The RX L is a three-row version of the Lexus RX, creating an alternative to customers who might otherwise buy an Acura MDX.
The L has the comfortable ride, slick powertrain, and the good fit and finish of the standard-length RX, but it also gets the original's clumsy handling and distracting controls.
The standard RX L configuration seats seven; the optional second-row captain's chairs limit seating to six.
A single lever folds and slides the second-row seat forward, allowing a tiny path to the third row from either side.
But that seat is tiny, and best for grade-school children; buyers will enjoy the extra cargo room more than the added seats.
The L also comes as a hybrid, and all versions have the standard Lexus Safety System+, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and lane keeping assist.
Blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic braking are optional.