New Model: Lexus RX350

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If you’re someone who can afford to buy a luxury German automobile but who doesn’t want to buy such a machine because it’s what the rest of the herd does, then chances are that the left-of-centre Lexus would appeal to you.

The model reviewed here is the fourth generation, of which we only get two models locally. The first is the petrolelectric hybrid RX 450h. However, you can’t tow with it − so there’s not much
more to say about it on these pages.

Instead, let’s take a quick look at the RX350 EX. This model has a 3.5-litre direct injection petrol V6 which is good for 221kW and 370Nm, delivered to all four wheels via an 8-speed auto box.

The RX350 EX weighs in at 2 085kg, but has a manufacturer’s maximum tow rating of 2 000kg (braked), when properly equipped. So in this instance, one would have to follow the manufacturer’s guideline. Not that this is any great hardship, as 2 000kg will pull all but the very largest of caravans.

The model featured here boasts torque and horsepower in more than adequate proportions, which makes the RX350 both quick around town and capable on the open road.

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