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Autoweek Review: The Three-Row Lexus RX 350L

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Mark Vaughn at Autoweek has posted his thoughts on the new three-row Lexus RX 350L:

So into the third row went the shortest kid, and I felt kind of bad sending him there. But the middle row slides up fairly easily and the middle seatback flips forward, so access to that cramped rear is not too difficult. Then you slide the middle row back until you hear a squeaking sound from the kid in the third row, and at that point you lock the second row in place by flipping the seatback to vertical again. He had his own climate control and cup holders so I guess he was okay.

The rest of the kids then filled in like high tide. Everyone seemed happy, but no one heard a peep from the kid in the way back. Poor kid. Good thing I remembered he was there or he would have gone to work with me. That might have done him some good, learn to type, at least.


Lexus LC Chief Engineer Has Bone to Pick with Black Panther

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Early reviews of new Marvel movie The Black Panther have been extremely positive, and Lexus looks set to reap the rewards of an inspired partnership with the superhero superstar. That said, not everyone at Lexus is happy with how the LC 500 coupe was treated in the film — from The Drive:

While at a Lexus event ahead of the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, [LC Chief Engineer Koji] Sato took the stage to share his love for the LC’s design and architecture, but also shared his deepest feelings about the wildly modified LC 500 featured in the upcoming Black Panther movie.

“There is one scene I’m not happy about. There’s a scene when [King T’Challa] slid across the hood and left a huge scratch on the car,” said Sato. “What is wrong with you, that’s my baby! Why would you do that? You are crazy!”

This seems like the perfect time to share this new behind-the-scenes footage of the LC 500’s role in the film:


Lexus RC F, GS F, and LC 500 Recalled for Fuel Pump Issue

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Lexus has announced a recall for the high-performance RC F coupe, GS F sedan, and LC 500 coupe due to an issue with the fuel pumps:

The involved vehicles are equipped with two high pressure fuel pumps. There is a possibility that the cover of one of these pumps could become damaged over time and lead to a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.

For all involved vehicles, Lexus dealers will replace both high-pressure fuel pumps with improved ones at no cost to customers. All known owners will receive a notification by first class mail starting in early April.

Approximately 9,900 RC F, GS F, and LC 500 models spanning model years 2015-2018 are affected by the recall.


Lexus Named Top Brand in J.D. Power 2018 Vehicle Dependability Study

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For the seventh year in a row, Lexus has been named the top brand in the J.D. Power 2016 Vehicle Dependability Study.

The study examines problems experienced during the past year by owners of 2015 model-year vehicles, and each brand’s overall dependability is determined by the number of problems experienced per 100 vehicles (PP100). A lower score reflects higher quality — here are the overall scores:

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Along with the overall top ranking, Lexus performed well in the model categories — the CT was the top Small Premium Car, the ES was first in Compact Premium Cars, the GS was first in Midsize Premium Cars, and the RX placed first in Midsize Premium SUVs.


Video Tour of the 2018 Three-Row Lexus RX 350L

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Here’s a video tour of the new 2018 three-row Lexus RX 350L from Chad Deschenes of the Lexus USA College:

(Great to see this demonstration of how the third row folds down. Also nice to see the extra space afforded by going with the captain chairs in the second row.)