We expect that the 2018 Lexus RX 350 and 450h will be a carryover from last year, so nothing about its redesign. Since it was completely refreshed in 2016, this 5 – passenger luxury crossover will come with same price and specs as its predecessor.
Previous year was year for updates for this luxury crossover SUV. For instance, front-wheel-drive system is now available with F Sport models while all models now come with Lexus Safety System + as standard. There is also couple safety features added to standard equipment, but without additional charge. This luxury class has couple of models that can be competition of the new Lexus RX 2018. There are BMW X5, Audi Q5, Lincoln MKX and Mercedes – Benz GLE, and all of them have good resale values and their own fans.
2018 Lexus RX review
Exterior will not get any new redesign
The next generation of Lexus RX comes in six styles. There are three models: RX 350, RX 350 F Sport and RX 450h, while all of them are available with either FWD or AWD system. Front fascia is recognizable by specific Lexus’ spindle grille while on its sides are narrow bi LED headlights. LED daytime running lights and fog lights are vertically positioned on lower sides of bumper.
|2018 LEXUS RX DIMENSIONS|
|Length||192.5 in. (4,890 mm)|
|Width||74.6 in. (1,895 mm)|
|Height||67.7 in. (1,720 mm)|
|Wheelbase||109.8 in. (2,790 mm)|
|Ground clearance||8.2 in. (208 mm)|
|Curb weight||RX 350||RX 450h|
|4,222 (1,915 kg) – FWD|
4,387 lbs. (1,990 kg) – AWD
|4,740 lbs. (2,150 kg)|
|Fuel tank capacity||19.2 gal. (72.7 L)||17.2 gal. (65.1 L)|
|Colors||Atomic Silver, Autumn Shimmer, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Silver Lining Metallic (F Sport))|
All models runs on 18-inch seven-spoke aluminum wheels, however there are 20-inch split five-spoke wheels available as an option. There is also premium triple beam LED headlights with LED cornering lamp. F Sport model adds more over base trim, in fact, this trim includes sport suspension, unique performance bumpers and unique look. There are eleven exterior colors available: Atomic Silver, Autumn Shimmer, Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Eminent White Pearl, Obsidian, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Silver Lining Metallic and Ultra White only reserved for F Sport.
Interior changes – no third row of seats
Interior of the Lexus RX is on the highest level, and this is proven by the fact that the fourth generation was placed on the “Ward’s 10 Best Interiors” list. This is a five – seater without third row of seats. Behind rear seats there is a large cargo space for four large suitcases. Front seats are powered and adjustable in 10 ways. Seats comes with high quality fabric trim as standard while other materials are available with some of the packages. On the center stack there is standard 8-inch screen with integrated audio system, HD Radio, voice recognition microphone and all of that connected with nine speakers. 12-speaker system is available with Navigation package.
There are couple packages that can personalize your new Lexus RX 2018. There is the Luxury package that includes 20-inch wheels, heated seats and steering wheel, part leather and ventilated seats and stainless protection for rear bumper. With this package there is available Rear Seat Entertainment with extra features on the rear seats. Premium package offers seat memory of the driver, leather seats and aluminum roof rails. For better infotainment features, there is the Navigation package. With this package new RX gets navigation with 12.3-inch touchscreen and backup monitor. Lexus Enform Suite is included with free subscription while there is also SiriusXM system. For better performance when towing there is Towing package that includes transmission cooler and heavy duty alternator and radiator.
Standard safety system on the 2018 Lexus RX 350 includes the Lexus Safety System+ and it integrates All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and Pre-Collision System with incorporated Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Pedestrian Detection. Auto Braking system and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also standard for all models.
Lexus RX 2018 specs – standard petrol and hybrid
There are two powertrains under the hood of the new RX. The RX 350 comes powered by 3.5-liter V6 engine that combines direct and port fuel injection systems. This engine produces 295 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. Paired with 8-speed automatic transmission it is available with either FWD or AWD systems. Models with FWD have fuel economy rated at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. AWD drops these figures to 19 mpg and 26 mpg.
Hybrid version of the RX is powered by combination of 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two electric motors / generators. There is also one more motor-generator that powers rear wheels and offers more power when you need more traction. When it comes to gearbox, RX Hybrid is equipped with ECVT automatic transmission. This makes it a fuel saver with 30 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
|2018 LEXUS RX SPECIFICATIONS|
|Models||RX 350||RX 450h|
|Engine type||3.5-liter V6 DOHC||3.5-liter V6 with EMs|
|Horsepower||295 HP @ 6,300 rpm||259 HP @ 6,000 rpm – gas|
308 HP – total system power
|Torque||267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||247 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm – gas|
|Transmission type||8-speed automatic ECT||Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT)|
(city / hwy / comb)
|20 / 28 / 23 – FWD|
19 / 26 / 22 – AWD
|30 / 28 / 30|
|Top speed||124 mph||112 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||7.7 sec – FWD|
7.9 sec – AWD
2018 Lexus RX price and release date
Release date of the new Lexus RX 2018 is not yet announced. Thus, we expect that new models will be on the sale in fall of 2017. Pricing will announced closer to its release date. Considering the fact that it will come with small changes we can expect price tags near 2017-year model. For reference, its predecessor comes with base price around $44,000 and goes up to $50,000 for F Sport model. 450h Hybrid starts at $54,000 for base model, but on the other hand, F Sport model raise price up to $57,500. With more options price tag can jump up for couple thousands.