’s structure is solid, and its quiet, sumptuous cabin is an island of tranquility. Fit and finish are superb, as are material choices and presentation. The standard seats are all-day comfortable, and the available 12.3-inch infotainment display is among the industry’s largest. To front-seat passengers at least, the cabin is fairly airy thanks to slimmer A-pillars and a lowered dashtop. The rear seat is roomy, and Lexus didn’t try to cram a kids-only third-row seat into the cargo hold. We like the polish of the RX’s 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and the responsiveness of the eight-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport overpromises some with its amped-up bodywork and aggressive 20-inch wheels, but its sport seats are encapsulating, and the adaptive damping modulates body movement without unduly affecting ride quality.

What We Don’t Like: The RX350’s unbalanced, overwrought exterior may stand apart from the crowd, but more recent entries such as the Jaguar F-Pace and the Cadillac XT5 do a better job of catching the eye without being polarizing. The RX350 also still suffers from a driver-engagement deficit. The base RX350 has insular dynamics with a floaty ride and plenty of body lean in corners. Its relatively quick-ratio but imprecise steering doesn’t impart confidence. Not that most current RX owners would complain, but it could use more power to keep up with its competitors. The mouselike Remote Touch controller for RXs equipped with navigation is fiddly and annoying. And the standard 18-inch wheels get lost next to the huge grille.

Specifications

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy : MPG 26
Cruising Range – City : mi 364.80
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City : MPG 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined : MPG 22
Cruising Range – Hwy : mi 499.20
EPA MPG Equivalent – City : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Hwy : N/A
EPA MPG Equivalent – Combined : N/A

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal 19.2
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx : gal N/A

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 : in N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 : in N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline : in N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings : in N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height : in N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 : ft³ 56.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 : ft³ 18.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 : ft³ 18.4

Brakes

Brake Type : N/A
Brake ABS System : 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) : N/A
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
Drum – Rear (Yes or ) :
Rear Drum Diam x Width : in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year : 8.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score : N/A

Transmission

Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Trans Order Code :
Trans Type : 8
Trans Description Cont. : Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again :
First Gear Ratio (:1) : 5.25
Second Gear Ratio (:1) : 3.03
Third Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.95
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.46
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.22
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) : 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1) : 4.01
Clutch Size : in N/A
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) : 2.28
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High : N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low : N/A
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.81
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) : 0.67

Vehicle

EPA Classification : Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD

Interior Dimensions

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

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight : lbs 4387
Curb Weight – Front : lbs N/A
Curb Weight – Rear : lbs N/A
Maximum Payload Capacity : lbs N/A
Curb Weight : lbs N/A
Total Option Weight : lbs 0.00

Trailering

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 : lbs 3500

Engine

Engine Order Code :
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

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) : N/A
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) : N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity : qts N/A

Suspension

Suspension Type – Front : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear : Double Wishbone
Suspension Type – Front (Cont.) : Strut
Suspension Type – Rear (Cont.) : Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter – Front : mm N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter – Rear : mm N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Front : in N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter – Rear : in N/A

Tires

Front Tire Order Code :
Rear Tire Order Code :
Spare Tire Order Code :
Front Tire Size : P235/55VR20
Rear Tire Size : P235/55VR20
Spare Tire Size : Compact

Wheels

Front Wheel Size : in 20 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

Steering

Steering Type : Rack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall : N/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) : N/A
Turning Diameter – Curb to Curb : ft 45.2
Turning Diameter – Wall to Wall : ft N/A

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase : in 109.8
Length, Overall : in 192.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors : in 74.6
Height, Overall : in 67.7
Track Width, Front : in 64.4
Track Width, Rear : in 64
Min Ground Clearance : in N/A
Rear Door Opening Height : in N/A
Rear Door Opening Width : in N/A
Liftover Height : in N/A

Features

MECHANICAL

Engine: 3.5L V6 DOHC 24V VVT-iW
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
2.277 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 5,864 lbs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Active Anti-Roll Bars
Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
19.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Permanent Locking Hubs
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 and Hill Hold Control

EXTERIOR

Wheels: 20″ x 8″ F Sport w/Dark Metallic Finish
Tires: P235/55R20 M+S
F Sport Wheel Caps
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
Clearcoat Paint w/Badging
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Rear Bumper
Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Black Power w/Tilt Down Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
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

ENTERTAINMENT

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, voice recognition, Cache Radio, ability to pause 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
Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
Audio Theft Deterrent
Wireless Streaming
Concealed Diversity Antenna
2 LCD Monitors In The Front

INTERIOR

Heated & Ventilated 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, power lumbar support and driver’s seat easy exit (auto away/return)
Sport Front Seats
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
Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
F Sport Heated Steering Wheel w/Paddle Shifters
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
Full Cloth Headliner
Leatherette Door Trim Insert
Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Aluminum Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
F Sport Leather
Illuminated Aluminum Door 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
Aluminum Roof Rails
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
Tracker System
Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat, Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
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
Digital/Analog Display
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
4 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration

SAFETY

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Pre-Collision System (pcs) Forward Collision
Lane Keep Assist Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Keep Assist Lane Departure Warning
Safety Connect Emergency S.O.S
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
Back-Up Camera
Back to top