2013 Lexus RX 350 Reviews Auto and New Car Test Drive

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The Lexus RX lineup of sport vehicles gets facelift for the model year and a sporty new RX F joins the lineup. The new 2013 RX 350 F features an 8-speed transmission paddle shifters and a sport-tuned for quicker handling response.

The Lexus RX models look different than the 2012 thanks mainly to the new spindle that has become the Lexus new styling signature. Light wheels, option packages, and details have been for the 2013 model year as

Lexus RX seats five.

The Lexus RX comes in RX 350, RX 350 RX 350 F Sport, RX 450h, and RX 450h AWD The RX is a crossover SUV, with drive standard.

All-wheel comes on the RX 350 F Sport, RX 350 AWD and RX 450h helping them cope winter weather. The RX 350 uses a all-wheel-drive system that through an electronic coupling on the differential, eliminating the need for a differential. The comes standard all-wheel drive.

The RX 450h AWD an electric motor to drive the wheels so no mechanical connection the axles is needed.

RX 350 models with a 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed multi-mode transmission. The RX 350 beats the economy ratings of the Acura Mercedes ML 350, and BMW X5 xDrive3.5i. The RX 350 is EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg City/Highway; the RX 350 AWD is rated 18/24 mpg; RX 350 F is rated 18/26 mpg.

says the RX 350 can accelerate from mph in 7.7 seconds with front-wheel 7.8 seconds with all-wheel so there’s little loss in with all-wheel drive.

The RX hybrid gets better yet, especially around and in stop-and-go traffic. The RX Hybrid is clean, achieving a Super Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV II) in California, and a Tier 2-Bin 3 rating in all other states; good, by the way. The 2013 RX is EPA-rated at 32/28 mpg City/Highway; RX AWD is rated 30/28 mpg.

The RX 450h includes a new Sport that changes the steering throttle mapping and transmission Acceleration performance is comparable to of the gasoline-only versions. With its motor, the 2013 RX 450h AWD off the line more quickly the RX 350 models do.

Lexus claims performance of 7.4 seconds for the 2013 RX with all-wheel drive seconds with front-wheel

Overall, the Lexus RX models are and practical, easy to operate and more softly than SUVs. Buyers who find the too soft may consider the RX F Sport The RX models are more fuel-efficient many of their competitors.

who need off-road capability be better with a Lexus GX.

The Lexus RX 350 comes with drive ($39,310) or all-wheel ($40,710). The RX 450h offers drive ($45,910) or all-wheel ($47,310) and comes with a bit standard equipment. Both with fabric upholstery, dual-zone climate control, with nine speakers and a level of standard equipment.

RX models come standard a power rear liftgate.

The Premium Package for the 2013 RX 350 consists of leather seats; memory for the driver’s seat, wheel, and mirrors; power sunroof; power-folding electrochromic mirrors; rear armrest with lid; and roof The Luxury Package ($5,020) all the content of the Premium Package, power front seat extenders, heated wood-and-leather-trimmed wheel, illuminated scuff smog-sensing automatic interior air headlamp washers, and 19-inch with Superchrome finish. The Plus Package ($1,340) heated and ventilated front and rain-sensing wipers. The expanded 7 HDD Navigation system ($2,775) a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and automatic phonebook capabilities, Lexus Enform 2.0 Safety Connect including Collision Notification, Stolen Location, Emergency Assist Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Assist, eDestination and Enform App Lexus Insider; Remote Navigation controller; HD Radio iTunes tagging; advanced command casual-language voice system; and SiriusXM radio NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports, and Fuel Prices.

A 15-speaker Mark Levinson system ($995) is available. package ($4,920) bundles and rear-seat DVD entertainment.

Similar are available for the RX 450h.

The RX 350 F Sport AWD features a sport-tuned suspension, paddle-shift transmission, 19-inch Graphite wheels fitted 235/55R19 tires, and special trim. Black leather are highlighted with white stitching, pedals are perforated and all features from the Comfort and Premium packages come

Other RX options include a Display ($1,200), Heated/Ventilated Seats ($640), 19-inch Alloy Wheels with Tires ($770), Bi-Xenon Intensity Discharge Headlamps Blind Spot Monitor and Intuitive Park Assist

Safety equipment includes airbags; front-seat mounted airbags; roll-sensing front and side-curtain air bags; driver and passenger knee airbags and airbags; active headrests for seats; force-limiting seatbelt for driver and front passenger three-point seatbelts with for all rear seating positions direct-type tire pressure system; four-sensor, four-channel brake system (ABS) Brake Assist; enhanced VSC Stability Control). Optional features include Pre-collision a Blind Spot Monitor, and Radar Cruise Control. Dynamics Integrated Management is now exclusive to the hybrid and the F Sport

Like all Lexus vehicles, the Lexus RX comes with Stop Technology, which reduces engine power the brake and accelerator pedals are simultaneously under certain conditions.


The Lexus RX fresh styling for the 2013 year. We expect some like it, others not so much.

The RX was redesigned for 2010, and the 2010-12 had evolved an almost appliance-like of design, affirmed more accented by the fastidiousness of its electric-shaver For 2013, however, Lexus to have taken a cue from and visually united the upper and air openings, intentionally breaking the continuity of the bumper. Only of Audi’s fashionable goatee, uses a wide-hourglass form, like the cross-section of a pulley or As before, the headlight clusters inboard to a point; but now the point is aimed at the pinch-point of the grille, and by a partial outline of LED running

Fog lights appear about they were before, but are now dramatically recessed and accented by a slash in the fascia.

On the basic RX the grille texture has been to just five bright lines above the still bumper, and a dark slot that ends just of where it would have a sixth horizontal line for balance.

On the F Sport, however, the part of the grille spindle almost to the ground. Upper and openings are filled with mesh; and cut lines around the fog are deeper and more dramatic.

The RX 450h, on the other hand, has most of its visual distinction. A enamel-like background has been to the Lexus circled-L badge in the of hybrid’s grille.

Around the taillights have been elongated, and the chrome bar between is bolder. All models have LED lights and LED turn signals into the side mirrors. In the view, however, nothing has except the wheels.

Gone are year’s fussy, triple-ribbed for 2013, the standard 18-inch sport an attractive update of the muscle-car era five-spoke, and look as cool now as they did back The 19-inch option is stunning, five split, undulating that seem to float of the center hub.

As before, a front tread-width lends the RX a wide stance. The wheel are round and unadorned. The whole of the vehicle is ovoid, yet highlighted by defining lines.

Blacked-out pillars combine with privacy glass to merge the side windows into a visual unit.

Auto-dimming mirrors, optional on the RX 350, are on the hybrid.


Lexus has the interior of the 2013 RX, but here the are more subtle. Both the wheel and center console been re-contoured for improved and convenience, and the same matte trim that highlights the stack now outlines the steering hub and oddly slashes across the top of the door. Some new wood and combinations are now available as well.

But trading in their 2012 for a 2013 will instantly at home.

It’s still exciting to sit in the cockpit of the Lexus RX 350 and RX There is a sensation of having so to do, just like configuring a new There are seating adjustments to in, preferences for the Remote Touch operating modes to select and combinations to try out.

We have a an RX owner would be surprised to new features after months of

The RX comes to life with the of a button. The instruments are bright and and shaded from outside The seats have side that are high enough to support during cornering, but still easy to get into. feel firm at first, but once you settle in, and are easily to a variety of positions.

Mood in the footwells and cabin supports a of quality and well-being.

The cockpit a sense of sophistication, due in part to a design scheme that the most part) avoids lines or sharp corners. element of the interior is curved, or rounded in some way, so blend with subtle and harmony. New Ebony or Espresso Maple wood trim complement light gray or black, light gray, or new saddle leather.

The cockpit is into two separate zones. The is for information functions, located up where they are easy to The second is for control functions, lower and within easy of both front seat

This division is made by Remote Touch.

The Remote system is essentially a computer It’s located exactly your hand would if your elbow were on the center console. This will be immediately familiar to who has used a computer. It replaces the to reach out and touch the screen to use the system, or adjust audio or settings.

We found it was simple to use while It allowed us to avoid focusing on the screen to tune the climate or turn down the volume. no more fingerprints on the screen.

The console is bridge-like with storage. The shifter is immediately the Remote Touch mouse.

are a number of redundant hard on the steering wheel, and at various on the dash, 52 in all, but the Remote mouse really does the need to use them. Like a mouse, Remote Touch can be for sensitivity to your preference.

The system includes casual-speech recognition capability for hands-free of audio, climate, and Bluetooth. The runs from a hard not a DVD, so it’s faster and smarter than a DVD system. New for 2013 include HD radio iTunes tagging, and Lexus 2.0 with Safety Connect, includes Automatic Collision Stolen Vehicle Location, Assist Button (SOS), Roadside Assistance, Destination eDestination and Enform App Suite.

In to SiriusXM NavTraffic, NavWeather, and Stocks, a service that fuel prices has been to the package for 2013.

The standard system has 9 speakers, a 6-disc CD and can play MP3 and WMA files from iPod. XM satellite capability is in, and the first three months are when you buy the RX. A digital power has been added for 2013.

A system comes packaged a backup monitor; and a 15-speaker Levinson Surround Sound is available (but only Navigation) for those who require an system consistent with the best home systems.

The seats are fitted with headrests as standard equipment. The are designed to adjust upward in the of a rear-end collision, reducing Because of the active headrests, entertainment screens are independently in pods behind the headrests.

The two LCD screens can operate separately so one can play a game while passenger watches a DVD. The are covered in fabric in standard with leather and semi-aniline offered as available options.

We the available semi-aniline leather and we were hard pressed to a misplaced stitch or shadow of anywhere. In fact, the leather is so and uniformly perfect we first it must be synthetic material. of the covering, both front are 10-way adjustable, with and heated/air conditioned seats are

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The seat can accommodate three and has a fold-down split. One or both can be released from behind, loading cargo, eliminating the to walk around to the side of the The rear seats also a fold-down center console a covered wood grain and separate covered storage The rear seats are shorter, less reclinability than the seats, but with good for average-size adults like much better than a on a 757 these days. There are grab handles, one for each

There are two rear air conditioning to cool the rear compartment.

room behind the rear is 40 cubic feet, enough for average golf bags.

The RX 450h has essentially the same as the RX 350, except that the has an Eco driving indicator that fuel economy using a bar A hybrid system indicator the tachometer to provide driving

Driving Impression

We’ve RX 350 models with front-wheel and all-wheel drive as well as an RX hybrid.

The RX 350 responds well to out on the road. Part of that is the big V6, part of it is the 6-speed transmission. The automatic has a lower first-gear than the typical 5-speed, so it the RX quickly up to velocity for merging or entry. Lexus told us to 0-60 acceleration times in the of 7.7 seconds, and a quarter mile of 15.7, and that’s about the way it

We didn’t go there but top speed is limited to 112 mph.

The transmission selects gears based on input, so you can ask for a gentle downshift by giving it a little more If you floor the accelerator, it kicks two gears and moves out. also possible to select own gears in multi-mode shifting, but the logic seemed so intuitive we would probably drive in 95 percent of the time, using the mode for downhill control on the or a long uphill when loaded.

There is no V8 option for the RX, but if were, we’d wager performance would not be much and mileage would suffer.

We did not much torque steer in the models, particularly not in the Hybrid.

The RX 350 is not for road racing, but more for comfort. The double-wishbone independent suspension has a lot to do with that. it has a nice, clean turn-in and lateral grip for an SUV.

where its genuinely wide (a little over 64 inches in a little under in the rear) noticeably to agility.

We expect vehicles to be exceptionally quiet, and the RX is no That said, the optional wheels do allow for more input, and a little more and vibration seep through. Our is for the 18-inch wheels.

Regardless of choice, we found it easy to a conversation using a low tone of at normal speeds. Lexus the science of quietness in a car, the result that almost all are significantly quieter than were several years Tricks such as optimized damping coatings and fender have been incorporated the RX.

The underbody of the car has also received against wind noise. And the gear in the transmission allows for cruising, with less noise, on the highway.

All those also hold true for the RX but because it is a hybrid, it regularly with the engine off altogether. those times, noise is even greater, bordering on

The brakes feel strong and with just a little at the top of the pedal before stronger kicks in. The hybrid brakes, are regenerative, are much more modulated than earlier brakes. The transition between braking, when the generator power, and the serious stopping that comes on when pedal is applied, can still be but you have to look for it.

Steering is light, and proportioned electronically, power-assist logic based on speed. The slower you go, the less required, so it can be just as appropriate in the lot as in the fast lane on the way to Las Vegas. uses the electric steering on a number of its vehicles, because it drag on the motor and thus, fuel economy.

It’s also more so there are packaging advantages, and you have a computer controlling you can add VDIM.

Now exclusive to the hybrid and the F VDIM is not a system easily in normal driving, because it driving out of control, and then At which point, nothing have happened, except a brief flash of an icon on the But it’s a system that at steering, braking, throttle and sensors in the cabin to predict will actually happen, to what the driver is asking

If there is any difference between the the system intervenes and selectively individual wheels to correct the of the car. It happens so fast you not notice. We’ve tested on race tracks and lonely roads. It works without down the car much, unlike which is the standard traction/stability system.

It’s an expensive but it works very well.

for the driver is excellent by SUV standards. easy to keep track of the around the vehicle when up or parking. Driver visibility is by small windows in the A-pillar, and by TV cameras that track the and passenger-side of the RX. Images from the cameras is displayed on the navigation

One camera is located in the right mirror, the other in the rear We found we could toggle the two views, front and side, to see how we were to the curb or pedestrians.

We the RX to be a relaxed and comfortable ride, so we time trying out some of its systems.

We actuated the heads up and found it makes it easy to to speed limits in unfamiliar Bright white, high-contrast were easy to read, heading into sunlight. the best we’ve seen so

It’s possible to project the anywhere on the windshield; we liked it low and to the left.

Voice recognition, we’ve never really still takes a little used to, but the system in the RX is much to something we might use every We began by asking it to switch to 143 on XM, which it had no problem doing. It seemed to quickly be able to the nearest gas stations, and turn the air conditioning.

However, when we it to play Grateful Dead, it did not the channel on its own, so evidently are limits to Hal’s intelligence.

The RX is offered in front-wheel drive or drive, but the all-wheel-drive system is it incorporates a separate rear motor to power the rear Because it is a hybrid, the transmission is a variable automatic and the brakes are due to the need to regenerate electricity. And are a few packaging and styling differences to when making a decision the two.

Because of the addition of motors, the RX 450h has 25 more than the RX 350, which for a weight penalty of about 160

Using the EPA Combined city/highway both FWD and AWD versions of the hybrid get 9 mpg fuel economy than non-hybrid counterparts. Even the hybrid’s smaller fuel it can travel 115 miles farther on a However, at $4 per gallon, you’d to drive close to 100,000 before you recouped the $6000 Lexus charges for the hybrid.

In short, dollar savings be modest even if prices For that reason, most Hybrid buyers chose the because they want to the most fuel-efficient, cleanest SUV one that reduces dependency on oil and reduces emissions. The RX 450h we averaged 23.4 mpg over 120 of mostly around-town driving.

It California’s SULEV certification and the 2-Bin 3 regulations in other so its emissions are considered super

The hybrid brake system the same ventilated four-wheel as the RX 350, but has an electronically controlled brake feature that the batteries when the brakes are gently. The hybrid system ABS, Electronic Brake-force (EBD), Brake Assist and important, Vehicle Dynamics Management system (VDIM) as equipment. We’ve experienced in controlled settings and consider it a safety system.

The driver can from the Normal driving to Eco for best mileage, or to the EV Mode allows the vehicle to operate on only. Lexus tech estimate the EV-only mode distance at about a mile. The EV is aimed at allowing the RX to be used as an car in closed urban areas internal combustion engines are altogether, such as in parts of European cities.

New for 2013 is a mode with revised effort, throttle mapping and priorities. Background lighting the instrument binnacle switches blue to red with the Sport is engaged.

We haven’t driven an RX F According to Lexus, the F Sport a more engaging driving via its 8-speed paddle-shift transmission, wheels with V-rated firmer springs and shocks, and structural reinforcement at the rear. The formula sounds similar to the Sport Package, which did not us. Bigger wheels, thinner and tighter damping tend to Lexus ride quality and control, without delivering all much gain in handling. And doesn’t promise any faster with the 8-speed transmission, EPA-estimated fuel use is improved to 18/26 mpg City/Highway vs.

18/24 mpg the standard 6-speed automatic. the F Sport is now the only way to get the terrific system on the non-hybrid model.

The RX is exceptionally quiet and sumptuously It boasts a long list of features, and its electronic accessories are at entertaining, sophisticated and user-friendly. The RX 350 is a choice for people who don’t tow or to move more than people at a time.

The RX 450h all that, plus the greater efficiency and environmental friendliness of a

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent John reported from Southern John F. Katz reported on the from south-central Pennsylvania.


Lexus RX 350 FWD ($39,310); RX 350 AWD RX 350 F Sport AWD ($47,000); RX 450h FWD RX 450h AWD ($47,310).

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