Lexus Sport Utility Vehicles and Crossover Vehicles

An Overview of the Lexus SUV Family

2016 Lexus RX 350. Photo (c) Lexus

Lexus has quietly amassed a collection of Sport Utility Vehicles and Crossovers to rival the best in the industry. With a firm emphasis on luxury, Lexus SUVs stress quality workmanship, subtle design and refined performance, without sacrificing utility and toughness.

All Lexus SUVs come with a 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty and 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty. Hybrid System Warranty coverage is for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first, and covers the following components: Hybrid control module, Hybrid battery control module, Hybrid battery and inverter with converter. Roadside assistance is provided for 48 months from the vehicle's in-service date, regardless of mileage (24 hours a day, 365 days a year for vehicles operated within the U.S. territories and Canada).

NX 200t

The NX 200t joined the Lexus lineup in 2015 as the first compact crossover for the brand, and the first turbocharger application in a Lexus SUV. The compact crossover rides on a 104.7” wheelbase, and has an overall length of 182.3”, width of 83.9” (including mirrors) and height of 64.8” with modest ground clearance of 6.9”. Available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the NX 200t runs a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a turbocharger that produces 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. FWD models begin at $34,865 and AWD models start at $36,265. The EPA estimates that NX 200t can achieve 22 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

NX 300h

Alongside the NX 200t, Lexus also launched the compact crossover hybrid gasoline-electric NX 300h, which shares a body and many mechanicals with the 200t, but with one big difference: a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain that uses a naturally aspirated (non-turbo) inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine (154 hp/152 lb-ft of torque) with two electric motor generators for a total system power rating of 194 hp. The EPA estimates that the FWD 300h will get 35 mpg city/31 mpg highway/33 mpg combined, while the AWD 300h will get 33 city/30 highway/32 combined. FWD starts at $39,720 and AWD starts at $41,310.

RX 350

RX is a mid-size Crossover SUV, built on a unibody car platform. Popular since its debut as a 1999 model (the RX 300), incremental design changes and power increases over the life of the model have created a luxurious, manageable crossover that leads all Lexus models in sales. RX 350 got a makeover for 2016. RX 350 comes with a 3.5 liter 24 valve V6 engine with variable valve timing that cranks out 295 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. It gets 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway (FWD); 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway (AWD), according to the EPA. Prices start at $41,900 for front-wheel drive; $43,300 for all-wheel drive.

RX 450h Hybrid

Based on the RX 350, RX 400hwas the first premium SUV with a hybrid gas/electric powertrain. The current hybrid RX 450h benefits from the same makeover as the gas-only version for 2016. RX 450h's powertrain consists of a 3.3 liter 24 valve double-overhead cam V6 gas engine that teams up with an electric motor to deliver 308 hp, coupled with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The EPA estimates that RX 450h can achieve 31 mpg city/30 mpg highway/30 mpg combined (FWD); 31 mpg city/28 mpg highway/30 mpg combined (AWD). Prices start at $52,235 for front-wheel driive; $54,575 for all-wheel drive.

GX 460

The Lexus GX 460 is like a Toyota 4Runner raised to the highest order. Under the hood you'll find a 4.6-liter V8 that sends 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque through its six-speed automatic transmission. GX features full-time four-wheel drive with a Torsen limited-slip center differential with electronic locking and 8.1" of ground clearance. The Lexus GX 460 starts at $50,140, with an EPA estimate of 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

LX 570

The flagship of Lexus SUVs, the LX 570 shares a platform with the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser. Powered by a 5.7 liter 32-valve double-overhead cam V8 that delivers 383 hp and 403 lb-ft of torque through its eight-speed automatic transmission with full-time four-wheel drive, LX carries an EPA estimate of 13 mpg city/18mpg highway. The Lexus LX 570 starts at a base price of $88,880.