Lexus RX 350 2017 review

Lexus RX 350 2017 review

Last week I had a chance to test drive the new Lexus RX 350 2017. I was an owner of previous 2 generations of RX (first and third generations), and my main issues with them were:

  1. Poor steering;
  2. Bad acceleration (even on “sport” models);
  3. Below average steering/cornering;
  4. Poor ergonomics (especially the joystick used for input of information into dash);

In short: not a “driver” car.

The 2017 RX is an improvement

  1. The acceleration is improved;
  2. Steering is significantly improved: it became sharper, feedback from the steering wheel gives you feeling of road surface;
  3. Cornering became more driver-friendly;

 

RX 350 2017 specs:

  • Engine: 3.5L V6
  • Torque: 268 lb-ft @ 4,700
  • Horsepower: 295
  • Acceleration (0-60mph): 7.7 seconds

RX 2017 visual (source)

Lexus RX 350 2017 - Exterior
Lexus RX 350 2017 – Exterior
Lexus RX 350 2017 - Multimedia system
Lexus RX 350 2017 – Multimedia system

RX 2017 gadgets:

  1. “Lexus Enform” (similar to “BMW connected”) keeps you up to date about traffic conditions;
  2. Touch-free opening of rear door will be appreciated in areas, where dirt is a factor;
  3. Panoramic view mode gives you a good feeling, especially when entering a road from behind a blind corner;
  4. Rear entertainment system is a nice feature (not sure whether it’s standard or additional feature);
  5. Exterior design is updated (although I could not help myself noticing that the rear of the new RX looks very Hyundai-like)

 

RX 2017 criticism:

  1. Main point of discomfort: entry of data. The joystick is still an awful way to input your destination or search;
  2. Self-parking feature did only work twice out of 12-15 attempts;
  3. The system is overloaded with warnings and confirmations: for example, when rear parking, before displaying you a rear-view camera, the system requires you to confirm that you understand the risk of using this feature, only after you press “Confirm” the camera display lights up.
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