New Lexus RX is well-built, but still struggling
Does the additional row of seats give the Lexus RX a unique selling point? Lerato Matebese got behind the wheel to investigate
The premium SUV market has a long list of players vying to woo a discerning and relatively well-heeled audience looking for a utility vehicle bristling with all the mod cons, all the while making a statement about their economic status and preference. The German triumvirate — Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz — has always led the charge here, and any would-be players have struggled to break in. Since Lexus, the luxury arm of Toyota, launched here in 1989, it has been an uphill battle for the brand, which has been tenacious despite selling well below its German rivals. Even so, the marque has always had decent offerings, with one of its fortés being well-specified vehicles with excellent refinement. In isolation, the RX is a competently put-together vehicle and in its latest guise launched in 2016, practical on both the passenger and luggage sides. But the company has now found it more fitting to bring out a slightly more practical variant of its RX, dubbed the RX350L (long), which has a s...