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Lexus RX350 2020 review: snapshot

The Lexus RX 350 is the mid-point in the large luxury SUV range.

The Lexus RX 350 2020 model is the mid-point in the large luxury SUV range, and it comes in a few different derivatives - including a five-seat model and a seven-seat version (RX 350L).

The RX 350 name relates to the powertrain it uses - a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine producing 221kW (at 6300rpm) and 370Nm (at 1650-4000rpm) in five-seat guise. The seven-seater has slightly less power due to packaging constraints on the exhaust system - it has 216kW and 358Nm. 

The RX 350 and RX 350L models have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, and fuel consumption is rated at 9.6 litres per 100 kilometres for the five-seater and 10.2L/100km for the seven-seater.

As with the other models in the range, the RX 350 powertrain can be had in Luxury guise (list price $81,890 for the five-seater, $85,000 for the RX 350L seven-seater), or as an F Sport five-seater ($93,970) or in Sports Luxury trim ($99,870, or $101,600 with three rows of seats).

The RX 350 Luxury grade has 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and daytime running lights (with auto on/off function and auto high-beam), front cornering lamps, rains sensing wipers, and a power tailgate with kick-to-open function. 

Inside, Luxury models have the new 12.3-inch touch screen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a GPS navigation system (sat nav), DAB digital radio (as well as CD player and AM/FM radio), Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a 12-speaker sound system, six USB ports (four front, two rear), wireless phone charging, smart key entry and push-button start, power adjustable steering column, climate control air-con and rear privacy glass (tinted windows). It runs a fake leather trim standard.

Stepping up to F Sport or Sports Luxury sees adaptive “blade scan” LED headlights and 20-inch wheels. These models gain adaptive variable suspension, plus leather interior trim (with sports seats in the F Sport) with heating and cooling for the front seats. The rear seats have retractable sunshades.

The F Sport features additional bracing front and rear for “an even more dynamic character”, with sports suspension, a Mark Levinson sound system with 15 speakers, and a 360-degree camera display.

Top-spec Sports Luxury versions include the audio-visual upgrades, but also add power-adjustable rear seats, second-row seat heating and semi-aniline leather upholstery.

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Matt Campbell
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