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F Sport barks but doesn’t bite
by Richard Cazeau
Adorned with aggressive looks and F Sport badging, the performance line version of the Lexus RX350 is easily more attractive than its more subtle mainstream model. Looking at it you will immediately think: this is not your sister’s crossover.
While the base FWD RX350 starts at $39,310 and the AWD at $40,710, the F Sport trim is priced at $47,000. Undercutting the RX450h hybrid model by $310 it comes as a sole trim level without options.
DEEP BLUE SEE
The F Sport treatment makes the RX350 brasher, leaner and meaner. While from a profile it doesn’t appear to be overly unique, straight-on it gains a more dramatic front end.
All 2013 RX models boast the brand’s now trademark grille, although on F Sport models it’s more pronounced with custom bumper and mesh grille. Also notable are the LED daytime running lights and taillights with the L design motif, while fog lights are integrated into the more aggressive bumper.
Other notable exterior cues include the dark graphite 19-inch split-5-spoke alloy wheels, plus there are the obligatory F Sport badges.
F Sport models are offered with an exclusive Deep Sea Mica paint (dark blue), while other colors are more traditionally Lexus neutral. Handsome as it is, for maximum attention, we would recommend the going with optional Claret Mica (deep red). This crossover is, after all, more about looks.
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