The 2014 Lexus RX doesn't necessarily use bold and showy design to stand out in the luxury segment, but its understated approach wins shoppers over in a big way.
Looking all the way back to the late 1990s, the RX's shape and silhouette hasn't changed much, which almost makes its styling iconic at this point. It's more conservative and innocuous than edgy or aggressive, and Lexus has played it safe with the RX since the beginning.
There were a few cosmetic updates that came last years, bringing the company's new "spindle" grille to the nose of the car, but little else has changed since. The current RX maintains its original design essence with its tall roofline, smooth details and handsome proportions–even if the vehicle has become increasingly blunt-nosed and high-shouldered over the years. While the front end looks a little more menacing, its rounded fenders and curved rear belie its softer intentions.
Refinement remains the focus inside--along with a matching level of understated luxury. The interior of the RX continues with the same design that divides driver controls visually from the passenger zone—leaving a large swath of silver-painted plastic in place of the previous-generation's more subdued wood-grained look. Likewise, Lexus appears to have addressed a complaint of ours--that the current RX didn't feel as rich inside as before--by adding contrast stitching, and adding new Ebony Bird's Eye Maple and Saddle Leather interior options.
One other caution: Don't look for the RX 450h to call out your eco-conscious arrival. As in previous model years, there's very little visual differentiation between the RX 350 and the RX 450h hybrid, and for the latter it's really just a matter of badging, with the differences amounting to some hybrid logos and badges plus blue-lit gauges and a few other subtle differences.