Lexus sold more than 95,000 examples of the RX last year, making it the second most popular luxury model in the United States and the best-selling Lexus in the land. The reasons for the RX’s popularity are plainly evident: it is a crossover suv, it is comfortable and luxurious, and it is essentially bulletproof. In the most recent Vehicle Dependability Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, the Lexus RX was ranked as the most dependable model of all vehicles included in the survey.
For 2013, Lexus has upgraded America’s favorite luxury crossover SUV, adding standard equipment, revising the styling, upgrading the interior, and introducing a new F Sport Package designed to give the RX 350 a more athletic feel and more aggressive appearance. To find out if the new F Sport treatment offers any substance behind the styling modifications, I borrowed a new 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport to use as a family-schlepper for a week.
Before reading further, you should know that I’ve never been a fan of the Lexus RX. I completely understand why this crossover is so popular, but that popularity has never translated to a personal affinity for the RX. With the new RX 350 F Sport, however, Lexus has created something that I find more compelling, in the process achieving exactly what it set out to accomplish by adding a sport suspension, bigger wheels and tires, paddle shifters, and modified styling to its best-selling model.