2020 Lexus RX 350L AWD Lux new car reviews

[Editor's Note: Photography features an RX 350 F Sport]

Not every manufacturer includes 0-60 times in its press materials, but Lexus is one of those few, regardless if it's a range-topping LC 500 or something like this, the RX 350L.

For an all-wheel-drive RX configured like the one we got our hands on, a sprint to 60 mph will take 8.1 seconds. However, the front-wheel-drive one seems to be the quicker of the two, taking only 7.9 seconds to get to 60.

Happen to find yourself on the track? you have a top speed of 124 mph to work with, and if you want something to brag about, the RX has a drag coefficient of 0.33, which, according to a quick internet search, is better than an R34-chassis Nissan GT-R and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X—but only slightly.

What does all that mean for most people looking to purchase an RX? Probably not a lot considering most buyers are more than likely looking for a comfortable, reliable SUV to get them to the store and back, but we can always appreciate when carmakers take the time to throw that information in there.

At any rate, to find out what the RX 350L is like to drive, keep scrolling to get our driving impressions.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

I went in thinking about how there are two kinds of Lexuses: cars built from the ground up as a Lexus and then those that are simply popular Toyota products wearing a big L on the nose.

It’s obvious where this one fits as it’s basically a Toyota Highlander fitted with all of the extras.

Then I dialed up the Sport mode and enjoyed some curves. Okay, I had fun. I went back for more. And again. And again. And again.

Then I went and ran up some on-ramps—followed by some off-ramps.

What makes the Lexus work better than expected? A really good gearbox.

Crisp shifts, proper downshifts and programming that will happily let the engine spin to redline. As far as auto boxes go, it’s the total package.

You can manually shift it, too, but even in just D it does very well.

My only request: Park this package in something a bit less expensive than a $63K luxury SUV.

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