2016 Lexus RX 350: Style leader and then some

17 Oct 2016 | 1,052 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds Few auto companies can claim a dramatic, across the board styling transformation as Lexus can these days. No matter where you look, Lexus products are generally at the head of the pack when it comes to contemporary styling with a flair in the luxury business right now.  And that's a far cry from the days of modestly styled, "good" cars that were pretty much  subdued. No more. With the striking spindle style grille, the use of what I would call the Origami crease and fold school of automotive design, futuristic interiors, and an overall ground breaking appearance, Lexus takes a back seat to nobody when it comes to turning heads on the street. 2016_lexus_rx_350_001_a40f15c6bdd92d9d0f31348bfc2f0388a6f89ff3 And one of the best examples of that is the 2016 Lexus RX 350. In every sense of  the word, it looks, feels, and acts like a car that you would expect to be driving in the year 2026, not 2016. What's really interesting is that the RX 350's silhouette is designed  to look dramatically different from almost any angle--and it succeeds quite nicely at that.  Shadowing, creasing and other styling tricks make the chameleon-like design stand out. So many nuanced points of exterior interest you will never be bored by it. Ever. But styling isn't the only reason why I say is a product of the future. You should see the list of high technology features it offers either as standard equipment or optional at extra cost. It has an available color Heads-Up Display. A big 12.3 inch multimedia display. Touch-Free Power Rear door. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Pre-Collision system with Pedestrian Detection. Panoramic View Monitor. Blind Spot with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Intuitive Parking Assist.  The F Sport versions have an Adaptive Variable Suspension. The really cool part of it is that you can enjoy all of with the most intimate, cockpit design interior I've ever seen on an SUV. It totally wraps around the driver and you do feel deliciously set apart from your passenger who, of course, is enjoying his or her own little world with utter silence, a kick-butt stereo system, and buttery soft, infinitely adjustable heated and ventilated leather seats. 2016_lexus_rx_350_031_2cfb532acf243097222ba9bd755fa02ba2c4bdaa Power comes from a 3.5 liter, 295 horsepower V-6, with a eight speed automatic transmission and Drive Mode Select. Fuel economy is rated at 22 miles per gallon overall with ratings of 19 and 26 for city and highway driving respectively.  The RX 350 uses 4.5 gallons per 100 miles, and you will spend $1,250 more in fuel costs over five years.  Annual fuel cost is $2,050, and the cost over five years is $9,000, using $3.00 per gallon gasoline. When you cross the lighted door sills, ease into those fabulous seats and awaken this car, you may notice it feels a bit heavy as you pull onto the street. But be assured.  This is no slowpoke SUV/crossover at all.  You hit 60 in anywhere from 7.7 to 7.9 seconds, which is really moving for an SUV. The star of the  RX 350, in addition to the styling and comfort, is Lexus's terrific Enform system. It includes Enform Safety Connect which includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, and emergency button,  a Vehicle Theft-Deterrent System with engine immobilizer, the App Suite gets you access to local listings, stream music, placing restaurant reservations, and movie ticket purchasing, among other things....and  on and on. The RX 350 comes with a four year, 50,000 mile basic coverage warranty, and a five year/70,000 ,mile powertrain warranty. Really, try as I might, I couldn't find a single problem with the RX 350. Looks like the "Pursuit of Perfection brand has finally done it. Case closed.

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