2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport Review

If you listen to my radio show for a half hour or so, you probably hear me recommend the Lexus RX 350 at least once. It amazes me how people who buy or lease one, seem to do it time and time again, they never seem to defect. You also hear me add that it has a very soft ride which some will love, and others will not. Now comes the 2013 Lexus RX 350 F Sport. It is the hopped up version of the regular RX, and it rides and drives very differently from the regular version. New is an 8-Speed automatic transmission with shift paddles, 19” Graphite wheels that look awesome, and Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. The VDIM system ties together all the on-board chassis electronics like ABS, brake assist, traction and stability control, drive-by-wire throttle, and puts them under the simultaneous command of a single computer module, which improves performance and control. This is one of the biggest reasons for the change in the way it feels and handles. At first, I thought maybe they went too far with the suspension, it’s really tight, but as I drove it more and experienced the handling, I came to the conclusion that it was actually quite enjoyable. The F Sport comes in all-wheel drive only and it sports a 270-horse 3.5-liter V6. Outside, the F Sport looks tough and aggressive, very un-Lexus like and it works. The front end is bold, and the body changes Lexus made with flares look awesome. Inside, you get the level of luxury you expect in a Lexus, except with really sporty leather heated and cooled seats, a leather steering wheel, Maple trim, and aluminum pedals. Being an RX, you can count on a large level of standard equipment, but options on my test SUV includes blind spot monitoring, upgraded stereo, navigation system with Lexus Enform, intuitive parking assist and my favorite, a heads-up display that puts your speed in the windshield so there is no need to look down. Everything on the color monitor works from a mouse on the center console that is easy to operate (once you get used to it). If you want the soft, more traditional Lexus ride, get the regular RX and save yourself $6000 or so. If you want a unique, sporty, really exciting SUV get the F Sport. What I liked most: The exterior and suspension changes. What I would change: Would like to get it up over 300-horses to go with the looks. MSRP: $47,000 base price, this one comes in at $53,885. Fuel Economy: 18 in town, 26 on the highway. Warranty: 4 year/50000 bumper-to-bumper, 6 year/70,000 powertrain. 2013 Lexus RX F Sport in a few words: An exciting SUV from Lexus. Car Pro Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

  1. R Simon 5 years ago

    Bought an 08 and have over 80 k on it no problems whatever other than the dealer bugging us to return for service. We have our local Toyota deer change the ams oil about 40 k. Wife loves it surprised its awd and the tires lasted almost 50 k

  2. Leon Macha 5 years ago

    Driving a 2009 Toyota Venza. 19″ tires are ready for replacement, but range of choices is quite limited, and the tire price is OFF THE CHARTS. So much for driving a 4 cyl, reasonably fuel efficient auto. The tire cost eats up your savings.

  3. BC 5 years ago

    I bought the 2013 RX350 in may 2013 right after they came out, (not the F-Sport) and I love the vehicle. Only problem I notice is – I go out into the garage at night after the car has been sitting for 5 plus hours or so and I hear a little motor running. The motor running noise seems to be coming from under/around the right rear seat. I’m guessing it is the electric fuel pump…????? This has happened over 5 times and the RX350 has less than 5k miles on it.
    I will be taking it in for 5k service in a week or so and plan to write it down on my list of things to cover.

    • BC 5 years ago

      I went to the dealer yesterday for the 5k service. The service mgr said the little motor running noise by the right rear seat (after the car has been off and sitting for 5 plus hours) is the smog evaporative system purging itself. I was happy I did not put beans in the fuel tank!

  4. Adriana Klink 4 years ago

    I purchased my 2003 Toyota sequoia new, which I absolutely love, and she now has 160,000 miles. Would u give me your opinion on buying something new. I have always had her serviced at the Toyota dealer since purchasing in 2002 and have had all records. I am a Realtor and spend a lot of time in the car but am not rough on the engine. I am interested in the Lexus Rx as I want an SUV just a bit smaller than the sequoia. Appreciate ur input.

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      The RX is awesome, it’s my most recommended luxury SUV. It is a wonderful choice.

      Let me know which market you are in, and I’m sure I have a dealer near you!

      THANKS for listening to the show.

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

  5. rich shive 4 years ago

    could I get your thoughts on rx 350 hybrid ? you have reported high ratings for the regular rx. can the hybrid be rated as high? the car should be kept for years.

    • Michele Sanders 4 years ago

      I love the RX hybrid and it makes financial sense unlike some of the hybrids. The RX will earn you the money back you pay for the hybrid engine. It is a terrific SUV.

      You can find our Lexus dealers on the website under CERTIFIED DEALERS in your area.

      THANKS for listening.

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

  6. Ruben Rodriguez 3 years ago

    Can you let me know what your thoughts are of the 2012 Lexus RX SUV. I’ve read that buying a 3yr. old would save you considerable money?How many miles should be on the odometer reading for this yr. car?Is there a way of finding a picture and what is standard on this model. Sorry for all the questions. I listen to you out of Sacramneto every Saturday. Thanks!

    • Michele Sanders 3 years ago

      Ruben, good to hear from you. RX is awesome, I recommend it all the time. A 2012 should have around 45,000 miles, the less the better.

      CLick here: https://www.carprousa.com/dealer/lexus-sacramento/sacramento

      My friend Christian will take great care of you and I am sure he’ll have pictures, etc on their website. Thanks for listening!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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