They say that when you lose one of your senses, the remaining four become sharper. Lose your sight, for example, and soon you’ll begin hearing conversations through walls.
Similarly, by shedding the sporty pretensions of its rivals, the Lexus RX has sharpened its remaining four crossover qualities: comfort, reliability, technology and space. It’s as quiet as a monastery and as soothing as classical music.
The RX’s greatest drawback is its thirst; the V6 offers just 19 mpg city. I strongly recommend the ~$2500 upgrade to the RX 450h. The hybrid powertrain responds more quickly and returns nearly 10 more MPG.