Anyone looking for a comfortable and affordable SUV that can offer a car-like experience should look no further that the 2018 Lexus RX 350. Among the plethora of other midsize crossover SUVs, the newest RX 350 excels with a nice blend of luxury and well-rounded features. Given the fact that the RX 350 basically created the luxury SUV market segment, it is no wonder why many see the upcoming model as something that will redefine the series. With a traditionally exciting design and a number of notable improvements, the new SUV from Lexus will certainly prove a tough opponent to the Audi Q5 and the BMW X5.
2018 Lexus RX 350 – Aggressive Look
On the outside, it can be said that the 2018 Lexus RX 350 brings no surprises. However, that is a good thing, because older models are still regarded as some of the most attractive SUVs on the market. The upcoming model takes all those qualities and improves upon them in an impressive way. With this in mind, we can easily say that this SUV is a highly elegant and aggressive-looking vehicle. The most obvious exterior design improvements can be seen in the front. Here, we can see a redesigned “spindle” grille, a higher beltline and sleeker LED headlights. Moving on, we can see a flowing C-Pillar, which makes the roof to appear as if floating. Even though this design choice is a bit polarizing, it still gives the 2018 Lexus RX 350 a unique and fresh look.
Interior Features, Equipment and Tech
The interior of the 2018 Lexus RX 350 is highly reminiscent of its exterior. This means that we can expect a good combination of smooth lines and sporty design touches. Even though the RX 350 offers less in terms of available space than its closest competitors, it can still provide plenty of headroom and legroom. This minor lack of space is compensated with highly comfortable, plush seats that can be fully adjusted. Also, it is important to note that despite the lack of passenger space, the RX 350 offers plenty of cargo space, over 18 cubic feet. This number increases to 56 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. When it comes to the tech options, the upcoming SUV will feature something for everyone. The most notable ones include a 12.3-inch touchscreen display, the Lexus Safety System, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth and more.
Engine Options, Specs and Performance
Under the hood, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 will sport 2 engine variants. The standard variant will be a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which is capable of producing 295 hp @ 6.300 rpm and a max torque of 267 lb-ft @ 4.700 rpm. Its EPA is rated at 20/27 mpg with an FWD and 19/26 mpg with an AWD. This engine will come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The second variant will be an optional one and it will include a 123 kW electric motor alongside the V-6 engine. It produces 308 hp total and has an EPA of 31/28 mpg with an AWD.
Market Release and Price
The latest 2018 Lexus RX 350 is expected to hit the market by the end of 2017. It will come with a price of around $44.000 for the standard version and $57.000 for the hybrid version.