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2014 Lexus RX 350: Practical luxury that delivers

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Lexus RX 350

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The Lexus RX 350 might be called the original luxury crossover, coming out at a time a few years ago when the category was in its infancy. Since then, this popular vehicle has seen some changes, but remains a versatile, comfortable and attractive vehicle that’s good for families.
For the 2014 model year, not much changes after some interior and exterior refreshes that were made the previous year. The latest version does get a nice techy touch, though, with the Siri Eyes Free Mode that links to the iPhone 4S and 5. It lets the user employ voice commands to make a call, listen to and compose text messages and emails, play music and more.
The RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 270 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
If you opt for the RX 350 F Sport model, you get an eight-speed automatic with some performance tuning upgrades.
Either model comes with front- or all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is solid, at 18 mpg city and 26 highway or 24 highway with all-wheel drive.
The RX 350 has a nice suite of safety features that includes 10 airbags, electronic stability system and an emergency communication system that is free for the first year. Optional safety features include blind spot warning system and a pre-collision system that is linked to adaptive cruise control. It basically slows the vehicle down when it senses a crash is imminent. The RX 350 is one of the first vehicles that offered this technology.
On the outside, the RX has the popular Lexus spindle grille up front, with the F Sport model getting a mesh grille. Options include power folding side mirrors and moonroof.
On the inside, you’ll find a neatly arranged cabin with an orderly dashboard. The real wood trim and optional leather seating lend a nice touch of luxury, without being at all gaudy.
The usual list of upgrades is available, such as heated and cooled seats, backup camera and rear entertainment system.
The RX 350 is priced nicely for a luxury ride of this size, starting at around $40,000 and ranging to about $48,000.
For a very good luxury family vehicle with practicality and style, the RX 350 is just what the doctor ordered.

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