2015 Lexus RX 350 Styling

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Understated is probably the best way to describe the styling of the 2015 Lexus RX family. Although there are exceptions, these models remain some of the least bold and showy in their class. But in many respects, that's what shoppers like, and it's why the RX has been such a success with those who don't want to be so ostentatious.

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. Last year Lexus gave its RX models a light refresh for the first time since these third-generation models bowed in 2010. That meant the substitution of the new 'spindle grille' and a somewhat more menacing look in front, while the snub-nosed, blunt-shouldered purposefulness--crossed with soft elegance--of the design otherwise remains. The changes last year also included LED running lamps, new rear taillights, and a few new colors.

The 2015 Lexus RX is built on the idea of understated luxury -- and it's appealing for that.

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. This year, the new F Sport model gains a rich Cabernet leather-trimmed interior, while all models get a redesigned center console, a new steering wheel, and contrast stitching for the leather.

A final note about appearances: Don't expect the RX 450h to flaunt your eco-conscious intent. In the hybrid it's mostly a matter of badging, with the differences amounting to some hybrid logos and badges plus blue-lit gauges and a few other subtle differences.

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