Comfort Level

PORTFOLIO Magazine|May - June 2020

Comfort Level
The 2020 Lexus RX350L delivers a solid performance
Robert Stedman

A few months ago, Lexus unveiled the 2020 Lexus RX350L SUV at the Singapore Cars@Expo and revealed some evolutionary changes to the brand’s core model. It was Lexus, after all, that helped first establish the luxury SUV segment when the model was first introduced in 1998.

As with most SUVs, the shape of the car is slightly boxy. However, the 2020 Lexus RX exterior does have a luxury look about it. The car’s new sculpted front and rear bumper designs give the RX a slightly dynamic appearance. By connecting the rocker panels to the bottom of the grille in a straight line, the new design delivers a look of strength and stability. The signature Lexus spindle grille (love it or hate it) adds to the “L” pattern mesh and a new frame that blends into the side of the front bumpers to provide a unified and solid profile. But make no mistake, this is a big SUV and is 5m long, from stem to stern.

While a dynamic design helps define the car’s exterior, comfort and roominess are to be found on the inside. The RX350L has an extra row of rear seats that make this car ideal for families. The 2020 Lexus RX350L offers a newly designed cockpit that is very driver-friendly. And you can’t miss the 12.3-inch infotainment screen in the middle of the split-level dash. It does look a bit old-fashioned, like a big piece of toast that’s popped out of the toaster or, in this case, the dash. The overall tone of the interior is luxury with plenty of hides of supple leather-adorned seats and panels. The front seats are especially comfortable and harkens back to days when overstuffed plush chairs were fashionable. The other thing that makes the Lexus RX exceptional is the quietness of the interior. You’d swear you could hear a pin drop in the rear of the car, if it had pins, of course. This inherent silence makes the Lexus Premium Audio System with 12 Speakers sound exceptionally good.

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