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The 2017 Lexus RX 350 comes with the most comprehensive safety system Lexus has ever offered on the RX. That means the essential technologies that keep you safe, come standard across every model. This includes a 10-airbag system, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and a backup camera with dynamic gridlines that help you park.

Vehicle Stability Control and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) also come standard. The latter helps increase driver confidence when approaching large hills. With some vehicles, you have to keep your foot on the brake the entire time you are on an incline. That is not the case with the RX 350. HAC helps maintain the vehicle’s position by applying the brakes to all four wheels until you’re moving forward again.

Vehicle Stability Control is in charge of monitoring your wheels. If your wheels start to slip when you’re turning a corner, the system modulates the engine power and brake input to keep you in control. Combine this intuitive feature with Anti-lock Braking and Traction Control and slippery conditions are no match for the RX 350.

Similar safety tech is available in the 2018 BMW X5, however, you have to pay for it. Additionally, BMW has yet to include a rear-view camera as standard on their base model. This is disappointing, especially when it comes to squeezing in-and-out of difficult parking spaces.

2017 Lexus RX 350 Standard Safety Technologies

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Intelligent high-beam headlamps
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Backup camera
  • 10 airbags
  • Bi-LED headlamps, LED fog lamps and daytime running lights (DRL)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM)

Which Should You Be Driving?

Lexus has moved their vehicles into the next generation. That means every Lexus comes equipped with the technology you need when you find yourself in a sticky situation. These technologies come in especially handy in a cold Alberta winter, when the roads are often covered in snow and ice.

Lexus’s relentless focus on safety has helped the 2017 RX 350 earn a Five-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It’s the highest possible rating awarded by the NHTSA and it speaks volumes about an SUV that was designed with your safety in mind.

The 2018 BMW X5 offers similar technologies but the more advanced features aren’t included on lower trims. Where the X5 really lets buyers down is the lack of a backup camera. Not only is it a feature that’s standard across luxury and non-luxury vehicles alike, it’s fast become an essential part of driving today. It’s especially disconcerting it is not included considering the hefty price tag you pay on the X5, even on the lowest trim — ($68,000).