Lexus RX 200t version L

Lexus RX Review: “Gentleness in an exhilarating ride” by Naoto Shimazaki

SUV luxury brands are the currently sought-after vehicles. Among them, Lexus RX, which has been developed overseas since 1998, is a pioneer in this class. Without a doubt, I feel that its potential is carefully designed, even up to the latest model.

This is just a personal opinion, but the essential design elements of Lexus, such as the spindle grille and the character line, which goes around the whole body of the car, have been adopted to make the Lexus RX a more dynamic SUV. It gives it just the right masculinity. The previous model had been changed to now have a sharp and sporty appearance.

The interior design is excellent despite not being too elaborate, providing a pleasant private space for the driver. The texture of the panel section and the colors used for the seats and trims create a mature, adult feel on its style. I hope that these features will still remain in the future Lexus cars. Its rear seat is also similar to that of a sports sedan in that it can soothe your back when seated and it gives off a pleasant feeling.

I test drove the 200t, which was in FF layout and mounted with a 2L gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The ride is indeed exhilarating, it also has a stable movement, and it gives a moderately sporty performance. It has a gentle ride quality and steering, giving you a typical Lexus feeling. Its power performance is enough and its gentleness remains the same even when in drive mode and sport mode. Shift gearing further provides a pleasant feeling, subsequently increasing its sharpness.

â–  Five Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Interior Comfort: ★★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Naoto Shimazaki | Automotive Journalist (AJAJ Member)

Born in Tokyo in 1958. He worked at an editing and publishing company for nine years after graduating from university. In 1991, he began working freelance after working as a writer, editor and photographer for magazines and independent publications. Since then, he has continued to expand his activities as a writer for magazines and the web. He approaches cars and journalism from the viewpoint of an everyday user.

(Translated by Kimberlee Estampa)