Written by Tim Marsh:
The new RX 350 from Lexus is an elegant yet sporty alternative to a large luxury SUV. For 2014, the body of this more compact SUV has been lowered slightly, and the engine has also been upgraded to provide more power. We think the most intriguing upgrade to the RX 350, however, is Lexus’s new remote touch, which functions like a mouse as opposed to a touch screen. Read on to find out if it’s worth it to look for a Lexus RX 350 for sale.
Ranging from least to most expensive, the RX 350 line-up consists of the Luxury, F Sport, and Sports Luxury badges.
Exterior and Styling
This luxury SUV has the signature Lexus grille with chrome surround. Chrome is also found in the fog-lamp surrounds, window surrounds, and rear garnish. The curved roofline gives it a sleeker, more aerodynamic look. Like us, another in-depth Lexus RX 350 review finds the F Sport particularly appealing with its more aggressive exterior design and 19″ alloy wheels.
Interior & Comfort
Inside, the RX 350 has the quality materials you would expect to find in a Lexus, including high-gloss door trim and alloy-look dashboard trim. The Sports Luxury badge has a woodgrain steering wheel and trim, and the F Sport offers a sports steering wheel and sports pedals. There’s enough room to comfortably seat 5 in this SUV, although the curved roof takes away from the headroom above the rear seats. Also, the seats are only partial, not full leather. Along with the easy-to-use remote-touch technology, satellite navigation and a window display come standard. With its 12 or 15 speakers depending on the badge, the Mark Levinson sound system is impressive.
Under the Bonnet
The V6 engine generates 204kw of power and gives this vehicle a decent 0-100 acceleration time of 8.0 seconds. If you’re looking for an SUV that can tow heavier loads, however, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Fuel economy is also sub par at 10.8 L per 100 km.
On the Road
The RX 350 is smooth and responsive on the road, and we can tell you that the engine is so quiet that you can barely hear it while driving. The front and rear have independent suspension, and the active torque control all-wheel drive makes it easier to corner and drive in bad weather. This SUV has 4 X 4 on demand, but it isn’t designed to go off-road.
The list of safety features on this vehicle is impressive, starting with the 10 airbags and active headrests. A rearview camera comes standard, as does parking assist and a pre-collision safety system.
Value for the Money
The Lexus RX 350 price tag starts out $77,045 and goes up to $93,545 for the Sports Luxury model. Many of the standard features that come with this SUV are options on other models, making it a good value if you’re in the market for a luxury vehicle.
Competitors in this segment include the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. These SUVs have a price range of $50,000 to $80,000, and all of them consume less fuel and accelerate faster off the line than the RX 350.The X3 lacks the elegant, sporty styling of the RX, while the Q5 has a similar sophisticated and sporty look. The GLA offers a progressive design with clear contours, but isn’t as smooth on the road.
When it comes to fuel economy and acceleration, there are better options out there. However, the RX 350 has unique and attractive styling and is one of the quietest and smoothest rides you’ll find in a compact SUV.
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