Lexus RX 350 V6 Luxury Review
The State of Understating

clifford chow
14 Dec 2016
 

Introduction and Exterior

a Power Tailgate Emblem Sensor, which allows you to do that wavy wavy thing in front of the Lexus logo to automatically open the boot, does make the car appealing

We tested the RX Turbo earlier in the year, and found it a mixed bag of happy-when cruising, with excellent passenger comfort and silky smooth ride. And when given the beans, it was a little rolly around the bends. The 2.0 which can be found in the NX and GS turbo seemed to struggle with the additional weight of the bigger RX body.

Build quality on the other hand was excellent, as is all other cars from Lexus.

The RX350 brings Lexus a new set of legs. We got our hands on one, and here’s what we found.

Exterior

The first thing that struck me is the floating roof design at the rear. An oddly shaped rear window hides the D pillar, with chromed trim following the tapering down window line and disappearing off into the rear of the car. Bodywork is filled with dynamic bulges; beefy wheel arches frame black plastic wheel guards, and in-turn frame 235/55R20 tyres on aluminium 5 twin-spoke designed rims.

The sleek front head lamps house Bi-LED Triple 'L' Headlamps with LED Sequential Indicators, which behave similar to Audi’s dynamic turn signal lights. Daytime running lamps are also included, and so are turning lamps, which are incorporated into the fog lamp assemblies.

The current L Finesse design evolution has left all Lexus models with a large front grille which just about fills all the space between both headlamps, and is surrounded by thick chrome trim. It really is a love it or hate it design element.

Little touches like puddle lamps at the door handles help to illuminate the area near your feet, and a Power Tailgate Emblem Sensor, which allows you to do that wavy wavy thing in front of the Lexus logo to automatically open the boot, does make the car appealing.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 3456cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 11.8:1
Bore x Stroke (94.0 x 83.0 )mm
Power 296bhp @ 6000rpm
Power to Weight 149.5 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 7.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.4 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type SUV
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4890 x 1895 x 1690) mm
Wheelbase 2790 mm
Turning Circle 11.4 metres
Kerb Weight 1980 kg
Boot Capacity 453 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs