Lexus is trying to make up for lost time with the introduction of a stretched RX L model, which finally adds a third-row seat. The Lexus RX has continued to win the loyalty of its buyers by delivering a driving experience that accentuates comfort, tranquility, and luxury, topped by good reliability. But while the RX has long been the brand’s best seller, the lack of an available third row has forced buyers to shop elsewhere.
Unfortunately, this SUV comes up short with its extra set of seats. Squeezing anyone larger than a grade-schooler into the third row is a challenge. However, the added cargo space may be the best reason for some shoppers to choose the RX L.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine in the RX 350, which is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, has the smooth and ample power delivery that drivers expect in a premium SUV. The regular RX gets 22 mpg, while the extended-length version drops to 20 mpg overall, which is par for the midsize-SUV class. The hybrid version offers added power and better fuel economy, as it combines the one-two punch of the gas engine and electric drive while delivering 29 mpg overall, which is truly impressive.