2017 Lexus RX 350 is a breath of fresh air for this model series that has essentially pioneered the luxury crossover segment. This new RX 350 is now polished with upscale design and looks sharpened.
Among several other trims, the RX 350 is one of the most interesting models as it is bestowed with an exclusive performance. Starting at $43,120, this new RX 350 is definitely a jewel of luxury crossover.
Under the Hood
This new 2017 Lexus RX 350 uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 295 HP of power and 268 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM. A front-wheel drive and 8-speed automatic ECT (Electronically Controlled Transmission) comes standard. The valvetrain of this engine consists of 4 cams (4 valves per cylinder) along with dual Variable Valve Timing.
With the brawny outputs, 2017 RX 350 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 124 mph. EPA measures at 20 mpg in city, 27 mpg on highways and 23 mpg on a combined scale. Max towing capacity checks at 3,500 lbs.
There is even an option to choose between 3 drive modes – Sport, Eco and Normal. These 3 different settings affect powertrain and steering responsiveness to bring out different flavors of performance.
Chassis and Performance
This new 2017 Lexus RX 350 has a tuned-up chassis and drivetrain which play an individual part in enhancing performance. Some of these chassis factors are:
- Braking System
This model incorporates 4-wheel power-assisted discs with Brake Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and 4 separate sensors.
- Suspension (front and rear)
In the front axle, the suspension system consists of independent MacPherson struts with stabilizer bar, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and coil springs. Similarly, the rear suspension setup includes independent double-wishbone with coils springs and stabilizer bar.
2017 RX 350 integrates an Electronic Power Steering System (EPS) which allows great cornering even in low-speed maneuvering.
Changes in the Exterior
2017 Lexus RX 350 wears a striking chiseled body styling that copes with modern market requisites. Unlike other Lexus RX trims, this model sports a flanked grille with horizontal chrome slats while retaining the signature trapezoidal shape. Lexus RX 350 has an adequate ride height that neither too high nor too low. Overall, the body dimensions measure:
- Length – 192.5 inches
- Height – 67.7 inches
- Width – 74.6 inches
- Wheelbase – 109.8 inches
20 inch 5-spoke alloy wheels come in 2 different finishes (optional); Super Chrome and Dark Silver. Similarly, body color options go out as Caviar, Matador Red Mica, Satin Cashmere Metallic, Autumn Shimmer, Nightfall Mica, Obsidian and Silver Lining Metallic.
Lexus’ reputation for upscale and luxurious interior remains intact for the 2017 Lexus RX 350. The dashboard and glove box section now add premium stitching and wear soft touch materials. Another new addition also includes perforated grips in the steering wheel and gear shift knobs. This cabin’s biggest fascination would be the driver’s gauge cluster as it is fully-digital. The primary infotainment display can be popped up from the dashboard desk.
2017 Lexus RX 350 Competitors
This model is up against similar vehicles like 2017 Cadillac XT5, 2017 Lincoln MKX, 2017 Acura RDX and 2017 Lincoln MKC.