When the RX was introduced a little more than ten years ago, there were those (including the then-editor of Automobile Magazine) who said that a vehicle that didn't hew to the sport-utility formula of rough-and-rugged, go-anywhere off-roaders wouldn't succeed. But Lexus knew better, and the RX is now a seemingly ubiquitous presence on American roads. Never mind that it isn't intended for off-road use and that it's not aimed at enthusiastiastic drivers, the RX is a vehicle that is comfortable, practical, and luxurious. Everything in it feels solid and well put together. Of course, it doesn't come cheap. The seemingly reasonable sub-$40,000 base price is just a starting point, as the vehicle we tested was larded up with more than $15,000 of extras, including a $4980 rear seat entertainment package, which seems really pricey but is apparently worth it to those who want to keep the youngsters occupied. As with all Lexuses, the seats are comfortable, the controls are well-designed ergonomically, and the driving experience is a no-drama affair. As has been Lexus's custom, they've hit the mark square on the head.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor