We?d like to think Lexus was listening to us.
For years we?ve appreciated the new Lexus models we?ve driven, but it?s been a two sided coin. On one side their cars are close to perfect in many respects. On the other side they often have lacked personality and the styling was attractive but not very exciting.
That?s all changed recently with the introduction of several new Lexus models, that we thought were exciting not only exciting to drive, but the styling demanded an extra look over the shoulder as we walked away.
The wagon-style crossover vehicles have the desirable ability to carry people or active lifestyle equipment while providing the driver with good, and sometimes superior, performance and handling. Crossovers are like the Swiss Army knife of the automotive world.
The 2015 Lexus NX is a few inches smaller in length and width than the RX plus it has a more sporty and aggressive styling than the conservative RX. That is about to change, however. Lexus unveiled the 2016 RX with a dramatic new styling at the New York Auto Show in April. The new RX design is much more exciting ? so perhaps they were listening?
The transmission is an all-new sequential six-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted shift paddles. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive as a $1,400 option.
The new Lexus has impressive lists of the latest comfort, convenience and safety features. Some of the important factory options include new technologies like Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Pre-Collision System, Intelligent High Beam LED headlights and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
With new models like the NX and RC added to their portfolio, Lexus may soon be challenging the status quo among the other leading luxury performance models.