Crossover & Midsize

The 2015 Lexus RX Is Pretty Much Headache-Free According To Consumer Reports

The Lexus RX dominates the competition, new or used. If you’re looking for the right blend of practicality and luxuriousness, the 2015 Lexus RX is the model you should consider. Not only is this the 2015 RX enjoyable to drive, but it has also proved to be extremely reliable.

Why does Consumer Reports still hail the 2015 Lexus RX?

A white 2015 Lexus RX on the track.
2015 Lexus RX | Lexus

Lexus continues to be the most reliable luxury brand, and Lexus owners typically hold onto their vehicles for a long time. The RX proof of this. As a new model, CR gave the 2015 RX a perfect five out five for predicted reliability. And based on a recent survey to its members, Consumer Reports determined that the 2015 RX is one of the most reliable five-year-old midsized SUVs. 

CR’s exclusive survey data includes responses about more than 420,000 vehicles. In addition to the RX, the only other luxury model on CR’s recent list is the 2015 Lexus GX. Reviewers at CR still recommend the 2015 RX because of its many comforts and its near-headache-free ownership experience.

Coasting in the 2015 Lexus RX

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The RX boasts dashing looks and peppy performance. Critics like CR complement the RX because of its quiet nature and effortless delivery. The 2015 RX features a 270-hp, 3.5-liter engine, and a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

 On regular gas, the RX returns 21 mpg, which is about average for its class. If fuel-efficiency is among your top priorities, you might also want to consider the hybrid version. For a sportier feel, shop for F-Sport models, which have an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

What makes the RX more compelling is that it can easily tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. In CR’s road test, the RX could haul a 3,500 trailer to 60 mph in under 15 seconds. Braking performance for the RX is also respectable, and it absorbs road imperfections well. Although, athletic handling is not one of the RX’s strong suits. 

Cabin comforts 

A 2015 Lexus RX with brown leather seats.
A 2015 Lexus RX with leather seats | Lexus

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The RX provides a peaceful cabin and plenty of room for five passengers. Its seats are soft and well-constructed. Fabric upholstery was standard for this model, but some models will have genuine leather. And on a practical note, this SUV has good cargo space too. For additional amenities, look for models with a sunroof and heated and cooled seats. 

If there’s any real flaw with the RX’s cabin, it’s with its infotainment system, which has an awkward mouselike controller. It’s not the most user-friendly setup, but you get used to it. On a brighter note, various active safety features were available for the 2015 RX, including adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. 

Pricing 

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The average price for a used 2015 RX is between $20,350 – $23,025. Depending on the mileage, you can purchase one for even lower. We’ve seen some versions for as low as $15K.