2022 Lexus RX Trim Levels, Configurations & Comparisons.
The Lexus RX has long been popular amongst customers who want to treat themselves to something special and need the versatility of an SUV. The RX isn't too large, making it ideal for those who just need some extra cargo space but don't necessarily need a cavernous cabin. Equipped with all kinds of premium features, the RX feels sophisticated.
Lexus makes a lot of versions of the 2022 RX. The 350 is the entry-level trim, and the lineup goes all the way up to the 450hL Black Line Special Edition. Along the way, there are several trims that each have their own benefits. Cost is going to be a factor as people narrow down their options, and powertrain, style, and convenience will likely play important roles as well.
Compare the 350 vs 350 F Sport Trims. What is the difference?
These first two trims have the same type of engine. It's a 3.5-liter V6 that can make 268 pound-feet of torque and nearly 300 horsepower.
Mechanically speaking, there is a difference between the two. The 350 handles itself well, but the 350 F Sport does a better job. This is thanks to F Sport-tuned suspension and F Sport-tuned front and rear performance dampers. This trim can further be upgraded with F Sport-tuned electronic power steering, an additional drive mode to make things more exciting, and a sound generator to add to the fun. Both the 350 and 350 F Sport are available with a heavy-duty radiator and engine and transmission-oil coolers.
A fun feature on the 350 F Sport is found behind the steering wheel where all the gauges are located. This instrumentation has a race-inspired style, and it comes with a G-meter.
Lexus has made the F Sport more aggressive in its appearance. It rides on 20-inch wheels with a dark graphite finish, and it has black outside mirrors and F Sport stylings around its grille, fender, and rear valance. With the 350, 18-inch wheels are standard, but 20-inch versions are available.
Both trims offer convenience through their power rear doors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and side mirrors that automatically dim and fold themselves in and out. They can come with power moonroofs or panorama glass roofs. Other available components on the 350 F Sport are LED fog lamps and cornering lamps.
The cabin of the 350 F Sport has a slightly different style than that of the base trim. It has a bold aesthetic with a black headliner, aluminum pedals, aluminum scuff plates on the door sills, and LED ambient lighting. Scored aluminum trim is another noticeable aspect.
The front seats on the 350 F Sport have enhanced bolsters for more support. The driver's seat is power-adjustable, as it is on the base trim, and it has a memory system. That memory system also works with the 350 F Sport's power tilt-and-telescopic steering column. The steering wheel on both trims can be heated, but the 350 F Sport has a special version. It's wrapped in perforated leather, as is the shift knob.
It's great that the 350 and 350 F Sport come standard with NuLuxe upholstery. NuLuxe feels and looks upscale, even though it's not genuine leather. The front seats can be heated or heated and ventilated for an additional cost. Out of these two trims, only the 350 can be upgraded with semi-aniline leather upholstery.
Compare the 350 F Sport vs 350 Black Line Special Edition. What is the difference?
The 350 Black Line Special Edition doesn't have any mechanical upgrades. In fact, it doesn't have the same type of advanced suspension as the 350 F Sport does, nor does it have the G-meter instrumentation.
It does have an extra safety component, and that's intuitive parking assist with automatic braking and rear cross-traffic braking. It alerts drivers when they're getting too close to objects when they're making tight maneuvers, and it can even hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision. This program is optional on the lower trims.
Another area in which the 350 Black Line Special Edition shines has to do with its style. Its grille, front splitter, and rear diffuser are all gloss black, and so are its 20-inch wheels. It's upgraded with a power moonroof and aluminum roof rails.
On the inside of the cabin, Lexus has changed a few things in comparison with the 350 F Sport. It gets to have a heated, leather-wrapped and wood-trimmed steering wheel, along with black NuLuxe seats that have white accents and gray stitching.
Compare the 350 Black Line Special Edition vs 350L Trim Levels. What is the difference?
Moving from the 350 Black Line Special Edition to the 350L involves a bit of a tradeoff. The 350L doesn't have some of the features found in the other trim, including the heated steering wheel, memory system, and white accents on the seats. It does, though, have a third row and some special components. That third row provides two extra seats, which could make it appeal to certain buyers. Note that a little second-row leg room is compromised when the third row is included in the cabin.
The 350L comes with a power-folding rear seat, climate control with three zones, and a second-row armrest that has storage and USB ports. It's available with captain's chairs, too; this is not an option on the lower trims.
On the exterior of the 350L, not as many extra details are included. This trim does not have a moonroof, though one is optional, and it has 18-inch wheels rather than 20-inch ones.
Further, the 350 Black Line Special Edition's intuitive parking assist program is not part of the 350L's safety package.
Compare the 350L vs 350L Black Line Special Edition. What is the difference?
All of the features that were included with the 350 Black Line Special Edition - but not on the 350L - are brought back with the 350L Black Line Special Edition. This means that this trim has parking assist, gloss black exterior accents, 20-inch wheels, and a heated steering wheel. The seats on the 350L Black Line Special Edition are black and have blue accents.
The 350L Black Line Special Edition, importantly, has the third row of seats that many people are looking for.
Compare the 350L Black Line Special Edition vs 450h AWD. What is the difference?
The "h" in the 450h trim indicates that it's a hybrid. With a hybrid powertrain, it's able to earn up to 31 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. In contrast, the previous trims in the lineup can get up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 450h trims all come standard with all-wheel drive. The other RX trims can either have front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Another bonus is that the electric motor on the 450h gives it a little boost. It has 308 horsepower, an improvement over the 290 horsepower of the 350L Black Line Special Edition.
Unfortunately, the 450h AWD doesn't have a memory system nor does it have a heated steering wheel, though they're both available. It's also available with semi-aniline leather upholstery and heated or heated and ventilated front seats.
To stand out on the roads, this trim can have premium triple-beam LED auto-leveling headlamps and LED taillamps. Adaptive front lighting is available as well. Since they can adjust their angle depending on the direction the Lexus is traveling in, these lights can make dark roads much brighter.
One safety mechanisms that the 450h trims have that the others don't is vehicle dynamics integrated management. It can work to prevent skids by making adjustments to braking and torque. Note that the 450h doesn't has intuitive parking assist like the 350L Black Line Special Edition does.
Compare the 450h AWD vs 450h F Sport AWD. What is the difference?
A jump from the 450h AWD to the 450h F Sport is associated with the same upgrades seen elsewhere in the lineup. This hybrid F Sport has a G-meter and performance-inspired instrumentation. Many will be glad to hear that the hybrid F Sport has special performance dampers, and it can come with adaptive variable suspension and more precise electronic power steering. Plus, the 450h F Sport has all the stylistic details seen in the previous F Sport trim in the RX lineup, along with 20-inch wheels.
Its cabin is very similar to that of the 350 F Sport in that it has a memory system, scored aluminum accents, a black headliner, aluminum pedals, and front seats with bolsters.
Compare the 450h F Sport AWD. vs 450h AWD Black Line Special Edition. What is the difference?
It comes as no surprise that the 450h AWD Black Line Special Edition shares many things with the other RX Black Line Special Editions trims. Elements like black 20-inch wheels, aluminum roof rails, and black seats with gray stitching and white accents.
Compare the 450h AWD Black Line Special Edition vs 450hL AWD. What is the difference?
Lexus doesn't do anything unexpected with this model. Just like the 350L was a three-row version of the 350, the 450hL AWD is a three-row version of the 450h. It's important to mention again that having a third row means that the second row loses out on some space. Whereas the two-row models have 38 inches of second-row leg room, the three-row models only offer 30.9 inches of leg room in this row. Their third rows have a little more than 22 inches, which is not really enough space for adults.
Another key point is that the 450hL has captain's chairs in its middle row. That's the only possible configuration, giving it a total of six seats. Having that extra space in the middle can compensate somewhat for the lack of leg room in the third row.
The 450hL AWD goes back to having 18-inch wheels, and it doesn't have any of the special upgrades seen in the 450h Black Line Special Edition.
Compare the 450hL AWD vs 450hL AWD Black Line Special Edition . What is the difference?
With the 450hL AWD Black Line Special Edition, Lexus brings back the 20-inch wheels, power moonroof, and gloss black grille. This trim features black seats with blue stitching, a look that's quite attractive. It also has intuitive parking assist in addition to the other standard driver-assist systems that all of the other RX trims have.
Which Trim to Choose?
All the possible choices for the 2022 Lexus RX can be overwhelming at first. However, the way they're organized can make it easy to narrow down the options.
The first question that a potential buyer will want to ask is whether that third row is worth it. It does provide two extra seats, which some people really need. That being said, it's not as if the third row is particularly roomy, and when it's included in the seating configuration, second-row passengers have less space than they otherwise would.
For most customers, that third row won't be necessary. If anyone plans on using extra row on a daily basis, it's likely that they'll end up going with a different vehicle altogether.
Another question to ask is whether the special trims should be considered. This is in reference to the F Sport and Black Line Special Edition. While the Black Line Special Edition definitely is intriguing, it doesn't have that many significant upgrades. The F Sport does offer drivers a more thrilling experience, so it should be left in contention.
It's nice that the hybrid powertrain is more powerful than the standard one. For this reason, plus the fact that it's more efficient, the hybrid is recommended. The 450h F Sport AWD and 450h would both be smart and fun choices for anyone looking for something that will live up to high expectations. Anyone who particularly loves the thrill of driving should go with the 450h F Sport, and those who want to make a more budget-friendly choice should stick with the 450h.
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