2014 Lexus RX 350
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The Lexus RX 350 is the top-selling luxury SUV in America…and has been for years. It’s easy to see why.
The RX 350 is a mid-sized / mid-priced luxury SUV that does pretty much everything quite well.
Room for 5 passengers and their gear….but it’ll fit into a garage or a parking space no problem.
Good “go”…with handling to match, yet decent mileage for an SUV…rated at 18 city and 25 highway… we got an average of 22 in a week’s worth of mixed driving…on regular.
The RX 350 comes standard with a 3.5 liter V-6rated at 270 hp….hooked to a 6-speed auto. This is the same engine/ transmission that’s in the ES 350 sedan, but for some reason it seems stronger in the RX. In fact, I thought I was in an F-Sport until I looked more closely. The RX just seems eager. It’s a solid, good-handling package.
You’ll ante up $40,670 including transportation for an entry-level RX….if you can find one with no options. Nav w. voice command and backup cam + Lexus’ Premium Package w. perforated leather, blind-spot monitor, moonroof, power folding and heated outside mirrors, roof rails and more brought our tester RX 350 up to a $46,950 sticker.
That’s somewhere around $15,000 above the average price of a new vehicle these days, but then there’s not much about the RX 350 that’s average.
Coupled with it’s 4-5 star safety rating, Lexus RX 350 delivers the utility, style, elevated driving position, luxury and performance that upper-middle-class America seems to want these days.
If you want more, the RX can be had in F-Sport fashion for an extra $9,000 or so.
You’ll have the same power, but a bit better handling / braking / trim…along with an 8-speed automatic vs. the “regular” RX’s 6-speed.
Or for $1,000 less than an F-Sport, spring for an RX450h….as in hybrid….which’ll get you an average of 30 mpg, and as is Lexus’ style, increased performance.
Front-wheel drive is standard….with all-wheel-drive optional.
Which ever RX you select, you’ll be in good company…for good reason.