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MSRP: $43,670 - 54,285

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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.3
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2019 Lexus RX 350 Review

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 ranks in the top third of the luxury midsize SUV class. It offers a silky ride, lots of standard safety technology, and an excellent predicted reliablity rating, but its rivals have nimbler handling and more room for cargo.

Pros & Cons

  • Blissful ride
  • Premium cabin
  • Strong engine
  • Not as sporty as rivals
  • Remote Touch controller can be frustrating
  • Small cargo hold

Is the Lexus RX 350 a Good SUV?

The Lexus RX is a good luxury midsize SUV. We named the RX our 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award winner because it has the best combination of quality and value among its competition. We also named it a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. Its elegant cabin has lots of features and plenty of space for passengers. This Lexus boasts a refined ride quality and a brawny V6 engine. On the downside, the RX 350’s cargo hold is on the small side – even in the three-row RX L – and its Remote Touch infotainment system can be tricky to use. There is a hybrid version, the RX 450h, which we review separately. 

Should I Buy the Lexus RX 350?

The Lexus RX is a good daily commuter. Its V6 engine can easily get you around town, and its refined suspension and spacious seats keep you comfortable on the way. It has a lower MSRP than many rivals, making it relatively affordable for an upscale vehicle, and it has an outstanding predicted reliability rating.

However, there are a lot of great luxury midsize SUVs worth considering. The Audi Q7 also has powerful engines and a refined ride, but it throws in sporty handling as well. Alternatively, you could save money with a nonluxury vehicle, such as the Toyota Highlander or Mazda CX-9. You’ll still get many of the RX’s strong suits, including strong engines and comfortable rides, as well as more cargo space.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lexus RX 350?

The 2019 RX belongs to a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. Lexus did not make any major changes to the 2019 model, so you could save money shopping for an older SUV. For 2017, Lexus added several safety features to the standard equipment list. These amenities were optional prior to that, so you might save money by finding an older vehicle with them. If you want the three-row RX L, you’ll need to stick with a 2018 model or newer, as that is when this extended-wheelbase edition debuted.

To learn more about these used models, read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Lexus RX. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Lexus RX 350 reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this sedan in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 33 Lexus RX 350 reviews. This RX review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Lexus RX 350 Cost?

At $43,570, the starting price of the 2019 Lexus RX 350 is more affordable than many other luxury midsize SUVs. The three-row RX 350L has an MSRP of $47,770, and the RX 350 F Sport starts at $49,220. That undercuts the base prices of some rivals, including the Land Rover Discovery. All-wheel drive adds $1,400 to the base price of each trim.

The RX Hybrid, which we review separately, starts at $45,995.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

Lexus RX 350 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 350 or Infiniti QX60?

The Infiniti QX60 is a good luxury midsize SUV. It has standard three-row seating and a lot more cargo space than the Lexus. The QX60 and the RX 350 have a lot in common, including V6 engines with similar horsepower ratings and fuel economy estimates. Both also lack Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Between the two, however, the Lexus is the better option. It has a smoother ride and more standard safety features. Lexus also offers the RX as a hybrid, but there’s no hybrid QX60. Overall, you’re better off with the Lexus.

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 350 or Lexus NX?

The Lexus NX is a two-row luxury compact SUV. It’s smaller than its sibling, though it has nearly as much cargo space. Both the NX and RX offer hybrid variants, but even the nonhybrid NX will save you money at the pump. However, the main reason to choose the NX over the RX is price. With an MSRP around $36,200, the NX will save you roughly $7,400 over the base RX 350. If you have some room in your budget though, the RX is the better SUV. It has a softer ride, a peppier engine, and a nicer cabin with more space.  

Which Is Better: Lexus RX 350 or Acura MDX?

Like the Lexus, the Acura MDX features a strong V6 engine as well as a hybrid variant. Both can also seat up to seven people and have elegant cabins. On top of that, both have low MSRPs for the class. The RX has a smoother ride, but the MDX has a roomier cargo area and more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both of these are good vehicles, and choosing between them comes down to your personal taste.

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RX 350 Interior

How Many People Does the RX 350 Seat?

The two-row 2019 Lexus RX 350 seats five people on NuLuxe synthetic leather upholstery. The RX 350L raises the seating capacity to seven with the addition of a third row. Power-adjustable front seats are standard. There are a ton of options to add on as well, including semi-aniline perforated leather upholstery; heated and ventilated front seats; heated, power-folding, and reclining second-row seats; second-row captain’s chairs in L models; and a heated steering wheel.

The seats are plush and comfortable, but the sport seats that come in F Sport models may feel restricting to larger drivers. Head- and legroom are decent in every row, thanks in part to the sliding and reclining second-row seats.

RX 350 and Car Seats

The RX 350 has two complete sets of LATCH connections for securing child car seats. The middle seat can borrow a lower anchor from either side. RX L models have a single tether anchor in the third row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX the highest rating of Good+ for ease of use. 

RX 350 Interior Quality

Despite being more affordable than many rivals, this vehicle doesn’t cut corners. The cabin is full of soft-touch materials. Overall though, it’s minimalistic compared to luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE or the Volvo XC90.

RX 350 Cargo Space

The 2019 RX 350 has a total of 56.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded. The three-row RX L doesn’t add much more, offering up to 58.5 cubic feet of space. The back seats don’t fold completely flat, which makes for an uneven load floor.

Neither figure is impressive for the class, as rivals such as the BMW X5, Tesla Model X, and even Lexus’ own GX offer a lot more space. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

RX 350 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The base RX 350 features an infotainment system with Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an 8-inch display. A larger 12.3-inch display with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and the Enform app suite are available. You can also opt for a 12-speaker stereo or a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system.

While it has some high-tech features, the upgraded infotainment system uses the Remote Touch controller, which works like a computer mouse. It can be tricky to use while driving. Additionally, neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto are available. Many rivals offer them as standard or optional features, including the Volvo XC90, the Land Rover Discovery, and even the nonluxury Nissan Murano.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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RX 350 Performance

RX 350 Engine: Strong and Capable

Every gas-powered RX features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque (in RX L models, 290 and 263, respectively). An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Lexus also offers the RX Hybrid, which we review separately.

The V6 propels the RX around with ease, and the automatic transmission makes smooth shifts. However, rivals like the Volvo XC90 and Mercedes-Benz GLE have more powerful turbocharged engine options.

RX 350 Gas Mileage: Great for the Class

The 2019 RX 350 has fuel economy estimates as high as 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Three-row models return 19/26 mpg city/highway, while all-wheel drive drops city and highway ratings by 1 mpg. The RX gets great fuel estimates for the class, though they fit right in with nonluxury rivals such as the Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, and V6-powered Toyota Highlander.

RX 350 Ride and Handling: Calm and Composed

The RX 350 provides a gentle and quiet ride. The cabin is well-insulated from harsh road and wind noises, and the suspension keeps riders comfortable on rough roads. The handling is dull, but the RX F Sport has an adaptive suspension and Sport S+ driving mode. Together, they give this crossover SUV better handling and sharper steering response. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Some sporty rivals, such as the BMW X6, handle more like sports sedans than big crossover SUVs, making them more fun to drive on curvy roads. Shoppers looking for more off-road performance might consider the Lexus GX or LX.

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RX 350 Reliability

Is the Lexus RX 350 Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 RX an above-average predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five.

Lexus RX 350 Warranty

Lexus covers the RX 350 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. The Acura MDX has the same coverage. Other luxury vehicles, such as the Audi Q5, have the same basic warranty but no additional powertrain coverage.

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RX 350 Safety

RX 350 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the front-wheel-drive 2019 RX an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in side crash tests and four stars in front and rollover evaluations. The four-wheel-drive 2019 RX also earned an overall rating of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests performed. It also received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The IIHS gave it the second-highest rating of Acceptable for headlight visibility. 

RX 350 Safety Features

The 2019 RX has several standard driver aids, including Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Optional features include front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive headlights, and a surround-view parking camera.

Most rivals, such as the Acura MDX or Audi Q7, have similar safety offerings. Competitors like the Tesla Model X and Volvo XC90 go above and beyond, however, offering semi-autonomous driving capability.

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Which Lexus RX 350 Model Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the 2019 non-hybrid RX in three variants: base, RX L, and F-Sport. Each features a V6 engine, eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available for $1,400. Lexus also offers this SUV as a hybrid, called the RX 450h.

The base trim is well-equipped, and Lexus offers several packages to give it more convenience and tech features, such as navigation and a larger screen. However, the upgraded infotainment system is a mixed bag, as the Remote Touch controls are much harder to work with the standard 8-inch screen.

Lexus RX 350

The 2019 base RX 350 trim has an MSRP of $43,570. For that price, you’ll get NuLuxe leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. This SUV also has Siri Eyes Free, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker stereo, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a multimedia system with Scout GPS Link and an 8-inch display.

The Premium package ($1,110) adds wood accents, a power moonroof, and leather seats. The Luxury package ($4,235) adds the Premium package’s contents plus larger alloy wheels, perforated leather seats, manual rear sunshades, and a heated steering wheel.

The Navigation package ($2,145) features an in-dash DVD/CD player, a 12-speaker stereo, and a 12.3-inch display with a navigation system and the Lexus Remote Touch controller. For $3,225, you could get the Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Audio package. In addition to the Navigation package features, this one adds a 15-speaker Mark Levinson premium surround-sound system. You can get heated and ventilated front seats for $640 (or those plus heated, power-folding rear seats for $1,480), a head-up display for $600, and adaptive headlights for $515. You can also opt for a surround-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert for $1,865.

Lexus RX 350L

With an MSRP of $47,770, the Lexus RX 350L has many of the same standard features as the base RX 350. However, it gains a third row of power-folding and reclining seats, standard leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a power liftgate.

The RX L is offered with the same packages, though the prices of the Premium package ($810) and Luxury package ($5,015) are different. The options are similar too, though you can opt for second-row captain’s chairs for $405.

Lexus RX F Sport

The 2019 F Sport (MSRP: $49,220) is the top-level trim. It gains the contents of the Premium package as standard and adds a few sporty enhancements, such as paddle shifters, a sport-tuned suspension, and unique exterior and interior styling. Heated and ventilated front sport seats are included too. Notably, there is no F Sport L model available.

The two Navigation packages remain available, as do most of the same options as the lower models.  

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Lexus dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Lexus deals page.

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The Final Call

The RX 350 is a good crossover SUV. Its coddling cabin, ample seating space, and comfortable ride add to its appeal. However, cargo space is low for the class, even when comparing the three-row RX L with the two-row variants of SUVs like the BMW X5 or Hyundai Santa Fe. The RX is competitively priced and worth a look, but by the same token, it’s worth considering some of its rivals before picking this luxury SUV.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is certainly one of the most appealing options for a well-rounded luxury crossover SUV.” -- Edmunds
  • "No, I would not buy a Lexus RX. First, I'm not a big fan of the design. Second, I'm not crazy about how it drives. Third, I don't consider it to be an especially good value." -- New York Daily News (2018)
  • "… the Lexus RX 350 luxury SUV continues to give customers the exact blend of performance and comfort they've come to expect, while giving competitors fits as they try to keep up. While not as driver-oriented as a BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE, the 2017 RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid provide more than acceptable levels of acceleration and handling, and still outshine almost every other luxury SUV in the areas of reliability and resale. The RX 350 isn't as roomy as a Lincoln MKX or Audi Q5, but it's loaded with advanced safety features optional on most other luxury brands. Those who don't mind sacrificing ride comfort for performance will find the F Sport trim quite alluring." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

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Last Updated: April 12, 2019

Strong, Steady Sales: The Lexus RX is the best-selling luxury midsize SUV this year, outpacing the second-place Cadillac XT5 by over 77 percent. However, Lexus dealers have sold about the same number of RX models this year relative to the same span last year.

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