Fresh from new exterior and interior updates less than two years ago, the 2022 Lexus RX 350 and 450h arrives with a few minor changes. The biggest news is the continuation of the Black Line Special Edition, which is now standard with the Premium Package that adds new black wheels and a set of darker exterior trim.
2022 Lexus RX 350 and 450h: What’s New?
Well, not much. Why mess with something good, right? The Lexus RX 350 and 450h Hybrid are among Toyota’s best-selling vehicles in this crazy SUV market, which is impressive considering the current fourth-generation RX has been in production since 2015.
Colors and fog lights
For 2022, the Lexus RX 350 and 450 Hours receive new Iridium and Cloudburst Gray paint options and new fog lamps as stand-alone options. Why fog lights are not standard on bestselling luxury crossovers is far from us, but that’s what you get.
3rd grade version
If you need more passenger space, the Lexus RX 350L or RX 450hL will offer a third row. The “L” designation means the car has a longer wheelbase to account for the third row. According to Lexus, both the front and rear stabilizer bars are hollow to reduce weight, yet their thicker diameters and reinforced bushings help reduce body roll and improve steering response. Lexus says the shock absorbers on L models work with stiffer roll bars. Meanwhile, the upgraded dampers feature a new traction control device that helps smooth out the ride.
In fact, we can confirm the car’s quiet and comfortable driving, having tested it ourselves with the 2020 model.
Engine and powertrain
The 2022 Lexus RX 350 has the same 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. Both engines have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Lexus RX 450h has the same 3.5-liter V6 gas engine and three electric motors. All-wheel drive is standard (front-wheel drive not available) along with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The RX 450h produces 308 horsepower, which is enough for a mid-size luxury crossover.
F Sports Package
If you like a sportier-looking Lexus RX, check out the F Sport package, which adds aluminum pedals, steering wheel and shift knob, custom front and rear bumpers, front sports seats, LED lighting, aluminum interior trim, and 20-inch wheels . Other goodies include sport dampers, LED ambient lighting, memory settings for the steering wheel and seat adjustments, and aluminum body panels.
If you want more, the F Sport Handling package adds adaptive variable suspension with Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Management (VDIM), electric sport power steering, heated and ventilated seats, and a sunroof.
Lexus RX Black Line Special Edition
Last year, Lexus allocated 1,000 units of the RX Black Line to American buyers – 750 units for the RX 350 and 250 units for the RX 450h. But for 2022, Lexus is allocating 2,500 units of the RX Black Line due to popular demand. The RX 350 Black Line is now limited to 2,100 units, while the RX 450h Black Line is limited to 400 units (units available are also limited to L variants as well).
If you choose the Black Line, you also get the Premium package as standard. This includes custom black 20-inch wheels, black nuts, black spindle grille, tinted-out lower front bumper, and black side mirrors. Other features include an electric driver’s seat with memory settings, and an electrically adjustable tiller, among many other features.
Inside, the Black Line package adds black open-pore wood trim, black floor mats, black NuLuxe upholstery with light gray stitching, and a black cargo mat. In addition, the 2022 Lexus RX 350 and 450 Watch are available in Black with two paint colors: White Emphatic Pearl and Caviar. Additional standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, and an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa.
Advanced Security Features
No modern luxury crossover has a chance to compete with other influencers without a comprehensive assortment of advanced safety technologies. The 2022 Lexus RX 350 and 450h come standard with the Lexus Safety System 2.0 (LSS 2.0). The package includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, dynamic radar cruise control, lane keep assist, road sign assist, pre-collision brake and cyclist detection.
All Lexus vehicles come with a four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. If you do a lot of driving, it may be worth looking into the Lexus Extended Warranty. This comprehensive guide to Lexus Extended Warranties will point you in the right direction.
2022 Lexus RX 350 & 450h Pricing
Below is a list of prices by trim level for the 2022 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h. The numbers below already include the $1,075 destination and handling fee.
- RX 350: $46,395 (4WD) / $47,795 (4WD)
- RX 350 F Sport: $49,875 (4WD) / $51,275 (4WD)
- RX 350 liters: $49,225 4WD / $50,625 4WD
- RX 450h all-wheel drive: $49,095
- RX 450h F Sport AWD: $52.575
- RX 450hL all-wheel drive: $55,485
- RX 350 Black Font special edition: $50,525 (AWD) / $51,925 (AWD)
- RX 350L Black Line Special Edition: $53,880 (4WD) / $5,505 (4WD)
- RX 450h AWD Black Line Special Edition: 53,500 dollars
- RX 450hL AWD Black Line Special Edition: $55,965
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