You’d expect big things from Lexus in the luxury crossover suv space because the Japanese premium brand essentially created the segment two decades ago. Before that first RX 300 in 1999, luxury suvs were largely adapted from truck components. The RX changed all that by delivering car-like ride and handling, easier ingress and egress, and improved maneuverability and fuel economy, while giving buyers the elevated seating position, easy cargo versatility, and plush luxury features they coveted.
Today, the RX is already the best-selling luxury vehicle, with more than 108,000 rolling out of Lexus dealer showrooms in 2017. And that’s just with the five-passenger RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid. For 2018, the lineup adds extended-length RX 350L and RX 450hL models with seating for up to seven passengers in three rows of seats. Including destination, the 2018 RX 350L starts at $48,665, $4,400 more than the five-passenger model.