- Midsize luxury crossover, seats up to five passengers
- New integration with Siri on iPhone 4S and above
- F Sport models get more aggressive styling and handling
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 ably combines luxury, comfort, and utility in a midsize luxury crossover package that annually finds itself among the best sellers in its segment.
Last year, the RX 350 got significant updates to its exterior styling which carries over into the new model year. Up front, it wears a larger version of Lexus’ latest design signature, the “spindle” grille which is outlined in chrome, or with a mesh backing on F sport models. LED daytime running lights come standard, as do fog lights, a rear spoiler, and a power liftgate for added convenience. 19-inch alloy wheels are optional, as are a power moonroof, power-folding side mirrors, and HID headlights.
Under the hood, the 2014 RX 350 features a familiar 270-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that is mated to a six-speed transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The sportier F-Sport gets a few mechanical upgrades, including an eight-speed automatic and performance-oriented dampers in its suspension, as well as standard all-wheel drive.
Inside, the RX 350 offers plenty of cargo room, 40 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The comfortable cabin comes with real wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod port, and HD radio all standard. There are also quite a few technology options as well, such as a Mark Levinson premium stereo, dual-screen rear entertainment system, a navigation system, and a head-up display. Also new for 2014 is technology that closer integrates iPhones (4s and newer) with the RX 350's infotainment, allowing you to deliver voice commands, compose texts and emails via voice, and play music from iTunes.
Feel safe in case of an accident with standard safety features like 10 airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and an emergency communication system with a one year subscription. A blind spot warning system and backup camera are optional, along with a pre-collision system that can detect impending collisions and prepares the vehicle’s seatbelts and brakes.