2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV (3.5L 6-cyl. AWD 8-speed automatic)
If points could be awarded for "starting the next big thing" the groundbreaking Lexus RX SUV would be at the top of the pack. Unfortunately, just about every luxury manufacturer has a competitive product these days. As smooth, quiet and comfortable as ever.
PerformanceEven the new F Sport with its model-specific 8-speed transmission, is far from a performance-oriented SUV. Quiet competence and a lack of bad habits is what Lexus intended for the RX.
Regardless of drivetrain configuration, the RX accelerates to 60 mph between low-7 (F-Sport) and 8-seconds thanks to a smooth operating 3.5-liter V6.
In Edmunds testing, the RX never stopped shortest in its class, though it showed good fade resistance and consistent pedal feel.
The RX now uses electric-assisted power steering that may lack the feel of its former hydraulic system, though it remains precise and reasonably weighted.
As a consequence of its exceptionally smooth ride, the softly suspended RX is not a canyon-carving SUV like some of the Euro-branded competitors, F-Sport is not noticeably better.
Besides towing or trailblazing, there are few driving situations the RX cannot meet with confidence and poise. It's easy to drive, perhaps too easy to drive.
Properly equipped, the RX can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
With only 7 inches of ground clearance and light-duty all-wheel drive available, the RX is best suited to all-weather outings over all-terrain duty.
ComfortIn the crowded midsize SUV category, there are few competitors as quiet and smooth-riding as the Lexus RX.
Both front seats adjust 10 ways, both rear seats manually slide/recline; all are softly padded and generously sized. Optional leather, heated/vented fronts.
If you're looking for a sporty, responsive ride, look elsewhere. Even the new F Sport variant offers a plush, isolated ride that soaks up nearly any surface irregularity.
Acoustic glass and ample noise-deadening materials throughout ensure a quiet cabin regardless of trim level or wheel/tire selection.
InteriorDespite a few artifacts remaining from the dawn of Lexus, the RX's interior is ergonomically sound, offers easy access and plenty of room for everyday and weekend chores.
Lexus is ardently committed to ergonomics and it shows. Every control is well placed, clearly labeled, operates smoothly and with a well-oiled precision.
Large, regular-shaped doors and a reasonable step-in and seating height offer very good ingress/egress. Optional "keyless" door/hatch locking and ignition.
Excellent room for 4, tight in back with 5. Head- and legroom are above average for the midsize segment even with the optional moonroof. No third-row option.
Typically poor SUV sightlines can be augmented with rear camera, park-assist, blind-spot monitor, active cruise control, collision mitigation, articulating HID headlamp, HUD, etc.
The 40/20/40-split rear seats slide/recline/fold to enlarge the cargo area from 40 to 80 cu-ft, modest by some standards, but ample room for most uses. Power hatch now standard.
ValueWith prices starting around $39K for an RX 350 FWD going up to $47K for an AWD F-Sport, the midsize RX isn't the value leader in the luxury crossover segment, though it is competitve.
Build Quality (vs. $)
The RX's build quality is very good (and appropriately so) for the price. Paint, materials, seams, switches, knobs and dials are all high quality.
Standard equipment list has grown longer over the years, but many luxury-oriented features (leather, heated/vented seats, reverse camera) remain within optional bundles.
Simply by adding a navigation system takes the RX 350 F-Sport over $50,000. For that amount of money, there is an enormous variety of luxury SUVs that do many things better.
Fuel economy varies by about 1 mpg between front- and all-wheel-drive models and hovers around the EPA's 20 mpg combined average. There is a 29-mpg combined RX 450h hybrid.
Warranty coverage is competitive, but not outstanding at 4 years/50,000 miles basic, and 6 years/70,000 miles on powertrain.
Initial ownership terms are competitive, but not outstanding: 1st and 2nd scheduled maintenance visits are included, plus a 4-year/unlimited-mileage term on roadside assistance.
Fun To DriveFor all its sophistication and polish, the RX is also enjoyable to drive. We wouldn't call it fun to drive, but its people-friendly character and lack of offensive behavior make it a pleasurable traveling companion.
The RX is the kind of vehicle that nearly disappears from the driver's attention. It goes about its daily business effortlessly and without notice or offense.
A smooth driveline, gentle suspension and quiet cabin define the RX's personality. To the extent that you order them, the high-end features can augment its luxuriousness.
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