While its styling and F-Sport model may appear aggressive on the surface the RX provides a tame ride and two fuel efficient powertrains. A 3.5-litre V6 comes standard, however there is the option to upgrade to a hybrid powertrain producing 308 horsepower and 7.5L/100km. The RX is a five seater two row SUV however there’s an extend-lengthened L model that jacks up another row of seating and seats seven passengers. From its previous years not much has changed besides some new additional colour options-Cloudburst Gray, Iridium, and Grecian Water. The Black Line special edition returns for 2022 with darkened exterior trim, blacked out wheels, and a matching Zero Halliburton luggage set.
The F Sport certainly looks the coolest out of the available options . The RX450H is powered by a V-6 with two additional electric motors. This keeps the RX very fuel efficient amongst others in the segment. At 7.5/8.4 (CITY/HWY) L/100km combined the RX delivers that relief of being a gas station stranger. The drivability is certainly nice as it snugs every corner, moderate mobility, and minimal cabin noise.
Lexus has equipped the interior cabin with fine materials, specifically soft leather, textured metallic or wood trims, and some soft-touch plastics. Lexus has added touchscreen capability to the RX’s infotainment system. This comes at its rescue as the tuning knob is awkward and irritating from a drivers position as well as the infotainment system controller mouse pad just south of the shifter is incredibly frustrating and inaccurate. While the Enform infotainment system is difficult to use while driving, it comes standard with many of the automotive world’s most modern and sought-after features: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and onboard Wi-Fi are all included. An 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, but upgrading to the 12.3-inch display not only provides a wider viewing screen, it also adds in-dash navigation, a 12-speaker audio system (a nine-speaker setup is standard), access to the Lexus Enform App Suite, and an always popular DVD/CD player – remover those?
Optional are a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system upgrade, as is a rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones and dual 11.6-inch monitors on the headrests.
2022 Lexus RX450H F Sport AWD
Sticker Price (MSRP): Base/As Tested: $60,250/ $74,300
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Options: Mark Levinson premium sound with navigation, $3365; LED headlights, turn signals, and headlight washers, $1675; 360-degree camera with parking assist and cross traffic alert, $1365; running boards, $650; head-up display, $600; panoramic moonroof, $500; Cold Weather package (wiper de-icer and fast response interior heater), $200; wireless charger, $200; mud guards, $170; power liftgate with kick sensor; $150; cargo mat, $140; door edge guard, $140; cargo net, $75
Sequential Multiport Electronic Fuel Injection 3.5 Litre, 6 Cylinder DOHC with VVT-i Hybrid
Displacement: 211 in3, 3456 cm3
Power: 308 hp @ 6300 rpm
Torque: 267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 12.9-in vented disc/13.3-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Premier LTX
235/55R-20 102V M+S
Wheelbase: 2789 (2.8m)
Length: 4880mm (4.88m)
Width: 1895mm (1.9m)
Height: 1720mm (1.72m)
Cargo Volume: 453 L
Curb Weight: 4623 lb