2016 Lexus RX350
With a quarter of the mid-sized crossover luxury segment (yes, automakers do view the world this way), the Lexus RX is the benchmark for every other crossover in its class. And don't scoff — it sells because the RX is quiet, comfortable, easy to drive, and swallows commutes whole. So with the new-gen, the mandate was primarily not to screw with success. Yes, the car grows about three inches in wheelbase to gain more legroom (thankfully they haven't tried to stuff in a third row of seats, however), but it's not taller or wider. Even engine choice remains the same: The 3.5-liter V-6 is now putting out 300hp vs. 270hp, and fuel economy will also increase thanks to a new eight-speed automatic. Lexus is also offering an adaptive suspension to prevent body roll (Lexus is on a big push to get sportier). And while they will continue to sell an F-Sport performance edition of the RX that will get a yet stiffer suspension, this isn't an M-edition BMW crossover or an AMG-edition Benz. There's also a revamped RX450h hybrid, and with combined (electric/gas) will also deliver 300hp.