2014 Lexus RX350 F Sport AWD Crossover by Stu Wright

Several Lexus vehicles have been delivered to me for testing since 2010, and the latest was the RX350 luxury crossover SUV.  It came in Nebula Gray Pearl metallic, and inside it featured the black leather interior with black trim and black carpet.  M.S.R.P. for this car was $55,189.00, and it included a Mark Levinson premium stereo ($995.00), navigation package ($2,775.00), blind spot monitor ($500.00), cargo net ($59.00), and intuitive parking assist ($500.00).  The packages added such things as a moon roof, Xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 19” alloy wheels, heated mirrors/seats/steering wheel, roof rails, backup camera, Lexus Enform multimedia display, and satellite radio.  Standard Lexus equipment included electric tilt/telescope, power windows and locks, cruise, privacy glass, power tailgate, 10-way power buckets, and power mirrors.  Seating was for five and luggage space behind the second row of seats was 40 cubic feet.  That number doubles when the back seats are folded down.

Comfort is all around in the Lexus, and the black upholstery was attractive, with perforated leather seating.  Ride, guidance, and handling were on target for a crossover that weighs 4,178 pounds.  Road noise was at a minimum, and I was satisfied with the visibility.  Overall length of the RX is 187.8”, and the car sits on a wheelbase of 107.9”.  The 19”, dark gray ten-spoke alloy wheels are shod with Dunlop GrandTrek Touring mud and snow tires in size P235/55R19.

The Lexus RX is a winner in the styling category, and the good looks have remained the same for several years.  The company does not extend exhaust tips under the rear bumper, but nice chrome trim exists on the lower side of the body, front and rear doors included.  The RX employs the new “spindle” style grill and in the middle is an “L” Lexus emblem over six inches in width.  The well-received looks of the Lexus RX allows the Japanese company to sell over 103,000 units per year (2013).

Power for this car is supplied by a 3.5 liter, 270 horsepower (248 lb. ft. of torque) V-6 with an EPA rating of 18-city, 24-highway and 21 mpg combined gas mileage.  The tank holds 19.2 gallons and the transmission is an eight-speed with snow mode and paddle shifters.  Acceleration is reportedly zero to sixty in 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph.  Turning circle is a respectable 38.8 ft.  Relative to the transmission, I was pretty happy with the way it delivered the power to the variable torque split all-wheel drive system.

It’s no surprise that sales of the RX exceed 100,000, and in fact the hybrid version of this vehicle is Lexus’ top selling partial electric machine.  I had a good week with the RX, with a satisfactory opinion left behind.

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