[dropcap]L[/dropcap]exus developed the blueprint for the luxury crossover utility vehicle 15 years ago with the popular RX models, and company engineers continue to improve on the original with each new model year.
The 2014 RX 350 follows the pattern of last year’s model that brought a freshened design with the bold new signature spindle grille and the addition of the new RX 350 F SPORT model to the lineup.
The RX 350 continues in front-wheel drive and all-weather drive models, along with the F SPORT exclusively with all weather drive. Each is powered by the smooth 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine with 270 hp. The standard model (FWD and AWD) uses a six-speed automatic transmission while the F SPORT has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Lexus RX350 is not only comfortable, but also boasts a wide array of technological features, including the Lexus Remote Touch interface and navigation.The RX350, like most Lexus models, utilizes high quality materials and elegant styling to give it an upscale feel.
Convenience and ease of use make another leap in the 2014 RX 350 with the addition of available Siri Eyes Free Mode technology licensed from Apple. Compatible with the iPhone, Siri lets you call contacts, select and play music from iTunes, get turn-by-turn navigation through Siri and Apple maps, and much more. To help you keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, Siri can read notifications and calendar information and allow you to add reminders, calendar appointments and notes.
The RX F SPORT is a special model, with an exclusive drivetrain and chassis tuning. It’s the first RX model equipped with an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and it has a greater appetite for the road with twist-spoke 19-inch wheels and F SPORT tuned suspension. The eight-speed transmission not only makes the RX 350 F SPORT more responsive, but also boosts EPA highway fuel economy from 24 mpg to 26 mpg.
The Lexus signature spindle grille gets the distinctive mesh style finish with the F SPORT, which is also distinguished by its own front bumper design.
The F SPORT interior stands apart, too, with black leather accented by contrasting silver stitching, ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim, black headliner and aluminum pedals and footrest. The F SPORT steps up the standard luxury by including all features from the Premium and Comfort Packages, which remain options for the standard model. The Premium Package equips the RX 350 with a perforated leather-trimmed interior, power moonroof, memory system for the driver’s seat, outside mirrors and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and more. The Comfort Package adds heated and ventilated front seats, High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and rain-sensing wipers.
The MSRP on the 2014 Lexus RX350 ranges from $39,760 to $47,810.
Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to LetsTalkCars@aol.com.