The 2013 Lexus RX 350 Guide

Power and luxury in a compact SUV package is an accurate way to describe the newly re-designed 2013 Lexus RX 350. The basic specifications show it to be a well-planned, aero-dynamic SUV that is created to provide the best fuel efficiency with its sweeping profile and rear spoiler. It is 74.2 inches wide and 187.8 inches long with a nearly 9 foot wheelbase giving it a lot of stability. The generous 7.3 inch ground clearance gives you plenty of room to spare when clearing obstacles and it stands 5.6 feet in height. The RX 350 is a gas engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission and it comes with a 4 year or 50,000 mile warranty.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of the 2013 Lexus RX 350

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 has a lot of fantastic new design features, but like anything that has a mass of new technology, some of it can be confusing and even overwhelming. The remote touch interface is meant to keep driver’s hands on the wheel and focus on the road. That’s a great concept, but at times it is just too much in one place and can actually be distracting in its own right. It can be especially troublesome when first getting used to the system.

The side view mirrors are extra large to accommodate the new LED turning lights and they tend to cause a lot of wind resistant noise. Finally, for an SUV, the Lexus RX 350 has a very low towing capacity. Rated with a 3500 pound towing capacity, it’s more of a very big car with lots of interior room. The interior of the RX 350 has 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space. However, even with all of that inside room, it has a 1382 pound maximum payload and if all seats are left in for passengers the cargo capacity drops to 40 cubic feet.

The RX 350 has a lot of benefits to all of its changes. It offers a superb ride that is quite smooth. It takes regular gas and has heated/cooled seat and steering wheel options for complete comfort in any weather. The back door is power controlled for easy access even when you are carrying packages and there are even new colors available to further make the 2013 Lexus RX 350 your own including Silver Lining Metallic, Fire Agate Pearl, Claret Mica and Deep Sea Mica.

The new RX 350 also offers a great entertainment feature to keep all of your passengers happy. The rear facing video screens on the back of each head rest can display separate videos, and there are independent controls for each screen and its source. The vehicle comes with wireless headphones for the backseat so passengers can listen to their own chosen programming independent of the car’s speaker system.

It is a fantastic family car, and it is easy to see that safety was a prime concern, even down to providing a complete first aid kit with each car and plenty of front seat back storage, door pocket storage and cup holders for everyone on board.

Re-Designed Center Console

Inside the RX 350 shows some exciting new changes for 2013. The new Lexus RX 350 has an updated center console that makes it easier to access and provide better usage. Even the steering wheel is more powerful in the new 2013 version. It has a more comfortable, ergonomic grip and the engineers at Lexus have brought all of the interior features that are most important for the driver into better grasp to reduce wasted movements that can be distracting.

Interior changes include remote touch navigation controls and an optional heads-up display. The steering wheel gives drivers the ability to control many functions without ever removing their hands from the wheel and comfort settings inside the car such as window settings, driver access and interior light adjustments can all be pre-set.

Outside the RX 350

New LED daytime running lights in an attractive “L” motif give the Lexus a stunning and stylized appearance. Sculpted fog lamps, side mirror LED turning lamps and a rear spoiler that deflects wind for more fuel efficiency also houses rear wiper and radio antenna out of sight for a sleek, beautiful look.

Extra Luxury Options for the Lexus RX 350

Drivers with a taste for even more luxury can order extra options such as front seat ventilation, 15-speaker surround sound and a helpful back-up camera to make parking in tight spaces a breeze. There is also an optional hard disc drive navigation option that lets you utilize casual voice commands without the need for DVD map discs.

2013 Lexus RX 350 Gas Mileage

For a big car with lots of cargo space, the 2013 Lexus RX 350 gets very good gas mileage. It averages 18 miles per gallon in the city and a generous 25 miles per gallon highway.

2013 Lexus RX 350 Price

The price point on the 2013 Lexus RX 350 ranges from $39,660 standard to $47,350 with all of the options placing it firmly in the higher end of the spectrum for mid-priced automobiles.

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