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LEXUS RX350 IS A STYLISH, HANDS-ON SUV

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major re-do last year, the Lexus RX350 carries on as is for 2017. Under the hood of the five-passenger luxury SUV sits a 3.5-liter V-6 engine putting out 295 horsepower @ 6300 rpm and 268 pounds-feet of torque @ 4700 rpm. An 8-speed auto gearbox shifts seamlessly while ensuring fuel savings (we peaked at 33 mpg in solely highway driving!). Drive modes include eco, normal and sport.
The most noticeable exterior feature of the RX350 is the exceptionally huge spindle grille with a chrome-plated border and surrounded by triple L-shaped LED headlights. Step in to find the center stack angled toward the driver, making it easier to control buttons on the lowered dashboard. The 10-way power front seats, three-spoke power tilt/telescopic leather steering wheel and trunk, push-button start, auto dual a/c, metallic accents around the center of the 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.
Ten airbags, vehicle stability/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 are standard.
Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the RX 350 is a prudent choice for any potential SUV buyer. It boasts a classy and lively ride with a purposeful interior.

RX350
Wheelbase: 109.8 inches
Length: 192.5 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, double wishbone rear
Steering: electric power
Tires: 235/65R18
Fuel capacity: 19.2 gallons
City: 20 mpg
Highway: 27 mpg
Weight: 4,387 pounds
Base price: $43,020
Web site: www.lexus.com

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