There are some things that Lexus does better than any other car manufacturer; the luxury SUV market is one of them. The look and feel of these vehicles are second to none. I was fortunate enough to test drive the new 2022 Lexus RX 350 Moonlight Edition recently, and it did not disappoint.
The Lexus RX Moonlight Edition will be part of a line-up for 2022 that includes 17 models. While all the models are special in their own way, this one, in particular, holds a special meaning because it comes with an exclusive Lexus giftset – including a portable telescope and a custom tea set with a special tea. The inspiration for these unique items and theme come from Japan’s moon festival, Tsukimi. This gift set allows people to enjoy the beauty of nature, just like Tsukimi does.
Dressed to impress
To keep the theme rolling, Lexus offers the limited-edition SUV in a choice of Eminent White Pearl or Caviar Black exterior colour. Adding to that, the revised exterior design features 20” black alloy wheels, unique black exterior accents such as a black-out grille, front/rear splitter, and wing mirrors, and a unique black/birch interior combination.
Lexus has always been known for its impeccable interior quality, but the RX Moonlight Edition feels more premium than ever before. Maybe the colour palette is for something or the hand-stitched leather dash? I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, but the interior just feels more high-end than usual.
RX 350 and RX 450h
The Moonlight Edition has the same powertrain options as the rest of the 2022 Lexus RX lineup. That means you can expect to find a 3.5L V6 and a hybrid variant with a 3.5L V6 and an electric motor. The former makes 295 horsepower, while the latter puts out 308 horsepower.
What I like about Lexus RX is that you can get a hybrid variant or go for the non-hybrid V6 engine. Regardless of which one you pick; you’re going to get an excellent driving machine. The V6 engine is buttery smooth and gets the job done no matter what thanks, in part, to the 8-speed automatic transmission. That said, I do prefer the RX 450h for its better fuel economy, especially when driving around the city. The numbers speak for themselves, 12.2/9.0/10.8 L/100 km (City/Highway/Combined) for the RX 350 compared to 7.5/8.4/7.9 L/100 km for the hybrid.
Over the moon
The Lexus RX Moonlight Edition is near the bottom of the lineup, but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with features and technologies. Indeed, the limited-edition RX is priced at $1150 more than the base RX 350 so it’s really a bargain. The Lexus Display Audio with Remote includes Remote Connect, Service Connect, and Safety Connect, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility come standard on this model.
Also, this 2022 Lexus RX features a suite of advanced safety technology, including the Lexus Safety System + 2.0. This system of active safety technology allows the driver to remain aware and make better decisions and choices in all types of road conditions. Some of these systems include a backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking, and Intuitive Park Assist with Auto Braking.
The 2022 Lexus RX Moonlight Edition is the latest addition to the RX’s lineup. This stylish SUV has everything- from the Lexus giftset to the upscale interior and its price. The RX Moonlight edition is for those who want to be seen driving a luxury SUV. If you’re in the market for a luxury SUV, then this should be on your shortlist.
As Martin Gilbert, Director of Lexus in Canada said: “The RX series Moonlight Edition models prove that unattainable beauty can, in fact, be obtained. They offer everything Canadian Guests expect in a Lexus RX – the exquisite blend of uncompromising refinement, luxurious features and amenities, powerful yet intuitive technologies, and inspiring performance – plus something magical and alluring to make each journey special.”