What's New With the 2022 Lexus RX 350 and 450h?
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The Lexus RX has had a pretty good run so far, as one of the best-selling luxury SUVs of all time.
The midsize luxury crossover SUV has received numerous updates to keep it modern and functional.
It looks like the RX’s run will continue with success. The 2022 Lexus RX is arriving with more changes to keep it an attractive contemporary SUV choice.
Updates to the Lexus RX 350 and 450h
In 1998, the first-generation Lexus RX came with a 3.0-liter V6 engine. That made it a great choice for all luxury car enthusiasts. It even became quite the mainstream vehicle choice.
In 2022, the newest generation of Lexus RX 350 and 450h has been updated once again. The previous updates to the fourth-gen RX were made just two years ago in 2020.
New updates are generally meant to keep the RX at the forefront of car buyers’ minds. The newest gen RX has been doing great since its release in 2015.
This update, however, Lexus seems to have taken an "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" attitude towards the RX.
That makes sense since the RX has always been popular. Updates don’t have to be ground-breaking and innovative. Not many would complain about a better and sleeker SUV.
So what’s new with the Lexus RX?
Automoblog went over the updates for and differences between the RX 350 and the 450h.
The RX 350 and 450h are both receiving new paint options: the dashing Iridium and soothing Cloudburst Gray.
New fog lights will also be available as standalone options, not standard. Which is pretty bizarre since this is a top-selling crossover, but at least they’re offering it.
The best update is probably the new "L" option. It gives the 350 and 450h a third row, providing extra passenger seats for those who find the original RX not big enough.
The L models will have upgrades to account for the extra row. This includes a longer wheelbase and reinforced bushings to minimize body roll and improve steering response.
Overall, the RX is a quiet and comfortable ride, which makes it a fantastic crossover SUV.
Tech-wise, the 2022 Lexus RX is the most connected RX yet.
The RX has comprehensive safety tech (like all the best SUVs). It comes with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, dynamic radar cruise control, lane-keeping assist, road sign assist, pre-collision braking, and cyclist detection.
New packages and special editions
Lexus is allocating 2,500 units of the RX Black Line for 2022, due to popular demand. Last year there were only 1,000 Black Line units and they were very hot choices.
The Black Line comes with the premium package as standard. It adds a gorgeous custom exterior and interior, making the Lexus RX an even more luxurious choice.
The Black Line edition RX 350 and 450h will be available in two brilliant colors: Eminent White Pearl and Caviar.
An F Sports Package is also available for those who want a sportier-looking Lexus.
The RX 350 will be priced starting at $46,395 (FWD) / $47,795 (AWD).
The 450h (AWD) will be priced from $49,095.
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