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Editor's Overview

While newer rivals try to stand out with aggressive looks and sporty handling, the 2015 Lexus RX continues to use the formula that has made it a success ever since it created the midsize luxury crossover SUV segment: comfort, versatility and reliability. A hybrid version offers improved fuel economy, while the F Sport injects the RX with sharper handling.

You'll Like The 2015 Lexus RX If...

If you desire a 5-passenger luxury SUV in the $40,000-$50,000 range that has comfortable and quiet driving manners, an excellent reputation for reliability, and the space to accommodate loads of shopping bags or sporting gear, it’s hard to go wrong in a Lexus RX.

You May Not Like The 2015 Lexus RX If...

If you’d rather have a premium SUV that behaves like a sports car, has the ability to venture way off the beaten path or tow more than 3,500 pounds, look to one of the Lexus’ European competitors or a higher-end Jeep Grand Cherokee.

What's New

All 2015 Lexus RX models include a backup camera as standard. Also, the standard audio system gains a 7-inch touch screen and ups the speaker count from 9 to 12 while replacing the in-dash 6-disc CD changer with a single-disc unit.

Interior Features

Wood and leather play starring roles inside the 2015 Lexus RX, but that’s not what makes this luxury SUV stand out. Where the Lexus RX excels is with its ingenious cargo solutions and emphasis on passenger comfort. From rear seats that slide, recline and fold in a 40/20/40 split to the storage compartments sprinkled throughout, the Lexus puts a priority on pragmatics. Details like the pop-out bottle holder to the left of the steering wheel make this hauler extra helpful. For larger items, the 2015 RX swallows 40 cubic feet of stuff behind the rear seats, or twice that with them folded.

Exterior Features

For its recent design refresh, the RX luxury SUV gained an edgier look with Lexus’ familial "spindle" grille and LED daytime running lights, but relative to some rivals, the RX remains softer. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however. Like the interior, the exterior design is meant for more than just style. Its sloped rear window line, for example, offers a good view out. Within the lineup, the F Sport model has 19-inch wheels (vs. the standard 18-inch), a unique bumper and badges, while the RX 450h hybrid features a blue-hued badge in front.

Driving Impressions

Where other SUVs try to blend sporty handling and voracious power with their utilitarian ways, the 2015 Lexus RX makes no apologies for what it is: a comfortable everyday cruiser. The suspension is soft, allowing it to soak up road imperfections. This makes for a plush ride, and we don’t suggest trying to corner too quickly as that isn’t the RX’s forte (though the F Sport does firm things up a bit). The 2015 RX’s cabin is well-insulated and quiet, and visibility is very good from the driver’s seat. The standard V6 engine’s 270 horsepower is enough to get this midsize SUV onto the freeway without drama (0-60 mph comes in 7.7 seconds), but again, outright performance is not the RX’s domain. If it’s yours, rivals ranging from the Audi Q5 to the Volvo XC60 will be happy to serve up potent alternatives.

Pricing Notes

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $41,700. The well-equipped F Sport model starts shy of $50,000, while the RX 450h hybrid begins at over $48,000. Loaded, a 2015 Lexus RX can reach the mid-to-high $50,000 range. At its base price, the 2015 RX 350 begins slightly above the entry prices of rivals such as the BMW X3, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKX and Land Rover LR2. Undercutting the RX by several thousand are the Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50 and Volvo XC60, while the Mercedes-Benz M-Class begins several thousand higher. Before buying, be sure to check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their Lexus RX. The Lexus RX has a superb tradition of holding its value, and the 2015 RX is predicted to follow suit as one of the best in its segment.

Notable Equipment

Inside a base 2015 Lexus RX 350, amenities that include ebony wood interior trim, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, a power-adjustable steering column, a power-operated liftgate, and the new 12-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. About the only surprise in the standard-feature set is the use of fabric-trimmed seats instead of leather, which can be rectified via an option package or by electing the F Sport model. The F Sport also comes with a sport-tuned suspension for better agility. The hybrid model stands apart with bamboo interior trim and selectable drive modes (normal, sport, eco and electric).

Notable Options

All Lexus RX SUVs can be equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) in place of front-wheel drive for better traction (F Sport models have AWD standard). Most other major upgrades for the 2015 RX are bundled into packages and include a navigation/infotainment system with an 8-inch high-resolution display and the Lexus Enform App Suite of smartphone apps, leather interior with heated and cooled front seats, heated wood and leather steering wheel, and a sweet-sounding Mark Levinson audio system. Rear-seat passengers can enjoy a twin-screen DVD system. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitoring, a pre-collision alert system, and radar-based dynamic cruise control.

Favorite Features

POWER REAR DOORWhen you’re juggling groceries, kids and keys, you quickly run out of limbs and digits for opening doors. Thankfully, a power opening-and-closing rear door is standard on the Lexus RX. If only those groceries would load and unload themselves with the touch of a button.SMOG-SENSING AUTOMATIC RECIRCULATION MODEIf you commute on clogged freeways, you may not notice how much smog is entering your car. Thankfully the 2015 Lexus RX does, and more importantly it’ll do something about it. This option detects harmful emissions from other vehicles and automatically switches the climate-control system to recirculation mode.

Under the Hood

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 uses a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission featuring direct-downshift control to allow for quick shifting when needed (such as rapid acceleration) from 6th gear to 3rd, or 5th to 2nd, skipping gears for a more immediate response. The RX 350 F Sport adds no extra horsepower, but does have two additional gears in its 8-speed transmission to eke out improved fuel economy. It also includes steering wheel-mounted paddles for manual-style shifting. The fuel-efficient RX 450h hybrid combines the same V6 engine with an electric motor for higher power channeled through a continuously variable automatic transmission and significantly greater fuel efficiency. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds for models equipped with the prep package.3.5-liter V6 (RX 350, F Sport)270 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (FWD), 18/24 mpg (AWD) 18/26 mpg (F Sport)3.5-liter V6 + 123-kW electric motor (RX 450h)245 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm (gasoline engine alone)Total system horsepower: 295234 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm (gasoline engine)EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 30/28 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2015 RX is the latest in Lexus’ lineage of midsize luxury crossover SUVs, a category the Lexus RX invented nearly two decades ago. Since then, a wave of competitors such as the Cadillac SRX, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Infiniti QX50 have arrived. Some offer sleeker looks, sportier handling and more sophisticated technology, but the RX continues to be the benchmark in terms of reliability, resale value, versatility and comfort. In addition to its plush driving manners, the RX stands out for its smart use of space and cargo-carrying ability. Buyers seeking sharper driving manners can find it in the F Sport version of the RX, while those with a priority on fuel efficiency can look to the Lexus RX hybrid model.

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Great mileage, comfortable driving and riding.

2015 Lexus RX Base

I purchased this car used at a dealership. I have had it for 7 months. During the time I have owned it I have not had any performance issues. I have had 2 regular services. It is a very comfortable car that has plenty of adjustments to the seat/steering wheel/temperature control and mirrors. I like the side mirror warning lights to indicate cars in the blind spot and I like the back up mirror. I like the line of sight miles per hour that can be adjusted based on height. The interior is very luxe and easy to maintain.. The navigation system is complete and easy to use. The front and back seating areas are spacious and the rear storage area is too. The ability to lay the rear seats down greatly enhances the cars ability to double as a vehicle that can store quite a bit of stuff. I have been getting about 25-30 miles per gallon which is great. A lot of that is on interstate driving, but I feel the hybrid mode does help with the mileage I have been getting.

- Joanna S

I truly love my Lexus rx 350.

2015 Lexus RX F Sport

I love this car. It has front, side, and rear sensors to let you know when you get close to something. It has lights on the rear view mirrors to indicate if you have a car too close to change lanes. The stereo system is awesome with satellite radio included. It is easy to change stations using the button on the steering wheel allowing you to keep your eyes on the road. There is also a screen to access local points of interest or use the internet. The GPS sinks with your phone directory and only needs a name to set up navigation. The phone is Bluetooth and voice command. You can answer a call, control the volume, make a call, and disconnect a call all on the steering wheel.

- Claudia S

Loving my Lexus, color of claret mica (red) is awesome in the natural light..

2015 Lexus RX Base

The 2015 Lexus rx 350 is an amazing vehicle with a strong drive line, smooth ride, and great handling. The 'feel' of the vehicle is solid, and creates a confidence when driving. Spacious enough to put a full drum kit in. The heated/cooled seats are more comfortable than most living room furniture, and the vehicle offers lots of room to not feel cramped. The moonroof is a lovely add that opens up 2 ways to allow you full use. The hardwood steering wheel can be heated with options, and it feels good to use.

- bob P

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