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REDESIGNED LEXUS RX350 EVEN MORE CLASSY, PRACTICAL

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It has been totally revamped inside out. And for the better, of course. The 2016 Lexus RX350 retains the 3.5-liter V-6 power train but cranks out 295 (up 25) @ 6300 rpm and 267 (up 19) pounds-feet of torque @ 4700 rpm. Out goes the dated 6-speed to be replaced by an 8-speed auto transmission, ensuring fuel economy savings of at least 1 mpg. Also tweaked is the front MacPherson strut with coil springs and the rear double wishbone with coil springs suspension to enable the 4,387-pound vehicle to maintain equilibrium at sharp turns. A standard and effortless electric power steering nixes the need for hoses that go with a hydraulic pump.
Getting a substantial boost is the wheelbase by nearly 2, length by 5, width by .4 and height by 1.4 inches. The most obvious exterior feature of the revamped five-passenger luxury SUV is the incredibly mammoth spindle grille with a chrome-plated border and surrounded by triple L-shaped LED headlights. The center stack is now more angled toward the driver, making it even easier to control buttons on the lowered dashboard. The 10-way power front seats, three-spoke power tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel, push-button start, auto dual-zone climate control, metallic accents around the center of the overhauled instrument cluster, 40/20/40-split recline/slide fold rear seat, gated shifter and Lexus 9-speaker Premium audio come at no cost. A cool mouse-like Remote Touch (but not the best in the market) can be used to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a huge 12.3-inch screen atop the familiar analog clock.
Standard safety features include 10 airbags, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, four-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, active head rests for front seats, free-limiting seatbelt pretensioners for front seats and three-point seatbelts with pretensioners for rear seats, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the RX 350 is a wise choice for any potential SUV buyer seeking a stylish, brisk and nimble ride with remarkable handling/balance and a functional interior.

RX350 (AWD)
Wheelbase: 109.8 inches
Length: 192.5 inches
Width: 74.6 inches
Height: 67.7 inches
Tires: 235/65R18
Fuel capacity: 19.2 gallons
City: 19 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $43,300
Web site: www.lexus.com

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