Review: 2017 Lexus RX 350

Review of the 2017 Lexus RX 350

If you’re looking for a luxury SUV in Los Angeles and don’t want to spend a lot of time talking add-ons and options with your rep, then Longo Lexus has your solution.

The 2017 Lexus RX 350 is a class-leading, versatile ute that’s as ideal for commuting as it is for picking up the kids from soccer. With enthusiastic approval from both major safety organizations and a long list of standard features, it’s the easiest decision you’ll make all year. Read on for our full review:


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Lexus RX 350 a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+ after it earned perfect scores in all the organization’s crash tests.

Unlike some luxury automakers, Lexus puts safety first. Many of its 2017 models, including the RX, have standard Lexus Safety System+, a suite of driver assistance technologies. The package includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, intelligent high-beam headlamps, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Keep Assist. Additionally, all models have a backup camera, 10 airbags, Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lights and daytime running lights, electronic braking brake, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect for one year.


The RX 350 comes with standard SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop, power rear door, Drive Mode Select for difficult terrain, and dual-zone automatic climate control with air filter. For your entertainment and convenience, it also features Bluetooth technologies, subscription-free traffic and weather, HD Radio, Siri Eyes Free, Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link, and the Lexus Premium Sound System with nine speakers.

Those of you looking for a true luxury experience may also choose Premium Triple-Beam LED headlamps with washers and dynamic auto-leveling and LED cornering lamps. Also available are the panorama glass roof, Panoramic View Monitor, power moonroof, Touch-Free Power Rear Door, and Heads-Up Display. Upgraded infotainment features are also available through various feature packages, so talk to your Longo Lexus dealer about what’s important to you.


The RX 350’s cabin is the lap of luxury, even if you choose the base model. It features perforated NuLuxe interior trim, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats, cargo-area tonneau cover, electrochromatic inside mirror, and power-adjustable and heated exterior mirrors. Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and power-folding 60/40 split are also available on all models of the RX.

The Luxury Package of features includes a heated wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, driver’s seat power cushion extender, four-way power lumbar support, ambient interior lighting, semi-aniline leather trim, wood and aluminum accents, and rear-door sunshades.


This year’s RX 350 adds significant horsepower thanks to an updated powertrain. Under the hood, the RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, making 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque.


Starting at $43,120 MSRP


Review: 2017 Lexus LX 570

Review of the 2017 Lexus LX 570

For Angelenos who need a regular respite from the city to head to the mountains or the desert, a fully capable luxury SUV is in order. Some automakers equip their utes with surface-level features that make them seem like they can handle life off the pavement, but fall short once you look for must-haves like multi-mode suspension and standard four-wheel drive.

The 2017 Lexus LX 570 is no such vehicle. It has everything you want in a luxury SUV, plus everything you need to take it off road. Read on for our full review:


The 2017 LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 engine that churns out 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, mated to an 8-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission. The Lexus ute has an elegant feel behind the wheel, but don’t let that fool – this is a legitimate SUV with a truck-style body-on-frame chassis and three-mode independent suspension, capable of towing up to 7,000 pounds.

Additionally, its full-time four-wheel drive with TORSEN limited-slip center differential bolsters a suite of intelligent performance features. Crawl Control can be activated with the press of a button and automatically gives you a slow and steady pace over uncertain terrain, while the Multi-Terrain Select system lets you adjust traction and response, whether you’re traversing rock, dirt, gravel, mud, or sand. Further, Active Height Control lets you raise the vehicle by up to three inches, giving you better wheel articulation and allowing you to accommodate rough terrains.


The LX 570 comes standard with a deluxe navigation system with 12.3-inch display, Siri Eyes Free, Remote Touch controls, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, subscription-free traffic and weather, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth-enabled voice command, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted controls, and SmartAccess key fob.

You can also opt for a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, color Heads Up Display, wireless phone charging pad, Mark Levinson Reference Surround Sound Audio System, and Cool Box center console beverage cooler.


This seven-seat SUV has three rows of highly configurable, leather-lined seating. You can fold the second and third rows down for extra cargo space, while the third row can also fold to the sides for flat-floor storage behind the second row. It has a standard 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat and 12-way power adjustable passenger’s seat, and the option to add semi-aniline leather seating. Standard four-zone climate control, interior ambient lighting, and artisan crafted wood trim remind you that this is a luxury vehicle.


Lexus equipped the LX 570 with the Lexus Safety System+, which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps, and Lane Assist Technology. This system does not cost extra, which not many other automakers can tout. Additionally, all models have Lexus Enform Safety Connect, providing roadside assistance and emergency contact free for the first year.


Starting at $89,380 MSRP

Comparison: 2017 Lexus ES 350 vs 2017 Infiniti Q50

Lexus ES 350 ve Infiniti Q50

Shopping for a luxury sedan can be a lot of work. You need a car that can cruise Los Angeles streets in style while giving you intuitive, quality entertainment and convenience features within easy reach. Plus, what’s a luxury car these days without driver assistance technology?

If you’re comparing the 2017 Lexus ES 350 to the 2017 Infiniti Q50, some differences may make or break it for you. Check out our full one-to-one comparison:


Lexus ES 350

Lexus always puts safety first and spent years honing its Safety System+ package, which now comes standard on each model of the 2017 ES. The suite of features includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Intelligent High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

As such, it should come as no surprise that the 2017 ES earned a best-possible 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as the Top Safety Pick+ title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 has available driver assistance tech, but it will cost extra. It comes with available Backup Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Lane Departure Warning.

At best, one would consider the 2017 Q50’s crash test records spotty. While it did score best-possible ratings for moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength from the IIHS, it was not rated for small front overlap impact. Additionally, the NHTSA has only evaluated the model for rollover, where it earned five stars.


Lexus ES 350

Each model of the 2017 ES is equipped with SmartAccess with push-button start/stop, power moonroof, Lexus Display Audio with color multimedia display and Scout GPS Link, 8-speaker sound system, backup camera, HD Radio with iTunes tagging, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, and color LCD screen with Meter Link. Additionally, it comes with standard NuLuxe interior trim, power adjustable front seats, LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, subscription-free traffic and weather, and a year of complimentary Enform Safety Connect, Enform Service Connect, and Enform Remote.

Available options include heated and ventilated front seats, wood and leather trim, panorama glass roof, power rear sunshade, power trunk open/close, twin projector Bi-LED headlamps, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Intuitive Parking Assist,

Infiniti Q50

The 2017 Q50 comes with standard AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System, USB connectivity, Sirius XM Radio, steering wheel-mounted controls, dual display screens, voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview monitor, trip computer, cruise control, and HomeLink universal transmitter. It also features push-button ignition, power adjustable front seats, and leather accents.

Premium features include Bose sound system, advanced infotainment with HD Radio, navigation, Infiniti InTouch Services for six months, front and rear object detection, and power tilting and telescoping steering wheel.


Lexus ES 350

Starting at $38,900

Infiniti Q50

Staring at $33,950