The mid-size Lexus RX 350 is one of the brand’s most important and popular vehicles and a rival to some of the most recognizable names in the industry such as the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. The model gets attention with its brash styling and high-quality cabin while delivering a super smooth ride. The RX comes also loaded with modern tech and safety features.
Lexus redesigned the RX 350 for the 2016 model year and it received an extensive refresh for the 2020 season including revised front and rear styling, revised suspension, upgraded infotainment system and more standard safety features. The 2021 RX gained wireless and standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The 2022 Lexus RX 350 should hit the market with no significant upgrades.
Following the recent thorough refresh and based on the leaked details, the 2022 model should be the last version of the fourth-generation RX with the all-new model coming for the 2023 season. Leaked details of the brand’s plan trough 2024 suggest the arrival of the refreshed LS and ES sedans for 2022 and all-new LQ crossover while the redesigned RX, NX and GX should emerge for the 2023 market year.
2022 Lexus RX 350: Design
The next 2022 Lexus RX 350 should go on sale with no significant styling or structural upgrades. The model will continue to live on the recently applied styling, suspension and in-cab upgrades for one more model year before the all-new RX 350 arrives as the 2023 version.
The mid-size Lexus RX is surely the most expressively styled model in the class although its styling is recognized as polarizing. The model uses the brand’s signature spindle grille style mixed with angular headlights with L-shaped accents. The model has also a creased hood and sculpted lower end front fascia.
The dynamic body sculpting continues on the model’s profile combined with the floating roofline.
The rear of the model sports also attractive taillights and sculpted tailgate. The tailgate-mounted spoiler and sport-style rear bumper add also to the model’s appearance.
The Lexus RX 350 will again be available with the F Sport package which adds more sports cues, recalibrated suspension, and retuned steering.
The cabin of the 2022 Lexus RX 350 will also keep the current form. The model has a driver-focused dash design and comes well-equipped from the base version. The RX 350 has a cargo area measuring up to 58.5 cubic feet. The F Sport version adds sport front seats and unique in-cab trim.
At the equipment level, the base RX 350 comes with simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate. At the tech level, the base model gets an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, nine speakers and more. The safety suite includes adaptive cruise control, active lane control, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Lexus will offer Luxury and Premium package options to boost up the base equipment list with the heated and ventilated seats, leather upholstery, a sunroof, bigger wheels and more.
The F Sport version applies more aggressive styling cues, unique interior accents, sports seats, a sport-tuned suspension, and retuned steering.
The model will also offer options such as a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, etc.
2022 Lexus RX 350: Performance
The 2022 Lexus RX 350 will continue to exploit a 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The engine is good for 295 hp and torque of 267 lb-ft and paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The model comes standard with the front-wheel drive while the all-wheel drive is optional.
The front-wheel-drive version returns 20 mpg city and 27 highways in the current form. The all-wheel-drive model earned 19/26 mpg city-highway.
The RX 450h combines a V-6 engine with a duo of electric motors and a battery pack. The engine motivates the front wheels while electric motors spin the rear wheels. The system uses also continuously variable transmission. The net output is 306 hp. At the efficiency level, this version scores 31 mpg city and 28 highways.
2022 Lexus RX 350: Release, Price
The 2022 Lexus RX 350 should go on sale in late 2021. With no significant changes applied, the price range should start close to $44, 000.