The most admired Lexus vehicle, the RX midsize luxury crossover, got some improvement for 2013, but the main news is the adding of the first performance-oriented model: the F Sport. That's the one Lexus brought us to analysis on a current week. Although it's no speedster it has the same engine as the base RX 350 it has additional that make it stand out, counting an eight-speed automatic transmission, special 19-inch wheels and a tradition leather inside.
Base price of the F Sport is just above $47,000, and it's obtainable only with all-wheel drive. It's intended at people who want sportier performance; something reviewers have said was missing in previous RX models. The F Sport also comes with a sport-tuned suspension with front and back performance dampers; and the Lexus Vehicle Dynamics Included Management setup, an automated controller for the electronic constancy, traction control and anti-lock braking systems.
Under the cover of all RX 350 models is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 270 horsepower and 248 foot pummel of torque. No higher-power engine is available for the F Sport model, but there is abundance of power with the 3.5-liter, and the eight-speed transmission change effortlessly and offers lively acceleration in lower gears. Lexus says the vehicle's top velocity is automatically limited to 112 mph.
The electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system mechanically shifts power from front to rear, as much as 50 percent, to give sure starts and keep the vehicle going on greasy surfaces. Otherwise, all torque go away to the facade wheels.
The front seats of my Lexus F Sport were quite contented, and there was a spot in the middle comfort between the front seats for my Smartphone, and a USB port within the console to attach it to the great 15-speaker, 330-watt Mark Levinson audio system.