NEW FOR 2013:

– Refreshed model.

The Lexus RX enters 2013 with refreshed styling and numerous updates, but there’s not enough changed in the sport utility to consider it an all new generation.

RX 350 and RX 350 F Sport models use a 3.5-litre all-aluminum 60-degree V6 engine with 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. RX 350 models receive a six-speed automatic transmission while RX 350 F Sport models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic.

The RX 450h hybrid is powered by a 3.5-litre Atkinson-cycle 60-degree V6 engine and electric motor making a combined 295 hp. Like most hybrids, motivation is sent to the wheels via an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

All models are equipped with all-wheel drive, though the hybrid only gets a part-time all-wheel drive system.

Standard features in the RX 350 include SmartAccess with push button start, dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, power tilt/telescopic steering, power windows with one-touch auto open/close, remote-linked opening for windows and moonroof (if equipped), power door locks, power rear door, cruise control multifunction in-key remote entry system with rolling-code technology, HomeLink, Lexus Personalized Settings, roof mounted spoiler, rear privacy glass, centre console with sliding lid and storage bin, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, retractable tonneau cover, espresso bird’s-eye maple wood trim (parchment/saddle tan interiors), ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim (light-grey/black interiors), premium fabric seat surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, reclining/sliding rear seat (40/20/40 split), Lexus 9-speaker premium audio with six-disc auto-changer,8-inch LCD multi-information display, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary input, steering wheel-mounted audio and display controls, outside temperature gauge, OLED multi-information display in gauge cluster, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, smart stop technology, vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, direct tire pressure monitor system, headlamp washers, integrated fog lamps, LED taillamps, power heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn indicators, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain, driver/front passenger knee), ALR/ELR seatbelts for front and rear-outboard seating positions, ELR seatbelt for driver, vehicle theft-deterrent and engine immobilizer system with in-key transponder, and front door handle sensor lock/unlock.

Premium Package 1 adds perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, driver seat memory,power folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, power moonroof, silver painted roof rails, rear bumper protector, front and rear splash guards, cargo area net, and cargo mat.

Premium Package 2 adds bi-xenon HID headlamps with dynamic auto-levelling and rearview mirror with integrated backup camera.

Touring Package adds 19-inch triple split-5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, voice activated HDD navigation system with remote touch, XM real-time traffic, 12-speaker Lexus premium audio system with CD/DVD player, rear subwoofer, backup camera in navigation display, and one wallet size smart card key; removes digital compass in rearview mirror and six-disc CD auto-changer).

Ultra Premium Package 1 adds vehicle dynamics integrated management, premium leather seat surfaces, Mark Levinson 15-speaker audio system with CD/DVD player, front seat power thigh support, heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel, front illuminated doorsill trim, heads-up display, and rear cupholder wood grain trim.

Ultra Premium Package 2 adds dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system, audio and DVD remote control, two sets of wireless headphones, and 120V 400W power outlet.

RX 350 F Sport adds (to RX 350) driver seat memory, power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, F Sport shift lever/scuff plates/aluminum pedal set, F Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, F Sport exterior badges, perforated leather seat surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, Mark Levinson 15-speaker audio with CD/DVD player, voice-activated HDD navigation, heads-up display, integrated backup camera, vehicle dynamics integrated management, bi-xenon HID headlamps with dynamic auto-levelling, power folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors, front and rear splash guards, and rear bumper protector.

RX 450h adds (to RX 350) driver seat memory, power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, hybrid blue accented front headlamps/taillamps/logos/badges, silver painted roof rails, perforated leather seat surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, integrated backup camera, Drive Mode Select, electronic controlled braking, vehicle dynamics integrated management, bi-xenon HID headlamps with dynamic auto-levelling, front and rear splash guards, and rear bumper protector.

Touring Package adds 19-inch triple split-5-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, voice-activated HDD navigation system, XM real-time traffic, 12-speaker Lexus premium audio system with CD/DVD player, rear subwoofer, one wallet size smart card key, and power folding auto-dimming exterior mirrors; removes compass in rearview mirror and six-disc CD auto-changer.

Ultra Premium Package 1 adds LED headlamps, premium leather seats, Mark Levinson 15-speaker audio system with CD/DVD player, front seat power thigh support, intuitive parking assist, heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, front illuminated doorsill trim, heads-up display, and rear cupholder wood grain trim.

Ultra Premium Package 2 adds pre-collision system, dynamic radar cruise control, dual-screen DVD rear-seat entertainment system, audio and DVD remote control, two sets of wireless headphones, and 120V 400W power outlet.

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