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Lexus RX 350 gains new styling and more power (pictures)

A massive grille, a deeply contoured side and a floating roof design distinguish the new generation of Lexus' five passenger luxury SUV.

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Lexus took a strong styling approach to the new generation of its popular RX 350 luxury SUV, new for the 2016 model year.

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The Lexus RX 350 is a five-passenger luxury SUV with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine. For the new generation, it gains 25 horsepower.

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LED headlights are available, and complement the new styling.

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The new styling includes what Lexus calls a "floating roof", with a blacked-out rear pillar.

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Lexus makes new wheel styles available for the 2016 RX 350.

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The base RX 350 comes with front-wheel-drive, but it is also available as an all-wheel-drive SUV.

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This model shows off the Luxury-level trim.

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The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split to maximize cargo area.

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The electric power steering demonstrates more heft than the previous generation.

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While some automakers switch to LCD instrument panels, Lexus sticks to analog gauges.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and improves fuel economy.

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The available surround-view monitor makes parking safer.

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Although the 12.3-inch LCD is bigger than the previous generation, it shows similar software.

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The LCD shows either a split or full view.

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