Five things to love about the Lexus RX 350L

Published May 7, 2021, 3:21 PM

by Inigo Roces

More room and even more versatility

Though many know the brand for its luxury sedans, Lexus is also one of the early pioneers of the luxury crossover SUV. The brand was one of the first to populate this segment with the introduction of the RX in 1998. It is easily the best-selling model in the Lexus lineup, and if global sales are anything to go by, the RX formula has been thoroughly embraced by those looking for an SUV with an elegant, dynamic exterior, combined with a highly functional interior.

The evolutionary changes to the brand’s core model, which helped establish this segment when it was first introduced in 1998 continue and Lexus is committed to maintaining its status as a pioneer in luxury crossovers. Innovation continues to this day with these five qualities of the RX 350L.

Space for seven, with a flexible interior layout

One of the most recent additions to the RX lineup is the RX 350L which features an extended body length at 110 mm (4.3 inches). This ensures good headroom for passengers in the spacious third row and greater cargo room behind the third row than competitors offer. Details that enhance three-row versatility in the RX L models include a flat load floor behind the folded third-row, a pair of third-row cupholders, and an easily stowable tonneau and covered slide rails. For convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate with hands-free operation are both standard on the RX 350L.

Safety is always priority

When traveling with loved ones, you can be at ease knowing your vehicle boasts a high-strength collision-absorbing body structure and is equipped with 10 sensor-controlled SRS airbags that line the entire cabin. On the road, wide-angle LED cornering lamps provide additional illumination when you take corners, ensuring excellent pedestrian visibility. Lighting is handled by bi-beam LED auto-leveling headlamps.

Standard in the RX 350L is Hill-Start Assist Control; Electric Power Steering (EPS); Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD); Rain-Sensing Wipers; and Clearance and Reverse Sensors, as well as a parking assist monitor which helps in maneuvering in tighter areas. It accurately guides your parking attempts by superimposing projected parking lines on the rear camera’s video feed. A Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Intuitive Parking Assist and Cross-Traffic Braking is available as well.

Fuel-efficient yet powerful engine

The Lexus RX 350L’s 3.5-liter V6 engine employs the advanced D-4S fuel injection system, which combines direct and port fuel injection systems. To maximize efficiency, it uses Variable Valve Timing with intelligence Wide (VVT-iW) along with VVT-i, allowing the engine to switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles. The result is 296-hp and 370-Nm of torque, with performance and efficiency optimized by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Using Drive Mode Select, the RX 350L driver can exert more control by choosing from among four driving modes: Normal for everyday balance of performance and energy conservation, Sport for powertrain responsiveness, and Eco mode which operates at its most efficient level.

Takumi-level build quality and driver-focused technology

The significant enhancements on the RX 350L that contribute to driving pleasure are the result of changes to the suspension and increased body rigidity. Lexus Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato, was determined to deliver a pleasurable driving experience through agile handling and exhilarating driving pleasure, and his engineering team worked closely with the production team to achieve this goal.

The redesigned RX’s shock absorbers are now equipped with a new Friction Control Device which further reduces high-frequency vibrations caused by minute road surface imperfections. The shock absorbers also enable the RX to conduct flat cornering and achieve exceptional responsiveness.

Heritage and provenance

The RX is the very first luxury crossover SUV to ever wear the Lexus badge. This provenance also explains why the RX is a core model in the Lexus lineup. The constant improvements throughout each iteration reflect the latest design themes of the brand with a balance between sophistication and strength.

The new RX 350L is a highly capable crossover SUV can brave the toughest conditions thrown at it, while at the same time offer a level of refinement and comfort that doesn’t sacrifice on-road prowess.

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