The 2017 Lexus RX 350 continues to dominate the luxury SUV market by giving customers exactly what they’ve always wanted. A combination of comfort, performance and special features coupled with the Lexus brand name ensures that the midrange luxury crossover segment still belongs to the RX series. Though some people may argue that the RX 350 is not as driver oriented as the Mercedes-Benz GLE or the BMW X5, the Lexus still delivers exemplary levels of acceleration and excellent handling. So, it stands to reason that it can beat any other luxury SUV hands down in terms of resale and reliability.
The RX 350 may not be as roomy as the Audi Q5 or the Lincoln MKX. But the fact that it comes loaded with just about every advanced optional safety feature you can think of makes up for that lack of space. The F Sport trim will appeal to drivers who would happily sacrifice a bit of ride comfort for a few extra horsepower of performance and a sportier looking vehicle.
RX 350 Engine
The redesigned Lexus RX 350 is going to use the same reliable 3.5-liter V6 as the 2016 and previous models. However, the engine has been slightly tweaked with a brand-new cylinder head design, improved intake ports, and a few other enhancements. So, the result is a slight bump to 295 from 270 horsepower, with a dash of fuel economy. Also, unlike a few other rival SUVs or crossovers, this one runs perfectly on 87 octane unleaded, so there is a bit of saving to be had there too. But in our opinion, the more efficient RX is the 450h hybrid with a 3.5 liter V6 and a battery powered powertrain coupled with a standard AWD.
- 3.5-liter V6
- 267 lb-ft torque @4700 RPMs
- Power: 295 horsepower at 6300 RPM
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The 2017 Lexus RX uses a sleek, smooth interior style. In the previous year’s model Lexus moved the gear selector from the center of the dash on over to the console. This year the redesign makes space in the dash for climate control and audio buttons. As a matter of fact, the console is littered with buttons which make finding and pressing what you want a bit of a hassle. However, the mouse type device near the gear selector makes the console easier to operate. So, you don’t really need to reach out to the touchscreen. Interestingly, you can use the mouse like device while keeping your eyes on the road, so it’s not a distraction.
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We like the fact that the seats are plush with a lot of legroom even for tall people in the back. The boot space is an impressive 18 cubic feet. Plus, the rear seats are adjustable and can be folded forward extending it to 56 cubic feet.
Exterior Design Notes
Aggressive, bold, and intimidating are words that we’ll use to describe the 2017 Lexus RX redesign. The design builds off the large grille up front which seems to become bigger and bolder with each redesign. However, tapered headlights, unusually high beltline, LED headlights, and its brilliant C-pillar that seems to hold up the back windows show glimpses of vehicles like the Nissan Murano. Lexus calls the new design a “Dramatic Re-imagining” which we can’t argue with but are not sure if it will appeal to your average soccer mom and dad! Only time will tell.
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Lexus RX 350 Specs
- Wheelbase: 109.8 inches
- Length: 192.5 inches
- Width: 74.6 inches
- Max Speed: 124 MPH
- 0-60 mph: 7.7 Seconds
- Passenger volume: Legroom: 44.1 / 38.0 in, shoulder room: 57.8 / 57.6 in
- Storage volume: 56 cubic feet
- Curb weight: 3.7L
- MPG: 20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined and 19/26 mpg for AWD
- Available exterior colors: Nebula Gray Pearl, Eminent White Pearl, Atomic Silver, Obsidian, Nightfall Mica, Autumn Shimmer, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Matador Red Mica, Caviar
- Towing capacity: 3500 lbs
The suggested retail price is around $44,000 for the popular FWD model. The AWD model will cost $1,400, more. The F Sport trim is going to be around $50,00.
The 2017 Lexus RX redesign AWD, 4WD, and F Sport trims are already available and can be leased or purchased right away.