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Motor Trend Reviews the Three-Row 2018 Lexus RX 350L

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Motor Trend has published a review on the new Lexus RX 350L seven-seat crossover:

Introducing a better infotainment system and somehow increasing cargo space behind the second-row seats would go a long way toward our ability to recommend the Lexus RX 350L. Already, the RX has a smooth ride over road imperfections and occupies the sweet spot between the too-small NX and the QX60/Enclave size some might feel is too big. Plus, nearly everything you touch and see inside gives off a rich impression.

That’s why we have no doubt that despite its dynamic, cargo space, and infotainment limitations, the RXL will convince thousands of buyers to make the $4,400 jump to the RX 350L on the strength of the crossover’s existing package and those small, occasional-use third-row seats.

As far as reviews go, Motor Trend gravitates towards negativity in minute detail. Concerns about usable space is one thing, but an entire paragraph slamming the 14-second time of the power-folding third row is unnecessary.

Lexus building a three-row crossover based on an existing design is a challenging setup, but the fact that the RXL was released before the model’s mid-cycle update shows its importance. The Lexus USA dealerships wanted this vehicle years ago. The fact that the third-row option is only a $4,400 USD upgrade over the standard RX allows for some compromises.

Here are some good photos of the three-row in its two configurations:

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As far as reviews go, Motor Trend gravitates towards negativity in minute detail. Concerns about usable space is one thing, but an entire paragraph slamming the 14-second time of the power-folding third row is unnecessary.
True, but why does it take so long? At sub-zero temperatures that could get annoying very quickly.
Mohammed Taha
True, but why does it take so long? At sub-zero temperatures that could get annoying very quickly.
For sure. Calling it slow is one thing, writing a 100 word complaint seems petty.

Or maybe I'm the one that's being petty? :cold_sweat:
With kids, groceries, gear and whatever else, I think 14 seconds is a little too leisurely. If you're planning ahead and putting the seats down for a road trip before you load the car, probably not a big deal, but in the moment, I can see that being fairly annoying.

Similarly, Toyota/Lexus hatches seem to be slowest-in-class and that too can be annoying in the same circumstances.

I wish Lexus PR would do a better job of optioning up vehicles to send out to the media. This is one of their most important models and they sent it out FWD with base options and a base interior. I feel like an AWD model would have helped to negate some of the annoyances with torque steer, the 20" wheels would have surely helped the appearance and a better optioned interior never hurts either.
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krew
For sure. Calling it slow is one thing, writing a 100 word complaint seems petty.

Or maybe I'm the one that's being petty? :cold_sweat:
He wanted to make a point. I’m guessing he succeeded.
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Let's just cut the nonsense and point out the fact that Lexus even offers a POWERED 3rd row seat in a vehicle that does not even need one!!! 14 seconds?!? REALLY. 'OUTTA HERE with that!
I'm surprised some auto press even bothered reviewing this vehicle and Lexus bothered sending out review samples. At least they need to write something other than 'sure this is the money printing machine that people buy no matter what we write here', so they picked up a somewhat valid and relevant criticism.
If anything, Lexus PR should be lining up the mommy bloggers to drive them first.
Mohammed Taha
He wanted to make a point. I’m guessing he succeeded.
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LOL. The avatar is just a reminder for everyone of that miserable day. - Extremely off topic
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MT's review is in line with my expectations. Usual strengths of the RX (smooth drive, quality interior) and weaknesses (Infotainment/tech, and tight 3rd row).

I do agree the time it takes to fold the 3rd row is long which is exacerbated by the fact that you need to hold the button the entire time. Rear hatch is a little slow too but I've grown accustomed to its 8-second close time on my 2-row RX and similar time when I had the NX.

Biggest surprise to me was the exposed rear window wiper which hints at the slightly rushed development of the L. Not a big deal, just an observation, but it is nicer, more refined concealed underneath the roof spoiler.
In my video (go to around the 1:45 mark) where I show how long it takes for the seat to go down. I noted that to enable the seat to go flat it must raise first then fit into the rear shelf. That adds some time. Contrarily the MDX I had next to it was a manual seat which is of course fast but feels sub luxury compared to a power rear seat (note the GX and LX are power too).

Having a RX and LX now and using them with a kid the only time that would be a problem is in the rain or inclement weather when you want things to move fast. Otherwise it is SUPER PETTY to pick on it.
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mikeavelli
Having a RX and LX now and using them with a kid the only time that would be a problem is in the rain or inclement weather when you want things to move fast. Otherwise it is SUPER PETTY to pick on it.
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