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2015 Lexus RX 350 Preview

2015 Lexus RX 350 Preview

July 9, 2014

Pros: The venerable Lexus RX, the brand's top seller, proves solidly built, smooth, comfortable, and very reliable. Cargo capacity is right at the top of the compact luxury CUV segment. What's more, customer service at Lexus dealerships usually eclipses the one you're going to get with German makes.

Cons: There are sportier alternatives out there. While plush, the seats could offer more lateral support.

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2015 Lexus RX 350 Price: Buyers will have to pay $50,600 to get their hands on a new RX 350, or $58,900 with the F SPORT package. These prices are significantly higher than last year, but you also get more content.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy: Based on Natural Resources Canada's new 5-cycle testing procedure to determine fuel consumption ratings, expect to burn 13.3L/100km in the city and 9.8L/100km on the highway with your 2015 RX 350.

Improvements and Changes: Now officially called “RX 350 SPORTDESIGN,” this luxury crossover's powerful presence is made stronger and more aerodynamic by a newly sharpened front bumper, more angular headlights, an even bolder interpretation of the Lexus Spindle grille design, and standard 19” alloy wheels.

Also new for 2015 is a rich F SPORT Cabernet red interior, available with Starfire Pearl and Starlight Black Mica exteriors. Moreover, a new “One Push” confirmation means that operating the Lexus Remote Touch controller is easier and more intuitive.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Powertrain: The smooth 3.5L DOHC V6 engine under the hood of the RX 350 produces 270 horsepower. The base model gets a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, while the F SPORT receives an 8-speed unit with paddle shifters. Active Torque AWD automatically shifts from two-wheel drive to four depending on driving conditions.

Cargo Capacity: You can expand the cargo area from 1,133 to 2,274 litres by folding the rear seats in the 2015 Lexus RX 350.

Safety: Standard features include stability and traction control, disc brakes with ABS, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically cuts engine power and allows the brakes to take precedence over the accelerator when both pedals are pressed at the same time. Let's not forget the 10 airbags and available technologies like parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Comparing the 2015 Lexus RX 350: Before you go out and buy a new Lexus RX 350, consider the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti QX50/QX60, Lincoln MKC/MKX, Mercedes-Benz GLK, Porsche Macan, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC60.

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