AboutThatCar.com 2020 Lexus RX 350L AWD

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/20/2020, 11:25 a.m.
Let us start with the upside of the 2020 Lexus RX 350L AWD. It is a luxury crossover in every ...
2020 Lexus RX 350L AWD.

Let us start with the upside of the 2020 Lexus RX 350L AWD.

It is a luxury crossover in every sense of the word.

With a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood and an eight-speed automatic transmission, this Lexus RX had enough oomph to handle the speed needed to navigate an urban expressway and the spurts of power required to get out of harm’s way quickly. Our test vehicle had paddle shifters which we never used.

For 2020, the RX has been equipped with Android Auto and a new, what they say was a user-friendly, touchscreen with a “dynamic voice” and navigation. It also had Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa. Since we did not need the 12.3-inch navigation screen in our hometown, we have no idea whether it was dynamic.

They also said the driving dynamics and improved steering response made for a smoother ride. Indeed, the RX was smooth, handling was easy and of course it was quiet. About the only gripe we had in that department was the climate control fan was a little loud.

It is hard to believe but the Lexus RX has been around for 20 years. We remember being at the Chicago Auto show when it was introduced. This year, the spindle grille has become the signature of the lineup; thus, it was prominent on the RX 350L.

Lexus said the hand-drawn angles of the grille-surround are repeated at each corner of the bumper to smooth the visual flow. The driving dynamics were altered for this model year. Both the front and rear stabilizer bars are now hollow to reduce weight, yet their thicker diameters and reinforced bushings help reduce body roll and improve steering response. The shock absorbers have been re-tuned to work with the stiffer roll bars, while upgraded dampers feature a new friction control device that helps to control high frequency vibrations for a smoother ride.

We do not remember any yaw or sway in the RX during our week-long test drive. It was so smooth we often forgot that the RX was a crossover and not a large luxury sedan.

A stiffer suspension design reduced the noise and vibration from the road. On turns, the added active corner braking helped prevent understeering by braking the inner wheel and providing more stability to the vehicle’s handling. We have no idea whether this did what it was intended to do; but we know that the RX was one of the most stable crossovers we have test driven.

Additional rigidity was achieved through additional spot welds and the use of adhesives.

All that sounds great but as a designer once told us, luxury is conveyed in the interior of a vehicle. And Lexus interior designers did an admirable job.

The RX 350L luxury crossover haptic lock and unlock, a moonroof, extenders on the front seats that were heated and cooled as well as pushbutton start stop. There was also a heated steering wheel. Our test vehicle had a two-toned interior, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel and 12-way power front seats and a head up display.