The Lexus RX is a very capable, comfortable mid-size luxury crossover with a serious image problem – it has become the minivan of luxury crossovers, a vehicle that the man of the family is embarrassed to be seen driving. Lexus thinks they can change all that without coming out with a whole new generation of RX. The first generation RX (1998 - 2003) and second generation (2004 - 2009) established the RX as the best-selling Lexus; The current (third) generation of RX came out in 2010, and the platform isn’t ready for a makeover yet. But Lexus has a trick or two up their sleeves.
The 2013 RX 350 F SPORT “is not just an appearance package, but a full-fledged performance package,” according to Lexus. The vehicle gets a 3.5-liter V6, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Maximum horsepower is 270 at 6,200 rpm, and all-wheel drive is standard. Special F SPORT suspension and handling bits, along with 19” split five-spoke wheels, an exterior trim package and interior design treatment complete the F SPORT designation.
Expect to see the 2013 Lexus RX F SPORT on showroom floors this summer, with pricing to be announced.