2013 Lexus RX 350 review — Page 2 — CNET

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Lexus RX 350

2013 Lexus RX 350 review: pretensions ruin this SUV

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This RX 350 came a blind-spot monitor system, up icons in the side mirrors other cars were in the lane over, to help the driving. Lexus also a head-up display available, shows navigation instructions on the That option was not on this car.

Oddly, Lexus not make an adaptive cruise system available on the RX 350, a that has become common in vehicles. The optional rearview bereft of distance or trajectory looks a little primitive as

Best of the tech

The audio stood out as being the best of the RX cabin electronics. The Mark system optioned in this RX 350 going to blow off any doors its 330-watt amp, but the sound through its 15 speakers was nicely This system tends good balance, with no emphasis on bass or treble.

Listening to a variety of music, I was by the reproduction across the frequencies, good vocal performance as as very pleasant instrumentals. The came though very making easy instrument After some time with the equalizer flat, I the bass a few notches, which suited my preference and the music

The RX 350 shows the available voice on screen. Josh Miller/CNET

I was impressed by the RX 350’s voice system. With either a USB or a iOS device plugged into its USB I could ask the car to play music by or album, and it did a good job recognizing

That voice command also let me place calls by a name from my Bluetooth-paired However, destination entry me to say city, street, and number as entries, which could be a tedious. Both Ford and BMW now let you say a address as an entire string.

The cabin electronics suite mostly the same as in the previous-generation RX. on the console is a joystick manipulating a on screen. This system is easy to understand if you have used a computer, but it can be fiddly to The joystick, a short, square easy to move by fingertips, use more substantial action. It like a cheap, plastic mouse rather than a element in a luxury car.

also lets the cursor all over the screen, rather snap to each available I experienced a few screens where I had hitting the selection I wanted. And how this interface works in Lexus models, there are no buttons on the controller. This is annoying in that I had to move the to a button in the upper right of the when I wanted to back out of a of menus, not a good thing I’m barreling down the at 65 mph.

I like the concept of this but Lexus really needs to it.

This interface controller a more substantial feel to its luxury car environs. Josh

I mentioned the USB port for music. The RX 350 that audio source Bluetooth streaming, which very well from my and satellite and HD Radio. Connecting a loaded with the Lexus app to the car makes both iHeartRadio and available as streaming Internet sources.

Lexus’ navigation offered most of the features I want. There were options for entering destinations, through Lexus’ telematics and through Bing local the latter option powered by the app. When entering a address, the aforementioned voice was a little tedious, and the console-mounted could make it tough to on a particular letter from the keyboard.

However, I was very by how well the navigation system the car with the onscreen map. in an underground parking garage, the used dead reckoning to the car’s maneuvers. The maps while clear and easy to only show in flat lacking the perspective view by most automakers.

The system showed useful for upcoming turns under guidance, and read out full names, as well. It used data to proactively route congestion and incidents. I was impressed it was not afraid to put me on surface streets in a as some systems I have seemed to prefer freeways when the traffic became

It would be nice to see Lexus a little more of a luxury to its map graphics, as BMW and Audi have

Better choices

Among the RX models available, this Lexus RX 350 F Sport is not the one I would I like the eight-speed transmission, Lexus should really be on the non-F Sport model, but the tuning just ruins the quality. As much as Lexus like us to believe, the RX 350 is not an SUV to use for tearing the back roads.

The all-wheel-drive system, with its lock, gives the RX 350 real for slippery conditions, while the ride of the standard model it a good all-around family

Even better than the RX 350 is the version, the RX 450h. That also available with drive, boasts most of the and comfort of its gasoline-only sibling, but much better mileage, 10 mpg more.

In both driver and cabin technologies, Lexus its conservative nature, refusing to go with European competitors. is available in the RX 350 comes off as very but most features are available in SUVs, which bites the RX 350’s value proposition.

Its advanced feature, Enform integrates well with the interface and provides many and, more importantly, features. I frequently use Yelp and on my iPhone, so making them through the RX 350’s interface considerably to my satisfaction with the Bing local search makes destination search it always should have in a car.

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