The Lexus RX arrived in 2016 with an aggressive, angular design that gave the automaker a stylish midsize SUV to stand out in the packed class. With the midsize SUV entering its seventh model year on sale, we expect the 2022 Lexus RX to be a carryover model.
When the Lexus RX went on sale as a fully-redesigned model in 2016, the midsize SUV arrived with a far more angular design than previous models. In 2020, Lexus refreshed the RX’s exterior design, which we expect will remain the same for the 2022 model year. The current Lexus RX wears an oversized version of the automaker’s spindle grille that sits in between diamond-shaped headlights. Sharp body lines, two large oval exhaust pipes, and wraparound taillights are other standout design elements on the RX.
On the inside, the current RX features a luxurious design with a few dramatic styling elements. The dashboard flows directly into the center console and divides the two front seats. In an iconic Lexus touch, an analog clock is placed centrally on the dashboard. While the SUV features physical buttons and dials for the HVAC and infotainment system, they’re on the smaller side and placed close together, making them hard to use. As a carryover model, the 2022 Lexus RX’s interior design should look the same as the current model’s.
The current RX comes with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard equipment. On top of the touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hot spot, an HD radio, six USB ports, a nine-speaker audio system, Amazon Alexa, and satellite radio are also standard. A 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Mark Levinson audio system, wireless device charging, and Lexus’ Remote Touchpad system are optional. These tech features are expected to remain the same for the 2022 Lexus RX.
Lexus offers the current RX with multiple powertrains. We expect these engines to go unchanged for the 2022 model year. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 295 horsepower. L models with three rows of seats come with the same engine, but it’s rated at 290 hp. A hybrid version of the RX is also available that comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor. Combined output is rated at 308 hp. The naturally-aspirated V6 engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the hybrid powertrain comes with a continuously variable automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard for the RX; all-wheel drive is optional. Hybrid models come with all-wheel drive as standard.
On the safety front, the current RX comes with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition as standard. A head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view camera are optional. The current RX earned a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, while the IIHS gave the SUV a Top Safety Pick award. These safety features and ratings should remain the same for the 2022 Lexus RX.