The 2020 Lexus RX 350
Although the RX 350 looks the same as previous models, aside from new headlights and taillights, changes to the suspension tuning and interior tweaks, like the infotainment system, keep this vehicle a staple. As one of the best-selling luxury SUVs in America, the Lexus RX 350 sets the standard for comfort, consistency, and quality. Although the changes to the 2020 model are seemingly minor, they are considerable enough to hold the RX's position at the front of the pack. The RX does not generate the same level of adrenaline rush as it's competitors but has everything a driver needs in equal shares. Designed for family use, the RX 350 is available in the two-row SUV format or three-row SUV RXL model.
Featuring a stiffer body structure and revision in the suspension configuration, the RX350 handles has more pep and immediacy when performing quick turns. This subtle change is due to the new torque-vectoring system which halts the inside wheel when turning to maintain the RX's position on the road. The RX's dynamic has not morphed into an Acura RDX or Audi Q5, which is perfectly fine. The knife-edge handling has never in the RX's cards with a smooth and absorbent ride being of more focus. The RX and RXL have a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 295hp at 6,300 rpm as the standard engine. The transmission is an 8-speed shift-able automatic with double overhead cams, variable valve timing, and 268 ft.-lbs. of torque.
There are no changes to the 2020 RX 350's interior as it continues to maintain high-quality upholstery, seat comfort, and cabin accents. The touchscreen display is an essential upgrade to remain competitive in this market. Drivers will no longer be confined to using the awkward trackpad to place a call, search for songs or operate the navigation system. The display can be purchased in an 8- and 12-inch format and it 5-inches closer to the front travelers for easier access. The trackpad will still be available for those who wish to use it, but the touchscreen is safer and offers more consistency while hurtling down the highway at 70mph. Lexus has also updated the software to utilize Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Amazon Alexa skills.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration rated the Lexus RX 350 with a 4/5 frontal barrier crash rating, 5/5 side crash rating, 5/5 side barrier rating, 5/5 combined side barrier and pole rating, and a 4/5 rollover rating. Standard safety features include the Lexus Safety System+ 2.0 which adds lane centering, bicyclist detection, and road-sign assist to scan signs along the road and react accordingly. This adds to last year's model of standard safety features such as automated emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beams, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning. Additional options include a 360-degree camera with blind-spot monitoring. The visual safety features are operated through the 8- or 12-inch standard touchscreen to ensure the entire area around the car is visible.
The standard Lexus RX350 starts at $45,175, which is only a $330 increase from the 2019 model. The hybrid EX450h starts at $47,775 with only base options. The three-row RXL model starts at $48,325 and $51,485 for the RX450hL. The RX 350 F sport boasts a redesigned lower front bumper, Adaptive Variable Suspension, improved steering, and all-wheel drive capabilities. The RX 450h delivers a powerful V6 engine with a self-charging electric motor to increase the horsepower to 308. The RX 450h Sport offers amazing fuel efficiency (30 combined mpg) with sportier exterior trim additions. The RX 450hL offers the same fuel efficiency and power as the 450h only with an extra row of seating for even more cargo and passenger space.