2018 LEXUS RX 350L


The Lexus RX crossover is a 7 passenger crossover that has been a huge success, and given how pleasurable it is why wouldn’t it be?  The RX 350 is sporty, it corners easily and is flawless to maneuver. With a smooth acceleration it is just fun to drive.

Not a lot that’s new in the interior cabin, most are projecting an update soon that will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so if there’s a flaw to this vehicle, that would be it. Lexus implements comfortable seats with quality leather and soft touch materials throughout. Or, you can purchase their Luxury Package for an additional $5,000k with an even higher-grade leather with wide, plush seats, a gloss wood trim, and special wheels.

If you’re a music lover, the Mark Levinson package delivers a surround stereo system with 15 speakers.

The vivid infotainment screen is user friendly and situated in the most optimal place for the driver, front and center.  There’s a generous amount of controls, for audio and climate control, but for more detailed selections, you’ll use the mouselike controller for easy access.

Speaking of controls, there is a separate climate control for the third row passengers. The third row has limited seating capacity so save it for the youngsters. When the third row is up, there is only 23 cubic feet of cargo space so if it’s more space that you need, you should fold down the second row as well, offering 58 cubic feet. Unless you opted for second row captain’s chairs.

Standard features on the Lexus RX 350L Luxury trim as tested include: 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, Integrated fog lamps, tail lamps, daytime running lights and illuminated door handles, automatic tri-zone climate control with rear control panel, rear door shades, heated wood steering wheel, heated front and rear seats and ventilated front seats, power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power-folding auto dim heated outside mirrors, power-folding third row seats, LED ambient lighting, aluminum roof rails, and Smart/Access with push-button Start/Stop.

Being a Lexus means the vehicle is loaded with a number of safety features as well. The Lexus Safety System + includes Forward collision warning and lane-keep assistance, 10 airbags, rearview camera, and rain-sensing wipers. Lexus Enform Safety Connect & Service Connect are complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.

The Lexus RX 350L powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 290 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard on the RX 350L but AWD is offered for an minimal $1400 increase. While the RX 350L consistently provides a quiet ride, it isn’t always lively. I’d say that extra length added a few extra pounds. (The Rx L is 4.5 inches longer than the RX). Remember, I said it was ‘smooth,’ not necessarily ‘fast.’

EPA on the Lexus RX L receives around 18 mpg/city, 25 mpg/hwy for a combined 21/mpg. That being said, I took the Lexus RX L on a quick jaunt to Missouri. The mpg in the Ozarks did make a little difference. I was pulling 20-21 mpg on the highway traveling the lofty elevations. 

This attractive vehicle was richly loaded tech-wise and safety-wise. Pricing as tested, my ‘Atomic Silver’ Lexus can be yours for $62,660.

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