The new 2018 Lexus RX 350 brings a more car-like driving experience that helps broaden its comfort and interior quality. As per our recommendation, the vehicle under review is undoubtedly a smart pick for a luxury crossover SUV.
2018 Lexus RX 350 Release Date & Price
According to various sources privy of its developments, its release should be expected sometime in the second quarter of 2018 with the base expected to go for sale for an MSRP staring from around $41,900, although the pricing is an estimate at the moment as Lexus is yet to make the announcements.
Just like other Lexus crossover SUVs, the new RX 350 comes with an extremely large grille. And Stephen Hawking would probably have to be called to conduct some investigations if that black expanse were any bigger. The exterior design is captivating to say the least thanks to the sword-slashing-samurai-like creases and sharp edges. As much as the changes are welcome, the makeover is bound to be a tad bit shocking for a midsize crossover SUV that, until now, has been quite an anodyne.
Unlike before, however, the new 2018 Lexus RX 350 changes are substantial and span over various vehicular facets that are certain to send shivers to its foes. The interior space for the 3rd row, for instance, has been improved thanks to an improvements in the wheelbase. The roof line has slimmed a bit thereby raising the ride height a bit. As a result, it appears sleeker and cuts down on the crossover-like profile.
The Lexus RX 350 interior is chock full of newer materials augmented by newer and better technologies. You get a massive 12.3” display that includes the Remote Touch controller. In overall, the interior appears more refined than before and is quite competitive relative to its rivals’.
Beneath the hood, the new vehicle comes equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that Lexus says can generate 295 horsepower and 267 lbs. ft. of torque. This power is then taken up to the front wheels via the eight-speed automatic transmission system. An AWD is optional but default with the Lexus RX 350 F Sport.
Some of the safety features available include a rearview camera, traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, an emergency assist button, automatic collision notification, full-length side curtain airbags, and front and rear-side airbags.
Even with such an enticing spec sheet, the new vehicle falls short on some areas such as a modest 0-60 mph acceleration, and a modest cargo capacity. Some of the alternatives you can consider include the Lincoln MKX 2018, BMW X5, 2016 Volvo XC90, Volkswagen Touareg, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.
2018 Lexus RX 350 Changes on Interior & Exterior
Two versions are available for the five-seat midsize crossover SUV: regular and F-Sport. Under a separate review is the RX 450h. Exterior Lexus RX 350 colors: Eminent Cashmere Metallic, Nightfall Mica, Autumn Shimmer, Matador Red Mica, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Obsidian, Silver Lining Metallic, Caviar, and Nebular Gray Pearl. The contents of this palette can however change on the 2018 Lexus RX 350 release date.
Some of the standard accessories available include LED foglights, eighteen-inch wheels, eight-way power front seats, selectable three-mode settings, a rear privacy glass, a “NuLuxe” premium leatherette upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, an automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition, dual USB ports, a media player interface, HD and satellite radio, an eight-inch touchscreen display, and a power liftgate.
Upgrading to the Lexus RX 350 F Sport 2018 offers you special gauges, special interior trim, a leather upholstery, ventilated and heated sport seats, an engine noise enhancer, adaptive suspension dampers, twenty-inch wheels, a sportier exterior styling, transmission paddle shifters, and additional drive mode settings.
2018 Lexus RX 350 Engine Specs
Beneath the hood of the 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a 3.5L V6 engine rated at 295 horsepower and 267 lbs. ft. of torque. It comes hitched to a standard FWD and an eight-speed automatic transmission system. The F Sport, however, has the AWD system as an option.
A properly equipped RX 350 can achieve a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
The EPA – the body mandated to conduct fuel economy estimations – pegs those for the vehicle under review at 20/28/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the FWD.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 1.8 in. (109.8 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 0.5 in. (192.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.6 in. (74.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 140 ft³
Cargo volume: 18 ft³
Curb weight: 4222 lbs
Top Speed: 129 mph
0-60: 6.9 sec
MPG: 20/28 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Autumn Shimmer, Caviar, Eminent White Pearl, Matador Red Mica, Nebula Gray Pearl, Nightfall Mica, Obsidian…
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs
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