2019 Lexus RX 350 Just when it seems the automotive trade has misplaced its means with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for every countryman, a simple automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 Lexus RX 350.
Usually derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter automobile gets the overwhelming majority of shoppers the place they want to go within the manner they need to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Lexus RX 350 does it even better.
Exhibit A that the automotive business has gotten a bit of nuts: the common transaction price for a new car is greater than $37,000, based on Kelley Blue Book. Straightforward accountable the automakers in this period of no accountability but we are the ones paying those large costs for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For just below $23,000, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 places each greenback to purposeful use.
Despite the fact that it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears to be like more composed than the youthful outgoing model that attempted too exhausting to be completely different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and fewer indignant, and the whole look is smoother entrance to back. But nonetheless, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar touchdown gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The primary-ever 2019 Lexus RX 350 in the US is constructed on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It makes use of the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the current Prius, with two motors and an environment friendly 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Total output with the fastened ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system makes use of exhaust warmth to heat engine coolant and get the engine heated quicker. The cabin heats quicker, too, which could possibly be important for cold-weather customers cautious of the cold range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much because the Prius. Expecting nothing, it has a stunning little bit of pop. More importantly, it is rated at 53 mpg city, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Perception, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids with out a plug, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 trails only the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Around city, with the electronically managed brake set within the drive mode, the 2019 Lexus RX 350 averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week round town. Setting EV mode helps preserve vitality underneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then once more at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there may be sufficient cost within the battery.
The battery is situated beneath the rear seat, so that you don’t lose much cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load flooring. Rear seat room is adequate enough to fit two teens, and general it felt roomy enough for a family of four.
The one trim in the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Safety Sense 2.zero, with computerized emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works each at freeway cruising speeds and in commuter site visitors from 24 mph down to a cease. It also comes with the eight-inch contact screen with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to stay competitive.
Priced at solely $three,000 greater than the 2019 Lexus RX 350 and $1,200 less than a similarly equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Lexus RX 350 is the superbly practical, remarkably affordable around-town automobile.
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