2019 Lexus RX 350L Lux AWD

An amazing experience
May 2, 2019 Updated: May 2, 2019

The Lexus RX is a vehicle that has expressive, avant-garde craftsmanship that complements driver-inspired technology and uncompromising versatility.

Outside, the RX has a distinct floating roof which visually detaches the roof in the profile view. Premium triple-beam LED headlamps feature eye-catching and distinct L-shape projector design. The bold Lexus grille and wrap-around LED tail lamps add to the modern, smart RX looks. All this beauty rests on 20-inch Superchrome alloy wheels with color inserts.

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Floating roof. (Courtesy of Lexus)

The RX 350 provides power as demanded. The 3.5-liter V6 with direct fuel injection provides 290 horsepower with fuel efficiency. The quick-shifting eight-speed transmission keeps the engine in its sweet spot.

The Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) system improves engine efficiency as it reduces fuel consumption and hence emission. EPA fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city 25 mpg highway, for a combined average of 21 mpg.

Even though the engine is powerful and the fuel consumption is modest, Lexus should remain focused on getting better mileage without cutting horsepower or downsizing the interior.

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Inside the 2019 RX 350. (Courtesy of Lexus)

Inside the cabin, the RX has an inspired styling with a comfortable volume space which accommodates seven nicely. The 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display supports personalized settings and displays data like trip computer and outside temperature. The 12.3-inch Navigation System display is the central component of the infotainment system which boasts Mark Levinson 15-speaker multimedia system. The big screen works well with full-screen maps. Available color head-up display ($3,225) keeps the driver’s eyes on the road.

The 350L is the long version of the SUV, adding 4.4 inches to the overall length. The ample interior volume allows for an abundance of storage space and three rows of seating, but the third row was a little tight. Power folding seats and dedicated climate control let back seat passengers get in and out quickly, and be comfortable while seated. .

Up front, heated 12-way power-adjustable semi-aniline leather captain’s chairs provide additional pampering for the front occupants. Ambient lighting helps get you settled down behind a heated wooden steering wheel. The power tilt-and-telescopic steering column conforms to the driver for the optimal driving positioned.

The power tilt/slide moonroof brings the sky inside, Touch-Free Power Rear Door opens the liftgate when you hold a hand over the Lexus emblem. Loading and unloading are quick and easy.

A standard safety program called Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+) is a practical and appreciated package, featuring Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High Beam Headlamps, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. LSS+ makes driving a safer adventure.

Lexus technology is designed around the driver. Remote Touch provides a haptic feedback controller to command the infotainment and navigation functions. Admittedly this mouse-like input device takes a degree of experience I never seemed to master. It was challenging, for example, going from sound adjustments to radio channels. This is complemented by voice command support to minimize driver distraction.

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The Remote Touch device behind the shifter. (Courtesy of Lexus)

Lexus Enform elevates connectivity technology and provides concierge-level convenience, whether it’s for emergency assist, a live response center, or to check your engine remotely through your smart phone. Lexus provides a skill for Amazon Alexa integration..

RX holds the road in the curves without any sway, and parks easily and conveniently. Though somewhat large and airy, RX takes to city traffic with a breeze.

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $47,870 for the base FWD RX 350L. Choosing AWD and the Luxury Package bumps the price up to $55,310 .

4-year/50,000-mile Basic Warranty
6-year/70,000-mile Powertrain warranty
6-year/unlimited miles Corrosion Perforation Warranty

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or dcaussey@sbcglobal.net.