Beneath the RX 350 hood, in either base or F Sport trim, the 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 295 horsepower (up 25 for 2016), mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels are standard; all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel-economy is EPA-estimated at 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway with front-drive. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 19/26 mpg.
Standard RX 350 equipment includes NuLuxe-trimmed seats, 10-way power front seats, reclining rear seats, a power tilt/telescopic steering column, power tailgate, heated power mirrors, Smart Access key, rearview camera, 8-inch screen, and 9-speaker audio. Start/stop technology, and electronic parking brake also are standard, along with LED headlights, daytime running lights, foglamps, and brake lights.
Lexus has a massive options list for the RX. Available features include a navigation system with built-in hard drive and 8-inch or 12.3-inch screen, Lexus Enform telematics, panoramic moonroof, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system with 7.1 surround sound. Optional active-safety features include blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, Intuitive Park Assist, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, and a panoramic-view backup monitor.
The Luxury Package includes semi-aniline leather-trimmed seating, 20-inch chromed wheels, a heated steering wheel, rear-door sunshades, heated/ventilated front seats or power-folding/heated rear seats, and wood/aluminum interior trim. A Premium Package adds aluminum roof rails, driver’s memory, leather-trimmed front seats, and rain-sensing wipers.
Gets a sportier look and revised suspension tuning with performance dampers. F Sport standard equipment includes paddle shifters, F Sport instruments, heated/ventilated leather-trimmed front seats with unique stitching, and a perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel. The adaptive variable suspension includes Sport+ drive mode. Active sound generation gives the F Sport a distinctive tone.
Picking an F Sport doesn't transform the RX 350 into a sporty crossover, especially since both versions use the same powertrain. Fuel economy isn’t exactly a strong point, but it’s acceptable for this class. When consulting the huge option list, it pays to focus on those that promise a more satisfying road experience, such as the Mark Levinson audio system and Lexus’ appealing navigation system.
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