2019 Lexus RX 350 L: A bit bigger, but still at the top of the heap

18 Nov 2019 | 69 views | No Comment
2019 Lexus RX 350 L Price: Base prices run from $48,020 to $54,435 Performance: The 2019 Lexus RX 350L is a midsize luxury crossover  which is equipped with a 3.5 liter, 290 horsepower V6 engine backed by an eight speed automatic transmission.  Front wheel drive is standard and you can order all wheel drive instead as an extra cost option. Performance wise, I would say that the RX 350L is pretty much mid range--it is neither the slowest or the fastest model in its segment.  But it does accelerate nicely and comfortably when needed.  Just don't expect it to be a race car.  Brakes are powerful and steering is effortless, with a bit more stiffness than you might think you would get in a Lexus. Economy: 18/25 for all wheel drive models and 19/26 for front wheel drive versions. Safety: Standard safety equipment includes a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, Lexus' Safety Connect emergency communications, a suite of drive safety aids (the Safety System+ package, including lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking). The Car: I always think of the Lexus RX 350 as THE luxury crossover that pioneered this segment of the market years ago. Over the years, Lexus has been refining the model to a T with futuristic, elegant styling that somehow seems timeless and ahead of the segment. It also is at the top of its game as a provider of the latest in technology, safety features, and quite honestly, ambiance.  But while the interior is lavish, well-0thought out, and spacious, I think it is gtting close to the time when it needs to be updated, especially with new competitors coming out left and right. The RX 350 L, which was our test model, just came out about a year ago with a third row seat, which finally gives the brand a foot in the three seat Luxury SUV market. Technology: Your Lexus RX 350 L comes standard with the following equipment:  18-inch wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat, and a power-folding and 50/50-split third-row seat, Bluetooth, an 8-inch display screen and a nine-speaker sound system. Want a bit more? The Premium package adds a sunroof and wood trim. You can also order something called The Luxury package, which adds the Premium package, along with 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, rear door sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, and four-way lumbar adjustment and thigh extension for the front seats. There also is a Navigation  package of options that includes an integrated navigation system, the Remote Touch tech interface, a larger 12.3-inch display, the Lexus Enform App Suite and a 12-speaker sound system. The Navigation package is also available with a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system. Other options include a Cold Weather package, second-row captain's chairs, heated and ventilated front- and second-row seats, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automated braking, a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded LED headlights (with 18 individual LED accent lights) and a color head-up display. Aesthetics and styling: The dramatic, knife edge  sharp character lines, and steeply forward looking roof line, along with various styling elements that look like Origami really make the Lexus RX 350 L stand out from other brands. The interior is also top notch, but I just wonder if it looks too much like every other Lexus model out there. I think there needs to be more differentiation between all of Lexus' long list of models. I just think that it looks as though the interior could have belonged to any number of other Lexus models produced during the past 20 or so years.  Room is quite cramped in the third row seat and I would recommend it to only be used for children.   Warranty: 48 month, 50,000 miles which ever comes first for bumper to bumper warranty, 72 months, 70,000 miles whichever comes first for powertrain, and 8 year/100,000 miles for hybrid models.

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