The current generation of the legendary luxury SUV may be criticized for the non-inspiring driving experience, but it is still one of the most popular SUVs on the market, because of its strong characteristics in all other aspects. It has been around since 2015 and the latest reports suggest that we won’t see a redesign for another year or two. This clearly indicates that the 2022 Lexus RX 350 is about to continue in the same way, though there is always a chance to see smaller updates in terms of new features, new color options and similar things.
You may count on a familiar layout. This good-looking SUV still has a lot of things to offer, starting from unparalleled reliability, quality cabin and comfortable ride. Of course, it comes with a full load of safety features, while the amount of other tech goodies is pretty big as well. Considering that there are no bigger changes to come, we expect to see the next year’s model sometime in the last quarter of 2021.
2022 Lexus RX 350 Redesign
The 2022 Lexus RX 350 is about to carry on in the same way, as we’ve just mentioned. This means you may count on a crossover that has been around since 2015 and that still rides on Toyota’s previous-generation K platform, sharing parts with the previous-generation Highlander. That’s probably the reason while this isn’t the most fun SUV to drive but on the other hand, the ride quality is impressive. Thanks to its soft suspension setup, the RX is one of the most comfortable SUVs you can get on the market.
Visually, the 2020 update has brought revisions to the famous spindle grille and the current model definitely follows the brand’s latest design language. Therefore, it’s hard to believe that some bigger changes could come for the next year. Still, we don’t exclude the possibility to see some new color options in the offer, or maybe even some new appearance packages.
The inside of this mid-size SUV will also remain the same and that’s not a bad thing at all. While some rivals may look fresher and fancier from the insider, a small number of them can actually match the RX’s build quality. Materials are impressive, as well as the build precision.
When it comes to comfort and convenience, Lexus traditionally offers some of the best seats around. The first row offers excellent comfort, while the driving position is great as well. The second row is spacious as well, while the third row in the L model isn’t that generous. Moreover, it is pretty tight by the segment standards, which is no wonder considering that the wheelbase is the same in both models and goes slightly under 110 inches. The cargo area is also quite small for the segment.
When it comes to tech features, the first thing that comes to mind about this Lexus is the Remote Touch infotainment system. It’s not the easiest system to use but fortunately, standard models are equipped with a classic 8-inch touchscreen. The list of standard features also includes things like voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, six USB ports, Bluetooth, and a nine-speaker premium stereo, as well as dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and auto-dimming rearview mirror. We presume that the 2022 RX 350 won’t come with too many changes in this aspect.
Additionally, you can get tech goodies like wireless device charging, a 12.3-inch touch screen, a Remote Touchpad, navigation, a 12-speaker premium stereo or a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound stereo, tri-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof etc.
Typically for Lexus, the list of safety features is impressive. Things like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, lane tracing assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera are already standard, so you shouldn’t expect bigger novelties in this aspect. Currently, the list of optional safety features includes goodies like a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, reverse automatic emergency braking, a surround-view parking camera system, and adaptive headlights.
2022 Lexus RX 350 Engine
Under the hood, the 2022 Lexus RX 350 will continue with a well-known 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is good for about 295 horsepower. It may not be the most powerful engine in the class, nor the most efficient, but it runs incredibly smooth. Driving the RX with this engine, along with a smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission is a real pleasure. When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those are quite typical ratings for the class.
If you’re looking for something more efficient, there is also a hybrid version of this luxury crossover, which we’ve reviewed separately.
2022 Lexus RX 350 Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2022 Lexus RX 350 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 45.000 dollars.