The sum of what Lexus came to L.A. with can be quantified in one word: seats. The RX crossover is now available as the RX L, a three-row RX.. Probably just as noteworthy is the fact that, yes, you can opt for 6 or 7 seats (depending on if you want second-row club chairs rather than a bench), but the RX 450hL offers something relatively rare in the segment with a hybrid drivetrain.
Sure, gas is cheap today, but it won’t always be. Just because you have $49,070 to drop for an RXL doesn’t mean you don’t care about the planet. Also, too many three-row SUVs are still absolute pigs on gas, and if the goal is to bring the brood (or the crew) but not have to stop every two hours to fill up, hybridization matters. (Note: You can still get this version of the RX in a traditional 290hp V-6, and both versions come in either AWD or FWD.)
Another smart offering is splitting the standard second row bench 40/20/40, so skis or two-by-fours can pass through more easily without swallowing cargo space.
The other Lexus news is…also about seats. Or the lack of them. The Toyota Land Cruiser-based LX570 is now getable with a nixed 3rd row option, freeing up about 15 percent more cargo room aft of the second row. Since buyers of this truck (and unlike the RX, it really is on a truck chassis) said they frequently don’t use the third row, and folding it is a genuine chore, you can now get yours minus those perches. But the LX570 remains a pricy offering, at nearly $85,000.
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