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Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
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2015 Lexus RX 350 Review

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 has a spacious interior, a smooth ride, a muscular V6 engine, and an impeccable reliability rating. It’s no surprise that it sits near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Cushioned ride
  • Roomy interior
  • Large cargo area
  • Distracting available Remote Touch infotainment controller

2015 Lexus RX 350 Overview

Is the 2015 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is an excellent choice among used luxury midsize SUVs. It’s as practical as it is upscale, rewarding passengers with a library-quiet cabin. It also boasts a large cargo area, roomy seating for five, and great safety ratings. We named it the 2015 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families and Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money. That said, it’s not perfect. The RX’s available infotainment controller is awkward to use.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 70 professional evaluations for this 2015 Lexus RX 350 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers, and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Lexus RX 350?

Based on over 2,700 listings, The average price of the 2015 Lexus RX 350 is about $30,200. Prices range from about $24,200 to roughly $35,600, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lexus RX 350 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Lexus RX 350 are estimated to be about $30,535. That’s below average for a luxury midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New RX 350?

The biggest difference between the 2015 and the 2019 RX 350 is price. The 2019 starts at $43,570, which is roughly $13,000 higher than the average price of a 2015 model.

The RX 350 was completely redesigned for 2016, when it gained the Lexus Safety System suite of active safety features, plus automatic emergency braking. The V6 engine in the 2019 model has 25 more horsepower than the one in the 2015. A new 2019 RX 350 also comes with a 10-year free subscription to Enform Safety Connect emergency services and Enform Service Connect, which updates owners on service info.

However, the 2015 RX 350 is a very good midsize luxury SUV if there isn’t extra room in your budget for a new RX. You won’t be disappointed regardless of whether you purchase a new or used model.

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No new luxury midsize SUVs are available in the 2015 RX 350’s price range. However, you might consider a 2019 Toyota Highlander, which is a corporate sibling of the RX 350. The Highlander with the 295-horsepower V6 engine has a starting MSRP of $33,380. The Toyota also has more standard active safety features, seating for eight, more first- and second-row legroom, and a higher maximum cargo capacity.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus RX 350 Is Best?

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 marks the sixth and final model year of the vehicle’s third generation, which launched for 2010. There were no major changes for 2015, so you may want to consider searching for similarly equipped 2014 models with lower prices.

Be sure to keep an eye out for used 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid models for improved fuel economy. The RX 450h has the same features as the RX 350, but it earns far better fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. RX 450h models are also typically much more expensive to buy, though they have much lower predicted operating costs.

Also consider the completely redesigned 2016 RX 350. Although it has a higher average price than a used 2015 RX 350, you’ll get more front and rear legroom among other improvements, like more horsepower and better fuel economy.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lexus RX 350?

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 has an excellent reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lexus RX 350 Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Lexus RX 350 has a recall for a leaking fuel delivery pipe, which increases the risk of fire. Make sure this recall is fixed by a Lexus dealer before buying a used RX 350.

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Which Used Lexus RX 350 Is Right for Me?

Lexus offers the 2015 RX 350 in two trim levels: base and F Sport. We review the 2015 Lexus RX Hybrid separately. Standard and available features in the RX 350 remain the same regardless of trim.

The F Sport models provide few performance advantages over the regular RX 350 besides a retuned suspension, yet these models often cost much more. Instead, we recommend the base models equipped with desirable features like blind spot monitoring and heated front seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus RX 350 Warranty

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned RX 350 for added piece of mind. According to our analysis, Lexus has one of the best certified pre-owned programs among luxury brands.

For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to cover six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus Certified Vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles, whichever comes first. Lexus puts its CPO vehicles through a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the RX 350?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Lexus RX 350 the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Lexus RX a perfect five-star rating in the side impact test, as well as four out of five stars for the front and rollover tests. All-wheel-drive models earned five stars overall, while front-wheel-drive models received four stars.

All 2015 RX 350 models are equipped with a standard rearview camera. Available features include blind spot monitoring as part of the Luxury package, front and rear parking sensors, and Lexus’ Pre-Collision System. This suite of safety tech gives you forward collision warning with brake assist and adaptive cruise control.

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2015 Lexus RX 350 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus RX 350 or 2015 Acura MDX?

The 2015 Acura MDX and Lexus RX 350 are both great luxury midsize SUVs. Each has a potent V6 engine and composed handling. These models also have similar advanced safety features, as well as comparable prices and operating costs. The core difference is that the three-row MDX can seat up to seven passengers, whereas the RX 350 seats just five. You can’t go wrong with either vehicle, but the Lexus does have a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lexus RX 350 or 2015 BMW X5?

The 2015 BMW X5 is another excellent luxury midsize SUV. The X5 offers a far more luxurious cabin than the RX, as well as zestier engine performance and handling. The BMW also has a simpler infotainment system and available third-row seating. However, the Lexus boasts a higher reliability rating and a larger cargo area than the BMW, and used models often cost much less and have lower operating costs. The RX 350 is a more sensible buy, but the X5 is a sportier choice.

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2015 RX 350 Performance

How Does the 2015 Lexus RX 350 Drive?

The RX’s suspension delivers a supple, pleasant ride and smooths out bumps in the road. This crossover SUV feels confident and stable in tight turns. That said, its steering is light and rather numb.

The Lexus RX 350 comes equipped with a 270-horsepower V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain feels refined and delivers swift acceleration at low speeds, as well as abundant passing power. Lexus offers an RX 350 F Sport model with an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and retuned shock absorbers. Front-wheel drive is standard; AWD is available.

Does the 2015 Lexus RX 350 Get Good Gas Mileage?

All RX 350 models earn an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city. Base front-wheel drive models are rated at 25 mpg highway; all-wheel drive models have a 24 mpg rating; and F-Sport models, which have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission, are rated at 26 mpg highway.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Towing Capacity

The RX 350 has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 RX 350 Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 RX 350 Seat?

The 2015 RX 350 seats five and offers commendable head- and legroom in both rows. Its seats are soft, comfortable, and nicely contoured. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery is available, as are heated and cooled front seats. The cabin is exceptionally quiet at highway speeds.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lexus RX 350?

The RX 350 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats, along with a middle-seat tether connection. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal. The anchors are too deep in the seats and difficult to maneuver around, and the tether anchors could be confused with other hardware.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Features

All 2015 RX 350 models come with a 7-inch display screen, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition, and remote keyless entry. Available features include navigation, dual rear-seat DVD screens, and a head-up display that projects pertinent driving information onto the windshield.

The standard infotainment system is easy to use. It’s operated by twisting a conventional dial on the center console. Models equipped with navigation employ the Lexus Remote Touch system instead. It has a mouselike controller that can be distracting to use when driving.

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2015 Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

Lexus RX 350 Cargo Space

The RX 350 has 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which expands to 80.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

2015 RX 350 Length and Weight

The RX 350 is 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,178 to 4,343 pounds, and its gross vehicle weight rating goes from 5,560 to 5,650 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lexus RX 350 Built?

Lexus manufactured the RX 350 in Canada.

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