|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2018 Lexus RX 350
|L||3.5L V6||FWD||8A||7.1 sec||15.5 sec @ 92 mph||19/26/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|L||3.5L V6||FWD||8A||7.5 sec||15.7 sec @ 91.1 mph||19/26/21.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|L||3.5L V6||AWD||8A||7.6 sec||15.8 sec @ 89.3 mph||18/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2016 Lexus RX 350
|F Sport||3.5L V6||AWD||8A||6.8 sec||15.1 sec @ 92.7 mph||19/26/19.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||8A||6.9 sec||15.3 sec @ 92 mph||19/26/19 mpg||Car and Driver|
2013 Lexus RX 350
|F Sport||3.5L V6||AWD||8A||7.0 sec||15.3 sec @ 92 mph||18/26/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|F Sport||3.5L V6||AWD||8A||6.9 sec||15.2 sec @ 92.1 mph||18/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2010 Lexus RX 350
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||6A||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 92 mph||18/24/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||6A||6.7 sec||15.1 sec @ 91 mph||18/24/18.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||6A||6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 91.4 mph||18/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Lexus RX 350
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||6.7 sec||15.2 sec @ 90 mph||17/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2007 Lexus RX 350
|SUV||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||6.8 sec||15.4 sec @ 91 mph||17/22/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
2004 Lexus RX 330
|SUV||3.3L V6||AWD||5A||7.8 sec||16.2 sec @ 86 mph||16/22/17 mpg||Car and Driver|
|SUV||3.3L V6||AWD||5A||7.8 sec||15.9 sec @ 86.9 mph||16/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||3.3L V6||FWD||5A||8.5 sec||16.46 sec @ 86.26 mph||17/24/19 mpg||Motor Trend|
|SUV||3.3L V6||FWD||5A||8.7 sec||16.34 sec @ 83.86 mph||17/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2001 Lexus RX 300
|SUV||3.0L V6||AWD||4A||9.6 sec||17.4 sec @ 79 mph||16/21/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
1999 Lexus RX 300
|SUV||3.0L V6||AWD||4A||8.8 sec||16.8 sec @ 81 mph||17/20/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX was one of the first crossover SUVs that was good looking enough to be seen in country clubs and rugged enough for a weekend trek. And even though the market has become more competitive than it was decades ago, the RX remains a favorite of motorists especially those who want a comfortable ride for their family members.
The RX has been marketed as the RX 350 since 2007, and three years later it was completely redesigned. The latest model of the RX 350 is well-regarded for its powerful and responsive engine, although there are other SUVs that have better fuel efficiency ratings.
- Engine: 3.5 liter V-6 engine with 270 horsepower
- Transmission: Six speed automatic
- Number of passengers: Five
- Fuel Efficiency: 18 mpg city driving; 25 mpg highway driving
- 0-60 mph: 6.9 to 7 seconds
- Base price: $40,000
The RX 350 has a 3.5 liter, V-6 engine that can produce 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Power is transferred from the engine to the wheels through the six-speed automatic transmission which is the standard for both the front and all-wheel-drive variations.
There is also an F Sport model that partners the same engine with an eight-speed transmission, aside from an enhanced suspension and all-wheel drive. The hybrid model, the RX 450h, is ideal for city driving as it uses electricity when driving at speeds of lower than 20 mph.
Still, the base 350 should impress even the most demanding of drivers. Its engine is responsive and the car can accelerate briskly. It can move from standstill to 60 miles in around 6.9 to 7 seconds, which is OK for a vehicle of its size.
The RX 350 is a great vehicle for long drives especially if you are to go through long and straight interstates.
The downside of the 350 in terms of its performance is the steering which is too light for some drivers who would have difficulties in ‘feeling’ the road.
The RX 350 is ideal for car owners who want a comfortable ride without being too flamboyant. The SUV has enough space for five adults. The interiors are lavish, and the roomy seats are typical of the luxury sedans of Lexus such as the LS 460. Leather upholstery dominates the cabin with lots of soft-touch surfaces to boot.
Getting in and out of the vehicle is easy thanks to the low ride height of the RX. There is enough knee room even for tall guys, although the vehicle could have offered more legroom at the back. The rear seats, however, can flip forward to provide more space for hauling larger cargo items.
Lexus has a reputation for having vehicles that are well-equipped and the 350 is no exception. There is a Remote Touch controller that is an integral part of the infotainment system of the vehicle. The 350 also features the new Lexus Enform system for streaming audio and other services. Plus, it is equipped with the Siri Eyes Free Mode that integrates the iPhone with the voice command system of the 350.
The RX also has standard features like Bluetooth integration, dual-zone climate control, power front seats, and 12-speaker audio system. Upgrades include a 15-speaker sound system, rear seat entertainment, hard-drive based navigation, LED adaptive headlamps, and remote start.
The RX has always rated well in crash tests. In frontal, side and rollover crash tests, it received a “good” rating from the IIHS. It also received four out of the possible five stars in rollover and frontal crashes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a perfect five stars for side impacts.
The latest model has 10 airbags with side bags to protect passengers at the rear seats. The usual safety features are also there such as electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes. Other important safety features are a hill-hold function that prevents the vehicle from rolling over when stopped on a steep terrain, and a rearview camera for parking assistance. There is also a pre-collision system that makes use of radar sensors to detect a possible collision, and pre-brakes to lessen the damage.
Motorists can upgrade their RX 350 vehicles with more safety features like automatic high beams and adaptive lighting.
The Lexus RX 350 remains a good buy for drivers in search of a tough SUV. It still has the things you’d like in a crossover SUV—powerful engine, luxurious interiors, sufficient cargo space, and decent fuel efficiency ratings.
Speaking of fuel efficiency, the RX 350 is not at the top of its class with the Acura MDX getting a better combined rating of 23 mpg. The RX 350 has a combined mileage of 20 mpg. The major weakness of the RX 350 is its ultra-light steering. Apart from that, there’s really nothing to frown about this crossover SUV.
To learn more about Lexus RX 350, visit the official Lexus website.
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