Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lexus RX 350

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As would befit a library, at least one in an elegant country manor, the ride was devoid of any harshness and the extremely comfortable and plush leather seats.

Cornering wasn’t really its métier; if you are looking to push the car to its limits you would be better off at a BMW or Mercedes dealership. In normal day-to-day driving, however, it’s all one could desire.

INFOTAINMENT

The RX comes with a delightful and rather large 12.3” display atop the dash. What’s not as delightful is the older Remote Touch cockpit interface, which is imprecise at best and makes the driver subject to making the wrong selection when driving. Added to the countless menus one must navigate through, it makes an excellent case for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, although neither is available on this car. (Toyota does plan to include CarPlay on a few 2019 models, however).

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Fortunately, the RX has not done away with knobs and dials for volume, air conditioning, and other often-used controls that would be a distract to find in a sub-menu.

BOTTOM LINE

For those looking for a versatile crossover SUV with a tasteful and plush interior, rich wood, and comfortable seating, look no further: the Lexus RX 350 is clearly for you.

THE DETAILS

2018 Lexus RX 350
Base price/price-as-tested $44,670/$60,538
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 295 / 268
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Curb weight (lbs) 4,619
Wheelbase (inches) 109.8
Length x width x height (inches) 196.9 x 74.6 x 67.3
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 7.9
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 19/26

 

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