The popular Lexus RX is finally available with 3 rowsNov 30th, 2017
Lexus has been on the receiving end of many a buyer request for a three-row variant of its massively popular RX crossover. Years have gone by without one, but Lexus finally gave the people what they want in the 2018 Lexus RX.
For the first time, Lexus will offer three-row variants of the RX crossover. It’ll be available in both RX 350L and RX 450hL trims, with seating for either six or seven, based on a second row of either captain’s chairs or a bench seat, respectively. In order to accommodate that third row, Lexus extended the RX’s body by 4.3 inches and changed the rear windshield’s angle to be steeper.
No matter what’s in the second row, the seats have been raised slightly over the two-row version in order to create a bit more room for the third row passengers’ feet. Three-zone climate control lets the back row choose its own temperature, and two cup holders ensure everybody has a place to store the junk in their pockets — or a cup of coffee, I guess.
If you’re feeling green, there’s also a hybrid variant. The RX 450hL pairs a 3.5-liter V6 to two electric motor-generators, producing a net output of 308 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard here, and the RX 450hL can drive for short distances on electricity alone.
As with other Lexus models, there is a fair number of standard safety systems built into the 2018 RX. It packs forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams and adaptive cruise control. If that’s not enough, blind spot monitoring is an option, as is a surround-view camera.