This is one SUV that handles more like a sports truck than a semi.
Aside from a slight tendency to pogo over successive bumps, the ride of the RX is impressively comfortable. Wind noise is negligible, rear and side vision is excellent, and the generously sized exterior rear view mirrors do an admirable job of keeping you traffic-informed without resorting to the $500 optional Blind Spot Monitor. In keeping with the high standards of the Lexus marque, the interior of the RX is as welcoming and comforting as a room at the Ritz. If you’re big or tall, you’ll appreciate the fact that the driver’s seat and steering wheel retract to offer additional entry room. If you have no need of this concierge feature, you can easily de-select it from the Customization Menu that covers dozens of similar personal likes and dislikes. A handy mouse on the transmission tunnel suffices for menu navigation. Everything from the auto door lock feature to the duration of courtesy light illumination can be tailored to fit your needs. If you have questions about how to proceed, simply consult the 1,036 (!) page brick of an Owners Manual that occupies more than half of the glovebox.
Configuration of the RX facilitates a variety of lifestyle undertakings. With just a couple of latch releases you can transform the comfortable back seat into a storage area that will swallow a mountain bike, or provide housing for a couple of dogs. The rear liftback opens with a light touch and closes automatically with the push of a button. When you drop the rear seats, the resultant space is flat floored and utilitarian. The RX is a multi-purpose SUV that amply fulfills its dual role as a passenger wagon or goods conveyor. Best of all, it does so with customary Lexus craft and panache.
2013 Lexus RX 350
Engine: .5 liter, 24-Valve V-6 with VVT
Torque: 248 lb.-ft.
Fuel Consumption: 18 MPG City/26 MPG Highway
Price as Tested: $52,224
Star Rating: 8.5 out of 10 St