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2013 Lexus RX 350 Review

With an inviting cabin, excellent reliability, and a well-equipped base model, the used 2013 Lexus RX 350 maintains a top spot in our rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Top-notch reliability rating
  • Roomy interior
  • Loads of cargo space
  • Plenty of standard features
  • Harsh ride with F Sport models
  • Distracting available touchpad controller 

Rankings & Awards

The 2013 Lexus RX 350's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2013 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2013 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families award. Currently the Lexus RX 350 has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 63 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.3
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2013 Lexus RX 350 Overview

Is the 2013 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

The Lexus RX 350 is a good used SUV. It combines dependable performance with a spacious, feature-rich cabin. However, it doesn’t offer the hair-raising performance and easy-to-use infotainment system of rival luxury midsize SUVs.

Used 2013 Lexus RX 350 Performance and Interior

The RX 350 comes standard with a 270-horsepower V6 engine. While it makes adequate power, the RX isn’t as quick or sporty as the competition. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while models with the Lexus RX 350 F Sport package feature an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The RX 350’s fuel economy is good for the class, at 18 mpg in the city and 24-26 mpg on the highway.

The F Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, giving the RX 350 an unreasonably rough ride. With the standard setup, however, the RX 350 glides across the pavement. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and an all-wheel-drive system is available. Though it doesn’t make the RX an off-road machine, it does improves traction.

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Inside, the RX 350 employs soft-touch materials and a unique design. Cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Some used models come with leather seats, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. The front seats are less supportive than what you’ll find in the competition, but space in both rows is generous. Unlike many of its rivals, there is no option for third-row seats in the five-seat RX 350. However, the Lexus serves up a plentiful 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Models with the available navigation system come with Lexus Remote Touch. This mouselike, console-mounted touchpad can be distracting to use out on the road. Other upgrades include a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and a moonroof.

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Used 2013 Lexus RX 350 Prices

You can expect to pay anywhere from around $24,700 to about $28,700 for a used 2013 Lexus RX 350. Prices fluctuate based on demand and the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Lexus RX 350?

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 stands out for its excellent reliability rating of five out of five. While a rating of three is average across all vehicles on the road, a score of 3.5 is average for a 2013 luxury midsize SUV.

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How Safe Is the RX 350?

Like many of its classmates, the RX 350 performed well in crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest score of Good in all four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the RX 350 four out of five stars overall.

There are a variety of safety features available as stand-alone or packaged add-ons. They include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rain-sensing windshield wipers, pre-collision braking, and adaptive cruise control. That’s more than most of the RX 350’s rivals offer.

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Is the 2013 RX 350 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 is part of a generation that launched for the 2010 model year. Lexus refreshed the RX for 2013 and redesigned it for the 2016 model year. Compared to older models, you’re better off sticking with a 2013 RX, which offers fresher exterior styling, the F Sport package, and some interior improvements – like a standard power liftgate and upgraded audio functionality with media devices. Before the 2013 refresh, there were only modest changes from year to year.

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Which Used Lexus RX 350 Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Lexus RX has only one trim. There are various packages that give you additional features over the standard assortment. If you’re looking for amenities like leather upholstery and a moonroof, seek out models with the Premium package. For a cozier cabin, consider models with the Comfort package, which adds heated and ventilated front seats. 

The crème de la crème of RX models are those with the Navigation package. With it, you’ll get many of the features from other packages, plus a navigation system with Lexus Remote Touch, a rearview camera, HD Radio, and voice recognition.

For added confidence in your purchase, consider a certified pre-owned vehicle. For its CPO vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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2013 Lexus RX 350 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 350 or 2013 Lexus RX 450h?

For a more fuel-efficient version of the RX, consider the RX 450h, also known as the RX Hybrid. It delivers an EPA-estimated 29-31 mpg in the city and 27-28 mpg on the highway. While that’s not much of an increase in highway fuel economy, the jump in city fuel economy means the RX Hybrid might be worth considering if you drive predominantly in the city.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 350 or 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers a bevy of powerful engines and standard features that you won’t get with the base RX, including heated front seats and a sunroof. Still, the RX 350 proves to be better for your wallet in the long run. That’s because it touts a higher reliability rating, a generally smaller price tag, and much lower ownership costs. At the end of the day, neither SUV is very engaging to drive, but both have attractive, upscale interiors with ample seating and cargo dimensions. You can’t go wrong with either SUV, but the RX 350 is the smarter choice.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lexus RX 350 or 2013 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 breaks free of the luxury SUV monotony with sporty handling and lively engine choices. Although it doesn’t match the Lexus in reliability, the X3 generally boasts a lower average price and has top-notch safety scores. As a luxury compact SUV, the X3 doesn’t offer as much cargo room as the RX 350. Still, it has a little more rear-seat head- and legroom than the RX, despite its smaller size. Both SUVs are plagued with a fussy infotainment system. If you’re looking to spice things up and save some money, the BMW X3 is a great alternative to the RX. 

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