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What are the main features of the Lexus RX 350?

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The Lexus RX 350 five-passenger luxury crossover SUV comes highly rated by Consumer Reports and Edmunds for its quiet powertrain, strong fuel efficiency, spacious rear seat, interior build quality and safety equipment. The RX 350 comes in base, Navigation, F-Sport, Premium and Crafted Line F-Sport trim levels.

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Classified as a midsize crossover SUV, the RX 350 competes with models such as the Acura MDX and Cadillac SRX in price and basic dimensions, although it lacks those choices' third-row seat. That leaves more room for second-row passengers, and Edmunds called the 2015 RX 350's interior materials high-quality and its seating area spacious and comfortable.

That said, performance from its 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 is less than exciting, according to the consumer-focused auto publication. Edmunds also saw the F-Sport performance package as not adding enough to the car's handling dynamics or overall appeal.

The 3.5 is the only engine available and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and the buyer's choice of front-wheel drive or extra cost all-wheel drive. The EPA rates the RX 350 at 18 city and 25 highway mpg, relatively strong figures for a luxury crossover SUV of this size and heft.

Consumer Reports noted that the car's infotainment system incorporates a mouse-like controller, which could be too distracting for drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rated the 2015 RX 350 at five out of five stars overall, with four stars for frontal crash protection, five stars for side-impact protection and four stars for rollover protection.

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