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2014 Lexus RX 350 Review

The Lexus RX 350 has a smooth ride, brisk engine performance, and a cozy interior with ample cargo space. It also has superb safety and reliability ratings, as well as low ownership costs.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Large cargo space
  • Superb reliability
  • Distracting infotainment 

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Lexus RX 350's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row 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 65 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2014 Lexus RX 350 Overview

Is the 2014 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

You can’t do much better than a used 2014 Lexus RX 350. This luxury midsize SUV seats five and offers a great mix of refinement and high-end features at a reasonable price. We named the 2014 Lexus RX 350 the Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families and the Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.

All 2014 Lexus RX 350 models feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower. The V6 engine is refined, while the RX’s suspension soaks up bumps. It’s an excellent companion for city commuting or highway cruising. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, though F Sport models feature an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive can be found in some models. Fuel economy for the base model is 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Models with the eight-speed transmission deliver 18 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.

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The 2-row Lexus RX 350 seats five and has standard cloth upholstery. It has standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats and a large windshield that provides great forward visibility. Leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats are available. Both rows offer ample head- and legroom. Its cabin is whisper-quiet and filled with premium materials, but the dashboard isn’t as luxurious looking as the BMW X5’s or the Audi Q5’s. The RX has two full sets of LATCH connectors in the second row for securing child safety seats. The 40/20/40 split rear seats fold to yield 80.3 cubic feet of cargo space (40 cubic feet with the seats upright), which is excellent for the class.

All 2014 RX 350 models have Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port, and Siri Eyes Free, which integrates iPhone music, contacts, and navigation functions into the car. The available infotainment system’s mouselike controller isn’t as easy to use as the rotary dial in the X5 and Q5. Other available features include satellite navigation and rear-seat DVD screens.

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Used 2014 Lexus RX 350 Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Lexus RX 350 range from around $29,500 for a base model to just over $35,000 for an all-wheel-drive F Sport model. Exact prices depend on the vehicle's mileage, condition, features, and location. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lexus RX 350?

The 2014 Lexus RX 350 earns a perfect reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This puts the Lexus RX 350 at the top of the luxury midsize SUV class for reliability.

How Safe Is the RX 350?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lexus RX a score of Good (the highest possible) in all four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the RX a perfect five-star rating for its performance in side impacts, as well as a four-star rating for its overall, frontal, and rollover crash test performance.

The Lexus RX 350 has a number of available advanced safety features, including front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning with brake assist. If a front-end collision looks likely, the vehicle will alert the driver and apply the brakes if the driver fails to do so. This is a good list of safety features, but several competitors offer more, including the Acura MDX and BMW X5.

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Should I Consider Another Used RX 350?

If you’re shopping for a used 2014 RX 350, you may want to give the 2013 model a look too. Lexus changed very little between these model years, other than offering a few new options, like Siri Eyes Free support and forward collision warning with brake assist. If neither of these features are important to you, you’re apt to save money with a 2013 Lexus RX model.

Going with the 2012 RX 350 model isn’t as appealing, however. While its cabin shares much in common with the 2013 and 2014 models, its exterior styling is different and rather dated by comparison. Options like blind spot monitoring are also unavailable. The third-generation Lexus RX runs from 2010 to 2015.

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Which Used RX 350 Model Is Right for Me?

There are two 2014 RX 350 trim levels – base and F Sport. Both include standard features like 10-way power-adjustable seats, a power tailgate, a CD player, Bluetooth, a USB port, and remote keyless entry. Avoid the F Sport model; its ride is firm but not sporty, and the base model is less expensive. Across used models, you’ll find a number of safety, entertainment, and comfort features that were options when the RX 350 was new.

For added peace of mind, you can buy a certified pre-owned RX 350. For its certified pre-owned 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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We Did the Research for You: 65 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 65 data points to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert car reviews, and EPA fuel economy numbers.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles for a decade. Our team has 75 years of collective experience in the automotive industry, and while we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing the most helpful consumer advice. Additionally, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and the advertising on our site is handled by an outside team.

2014 Lexus RX 350 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus RX 350 or 2014 Acura MDX?

Acura redesigned the 3-row MDX for 2014, and it sits near the top of the class alongside the 2-row RX 350. These crossovers have a lot in common: good fuel economy, upscale interiors, lots of cargo room, and similar used car prices. However, the MDX has zestier handling and seats seven. It’s also available with safety features the Lexus doesn’t have, like adaptive cruise control. The Lexus is the better pick, though, thanks to its significantly higher reliability rating and lower cost of ownership. For a look at Acura’s five-seat SUV, check out the Acura RDX.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus RX 350 or 2014 BMW X5?

The Lexus RX created the luxury crossover SUV niche, but the BMW X5 perfected it. The 2014 X5 outshines the Lexus with a dressier interior, an easier-to-use infotainment system, more safety features, and athletic handling. Some models even seat seven. The Lexus, however, is a better value. Its reliability rating is much higher, and it’s about $10,000 less than the X5. This is one instance where settling for good may be smarter than spending more for great.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lexus RX 350 or 2014 Audi Q5?

You can buy a used 2014 Audi Q5 for about the same price as a 2014 Lexus RX 350. The RX 350, however, tops the Q5 in reliability, ownership costs, cargo space, and – in some cases – features. The Lexus is a road-trip king thanks to the rear-seat DVD screens found in some models. That said, the Q5 offers a more user-friendly infotainment system, a sleeker interior, and more dynamic handling and engine performance. The Q5 has its merits, but the Lexus RX 350 is the better vehicle to buy.

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