The all-new 2016 Lexus RX may not be your first thought when considering a luxury SUV, but it definitely deserves your consideration.  It’s funny how our thought-processes are.  When you say luxury to an American driver, they instantly think of Mercedes-Benz or BMW, but rarely do they think of the Japanese competition.  Considering the fact that Japanese craftsmanship has always been the standard to shoot for in the automotive industry, it would seem only logical that the Lexus be considered in this segment.

Jeff Brack, the General Manager of the Lexus Division, states:  “With the new Lexus Safety System we offer drivers an added level of occupant safety in a conveniently bundled package that leverages some of the latest accident prevention technology.  Our Lexus lineup remains steadfast in the pursuit of enhanced vehicle safety.”

At first glance, the new Lexus RX makes a bold statement with its new sheet metal and new front end, but those are just cosmetic features that don’t come near telling the whole story of this exciting new SUV.  The RX is the best-selling item in the Lexus lineup, accounting for four of every ten Lexus sales.  New features include heated outboard rear seats and a 60/40 power folding second row.  The cabin is spacious and it offers one of the best entertainment systems in the industry.

Under the hood the RX features a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that gives 300 horsepower of direct injection, and it is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If it’s handling you want then the RX delivers once again.  The entire chassis has been strengthened to provide straight-line stability and control through turns.  The body structure has been strengthened as well, increasing handling response, and the RX comes with fully independent suspension which consists of MacPherson struts up front and a double wishbone setup at the rear.

Name a major safety feature and you’ll find it in the 2016 Lexus RX.  Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Panoramic View Monitor, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are just some of the features that ensure safety on the road in the RX.

If you are the owner of a Lexus RX then you know that maintenance is the key to prolonged driving enjoyment.  Lexus parts are available nationwide, and if you are a DIY repair person then you’ll be happy to know that Lexus used parts are readily available at most salvage yards like All Import Auto Parts.