Consumer Reports Names 2022 Lexus RX Midsize Luxury SUV of the Year

The 2022 Lexus RX is the best midsize luxury SUV of the year, according to Consumer Reports. That’s probably not a surprise if you’ve been shopping for a new vehicle. The new RX has been a staple of the luxury SUV market for over twenty years, and during that time Lexus has just about perfected it. Here’s what makes the 2022 RX the best luxury midsize SUV you can buy.

A white 2022 Lexus RX in a city.
2022 Lexus RX | Lexus

What is the best luxury SUV of 2022 according to Consumer Reports?

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Consumer Reports likes the 2022 Lexus RX because of its “winning formula is its blend of comfort, performance, safety, and reliability.” It’s a popular luxury SUV thanks to its high scores across the board. In addition to an overall score of 81, the 2022 Lexus RX has a 4/5 for both reliability and owner satisfaction. In fact, Consumer Reports notes that it “has continued to win the loyalty of its buyers by delivering a driving experience that accentuates comfort, tranquility, and luxury, topped off with good reliability.”

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 295 hp. The more powerful RX 450h, or hybrid Lexus RX, can make up to 308 hp. Fuel economy is excellent in the 2022 Lexus RX 450h, getting “7 more mpg overall in our tests, giving it the fuel economy of a small SUV.”

How does Consumer Reports determine the best SUVs?

Sorting through all of the information and specs of SUVs is so daunting, it’s a relief that an organization like Consumer Reports takes it on. To select the best three-row SUV of the year, Consumer Reports looked at vehicles’ overall ratings. The winning luxury SUV had to have one of the top overall scores in its category. consumer reports also figured in its road-test score, reliability rating, owner satisfaction score, and safety equipment and crash test ratings.

Safety equipment is also important. Winning vehicles must have forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and as of this year, automatic emergency braking that works at highway speeds.

How much is the 2022 Lexus RX?

The 2022 Lexus RX price starts at $46,395 for the base model and $53,675 for the higher-trim F SPORT. The RX is attractive both on the inside and the outside. It’s “wrapped in a chiseled body that continues to look modern, despite being on the market for six years with limited design changes.” 

The base model RX comes with 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and keyless entry with push-button start. It also has simulated leather upholstery, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

If you’re in the market for a luxury midsize SUV, you have a lot of options. If you value Consumer Reports’ ratings, you’ll probably agree that the 2022 Lexus RX is the best luxury midsize SUV of the year. With its comfort, style, and high-end touches, the 2022 Lexus RX is the best choice if you’re looking for a really nice SUV.

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