Muscat: Lexus is famous for its range of advanced vehicles. That do not just look good but perform strikingly well too. And however one may choose to recognise Lexus for its cars, the fact is their SUVs in many cases steal the show.
Lexus is one of the few luxury automobile manufacturers who focus on designing and building SUVs that have a unique and potent mix of class-leading luxury and segment-leading performance. This unique mix is evident in Lexus' highly-rated SUV – The Lexus RX.
The five-seat Lexus RX350 is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that is offered in one well-appointed trim level. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated outside mirrors, keyless ignition, eight-way power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, second-row seats that slide and recline, cloth upholstery, wood interior trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a nine-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack, and an iPod / USB interface.
The sports package also includes 19-inch wheels as well as a sport-tuned suspension and Lexus' vehicle dynamics integrated management (VDIM) system. The premium package adds a sunroof, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, leather upholstery, a power rear liftgate, driver-seat memory settings and a rear-seat armrest. The premium package is required for the addition of the comfort, luxury and navigation packages.
The luxury package includes 19-inch wheels, power-retractable outside mirrors, upgraded leather seating, a right-hand sideview camera, a wood and leather steering wheel and extendable front seat cushions. The navigation package features a hard-drive-based navigation system, Lexus' remote touch interface, a back-up camera and increased Bluetooth functionality.
The Lexus RX350 is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. And is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The sports package's VDIM system adds additional traction capabilities. Optional is the pre-collision system that comes packaged with adaptive cruise control. It determines when an accident is unavoidable and pre-emptively stiffens the suspension, retracts the front seatbelts and initialises brake assist.
Another noteworthy option is the navigation system, as it comes with the Remote Touch interface that replaces the traditional touchscreen operation with a mouse like controller on the centre console. Rear passengers will find the seating roomy, thanks to reclining and sliding adjustments. There is also ample luggage and cargo space, with up to 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats and 80 cubes with them stowed.