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    Entries in RX 350 (4)

    Wednesday
    Oct102018

    Review: 2019 Lexus RX 350

    The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is the top-selling midsize luxury crossover SUV, and it’s easy to see why. Lexus has given the RX 350 an edgy look, and Lexus keeps the model current by adding an optional third-row seat for 2019. The 2019 Lexus RX is very versatile and we’ll get into these features below.

    If you’re in the San Jose, California area and looking for a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek. We will get you set up to test drive the all-new 2019 Lexus RX 350.

    Performance

    For 2019, the Lexus RX 350 is available in two powertrain options. Both are V6 engines, but one is paired with a battery for a hybrid setup. Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the standard RX 350 is running on a 3.5-liter V6 paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain makes 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.

    The RX 450h is the hybrid model of this vehicle, and it utilizes a similar V6 engine paired with batteries. Two electric motors by the rear wheels give all models of the hybrid RX all-wheel-drive capability. This engine set up is paired up with a continuously variable transmission, powering the RX 450h with 259 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque.

    The standard RX 350 with front-wheel drive gets an EPA estimated 20 MPG city, 27 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. The standard model of the 2019 RX 350 with all-wheel drive achieves 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, and 22 MPG combined as estimated by the EPA. The Hybrid model of the RX is EPA rated at 31 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined.

    Features & Technology

    The 2019 RX 350 comes with standard features including synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment. Getting into the Premium package gives the RX additional features including wood trim, roof rails, and real leather. The Luxury Package fits out your RX 350 with top of the line luxury features including heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, and 20-inch wheels. With the Luxury package, you are also able to add a sizeable 12.3-inch touchscreen and a rear entertainment display system that can run two videos at once.

    Safety

    The 2019 Lexus RX 350 comes with standard active safety features that include a rearview camera, automatic high beams, forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. There are additional options available to be added to your RX 350 like blind-spot monitors and a surround-view camera system.

    Come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek in San Jose, California to test drive the 2019 Lexus RX 350.

    Pricing

    Starts at $43,570 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jun132018

    Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs Acura MDX

    If you're in the San Jose area and are in the market for a luxury SUV that can caravan the whole family in style, then be sure to check out the 2018 Lexus RX 350. This luxury SUV puts an emphasis on style, performance, safety, and comfort. Car shopping can be a complicated process. Below we will compare the 2018 Lexus RX 350 to the 2018 Acura MDX.

    After checking out our comparison, be sure to come to visit us at Lexus Stevens Creek to test drive the Lexus RX 350.

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Acura MDX

    he Acura MDX comes with optional Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 that churns out 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Front-wheel drive models have a fuel economy of 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get up to 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The 2018 MDX will soon offer a hybrid option, the Sport Hybrid. It will have a 3.0-liter V6 engine combined with an electric motor, making a net 321 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque.

    Comfort and Convenience

    Lexus RX 350

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Acura MDX

    The MDX comes as a standard model, with the option to add the Technology Package, Advance Package, or Entertainment Package. The standard model features a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and Easy Entry, 8-way power passenger’s seat, and Driver Memory System for seating, mirrors, audio, and climate. The standard seating setup includes second—row seating for three, giving you a total passenger capacity of seven, as well as a 50/50 split-folding third row. Another standard feature is third-row One-Touch Smart Slide Walk-In seating.

    The Acura SUV is available with second-row Captain’s Chairs. You can also opt for a leather-trimmed interior, perforated Milano Premium leather with piping and stitching, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row outboard seats, and GPS-linked climate control.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

    Acura MDX

    Starting at $44,200 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Feb212018

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350 

    Review: 2018 Lexus RX 350

    Drivers in Los Angeles who need a midsize luxury SUV that’s as heavy on style and comfort as it is performance and safety will want to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Lexus RX 350.

    With top safety ratings and standard driver assistance features, the RX is more practical than its adventurous styling would suggest. You’ll need to see it in person to get the full experience, but below we’ve detailed all the features you can expect from one of California’s best-selling luxury SUVs:

    Comfort and Convenience

    The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.

    An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

    Individual options include a panorama glass roof or power moonroof (both with aluminum roof rails), Touch-Free Power Rear Door, heated and ventilated front seats, heated front seats, power-folding 60/40 split heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Additional luxury features, such as seat memory, heated wood-and-leather steering wheel, and aniline leather interior trim, are available when you add the Premium or Luxury Package.

    Safety and Technology

    The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX 350 a 2018 Top Safety Pick, earning best-possible ratings in all crashworthiness categories. Additionally, the SUV’s front crash prevention system won a Superior rating, and its child seat anchors were reported very easy to use.

    Each model of the 2018 RX comes standard with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beams, Lane Departure Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. Options include premium triple-beam LED headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling, a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Breaking, Parking Assist, Panoramic View Monitor, Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking, and a Heads-Up Display.

    Performance and Fuel Economy

    The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.

    Pricing

    Starting at $43,270 MSRP

    Wednesday
    Jul262017

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    Comparison: 2017 Lexus RX 350 vs 2017 Audi Q5

    San Jose drivers have high expectations, so it’s our goal to meet them. While you may think that all luxury SUVs are created equal, you’d be surprised at the models that fall well below what you’d expect in the segment.

    For instance, when you compare the 2017 Lexus RX 350 to the 2017 Audi Q5, you’ll notice some substantial differences in power, gas mileage, and safety features that tip the scale. To see which ute comes out ahead, read our full comparison:

    Performance

    Lexus RX 350

    Lexus engineers know how to craft a powerful engine that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy. The 2017 RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get you from zero to 60 in 7.7 seconds, while all-wheel drive models add just 0.2 seconds.

    According to EPA estimates, the RX 350 FWD gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, and AWD models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

    Audi Q5

    The Q5 comes with three engine options: a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, and two versions of a 3.0-liter supercharged V6; all mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The base powertrain makes 220 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the latter two make 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque, respectively.

    The EPA estimates that the base Q5 gets 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while the V6 models lose efficiency in the name of power. The less powerful V6 gets 18 MPG city and 26 MPG highway, while the more powerful version gets 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.

    Safety

    Lexus RX 350

    The 2017 RX 350 was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as it received best-possible scores in all categories. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a 5-Star Overall Rating.

    San Jose drivers will love the standard tech on the RX 350, which includes a full suite of driver assistance features. All models come equipped with the Lexus Safety System+, featuring a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Keep Assist, and intelligent high beams. This SUV also includes a backup camera, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect.

    Audi Q5

    While the 2017 Q5 was also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it only earned a 4-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA.

    Although the Audi is solidly in the luxury segment, it lacks many of the driver assistance features that you would expect in a pricey SUV. The 2017 Q5 is not available with a pre-collision system, autonomous braking, or lane-departure warning or assistance.

    Pricing

    Lexus RX 350

    Starting at $43,120 MSRP

    Audi Q5

    Starting at $40,900 MSRP