2016 Lexus RX 350

The SUV market is in a big boom nowadays.  And in that case, a lot of manufactures are creating SUV’s to try and cash in as much as they can while the iron is hot.

Even manufactures like Lamborghini, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Bentley and others are creating SUV’s that really look great and make consumers excited.  While I’m not a huge fan of companies making SUV’s solely to cash in, I can’t deny the new examples are looking great.

As for Lexus, they have been in the game for some time now, but never really made anything super compelling.

Sure some of their models have had the Lexus flare and style, but they largely have been unexciting and never really as luxurious as the brand name would suggest.

Think about some models through the years like the RX have been as aethetically pleasing as the Pontiac Aztek, and I’ve never understood why people paid as much as they did for them.  They don’t look sophisticated and are easily lost in parking lots.

Yummy.

Now I will say that I actually do like the new things Lexus are doing.  I actually like the new spindle grille and the sharp lines of new Lexus vehicles.

I think the new Lexus design scheme is very sharp and edgy (literally) and I like it a lot.  But I also know that this is a very unpopular opinion.  Most people out there can’t stand the sight of Lexus SUV’s nowadays.

I’ve heard people say the original RX was cutting edge and paved the way how it was designed for other manufactures.  I couldn’t disagree more honestly.  The thing was so ugly to me and its stance looked so awkward and cheap I couldn’t believe people paid money for them.

The new 2016 Lexus RX 350 actually sells insanely well.  We’re talking one hundred thousand units every year.  It seems like even though popular consensus says they are horribly ugly, people still buy them by the boat loads.

It seems as though the Toyota president thought so as well, given that we’ve heard he took the 2016 Lexus RX 350 on a test drive when it was a prototype and he responded “Is this the best you can do?”

I do admit there is some awkwardness going on on the new Lexus IS, but I do like the way it looks, honestly.

I might be crazy.  So lets look deeper into the 2016 Lexus RX 350:

The Specs-2016 Lexus RX 350:

 

Vehicle Type: Midsize Luxury SUV
Power Plant: 3.5 L V6
Gearbox: 8 Speed Automatic
Power: 295 HP
MPG: Up to 27 Highway/20 City 
Torque: 267 Pound Feet
Length: 193 Inches
Width: 78 Inches
Height: 65 Inches
Wheelbase: 109.8 Inches
Top Speed:] 124 MPH
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 7.7 Seconds
Base Price: $43,000 (est).

 

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It seems like I’m hugely out numbered here.  One article points to how Lexus has slowly overtime made it okay to make “ugly” cars.  I can definitely see their point here, but I just can’t help but like the design.  Maybe I’m brainwashed?

Many people who don’t like the spindle grille are fans of much more conservative designs like that of BMW, and that is predictable.  I do like BMW, but I also like the daring attitude of the new Lexus.

I guess in a way, you could say Lexus did a good job with the new design.  As it seems younger people like the design language and older people seem to dislike it.  Do I have solid evidence to back that up? Nope, but read around the internet and you’ll see what I mean.

Car design is a largely subjective beast, and I guess in that way everyone is right, and everyone is wrong.

But I think we can all agree that every Audi looks like a corporate fleet vehicle.

The Exterior-2016 Lexus RX 350:

2016 Lexus RX 350

I suppose I could have saved the design complaints for when I actually started talking about the exterior of the car, but that’s not how I did it…Oh Well.

It’s a delicate balance of being too daring or too boring. Lexus went the more daring route here and with the rest of their line up, and as usual the decision bit them in the butt.  But you know what?  It would have bit them regardless.

Anyway,

The front end has the massive spindle grille; Possibly the largest on any Lexus.  It’s very proud of itself.

some people point to how it looks like the Predator’s mouth and I do agree and it is very un-seeable.

But I still think it is pretty gorgeous and undeniably out there.  Unlike what the Audi commercial with that one dude sitting in the room and they hand him the photo of the RX350 and say “This is your unassuming SUV”.  Then he’s all “I’ll take my chances” and hops in probably the most plain looking Audi SUV in production.

The RX350 is a very edgy look and anyone who drives around in one daily definitely likes to be seen.

2016 Lexus RX 350

The LED DRL lights look great in any situation as well.  I think that it is a very bold styled SUV and I can appreciate that.

From the side, the 2016 Lexus RX 350 is just as daring and slashed up as the front end.  Lexus even incorporated the floating roof line to add a bit of flare to the side view of the 2016 RX.  Which is hard to pull off but I do like it.

The wheel arches are boxed off which is another element that is added onto the side of the vehicle to add a bit of more flare.  Also there are slashes and creases everywhere on the side of the car for even more flare.

Lexus made the roof line especially low and flowey as well, which looks great.  But there is a usual problem with having low and flowey roof lines and that is the fact that they can intrude on interior cabin space.

The rear end of the 2016 Lexus RX 350 is probably my favorite angle.  The tail lights are very large and prominent, and the exhaust pipes help the back look symmetrical.

From some angels, the floating roof does look a bit awkward, and I think that it will take some time before manufactures really nail down the process and design of getting a floating roof line to look its best.  I imagine structural integrity is a big factor here as well other wise this sort of design would look much cleaner.

The back looks maniacal and I like it like that.

Overall the exterior design of the 2016 Lexus RX 350 is one of the most debatable and/or hated designs out there just from the Lexus-ness of it.  I do like it though.  So that means I’m either dumb, tasteless, or edgy.

 The Interior-2016 Lexus RX 350:

2016 Lexus RX 350 Interior

The inside of a Lexus is commonly a place for the latest technology and luxury, as we see a lot in this sort of segment.

Lexus doesn’t get as much hate from people on the inside of the car when compared to the outside of the car.  But the RX does have its own interesting story going on.

I do usually love the interiors of Lexus’ cars.  They are all well designed, original and feature some incredible driver aids.

The RX in this case seems a bit off.  There are a lot of typical Lexus points, which I love.  However, the whole design gives me a small feeling of disconnect.

For example, I think the interior of the Lexus RC is just fantastic.  The dashboard is thin and everything just works.  I could make another whole article about how much I like that thing on the inside.

However, the inside of the RX has some awkwardness going on on the center console.

The screen for infotainment is like skewed toward the driver.  This might sound like it makes sense, but it totally doesn’t.  It is large and intuitive but it is the most awkward thing I’ve ever seen.

Lexus is very good at incorporating leather and other nice touch materials on the inside of their cars, and the RX seems to be a good steward of this.

The 2016 Lexus RX350 can seat five passengers comfortably, and the company also offers a nice rear seat entertainment package for your little ones.  The screens are actually very nicely sized, too.  No skimping here.

Overall I do like the interior of the 2016 Lexus RX 350.  With the F-Sport package, even more so.  I do think there are some awkward bits as I pointed out, but they can be mended.  Hopefully Lexus takes care of that.

The Performance-2016 Lexus RX 350:

2016 Lexus Rx 350

Toyota’s luxury division is very keen on using the 3.5 L V6 engine they have used for years. The 2016 Lexus RX 350 uses said engine.

The RX produces 295 horse power which is plenty for a nicely sporty SUV.  This engine and its 8 speed transmission are used pretty widely in the Lexus and Toyota line up, but I can say that it seems very at home in the 2016 Lexus RX 350.

Torque is rated at 268 pound feet and you can achieve a 0-60 time in about 7.7 to 7.5 seconds depending on the conditions.  Which again, isn’t bad at all.  Is it breath taking?  No, but it isn’t slow either.

Fuel economy is decent as well.  In the 2016 model we’re talking about 27 miles per gallon on the high way and 20 miles per gallon in the city.  Decent area for a larger V6 in an SUV.

Other than that, things are decently average across the board.  The 2016 Lexus RX 350 doesn’t stand out too much other than its impressive (to me) styling.

Sum It Up:

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 is a strong contender in the luxury SUV market.  I know that a lot of people hate the styling but as I said earlier, Lexus manages to move a massive number of them year after year.

Pricing for the 2016 Lexus RX 350 starts around $43,000 and is slotted just above the baby Lexus SUV the NX, which I would have to say isn’t the prettiest thing out there.

Keep your eyes peeled for these Lexus RX’s on the road.  I honestly think if you see it in person driving, you’ll actually like the way they look.  Plus, I don’t think Lexus or Toyota care for people who attack the styling, according to some sources.  So the Predator face is here to stay!

 

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