The 2013 RX 350 is forging a new chapter for utility vehicles. This is the next Lexus model to get a makeover making it more dynamic and a blueprint for other companies to follow.
The 2013 RX 350 has the soul of the original but its next generation design gives its body a whole new life. Striking design elements such as a sharply defined shoulder line and 18-inch alloy wheels make the 2013 RX both aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing. With dramatically angled lines, and a distinctive spindle grille, the 2013 RX shares many design cues with the current Lexus sedans.
They’ve added water repellent windows. Driver and front-seat passenger windows made from water-repellent glass help provide greater visibility during precipitation.
Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter engine delivering a robust 270 horsepower, and it does so on regular unleaded fuel. The V6 makes 90 percent of its peak torque available in a low rpm range for incredibly responsive power at all engine speeds. All the while providing greater fuel efficiency. (The RX also employs a Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) system that optimizes both the intake and exhaust valve timing throughout the rpm range, according to engine and driving conditions. The system continuously monitors the engine’s speed and load to respond to the driver’s demands. Torque is increased at lower speeds for better thrust. And power is boosted at higher speeds for better acceleration. Translation: This provides improved fuel efficiency, lower exhaust emissions and optimizes power across all driving ranges.
The smooth six-speed automatic transmission uses multiple driving sensors to deliver improved performance and fuel efficiency. A stiff unibody construction, front and rear stabilizer bars and a rear suspension all contribute to a more responsive and agile ride.
They didn’t skimp on the interior one bit. Voice activated system allows you to access navigation, phone and media and means you will be completely hands free.
The true breakthrough in the interior is the Heads-up Display system (HUD). The available Heads-up Display system on the RX can project simple navigation directions, audio information and vehicle speed onto the windshield in front of you, so you can spend more time focused on the road ahead.
After all these amazing innovations and upgrades you’d think this car would be out of anyone’s price range. Quite the opposite in the RX 350 case. It has a starting MSRP of $47,000.