For more than 15 years, the Lexus RX has carried a well-deserved reputation for ride quality, versatility, and general passenger comfort—in a vehicle that has truly impressive materials.
It’s easy to get into and out of the RX because of its ideal ride height that’s neither too high nor too low; plus front-seat comfort is great, the ride is smooth and well-controlled, and you’ll never feel like back-seat passengers are getting anything less than those in front.
The driving position in the 2016 Lexus RX feels a bit more car-like than it has in previous versions—or compared to many other mid-size luxury rivals. That’s in part because Lexus has made the steering-column angle 2 degrees closer to horizontal and lowered the seat height by 0.75 inches.
F Sport models get somewhat more deeply bolstered sport seats, while a Luxury Package adds 10-way adjustability and a (thigh) cushion extender, among many other extras.
Backseat accommodations are ample for just about any passenger sizes, with all models offering a 60/40-split arrangement with recline. Although it’s worth noting that the seat height is different between RX 350 and RX 450h models; the hybrid positions riders an inch or more higher, which might mean that taller passengers will find themselves closer to the moonroof enclosure, if so equipped. In RX 450h versions, the hybrid system’s nickel-metal-hydride battery is placed underneath the rear seat and split into three units (to accommodate cooling and fit the rear seat’s track/mounting).
In back, there’s a fold-down armrest with retractable cupholders, while there are several open and covered bins in front. If you have one of the smaller smartphones (and not a "phablet") it should fit in the smartphone compartment that’s behind the Remote Touch controller. Inside the center-console box there’s an aux-in jack plus two USB ports.
A heated steering wheel is optional, and the climate control uses a some smart temperature and flow systems that take into account more variables than ever—and should result in better comfort for all. Luxury Package models also get pull-down rear sunshades.
The RX 350 and RX 450h are very quiet-riding vehicles. RX 350 F Sport models add some piped-in intake noise, but it’s barely enough to hear the difference when accelerating hard and thankfully doesn’t disrupt the understated, refined ambience of this model.
Upholsteries range from a standard NuLuxe vinyl-like material to natural leather (Premium Package) and semi-aniline leather (Luxury Package). They’re complemented by several interior trims, including a simple but elegant striated black look, or Espresso Walnut, Matte Bamboo, or Matte Linear Dark Mocha Wood (Premium Package) or Grey Sapele Wood with aluminum in the Luxury Package models.