What’s changed this year in the full Lexus Crossover and SUV lineup?
If you’re shopping for a crossover, Lexus currently has four different size options for you. On the smaller end, there’s the compact NX crossover. Then, moving up the range, there’s the RX – recently expanded thanks to the long-wheelbase RX L – the GX, and the LX. Smaller than all these models, the subcompact UX luxury crossover will also head to the U.S. market in the near future. Whichever size bracket you’re looking for, there’s a model available. But what all has changed among the full Lexus crossover and SUV lineup this year? Watch the video above to find out!
Starting from the (current) smallest end of the range, there’s the 2018 Lexus NX. Among the full Lexus crossover lineup, it’s the baby, but it’s the most popular of the bunch. Lexus updated the front grille for this model year, aiming for a sleeker, more aerodynamic design. The fog lamps have been moved out and downward. The model also gets the triple-beam headlights originally from the LS sedan and LC coupe.
The 2018 NX gets Lexus Safety System+, which includes safety features like Park Assist, Cross-Traffic Alert, Pedestrian Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Lexus also changed the center stack in the car, changing up some of the switches (like those for the climate controls). You can also lower the rear seats electronically.
2018 sees some changes for the F Sport model as well. While the powertrains remain the same from the ordinary NX models, the suspension has been beefed up a bit. Lexus fitted new shock absorbers and beefed up sway bars. The end result is a sportier, yet compliant ride, according to Lexus. The NX starts at $35,985 for a front-wheel drive NX 300 model.
The Lexus RX sees its most significant change in the addition of a long-wheelbase “L” model. It’s still available in the same powertrain configurations – either a 3.5-liter V6 on its own as the 350 model, or the 450 hybrid (named “RX 450hL”). The RX L is 4.3 inches longer than the standard RX model. That’s just enough for the car to accommodate two extra passengers in a third row of seats.
The two-row RX is still available, starting from $43,270 for a front-wheel drive model. The RX L, naturally, is a bit more expensive, with a starting MSRP ranging from $47,670. Tack on another $1,400 if you want a model equipped with all-wheel drive.
Lexus GX and LX
Neither the Lexus GX nor its larger sibling, the LX, have changed significantly in the past few years. They’re both body-on-frame SUVs, both pack V8s, and both cost significantly more than their crossover counterparts. The GX starts from $52,155, while the LX begins at $85,380. Both vehicles are full-time four-wheel drive, and come in just one powertrain configuration each. The GX gets a 4.6-liter V8, while the LX has a 5.7-liter unit.
In the LX, however, buyers did just get a little more choice. Responding to customer demands, says Lexus, they’ve created a two-row LX model. By ditching the third row of seats, the LX touts more usable cargo room over it’s three-row sibling. Another party piece with the LX is that it also has a split-folding tailgate. The three-row option will still be available, but the two-row version may be the way to go if you’re looking to save a bit of scratch over the three-row LX.