Read any best-selling luxury vehicle countdown, and you’re guaranteed to find the Lexus RX at the top. In November 2016 alone, over 10,000 RX’s were sold in the United States. The RX model was launched in 1998, effectively creating the luxury crossover segment. From it’s introduction, the RX 300 became the best-selling model in Lexus’ line-up, accounting for half of all sales! The RX 300 was designed with the passenger in mind, toting a spacious cabin and sleek two-toned body. All models had a four-speed automatic transmission with “steermatic” shift buttons on the steering wheel. For the five years the RX 300 was on sale, it sold 370,000 units worldwide, before being replaced by the RX 330 in early 2003.
In 2009, the RX 350 was officially introduced to the world and has since defined the luxury crossover market. “With each year, it just gets better!” said Tom Ryan, Brand Specialist at Hoffman Lexus. “Since it’s release, the engine has improved, the turning radius is better, there’s more horsepower, and it has the standard safety system you expect from a Lexus.”
The “Lexus Safety System +” aims to eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities with its four state of the art systems:
- Pre-collision System with pedestrian detection function (PCS): PCS uses a radar and camera system to detect pedestrians and vehicles in close proximity to your vehicle. When the vehicle senses either, it will send an audio and visual alert to the driver, as well as automatically start to brake if needed.
- Lane Departure Alert (LDA): The LDA system detects white and yellow lines painted on the road and both audibly and visually alerts the driver if the vehicle starts to deviate from the lane.
- Automatic High Beam (AHB): The goal of AHB is to increase visibility during nighttime driving. A camera detects oncoming headlights and taillights and automatically switches between high beams and low beams. This increases driver visibility on dark roads without blinding other drivers.
- Radar Cruise Control: When in Cruise Control mode, Radar Cruise Control detects preceding vehicles and adjusts your speed relative to theirs in order to keep a safe distance between vehicles.