Lexus’ golden child has a lot going for it, and it’s time you got in on the action. Check out what’s new for 2013.
Lexus RX 350 Trims and Feature Highlights
The Lexus RX, given the designation of RX 350 for 2013, is a midsize luxury crossover with seating for five and the ability to go all-wheel drive. The RX lineup is known for its decadent features both cosmetic and functional, which inevitably leads to descriptive words like ‘refined’ and ‘lavish’. In real terms, that means you’ve got smooth V6 power alongside a bounty of standard features, and all the available extras you want but don’t need.
RX 350 is available as a single trim with front and all-wheel drive options as well as numerous tech and convenience add-on packages. Expect to be offered niceties such as Lexus Enform, heated & ventilated leather seats, a dual-screen LCD rear entertainment system, and safety tech befitting of a luxury nameplate. Standards include Bluetooth, a power rear door, and dual-zone climate control. Surprisingly, leather is optional.
An F-Sport Package is available for consumer pleasure, which has been pointed out by many as aesthetically pleasing but lacking in the actual Sport department. A hybrid edition, designated as the RX 450h, can also be had.
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Lexus RX 350 Performance
Under RX’s hood lies a 3.5 liter V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. The base setup includes a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is available and is attached to the same transmission.
If you opt for the F-Sport Package you’ll receive a sport tuned suspension and 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual gear changes.
Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy
Front-wheel drive RX trims achieve 18/25/21 (city/highway/combined) MPG; all-wheel drive editions get the same 18 highway MPG but dip 1 city MPG for a combined average of 20. The F-Sport RX 350 actually gets the best numbers at 18/26/21.
Lexus RX 350 Interior Highlights
Stepping inside RX is a never ending lesson in class. Drivers get a 10-way adjustable seat and the 40/20/40 split rear row slides front & back and reclines for passenger pleasure. And though stocking up on extras gets pricey quickly, the money goes to all the right places. Safety tech keeps you and your RX intact while the parade of infotainment features connects you to the big world outside the cabin, though you may not actually want to exit RX’s maple-tinged atmosphere.
Rear leg room is decent enough at 36.8 inches, but the lack of a third row irks some. Instead of that extra row, you’ll have to enjoy a plentiful 80.3 cubic feet of total cargo space, which is cut in half (to 40 cubes) if the back seats are in use.
Lexus RX 350 Safety
Standard on all 2013 RX models are antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability & traction control, Safety Connect emergency/roadside services, and an impressive ten airbag system. An array of extra tech is also available, including rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera & parking sensors, dynamic cruise control, heads-up windshield display, a pre-collision system, and blind spot monitor. Whew.
The 2013 all-wheel drive RX 350 has been awarded a perfect 5/5 stars overall from the NHTSA crash test people; strangely, the front-wheel drive RX receives just 4/5 stars overall.
Lexus RX 350 Summary
Recently, the only midsize luxury crossover that tops RX is the RX hybrid- so take your pick. If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to drive in a glossy cloud that smells of class, this is your vehicle.
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