2017 Lexus RX Review, Innovative Features

The Lexus is the largest selling premium car brand in Japan and it falls under top ten premium global car brands. Types of luxury car available with this brand are the coupe, sedan, SUV and convertible. From the year 2000, Lexus started increasing its sale outside the United States. The Japanese automaker is organizing to release a new model 2017 Lexus RX.

2017 Lexus RX – Platform and Design:

The new 2017 Lexus RX models have a newly designed exterior with more aggressive and sturdy look. The car will be more compact than its earlier versions. Exterior curves are designed specially to provide better aerodynamics. The grille is large and attractive, which will remain same as previous models. A vehicle will be available with both two row and three-row seating. There will be newly designed triple beam LED headlights in the front portion and rear portion will be designed with powerful LED lamps, newly designed bumper, and attractive exhaust pipe. For sports model, the vehicle will have typical bumper and F sport badging.

The roof is anticipated to have panorama glass retractable roof, the rear passenger roofline is fixed. Exterior glasses also offer UV protection to prevent any damage to interior materials or to passengers. Auto-dimming electrochromic exterior mirrors reduce any reflection caused by bright lights. There will be a unique touch free power rear door which enables easy opening and closing.


The 2017 Lexus RX have an increased cabin and cargo space with innovative designs. The front fascia is fitted with 12.3-inch high-resolution touch screen.  The infotainment system is equipped with Lexus personalized settings which enable the user to customize different settings according to their needs. Increased leg and a headroom will provide more comfort to passengers.

Some of the interior features are soft and smooth steering wheel with leather finish, soft leather seats with premium leather finish and semi-aniline perforation, interior climate can be controlled by both passengers and drivers, aluminum pedals, ventilated and heated front seats with cushions, power folding rear seats, ambient interior lighting with automatic brightness control, 10 way power adjustable driver seat and 8 way power adjustable front passenger seat, and self-gripping cup holders.

Innovative Features:

Innovative technical features of 2017 Lexus RX include:

  • Telescopic and power tilt steering wheel.
  • Lexus app suite enables the user to connect their smartphone and access their favorite applications through the center console.
  • Voice command service (helps to receive phone calls and accessing several things like navigation, climate controlling, changing music etc. through speech).
  • Premium quality audio system with 15 speakers.
  • 3D navigation system (which offers various features like traffic information, fuel station location, weather forecast, etc.).
  • Rear dual screen entertainment system behind front seat headrests.
  • Lexus Enform remote application allows starting the engine remotely with door locking and unlocking facility.

2017 Lexus RX – Engine Information:

The 2017 Lexus RX will be available in two engine option.

All trims of new Lexus RX 350 models (FWD, AWD, and F Sport) will have 3.5 liter V6 engine which can generate a power of 295 hp and 248 pound-feet of torque, and the compression ratio will be 11.8:1. The front wheel drive models will have 6-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive versions will have 8-speed automatic transmission type. Top speed of RX 350 is 124 mph and it can reach a speed of zero to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. The RX 350 AWD model is expected to have a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the highway, 19 mpg in city and 22 mpg combined.

The Lexus RX 450h models (FWD, AWD, and F Sport) will come with 3.5 liter V6 engine which can produce 308 hp and around 250 pound-feet of torque, it will have a compression ratio of 13:1. The engine will have a continuous variable automatic transmission. The top speed of RX 450 will be 112 mph and it can reach zero to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds. This model will provide a better fuel efficiency; its EPA is rated at 30 mpg in city, 28 mpg on highway and 30 mpg combined.


Some rivals of 2017 Lexus RX in the luxury crossover SUV range are BMW X4, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, Lincoln MKX, Volvo XC60.

2017 Lexus RX – Price and Release Date:

The 2017 Lexus RX models are already released by the company during the first half of 2016. Starting price of different models is given below:

  • RX 350 FWD – $41,900
  • RX 450h FWD – $52,235
  • RX 350 AWD – $43,300
  • RX 450h AWD – $52,235
  • RX 350 F Sport – $49,125
  • RX 450h F Sport – $55,645

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