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Eric's Autos: 2022 Lexus RX350

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Mad Max drove the last of the V8 Interceptors. This may be your last chance to drive the last V6 powered crossover.

Which also happens to be the first crossover.

The Lexus RX.

What It Is

Way back in 1998, Lexus introduced the RX300. It was a big introduction -- because back in '98, there weren't any other luxury crossover SUVs.

It was the first of its kind, an entirely new kind of vehicle. A vehicle that was neither a car nor an SUV but blended elements of both. It was based on a car -- the Camry -- but rode higher off the ground, like a truck-based SUV. But it still handled and drove like the car it was based on while also being nearly as capable of dealing with a snowstorm as a truck-based SUV.

 

Without handling and driving like one.

People really liked the concept and bought RXs like people used to eat Pez. Others imitated the concept to such a degree that now every car company -- not just luxury car companies -- not only sells crossovers, many sell only crossovers.

But the RX -- currently the RX350 -- remains the Original Gangster of crossovers.

It is also one of the few new crossovers that still comes standard with a V6 and no turbo -- which is one of the things that makes it stand out in a field now crowded with similar crossovers that come standard with heavily turbocharged four cylinder engines to make up for the lack of cylinders.

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