STATUS: Minor changes for 2020 - The RX has been a trendsetter since it first turned a wheel for the 1999 model year, and the current fourth-generation model is no different. Passengers in the RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid are treated to cabins with plenty of rear-seat room and space for their gear. You can also opt for the extended-length RX 350L that adds a two-place third-row seat. Lexus stretched the RX by more than four inches to make this happen, but the folding bench is likely more kid- than adult-friendly. The RX 350's V-6 produces 295 horsepower, while an eight-speed automatic transmission directs power to the front wheels or, optionally, all four. The all-wheel-drive RX 450h hybrid functions with a 259-horsepower V-6, but combined with three electric motors/generators, it makes 308 horsepower. An optional F Sport trim package's suspension constantly adjusts the dampers according to road and driving conditions. For 2020, all RX models receive new touch-screens and slight modifications to the front and rear styling.
Base price (incl. destination): $45,450 (RX350); $48,600 (RX 350L)
Type: Front- /all-wheel-drive wagon
Engines (h.p.): 3.5-liter V-6 (295); 3.5-liter V-6 with electric assist (308)
Transmissions: Eight-speed automatic; continuously variable (RX 450h)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 20/27/23 (RX 350, FWD)
Base weight (lb.): 4,220