2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Preview- Expected Prices, Release Date, Specs, Features & Pictures

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June 10, 2021  at 11:09 AM

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport’s launch is just around the corner but this time it will not be as exciting as the last years. As Lexus refreshed the RX 350’s exterior design last year, it is expected to be a carryover model. The starting price of the 2022 model year is expected to be around $50,000 with the same sporty enhancements. It will again be powered by the same 295-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

Lexus went all guns blazing when it launched the first iteration of the RX 350 F-Sport in 2016. However, for the 2022 model year, things are a bit on the sublime side as it will still be a part of the fourth RX generation introduced for 2016. Also, with its slight redesign in 2020, Lexus is expected to make no changes on the outside as well. However, that is no bad news as the SUV will continue to offer class-leading reliability scores as well as an extremely well-built cabin. Being a carryover model means the obnoxious infotainment system with a gimmicky touchpad controller will still make its way into the cabin. Its sharp design and sophisticated tech onboard still highlight that this Lexus is meant for a younger audience. But with With the rise in competition from rival brands like BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi, it remains to be seen how well it can lure its audience this year.

What's new with the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

With no expectation of a fresher look, the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport will almost be indistinguishable from its predecessor this year. This means that the need for revival of interest in Lexus vehicles will not be fulfilled. However, for customers waiting for an update to buy this SUV, we recommend them to wait till 2023 as the RX 350 is rumored to receive a major overhaul that year.

What about the engine offered in the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is expected to feature the same naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 bhp and 268 lb-ft of torque. Lexus has adopted the old-school approach when it comes to engines while adopting a naturally aspirated unit. With the 2022 model year, the old-school philosophy is expected to continue. While this engine is neither the most powerful nor the most efficient in its class it remains the most reliable mill you can get in its segment. It will again be paired to the same 8-speed automatic transmission which feels smooth to operate but occasionally takes a bit longer to engage the right gear. With F Sport's performance suspension and F Sport steering wheel, the ride does feel a bit sportier than the regular model. The SUV is expected to ditch the old-school philosophy with an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for its 2023 model year.

The 2022 model year will also get the option of the F Sport Handling package ($1,050) that adds a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, sport-tuned steering, Sport S+ drive mode, and a heated steering wheel. Both front and rear-wheel drive setup will be available with the newer model while the F Sport model might only get the all-wheel-drive system this time.

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 BMW X5

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Acura MDX

MSRP

$50,000 (est.)

$59,400

$54,950    

$44,500

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6     3.0L Turbocharged V6 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6    

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic 

8-speed Steptronic Automatic 

8-Speed Automatic     9-Speed Automatic    

Power (hp)

295 hp @ 6300 RPM

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM     335 hp @ 5,000 RPM     290 hp @ 6,200 RPM    

Torque (lb-ft)

268 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM     369 lb-ft @ 2,900 RPM     267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM    

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.8 

5.3

5.7

6.5

Quarter Mile (seconds)

15.1 

13.7

N/A

14.6

Top Speed (MPH)

124 

155 

155

130

Even while the current RX 350 F Sport offers the second-highest power figure in this comparison, its torque figure is not really up to the mark. This can be attributed to the fact that it uses no turbocharger and an SUV like the BMW X3 get a turbocharged unit. No detail has been made official by Lexus about the powertrain, but as per the rumors, Lexus has no plans on introducing the turbocharged unit this year.

What about the mpg figures of the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport will offer around the same fuel economy figure as the current model with the 3.5-liter V6 engine. This means that fuel efficiency will again not be on its list of pros. While most brands have shifted to providing turbocharged units, Lexus has stuck with a naturally aspirated engine that leads to lower fuel-efficiency figures. With a combined MPG of 23, this SUV still cannot compete with the best in its class.

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport 

2021 BMW X5

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Acura MDX

MPG(City)

20

19

17

20

MPG(Highway)

27

22

21

27

MPG(Combined)

23

20

18

23

Fuel Capacity

19.2 gallons

21.9  gallons

22.5 gallons

19.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

384/518/441 miles

460/569/503 miles

383/473/405 miles

390/527/448 miles 

As can be seen, the BMW X3 and Lexus RX 350 F Sport offer the least fuel-efficient engines in the segment. However, the X3 redeems itself when it comes to performance, the Lexus on the other hand is simply disappointing as it does not offer the best in class performance by any means. The rumored 2.0 Liter four-cylinder turbocharged motor shall provide better fuel economy, but the 2022 model year will not be getting it.

What about the interiors and cargo space in the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

The Lexus RX 350 F Sport has always lived up to its SUV tag when it comes to interiors. It currently offers a comfortable and spacious cabin which makes your every day drive a breezy affair. The 2022 model year will continue to get the same interior that uses soft-touch plastics, wooden trims as well as metallic inserts. The fit and finish as well as the quality of materials used are top-notch with no room for complaints. You get a good view of the road ahead thanks to the high seating position and the front seats offer excellent support. However, the rear seats are not the most spacious and ergonomics could have been made better with the newer update.

In terms of the exact features list,  no information is available, thus, we shall refrain from making any concrete statements. Where the RX 350 F Sport lacks behind its rivals is in terms of cargo space as it gets one of the smallest trunk. 

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 BMW X5

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Acura MDX

Seating Capacity

5

5

7

7

Front Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.8/44.1

40.7/60.0/39.4     39.9/59.5/41.7     38.1/61.1/41.4    

Second Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/57.6/38.0

38.7/58.1/37.4     38.8/58.5/38.8     38.8/59.1/36.6    
Third Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) N/A N/A 35.9/49.4/29.2     35.6/54.7/28.1    

Cargo Capacity (cu ft)

18.4 cu ft

33.9 cu ft

14.8 cu ft

15.8 cu ft

For the 2022 model year, Lexus will be offering the same contemporary cabin in order to rival the Germans. It already offers the best in class materials but lacks in terms of features and gadgets in comparison to its rivals. However, where it shines is in terms of the space and comfort which shall remain its highlight. 

How is the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport’s infotainment unit?

Where the Lexus RX 350 F Sport lacked the most was in terms of the infotainment system and interface. However, the carmaker has fixed many issues with its latest iteration. Now it finally offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility as well and most of the glitches have been ironed out. Still, the touchpad controller and the interface fail to work in perfect tandem which can get a bit annoying sometimes. The 2022 model year will offer the same 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard and an optional 12.4-inch high-resolution FHD display.

Some of the highlight features of the infotainment unit would be:

  • Wireless smartphone charging pad 
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Updated interface with OTA updates
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Available 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system 
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with wireless headphones 
  • Available Dual 11.6-inch monitors

How’s the Exterior styling of the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

The Lexus RX 350 F Sport has always been one of the most distinctive-looking SUVs in its class. While the 2022 model year will be coming with the same old looks, not everyone will be complaining.  The gigantic signature Lexus grille might just be a little polarizing, but it surely starts to grow on you with time. Due to the debut of the ravishing Lexus LQ SUV, Lexus could make some minor changes to its looks in order to resemble a similar design. However, a major change is unlikely and it will continue to get a sleek-looking profile at the front as well at the rear.

New paint schemes are expected to be under works but no official information is available by Lexus on the same. Overall the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport will surely capture your attention with its bold lines, unapologetically youthful design language, and sheer girth when it comes to looks.

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport 

2021 BMW X5

2021 Audi Q7

2021 Acura MDX

Curb Weight

4222 lbs

4758 lbs

5,082 lbs

4,239 lbs

Length

192.5 in

199.6 in

183.6 in

196.2 in

Width

74.6 in

78.9 in

77.5 in

77.7 in

Height

67.7 in

73.6 in

68.5 in

67.4 in

Ground Clearance

8.2 in

8.7 in

8.2 in

7.3 in

Wheelbase

109.8 in

122.5 in

117.9 in

111.0 in

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is expected to maintain its physical dimensions which means that it will again offer the best in class road presence. While not much information is available in terms of how exactly the SUV will look, as per many rumors the newer model will offer revamped bumpers as well headlights. 

What about the safety offered in the 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport?

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport gets a wide array of standard active and passive safety features. However, its 4-star rating of the 2021 model year in the crash tests conducted by NHTSA and IIHS is pretty unusual. Lexus should have taken a note as the German premium car manufacturers are consistently delivering 5-star rated vehicles one after the other. The all-wheel-drive model of the Lexus RX 350 has received a full 5-star rating but IIHS has not named it under the Top Safety Pick in its class. The standard features on offer will be a pre-collision system, pedestrian detection, road sign assist, lane tracing assist, lane departure warning, steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring system.

Some of the safety features on offer will be:

  • Blind-spot monitoring 
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pre-collision safety system
  • Driver Attention Warning 
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist (RCCA)
  • Lane Change Assist (LCA) 
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

Verdict

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 F Sport will remain more or less the same vehicle in comparison to its predecessor. This means that the SUV will continue to offer a great predicted reliability score, a long list of standard features, and a composed ride. Its design still looks quite contemporary and does not beg for an upgrade. However, it does not offer the best performance in its class and its infotainment system feels a bit outdated. While we would not recommend waiting for the 2022 model year, the RX 350 F Sport is certainly the best choice if you want a reliable and fuss-free ownership experience.

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