The Lexus RX 350 is a consistent best-seller among luxury SUVs. It defined the luxury crossover category more than 15 years ago and is still a cosseting, refined vehicle for five passengers with just enough utility. While Lexus has tried to emphasize some of the "sport" in the RX, it's still a vehicle that majors on a refined, luxurious experience.
What's New for 2015
After receiving a facelift a couple years ago, the RX350 enters 2015 with a standard backup camera and 7-inch Display Audio system. A new 5-spoke 19-inch alloy wheel design is available on Premium and Luxury packages. F Sport models are offered with a new red leather interior, LED headlamps are now available and the navigation system and Remote Touch system offers an upgraded interface.
Choosing Your Lexus RX 350
The base RX 350 includes the 3.5-liter V6 engine 270 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels are standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Available features include a navigation system with built-in hard drive system and Lexus Enform telematics system, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 7.1 surround sound. The Luxury Package includes a semi-aniline leather interior, 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, a wood-and-leather heated steering wheel and an interior air quality monitor. The Comfort Package adds heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps and rain-sensing wipers.
The RX 350 F Sport adds a sportier look and some revised suspension tuning to the traditional RX. F Sport models get upgraded to an eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with paddle shifters. That raises highway fuel economy 2 mpg, to 26, according to the EPA. Nineteen-performance dampers versus the normal car. Comfort features include heated and cooled front seats, HID headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, memory settings for the driver's seat, dark wood trim and silver stitching on the leather seats.
The F Sport doesn't transform the RX 350 into a sporty crossover along the likes of an Audi Q5 or Range Rover Evoque, but the addition of an eight-speed automatic is worthwhile. Still, the standard RX 350's six-speed automatic delivers acceptable fuel economy for the class. The Mark Levinson audio system is a worthwhile option, as is the good navigation system. The RX 350 majors on comfort, and if you're going to spend money on options, it's best to get the ones that will make it a more comfortable experience.