2014 Lexus RX350 Reviewed: Premium Luxury in a Small, Efficient SUV…

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2014 Lexus RX350 Premium Luxury in a Small, SUV

The 2014 Lexus RX350 not be the freshest small luxury SUV in America but with a plush filled with modern tech goodies and the same design language that is across the entire brand – the RX350 is still one of the best luxury SUVs available in the market.

As luxury vehicles go, the Lexus RX350 is getting a old. This generation of the RX was for the 2010 model year but an refresh for 2012 has allowed the to stay fresh in a rapidly segment that brings and premium luxury to the masses a long list of options includes names like Mercedes Benz, Acura and That refresh – combined Lexus’ non-stop efforts to be the top dog in the segment in terms of interior – makes the RX350 one of the best in a jam packed segment.

My test for this review was a 2014 RX350 All Wheel Drive which carries a base of $41,160. Options included the Package ($1,340), the Mark 15 speaker Sound System the elaborate Lexus Navigation that includes the Lexus App system ($2,775) and the Premium that adds all sorts of end goodies inside and out ($2,760). you factor in the $910 destination my RX350 test vehicle had an of $49,940 and there really many items that you can ask for in the new RX wasn’t included in my test “Nicely equipped” is an understatement.

The RX350 benefits from a refresh that introduced the grille design language has slowly spread across the brand lineup – and I view as being a very good The distinct shift among luxury segment towards a more aggressive feel has a perfect automotive climate for the grille Lexus design and look is every as attractive on the as it is the rest of the brand’s lineup. The styling isn’t quite as as it is through the other modern models but it is extensive enough the RX350 fits with the lineup and stands out in the competitive

The key feature of the 2014 Lexus is the front end sporting the brand’s spindle grille design chrome bars running the middle and a thick chrome piece angling down side making it very that this is a luxury On each side of the spindle the RX350 has a set of projection HID headlights by a row of LEDs that bolster the looking while the high aspect of these headlights the accentuate the luxury feel of crossover. The fog lights sit low in the aggressive fascia, set into a sharply cooling vent. The low, front end combines with the front fascia to give the a low, sporty stance I really like. Too many SUVs have an awkward, posture that makes look clumsy, but the RX350 is not on list.

Along the sides, the Lexus RX350 AWD has a very profile with the flat the steeply sloped windshield, the roofline and the angled black giving the RX a slippery form and aerodynamics, punctuated by the subtle spoiler that extends off of the rear roofline. The 18 inch rims are sporty, but they help bolster the luxury of this SUV with help a touch of chrome around the and along the lower body This side view shows that the RX350 AWD has a taller ride height some of the competition so this can deal with rougher than some of the competition – I don’t expect many owners to be tearing up the dunes their compact luxury On the other hand, the tallish height will allow to clear deep snow any concern of getting bogged and stuck.

Out back, the Lexus RX350 is a milder in the design language, but the taillights with red inserts and of chrome cladding allows rear section to fit int the Lexus nicely.

I love the look of the Lexus design language and I would like to see a touch aggressive styling on the RX350, the grille format that is on almost every modern vehicle is well represented on roomy little SUV. It has the roots that we see in the entire lineup, but there is enough and enough exterior technology the HID headlights) to make it very that this is a luxury It could be a little meaner – but the has a pretty face that it to stand out in the popular segment.

As as you open the door and climb the 2014 Lexus RX350 it is crystal clear that is a premium luxury vehicle. Im a for a luxury car with sharply interior shades so it should as no surprise that I adore the grey and black interior that was included with my vehicle. The very light leather on the front and rear the center console armrest and the panel armrests combine the light colored carpeting and to brighten up the cabin against the black trim found on else – from the door to the dash board. The front have full power along with a plush seating surface that is heated and cooled. The rear aren’t heated or cooled but do offer the ability to move or back as well as reclining so seats offer more than the rear seating for most SUVs.

The front offer a ton of space in every for the driver and passenger and while the leg is a little tight for the rear spots, there is more than is offered by some of the and in the long run – there is enough for a 6’2” person to sit comfortably. I know that I would a cross country trip a bunch of pro basketball players, but a of four – even with two tall kids – should this to be a very comfortable driver. In fact, the middle is wide enough that a of five will be able to get all kids around without TOO elbow wrestling in the back There is also a huge cargo area that is with a very large opening so you can make good use of inch of the available cargo while a removable and retractable cover allows you to hide items from view you arent hauling tall

The crown jewel of the Lexus is the infotainment system that two key features – the large screen high on the dash and the computer control interface mounted on the console. While the infotainment does require a bit of the driver’s the computer like controls getting from one application to a breeze. I’ve loved control setup on other models and I feel the same way this interface in the RX350. I this control system to be one of the in the industry today in terms of friendliness. Best of all, who prefer traditional controls can on either the buttons mounted on the leather steering wheel or the collection of buttons and knobs atop the center stack – also includes full for the dual zone climate The buttons on the steering wheel include controls for the driver screen that is mounted in the cluster between the large speedometer and tachometer. Of course, it that the RX350 comes an awesome Mark Levinson system that allows you to your tunes whether you to hip hop, classical, country or metal. This sound booms like some systems and I would recommend any new Lexus buyer – whether are opting for the RX350 or some model – checks the box for the upgraded sound system. They are the added cost as factory systems go.


The 2014 Lexus RX350 have every cutting (and cost increasing) in the industry today, but there is very little that you can ask for in of interior goodies. A high infotainment system with an voice controlled navigation and one of the best interface setups in the super plush, comfortable and enough room to very seat a family of five the RX350 at the top of the luxury crossover

The 2014 Lexus RX350 is available with a 3.5L V6 it is equipped with front drive, all wheel drive or the sportier F Sport package. engine sends 270 horsepower and of torque to all four wheels via a automatic transmission and an advanced all drive system. This the most powerful engine in the but it provides enough power to the RX350 a solid amount of from a stop and when at higher speeds – like you are passing someone on the highway. The is actually a little less in terms of acceleration than the of the Lexus lineup, but it is a very engine relative to the rest of the The RX350 won’t blow socks off with a mind 0-60 time but neither any of the other models in the segment more importantly, you also have any troubles keeping up traffic or quickly accelerating to into fast moving I would like to see a touch power and a touch better figures for the future RX lineup, but the 3.5L V6 provides plenty of for the vast majority of small SUV drivers. High performance isnt the first concern for the of small luxury SUVs so 3.5L V6 is plenty of engine for the

Best of all, with real fuel economy of 18mpg around town, 20 and 24mpg on the highway, the Lexus is a roomy SUV that won’t you up too badly at the gas pump. Those who demand more power and fuel economy can opt for the RX450h with a total output of but the RX450h also has the added of the hybrid components. The RX450h fuel economy measures to 32 in the 30 combined and 28 on the highway, but it also around $7,000 to the price in AWD For the money, I would deal the fuel economy figures of the AWD which will allow you to get than the expected 24mpg on long highway trips.

The Lexus RX350 AWD is a compact but you can barely tell from the quality. This crossover one of the smoothest rides Ive experienced a “utility vehicle” and even on Detroit highways at higher you will hear very wind or road noise. the harshest bumps in the road through to the occupants, even driving on some of the unpaved beauty” roads around the Detroit area. In other this luxury SUV offers a premium luxury ride a whisper quiet cabin and a enough ride to prevent up the baby. In addition to offering a smooth and quiet ride – the handles quite well in tight quarters and out on the open The RX350 isnt the most SUVs in the segment, but it offers like handling characteristics make it one of the more pleasant to drive in this segment. the advanced all wheel drive allows the RX350 confident in slick paved roads or muddy roads.

The 2014 RX350 drives like a sedan while achieving fuel economy coupled the surefootedness of all wheel drive – it one of the most capable year-round crossovers sold in America. The is luxurious in every way, but has managed to design the steering and system of this sporty SUV in a way affords spiriting handling hurting ride quality. you are driving across the country or across town to work morning – the Lexus RX350 an incredible ride.

If you want a roomy premium small SUV that will a smooth, quiet ride an extensive collection of luxury – the Lexus RX350 could be next new vehicle. The available options leave nothing to for and even when loaded to the with everything included on my model – the RX350 all wheel prices out under $50,000. The might not be the freshest vehicle in the lineup but this classy SUV is still one of the best choices in the

Before buying a small SUV, the Lexus RX350 is certainly one of the vehicles that you to drive before cutting a as it offers premium luxury, fuel economy and a great all ride. Other vehicles in the might have a leg up here and such as more power or fuel economy, but the Lexus does everything very It might not be the best in every category, but it is towards the top in every category – making it one of the best in the class.

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