The Lexus RX 350 is a leader in its class, offering a great balance of luxury, comfort and utilitarianism needed to compete against the likes of the Infiniti JX35, Acura MDX and Volvo XC60. New on the 2013 RX 350 are a plethora of styling and design changes.

The RX 350 offers a very comfortable ride, even for a big dude in the back seat. With comfortable seating for five, the 2013 Lexus RX 350 comes in only one trim with standards that include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, LED running lamps, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, a leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, sliding and reclining rear seat, cloth upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a smattering of audio and tech features.

Extra packages can be had like the Display Audio With Back-up Monitor package, which gives you a rearview camera, a larger display screen, the Lexus Remote Touch electronics interface, an Enform suite of app-based features, and a 12-speaker sound system.

In the Premium package, you get a sunroof, power-folding mirrors, roof rails, rearview camera, leather upholstery, and driver memory functions. You can add even more with the Comfort or Navigation packages that include automatic wipers, xenon headlamps, and heated, ventilated front seats. A Luxury package comes as an add-on with the Premium, Comfort and Navigation packages and will give you 19-inch wheels, LED headlamps, 10-way power front seats, heated wood/leather steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, and a smog-sensing auto climate control recirculation. Beyond that an available F Sport package will give you all-wheel-drive with 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, exterior styling extras and a different trim and perforated leather upholstery.

Under the hood the 2013 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine good for 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. On the F Sport package all-wheel drive is standard with eight-speed automatic. The 3.5-liter V6 moves the RX 350 along nicely. Merging into traffic and weaving up mountain passes are not a problem for this Lexus. The 2013 Lexus RX 350 I drove got 18 to the gallon in the city and 25 on the highway.

It is hard to find fault with the interior design, the cabin is very comfortable and Lexus has used quality materials throughout. My only gripe is that a few of the driver control buttons, such as steering wheel heat, are at knee level for a larger driver making them impossible to see and hard to reach. The wood trim and high-quality leather are top notch quality and are fitted/finished very nicely.

Passengers have plenty of room in the back seat and comfort is further bolstered with reclining and sliding adjustments. There is also of cargo space with up to 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40-split-folding rear seats and 80 cubic feet when the seats are stowed.

Driving the RX 350 is easy and quiet thanks to a well tuned suspension and steering system. The SUV drives more like a car than your dad’s Suburban.