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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Medium SUV

Lexus introduced the third generation of its mighty SUV RX in 2008 and improved it in 2012 with a well-deserved facelift, which enhanced it both on the inside and on the outside.

Toyota had enough turbo-diesel engines in its parts bin but didn't even consider installing one of those stinky powerplants under the RX's hood. It considered it a too mundane powerplant, fit for the hard-working HiLux pickup or for other econoboxes. But not for Lexus' SUV. Still, there was room for enhancement on this particular vehicle, which didn't get a chance to get the latest infotainment systems.

The exterior went through some changes, and the 2012 model featured the spindle grille that was later on found on other Lexus vehicles. The new, modern design language was underlined by a transverse slat on the bumper, visually connecting the two sides of the front fascia. Another significant change was for the headlights, which were available either as HID (High-Intensity Discharge) or LED, depending on the market. To complete this final change, Lexus also adopted the L-shaped LED daytime running lights. Also, the taillights were upgraded with clear lenses.

Another major improvement was on the interior, where Lexus finally got the second generation of the Remote Touch Interface for the infotainment unit. Also, there was a new steering wheel design and a binnacle layout for the instrument cluster. Between the front seats, Lexus installed a box in the center console, with the USB ports moved closer to the lid, so the driver didn't have to dig deep to charge their phones while driving. Apart from these technical enhancements, Lexus added new trims, including a matte silver one above the glove compartment.

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LEXUS RX 2012 - 2016
  4 gasoline engines
  • 270 FWD 6AT (188 HP)
  • 350 AWD 6AT (273 HP)
  • 350 F SPORT AWD 8AT (273 HP)
  • 350 FWD 6AT (273 HP)
  2 hybrid gasoline engines
  • 450h V6 AWD CVT (299 HP)
  • 450h V6 FWD CVT (299 HP)

LEXUS RX 270 FWD 6AT (188 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  270 FWD 6AT (188 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2671 cm3
Power
138.3 KW @ 5800 RPM
188 HP @ 5800 RPM
185 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
186 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM
252 Nm @ 4200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19 gallons (71.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4475 lbs (2030 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5082 lbs (2305 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
Japan model

LEXUS RX 350 AWD 6AT (273 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 AWD 6AT (273 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
201 KW @ 6200 RPM
273 HP @ 6200 RPM
270 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
248 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
336 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19 gallons (71.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
67.7 in (1720 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4343 lbs (1970 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5611 lbs (2545 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
250 g/km

LEXUS RX 350 F SPORT AWD 8AT (273 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 F SPORT AWD 8AT (273 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
201 KW @ 6200 RPM
273 HP @ 6200 RPM
270 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
248 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
336 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19 gallons (71.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4508 lbs (2045 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5611 lbs (2545 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)

LEXUS RX 350 FWD 6AT (273 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  350 FWD 6AT (273 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
201 KW @ 6200 RPM
273 HP @ 6200 RPM
270 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
248 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM
336 Nm @ 4700 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
19 gallons (71.9 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
66.7 in (1694 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.3 in (185 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4343 lbs (1970 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5558 lbs (2521 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
Combined
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)

LEXUS RX 450h V6 AWD CVT (299 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  450h V6 AWD CVT (299 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
183 KW @ 6000 RPM
249 HP @ 6000 RPM
245 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
234 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
317 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Electrical motor power
50 kw (68 hp)
Electrical motor torque
102.5 lb-ft (139 Nm)
Total maximum power
219.9 kw (299 hp)
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.4 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
eCVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.32
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4652 lbs (2110 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5952 lbs (2700 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.2 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
145 g/km

LEXUS RX 450h V6 FWD CVT (299 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  450h V6 FWD CVT (299 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3456 cm3
Power
183 KW @ 6000 RPM
249 HP @ 6000 RPM
245 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
234 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
317 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Electrical motor power
50 kw (68 hp)
Electrical motor torque
102.5 lb-ft (139 Nm)
Total maximum power
219.9 kw (299 hp)
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
eCVT
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/60 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
187.8 in (4770 mm)
Width
74.2 in (1885 mm)
Height
66.3 in (1684 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.2/63.8 in (1,631/1,621 mm)
Wheelbase
107.9 in (2741 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.9 in (175 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.8 cuFT (447 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.33
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4519 lbs (2050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5952 lbs (2700 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
145 g/km
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