Lexus renders RX 350 sportier; luxury is still main asset

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Lexus renders RX 350 sportier; is still main asset

Al For The Inquirer

Posted: Sunday, 30, 2014, 3:00 AM

The RX 350 is already best-selling vehicle. But if there is one better than success, it is more success.

So, in an apparent to get performance-minded men into the cockpit of its crossover SUV (which is already populated by soccer matrons), the automaker has come up with an RX 350 called the F Sport.

I’ve thought that applying suffixes to beasts of burden was a tad — sort of like a trailer park the Estates at Heath. But if it makes some happy and sells some what the heck.

As you probably expected, the F Sport is on Lexus luxury than it is on I found the F Sport’s stiffer and paddle shifters less than the car’s comfort, and well-built quality.


So what are the differences between the F which comes only all-wheel-drive, and a base AWD RX 350? there is the $6,290 price $41,160 for the base all-wheel-driver, and for the F Sport.

Then there is the F longer litany of standard which includes performance such as an eight-speed automatic paddle shifters, stiffer tuning, and 19-inch alloy instead of the base car’s wheels.

The F Sport is also fitted a special lateral damping that reduces vibration and ride quality rather improve handling through structural rigidity.

The smooth, eight-speed automatic in the F Sport not out-finesses the six-speed found in the car, but gets better Both gearboxes have EPAs of 18, but the eight-speed’s 26 highway is 2 per gallon better than the

The F Sport is powered by the 3.5-liter, V-6 used in the other RX 350s. engine was detuned slightly for the model year — 275 horsepower to 270 — to allow it to use gas instead of premium. This saves the customer money whacking only about a of a second off the car’s zero-to-60 (now about 7 seconds

While the F Sport’s acceleration and handling and steering certainly it a pleasant driver, its fun quotient quite on a par with competitors as the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Where the F Sport does is in the fit and finish of its attractive skin includes a unique front and grille) and the quality, comfort, and design we find inside.

Lexus RX

The car was indeed blessed with a interior, as in fresh, clean, and

The seats are upholstered in supple, and perforated black leather. The ones were heated, and equipped with 10-way They were also bolstered and quite comfortable.

The F tester’s upmarket cabin were joined by high-quality and low noise levels. I don’t what the base F Sport’s system is like, but the Mark system I found in the test car (a option) was a real treat.

The F Sport is a roomy five-passenger with good rear-seat leg and room. A reclining/sliding 40-20-40 seat adds to the car’s and cargo-carrying versatility. Ride is probably a mixed bag. I the ride acceptably firm, but may not.

The car did well enough in the crash testing. It earned a five-star rating in side and four stars for frontal and rollover.

2014 Lexus RX 350 F

Base price: $47,450.

As tested: $53,375.

Standard 3.5-liter engine, 8-speed gearbox, all-wheel-drive and a premium list ranging from power front seats to veneer accents and a power lift gate.


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