Added 4th July, 2022
, updated 29th June, 2022
By Jonathan Crouch
This improved version of the fourth generation Lexus RX was certainly a usefully improved product. The infotainment upgrade was much needed, the added BladeScan headlight system was clever and the safety standards were even stronger. Less telling, we think, were the handling changes Lexus claimed to have made: the car itself remained an SUV for the Riviera, rather than the racetrack. For most potential buyers though, that’s as it should be. As one writer observed, ‘the RX replaces dynamism with the calming aura of whale music and scented candles’. There’s something in that.
We still like it though. Forget what the magazines tell you: buyers in search of a large luxury SUV typically prioritise luxury, style and tax-friendly efficiency above almost everything else, these elements being things that this Lexus nails very effectively. According to the brand, it’s all about ‘sharpened sophistication’ and ‘seductive strength’; we’d prefer simply to call this a more sensible way to own what remains a very indulgent kind of car.