Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota. Lexus was first introduced in 1989 in the USA, but now it is sold globally and it has become the Japanese premium car with the best sales. Lexus has now a wide range of models, including sedans, SUVs, convertibles and sports.
The 2014 Lexus RX is a five-passenger luxury crossover SUV that has a luxurious cabin, roomy back seats and ample cargo space. The cabin is quiet and attractive, with high-quality materials and standard features are generous. RX also has an ample luggage and cargo space with 40 cubic feet standard and 80 cubic feet with rear seats folded. The 2014 Lexus RX competes with Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, Lincoln MKX, Infiniti QX60 and Volkswagen Touareg.
The 2014 Lexus RX is available in three trim levels: RX 350, RX 350 F Sport and the hybrid RX 450h. The RX 350 and the RX 450h are available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive while the RX 350 F Sport comes with all-wheel drive only.
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, LED running lights, foglamps, automatic headlamps, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition, keyless entry, a power liftgate, a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-way power front seats, a sliding and reclining rear seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and cloth upholstery. The Safety Connect emergency communications system, Bluetooth connectivity an a 9-speaker audio system with 6-CD changer and iPod/USB interface are also standard. The Premium package is available for the RX 350 and consists in a sunroof, power-folding mirrors, roof rails, driver memory settings and leather upholstery. The Comfort package adds xenon headlights, automatic wipers and heated and ventilated front seats.
The Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with the contents of the Premium and Comfort packages as standard and adds 19-inch wheels, special interior trim, a perforated leather upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension. The Display Audio package adds a rearview camera, a larger 7-inch central display screen and the Lexus Remote touch electronics interface. A navigation system, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system are available as options.
The rX 450h hase the same features as RX 350, the difference between them consisting of hybrid system.
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 and RX 350 F Sport are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic Electronically Controlled transmission (ECT-i) is standard for the RX350, while an eight-speed ECT-i transmission is standard for the RX 350 F Sport AWD. The RX 450h hybrid comes with a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine that is paired with a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive (front-wheel-drive model uses two electric motors and the all-wheel-drive model adds a third electric motor to drive the rear wheels – in this case no mechanical connection between the axles is needed). This hybrid system returns in total 295 hp. The RX 450 h comes with an Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence (ECVT-i).