COMPARISON: 2015 LEXUS RX 350 vs 2016 LEXUS RX 350

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The Lexus RX 350 is the perfect midsize crossover for cruising Southern California streets because it’s stylish, versatile eco-conscious.
The all-new 2016 model has an updated exterior and engine, but the 2015 is still a good choice, depending on what you’re looking for. Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2015 RX 350 and the 2016 RX 350.

Safety

2015 RX 350
Last year’s model of the RX 350 earned perfect scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It features all the great standard safety features you’ve come to know and love from Lexus, plus options for emergency services, airbag deployment notification, and a stolen vehicle tracking system.

2016 RX 350
This year, the 2016 nailed all tests by the IIHS, earning the title of Top Safety Pick+. Plus, the organization gave it best-possible scores for child seat anchor ease of use, and a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Optional safety features include a pre-collision system, panoramic view monitor, lane-keep assist with rear cross-traffic alert and intuitive parking assist.

Features

2015 RX 350
The older model of RX 350 has a classic sporty look, with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, roof rack cross bars, and the option for wood and leather interior accents. It also has standard 8-way power driver and passenger seats, reverse tilt dual mirrors and cruise control. For entertainment, drivers can enjoy a 12-speaker system, 12 months of satellite radio and a radio data system.

2016 RX 350
Lexus has updated the RX 350 to exceed the expectations of its customers. An angular, contemporary exterior makes it unmistakably Lexus, and a plush, luxe interior makes it feel like home. The 2016 RX 350 has a larger display screen than last year’s model, as well as a modernized center control stack and the options for Gray Sapele wood with aluminum and exclusive Matte Linear Dark Mocha wood trim.

For entertainment, the all-new RX 350 features standard Bluetooth technologies, Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. Additionally, drivers can add the Lexus Enform App Suite and Mark Levinson premium audio system.

Engine and Fuel Economy

2015 RX 350
The 2015 RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

2016 RX 350
This year’s RX 350 also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but with an updated powertrain. Its new 8-speed automatic transmission gives it better acceleration than last year’s model, more horsepower, plus an improvement in fuel economy. Drivers can expect to get 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and the midsize SUV has 295 horsepower.

Pricing

2015 RX 350
MSRP: $41,910

2016 RX 350
MSRP: $42,850

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