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The Top Gear USA car review:Lexus RX
For:Refined, quiet, luxurious, well built, reliable
Against:Infotainment system’s operating method is not as good as the industry’s best
What is it?
The Lexus RX is the vehicle that started the craze for luxury crossovers. The original RX400h was launched back in 2005 and has since spawned a generation of others like it. But the Lexus, with its hybrid pedigree, has managed to stay ahead of the pack and the current RX350 and hybrid 450h are arguably the best in the segment they helped create.
They’ve done this by remaining true to their luxury roots and maintaining a level of interior and exterior build quality, and customer care, far beyond what most other carmakers can muster. Other than the choice of drivetrain, the only other main option is the F Sport pack. This is largely a cosmetic addition which adds details like larger wheels, mesh grille, paddle shifters and some extra dials and gauges.
There is a three-row L version available but which is otherwise mechanically identical. Both engine variants are available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive.