2019 Lexus RX 350 L Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

On a bright beautiful Saturday afternoon, I drove to a spring soiree in the 2019 Lexus RX 350L to meet up with friends at a DC waterfront hotel. While it seemed everyone was on the road as I sat in weekend traffic, I relished the plush Lexus and its ability to be as comfortable as my living room. 


The RX 350L is a midsize luxury crossover that comes in one feature rich trim. As the bigger brother of the regular RX, the extended 350L gives you a smidge more cargo room and adds a third row to seat seven people. However, I’d reserve that cramped third row for small children, as it’s not adult-friendly when it comes to spaciousness.


You do have the paid option of swapping out that second-row for captain’s chairs, but then you’ll carry six passengers instead of seven. Either way, your passengers will appreciate the high quality materials and conveniences.


Numerous cubbies and cup holders are sprinkled throughout the cabin. These generous storage options provide lots of places to hold beverages and organize smaller items. This, of course, helps keep the cabin nice and neat.


On the other hand though, cargo space may seem to be on the puny side. Overall cargo capacity is sacrificed to the third-row seat. You’ll find just 7.5 cubic feet of storage behind the third row and 23 feet when it’s folded away.


However, you’ll hit the mother lode when it comes to standard features. These include leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, roof rails and  tri-zone automatic climate control system.


You’ll also find power-adjustable front seats, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat, a power-folding and 50/50-split third-row seat. Completing the roster are Bluetooth, a nine-speaker sound system, and a tricky to use infotainment interface with an eight-inch display screen.


But wait, there’s still more.


Safety gear includes a rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, along with forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking and a power-adjustable steering wheel.


Powering the Lexus is a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 290 horsepower. It comes standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.


Driving was smooth and I felt in command from the driver’s seat, however there were instances during which the large Lexus seemed lumbering and less refined, especially while making U-turns.


My patience was also tested when parking the Lexus. Maneuvering the burly 350L in and out of standard parking spaces was a hassle because of the large turning radius. Still, it’s handsome, comfortable and a nice ride overall.


Pricing starts at $48,020.

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