Though its lines are a bit more conservative than the polarizing NX, the 2016 Lexus RX still takes plenty of styling cues from its little brother, with an angular front end prominently displaying the Lexus spindle grille flanked by LED headlights. The overall profile is similar to the outgoing RX, though the bizarre-looking “floating roof” design element is a new touch. Wraparound taillights out back are reminiscent of those on the RC coupe.
Though previously only available for the RX 350, the performance-oriented F Sport trim level is now available for the hybrid RX 450h as well. Though this package doesn’t add any power to the RX, it does come with a full suite of appearance upgrades inside and out, like a mesh grille treatment, 20-inch graphite-look alloy wheels, a sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, and “F” badges throughout. The RX F Sport also gains an active stabilizer system meant to reduce body roll and a stiffer Sport+ mode for the adaptive suspension.
The 2016 Lexus RX also ups its feature content, with new options like heated rear seats, a glass panoramic roof, and a head-up display. Also new is a Lexus Safety System+ package, which adds active-safety features like forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beams, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.