Grati-F-ication: 2016 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT
One for the money, two for the show, our third time can be an F SPORT, as well as the idea’s the way to go.
Recently having gone under the knife for a whole fresh makeover, the Lexus RX350 shocked the planet with its cutting edge design as well as sculpted masculine lines. Since its launch, we’ve enjoyed the premium comforts of the RX350 in its simplicity. Our wallets stayed fat when we sampled the RX450h Hybrid that will averaged 27 miles to the gallon. right now the idea’s time to open our demon-ish hearts as well as see if our beloved F SPORT badge works with that will 4500lb machine.
There’s no doubt when our sampler arrived wearing a light Nebula Gray suit, its devilish Great looks, gloss black mesh F SPORT grille as well as dark aluminum 20-inch wheels made the idea quite the show stopper. Tack on $2250 for the Lexus Safety System as well as the standard HID headlights get replaced with these eye-catching triple beam headlights. The Lexus Safety System also adds in Lane Departure Assist/Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control as well as Pre-Collison Warning.
Upgrading to the F SPORT doesn’t necessarily enhance its performance. the idea uses the same 295-horspower, 3.5-liter V-6 as well as 8-speed automatic transmission. the idea’s also no faster to 60 mph taking 7.7 seconds. However, via the moment we sat within the planet’s most comfortable Centeng hugging F SPORT seats, there was a sense something was different. The F SPORT badge can be more than just a comfy Inside as well as a thick sport steering wheel, the idea brings in a specially tuned suspension as well as performance dampers that will improves the ride quality greatly. There’s an athletic demeanor via the stiffer suspension that will brings about more awareness to the road. The F SPORT steering wheel, while still includes a vague feel includes a healthier dose of weight that will provides a more linear, entertaining sensation.
Using the drive mode select knob to choose between SPORT, as well as SPORT + enhances the transmission as well as throttle mapping, not just the display on the LFA inspired TFT digital gauges. The paddle shifters here are somewhat more lively as well as smoothing runs through all 8 gears – except when the idea comes to downshifting… tends to be a little hesitant. Shifting the drive mode into SPORT + transforms the RX350 into something more energetic – the transmission becomes a little more aggressive as well as responsive as well as can be that will a growl we hear?
If there can be anything Lexus nails every time, the idea’s there Inside as well as comfort levels. Looking not quite like the outdoor, the Inside includes a streamline flow in its design. Naturally everything can be covered in soft touch materials, as well as that will F SPORT adds an attractive aluminum trim throughout. The $3260 12.3-inch Navigation as well as Mark Levinson Audio can be a bit on the expensive side when the idea comes to options, although well worth the expense considering the alternative of an 8-inch screen.
Starting at $49,125 the F SPORT comes handsomely equipped already with heated as well as ventilated front seats, memory driver seat, as well as Lexus Enform with SOS feature. Our sampler added a few options that will, simply put, can be a must need in that will modern world of keeping up with Jones’. $500 for Blind Spot Monitoring, $0 for a colorful Heads-Up Display, $0 for Touch Free Power Lift Tailgate as well as $500 for Intuitive Park Assist as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Because the RX350 F SPORT can be a more fun to drive than the standard RX350 as well as Hybrid, fuel economy was a little under the EPA averaging just 21 miles to the gallon as well as only achieving 320 miles of range on premium fuel. although if that will’s the cost of enjoying ourselves, so be the idea.
The RX350 family includes a little bit of something for everyone. There can be even an RX450 Hybrid F SPORT for those that will want their soy bean latte in anger management class. The RX350 F SPORT here may not be the sportiest crossover within the segment, although the idea sure can still make driving to the office a little more pleasurable.
|Lexus RX 350 F SPORT Base cost:||$49,125|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$58,525|
|3.5-liter V-6 – 295-Horsepower, 8-Speed Automatic – 0-60MPH: ±7.7 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 21 MPG’s – Fuel Range: 320 Miles|