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2017 Lexus RX350 F Sport fast take: Spicing up a household crossover

2017 Lexus RX350 F Sport fast take: Spicing up a household crossover

What’s it? The RX350 SUV is Lexus’ greatest promoting car. The corporate moved greater than 100,000 final yr, most with the three.5-liter V6. There’s additionally a hybrid model.

Key Opponents: Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q5

Base Worth: $51,295 As Examined: $58,760

Highlights: The RX350 F Sport does not get a bump in energy over the bottom RX, that means output stays at 295 hp and 268 lb-ft. The F Sport bundle does add an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels and sportier cabin supplies.

Automobile Evaluations

Gallery: 2017 Lexus RX 350 F Sport inside

Our Opinion: The place are my tremendous snug, supple, comfortable seats Lexus? That’s the place you at all times come via! There’s one thing about this driver’s seat, possibly the fabric is stretched too tightly. It simply feels exhausting on my rear finish. And I solely observed as a result of I’m so used to the peerlessly shaped seats from Toyota’s luxurious cousin.

The remainder of the inside on the RX350 F Sport seems to be upscale. I like the massive nav display screen that may be break up in two halves and the controls are all inside attain. For the primary time the Lexus mouse/joystick controller aggravated me, usually I do not thoughts it — I couldn’t get it to lock in on what I used to be attempting to do. For many who haven’t pushed a Lexus, the corporate makes use of a little bit slider knob that works like a mouse to pick issues on the infotainment display screen. It’s an enormous ache whenever you’re attempting to play a podcast and also you by chance skip again to the start. There’s no good solution to jog it ahead, besides out of your cellphone display screen. I now assume the RX may profit from a contact display screen.

The 295-hp V6 has a pleasant growl and will get this heavy crossover transferring in a rush. Acceleration is clean and so are shifts from the eight-speed automated transmission. After I floored it, downshifts got here in twos and threes. The brakes are grabby on the prime of the pedal stroke, which is nice as quickly as you get used to it.

I used to be in site visitors most of my commute and used the radar cruise management nearly the entire means dwelling. The RX adopted the traces within the highway whereas I saved a light-weight hand on the wheel simply in case. It appeared to fade to the appropriate aspect a little bit an excessive amount of, however it by no means crossed the dotted white traces. The entrance distance management works OK, holding a few automobile size between automobiles when coming to a full cease. As soon as site visitors strikes, it picks up once more, however a little bit extra slowly than I’d like. A number of instances site visitors was capable of minimize into my lane as a result of the RX wouldn’t go till the automobile forward was about three lengths or so. Nonetheless, it did ease the stress of the commute. Nonetheless, till I can nap on my experience dwelling, I don’t actually see the purpose.

The present RX seems to be means wilder than the final mannequin. I hate the floating roof look that appears to be in vogue at the moment, however the entrance is kinda cool, a little bit angular and aggressive. I observed that the wheel wells are squared off, which seems to be a little bit bizarre.

As for luxurious midsizers, that is excessive on the checklist. The BMW X3 feels sportier, the Mercedes GLC/GLE feels a little bit extra luxurious. This Lexus, like Audi’s Q5, kind of straddles the road.

–Jake Lingeman, highway take a look at editor

Choices: 12.Three-inch navigation system with Mark Levinson 15-speaker premium audio bundle ($Three,200); Blind spot monitor, intuitive park help, rear cross site visitors alert, automated braking and panoramic view monitor ($1,865); panorama moonroof ($1,600); coloration head-up show ($600); contact free energy rear door ($200)

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $51,295

As Examined Worth: $58,760

Drivetrain: Three.5-liter DOHC V6, AWD, Eight-speed automated

Output: 295 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 268 lb-ft @ four,700 rpm

Curb Weight: four,387 lb

Gas Financial system: 19/26/22 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Execs: Clean V6 with a pleasant growl

Cons: Large, finicky infotainment display screen

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