Used lexus rx 350 f

     

The current Lexus RX dates from the năm nhâm thìn model year, and it won"t be long before a replacement arrives for 2023. We thought it"d be an enjoyable exercise khổng lồ grab a current-gen RX & pontificate on what we"d lượt thích to see change, so that"s what we did—only it turns out our danh mục was a bit shorter than we expected.

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Despite being in its eighth model year, the current-gen RX has done a surprisingly good job of keeping up with the times. A 2020 update eliminated (or at least mitigated) one of the RX"s most annoying features by supplementing its awful touchpad infotainment interface with a proper touchscreen. The touchpad will go away forever in the next update as the RX will adopt some khung of the infotainment system in the recently redesigned và one-size-smaller NX, with its big cảm biến display và integrated temperature controls.


Normally we"d be calling for a complete interior revamp in any vehicle this old, but the RX has remained remarkably current. Odd switch placement (cramming in new technology that wasn"t around when the vehicle was first introduced) is a common sign of an aging vehicle, but the 2022 RX"s interior still looks modern … except for the standard-fit CD player, that is. Still, we can"t rule out the reappearance of a CD changer—after all, the RX still needs lớn appeal lớn Boomers và other older audiences who might still use physical media.


Aside from the aforementioned touchpad, our primary complaint about the Lexus RX, particularly the F sport variant, has been the luxury SUV"s less than engaging driving characteristics. It"s almost a given that this will improve, as Lexus is bound khổng lồ move the RX to Toyota"s New Global Architectural (TGNA) platform, which provides noticeable improvements in road manners.

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Lexus made a few tweaks to the RX for 2022, primarily to lớn reduce body roll and improve ride quality. We"ve singled out the F thể thao for not delivering the thrills you might expect once you sign up for its firmer ride, but we thought the 2022 went down the road much more comfortably—especially as we were driving in the metro thủ đô new york area, where road repair is apparently not high on any municipality"s priority list. If the next-gen RX delivers this same ride chất lượng with better cornering poise and improved steering feel, we"d be happy indeed. Given our experience with other TGNA-platform vehicles, we"re optimistic.


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The engine, however—that"s got to lớn go. Not that the 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 under the RX350"s hood did anything to lớn offend us; it"s a loyal soldier that has served faithfully, & its refinement & sound are pleasing enough. But our all-wheel-drive RX350 returned fuel economy in the mid-teens around town, và even during a day of slow-paced wandering through the beautiful back roads of the Berkshires, it barely cracked 23 mpg. Even the hybrid RX450h employs six-cylinder power, a concept even more dated than the CD player. We"d be gobsmacked if the next RX hasn"t upgraded khổng lồ a more fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder. (If that happens, it"ll be the kết thúc of an era: The RX has had V-6 nguồn since its 20th-century inception.)


That said, we have our concerns. The obvious candidate is the 275-hp 2.4-liter turbo-four that drives the Lexus NX350, but our testing of that vehicle revealed performance that left something to lớn be desired: 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds, adequate but not stunning for a luxury SUV. The current-gen RX350 is nearly a quarter-ton heavier than the NX350, so how"s that engine going lớn handle that weight? On second thought, maybe condemning the V-6 lớn the junkyard is a bit hasty on our part.


We"re hoping Lexus will resist the temptation to lớn grow the RX any bigger (as it pretty much did with the NX). The existing RX350 is a great form size for a five-seat SUV, large enough khổng lồ have substantial presence yet small enough that it"s easy lớn pilot through Manhattan traffic. The back seat has plenty of legroom and a flat floor. We"re not overly fond of the long-wheelbase, seven-seat version, the Lexus RX-L, which is way too stingy with third-row room—it"s not clear as of this writing if the L will continue or be supplanted by the recently confirmed TX three-row model—but the five-seat RX is just the right size, & we hope that won"t change.


One more thing that needs lớn go are the silly dealer-installed running boards on our RX350 kiểm tra SUV. At $650, we"re sure they"re a nice profit generator for Lexus & its dealers, but they"re a huge pain for owners. After all, the RX350 was designed to sit just at the right step-in height. These silly boards only get in the way, & we repeatedly slammed our shins và soiled our trouser cuffs while making what would otherwise be a dignified entry into or exit from the RX. We can"t imagine Lexus" designers don"t look at these things & cringe. When will they rise up & cast out those in the marketing department who try khổng lồ spoil perfectly good design for a few more dollars of profit?


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We"re surprised at the result of this test drive: We thought we"d spend the whole time noting things that should change, & instead we kept finding things that shouldn"t. The RX is just the right size, và its interior is still handsome, especially with the optional red leather seats in our F thể thao example. The controls are straightforward, interior comfort is excellent, & the driving experience, if not pulse-raising, is quiet & comfortable. We won"t pretend the current RX is our favorite luxury SUV, or even our favorite Lexus, but we understand why it remains the brand"s bestseller.