When looking for a luxury SUV, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. Here are five reasons why the Lexus RX 350 F Sport will make you think twice. With its fair share of complaints year after year, there may be a better use of your luxury SUV dollars than the 2020 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT.
5 Reasons To Avoid the 2020 Lexus RX 350
Lexus again utilizes a trackpad option, which can distract from the driver’s ability to focus on the road while operating the infotainment system. No matter how many times Lexus has implemented the trackpad feature, it always comes up short on many user reviews.
The 2020 Lexus RX 350 is no different when it comes to the use of this trackpad system. The fortunate part is that the 2020 RX 350 incorporates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Interestingly, Apple CarPlay can be used as a full-screen touch mode option. However, Android Auto is not as functional in its usability. The RX 350 did incorporate a volume knob and a tuning knob. , Both are very sensitive and responsive which will make the trackpad less of a frustration.
Lexus RX 350 backup cameras
There is quite a bit of distortion in the backup cameras compared to other 2020 vehicles in the luxury SUV segment. Especially when looking at the luxury brands, the 2020 Lexus RX series could be better concerning resolution and distortion, all of which can impact the safety when it comes to the overall driving experience.
F vs F SPORT badging can cause confusion
The RX 350 has the same engine in the F SPORT as it does in its other iterations. The F SPORT functionality and options only apply to the interior trim and styling. While an F model badging tells you more about engine performance. This can cause confusion for some consumers. The video below explains in detail.
Hard to clean cupholders
Cupholders in this vehicle is an odd win and lose. While cupholders might not be your first thought, the fact is many luxury vehicles have not thought through the need for proper cupholders. The RX 350 seems to have a solution for how to functionally address the American love for in-car beverages of various sizes. The forward-most cupholder is adjustable for height, which at first glance, looks like a great feature. However, if anything spills in this cupholder, we aren’t sure how to clean it.
The BMW X3 might be better
The first thing you notice is the Lexus comes with a 3.5 L V6 engine versus the BMW with a 2.0 L four-cylinder engine. This gives the RX 295 hp where the BMW comes in at 248 hp. The BMW gets a five-star rating when it comes to safety, versus the RX 350 getting a four-star rating when it comes to frontal crash tests. And on price, the BMW beats the Lexus again. The RX 350 F Sport has an MSRP of $47,950 And the BMW $41,950
There are many choices in the luxury SUV category. The starting price of a new luxury vehicle can seem attainable but adding premium packages and additional options can add thousands to the final number. While the Lexus RX 350 F SPORT is a great vehicle, there may be better options for your dollar.