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.

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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 excel is in the fit and finish of its attractive (that includes a unique bumper and grille) and the quality, and facile design we find

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The test car was indeed blessed a handsome interior, as in fresh, and flowing.

The seats are upholstered in smooth, and perforated black The front ones were cooled, and equipped with power. They were reasonably bolstered and quite

The F Sport tester’s upmarket amenities were joined by workmanship and low noise levels. I know what the base F sound system is like, but the Levinson system I found in the car (a $995 option) was a real

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 $53,375.

Standard equipment: engine, 8-speed automatic all-wheel-drive and a premium amenity ranging from heated/cooled front seats to leather, accents and a power rear gate.

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