2014 Lexus RX 350 Preview

2014 Lexus RX 350 Preview
Pros: The Lexus RX is already 16 years old. As the brand's top seller, it proves solidly built, smooth, comfortable, and very reliable. Customer service at the dealership usually eclipses the one you're going to get with German makes.

Cons: Depending on the interior trim, life on the road can get pretty dark and uninspiring when driving the RX 350. While plush, the seats lack side support.

2014 Lexus RX 350 Price: Buyers will have to pay $46,100 to get their hands on a new RX 350, or $55,400 with the F-Sport package.

2014 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy: Expect the Lexus RX 350 to achieve 11.8L/100km in the city and 8.3L/100km on the highway.

Lexus RX 350 interior
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Improvements and Changes: There's a new 12-speaker sound system with subwoofer, MP3 compatibility, USB port, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and single DVD player. New colour options have been added.

2014 Lexus RX 350 Powertrain: The smooth 3.5L DOHC V6 engine under the hood of the RX 350 produces 270 horsepower. The base model gets a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, while the F-Sport receives an 8-speed unit with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive is standard.

Cargo Capacity: You can expand the cargo area from 1,132 to 2,273 litres by folding the rear seats in the 2014 Lexus RX 350.

Safety: Standard features include stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time. Let's not forget the 10 airbags and available technologies like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Comparing the 2014 Lexus RX 350: Before you go out and buy a new Lexus RX 350, consider the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50/QX60, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Porsche Macan, and Volvo XC60.


By Richard Roch,

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