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8.8

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Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.9
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Lexus RX 350 Review

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 ranks among the best used luxury midsize SUVs. In addition to a high reliability rating and a low cost of ownership, the RX's performance and comfort are top-notch.

Pros & Cons

  • Well-built, luxurious interior
  • Smooth ride
  • Great reliability
  • Awkward infotainment controls
  • Dull handling

2016 Lexus RX 350 Overview

Is the 2016 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

Shoppers looking for a quality luxury SUV that won't break the bank – both when you buy it and when it comes to maintenance costs afterward – will appreciate the 2016 Lexus RX 350. Its elegant interior and smooth ride make it one of the best used luxury midsize SUVs available.

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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 21 professional evaluations for this 2016 Lexus RX 350 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lexus RX 350?

Based on the more than 500 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $36,000 and $48,000 for a used 2016 Lexus RX 350. The average list price on our site is $41,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lexus RX 350 Cost to Own?

The cost of owning a vehicle goes far beyond the purchase price. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 RX 350 are about $24,300, which is less than you’ll find for many comparable 2016 luxury midsize SUVs. The 2016 Acura MDX, for example, will cost you an estimated $26,600 over five years, the 2016 Volvo XC90 around $27,600, and the 2016 BMW X5 roughly $33,700.

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

With an average list price of $41,700, a used 2016 Lexus RX 350 is around $1,600 less than the starting price of a new 2018 Lexus RX 350. The 2018 model costs more, but it's the better vehicle. Both models feature the same engines and transmissions. However, the 2018 RX has a long list of standard active safety features, as well as Safety Connect (which connects with emergency services when needed) and Enform Service Connect (which provides complimentary service alerts for 10 years). With just a standard rearview camera, the 2016 model doesn’t stack up.

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If you can make do with a smaller SUV, there are other new-car options to consider. Step down in class size to a luxury compact SUV, and you can get a new model for about the same price as a used 2016 RX 350. The 2018 Audi Q5, one of the top-ranked models in its class, is a good choice for all but the tallest drivers. It has less front legroom than the RX but comparable rear legroom. The Audi also has more cargo space. Standard safety features in the Q5, which is our 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families, include forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, and pre-collision braking at speeds of up to 52 mph.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lexus RX 350?

The 2016 RX 350 has an outstanding reliability rating of five out of five. The RX 350 and the RX 350 Hybrid (reviewed separately) are the only vehicles in the class to earn a perfect score. The closest competitors are the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE and 2016 Lexus GX, with scores of four out of five.

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2016 Lexus RX 350 Recalls

At the time of this writing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records three safety recalls on the 2016 Lexus RX 350: sensor failures that may prevent air bag deployment, insufficient brake fluid pressure that may affect vehicle control, and a driver’s side knee air bag that may leak inflator gas. Make sure these recalls are addressed before buying a used RX 350.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus RX 350 Is Best?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 was a complete redesign and launched a new generation. Lexus made several previously optional active safety features standard in the 2017 RX 350. For 2018, Lexus included 10 years of complimentary Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect. All three models are highly regarded luxury midsize SUVs. The 2017 will cost you more than the 2016, but it has a host of standard active safety features. You could save money by considering an older RX 350. The 2013 through 2015 models score 8.9 in our rankings and are good vehicles. However, they have less powerful and less fuel-efficient engines. All models share one problem: a frustrating infotainment system.

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Which Used Lexus RX 350 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 comes in base and F Sport trims. Standard features include leatherette seats, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system. The F Sport model adds a stiffer suspension, sportier design elements, and standard all-wheel drive, but it doesn't make the RX a performance machine. You're better off sticking with a base model and searching for an RX with packages that add navigation, leather seats, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, a premium sound system, or advanced safety technologies.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lexus RX 350 Warranty

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 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

Lexus has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis, topping competitors like Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

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How Safe Is the RX 350?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has good safety scores, but they're slightly below average for the luxury midsize SUV segment. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the RX 350 a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. The Lexus earned the top rating of Good in all IIHS crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the rollover and front crash tests.

A rearview camera is standard in the RX 350. Available safety features include a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, intelligent high beams, dynamic radar cruise control, blind spot monitoring with parking assist, rear cross traffic alert, and a panoramic view monitor.

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2016 Lexus RX 350 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus RX 350 or 2016 Acura MDX?

Though the 2016 Acura MDX is a good luxury midsize SUV, it can't match the Lexus RX. The main advantage of the MDX is its standard seating for seven, though space can be cramped in most of the seats. You'll get more overall cargo room with the MDX and slightly better safety ratings, but the RX is expected to be a much more reliable vehicle. The RX also has a more opulent cabin design and better-quality materials.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus RX 350 or 2016 Volvo XC90?

It's hard to beat the 2016 Volvo XC90 for outright elegance. It's available as a five- or seven-seater, and passengers will enjoy a comfortable, quality cabin. It was our 2016 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families. The XC90's standard infotainment system has a modern display and is easy to operate. Both are great SUVs, but the RX 350 has a higher reliability score and lower total ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lexus RX 350 or 2016 Lexus RX Hybrid?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 and 2016 Lexus RX 450h Hybrid are essentially identical vehicles – except for what’s under the hood. You'll get 10 more mpg around town with the hybrid. That amounts to fuel savings of about $150 a year, according to the EPA. At that rate, you’ll have to drive it for years to recoup the cost difference between it and the nonhybrid RX. The hybrid’s electric motors enhance performance slightly and provide instant torque when accelerating from a stop. That’s great if you frequently load the car down with passengers or cargo.

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2016 RX 350 Performance

How Does the 2016 Lexus RX 350 Drive?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has a 295-horsepower V6 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The RX 350 offers ample power for most driving situations but is less powerful than rivals like the 2016 Volvo XC90 and 2016 BMW X5.

Does the 2016 Lexus RX 350 Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive RX 350 are 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive model is 1 mpg lower around town and on the highway. Those numbers are in line with the 2016 Acura MDX, but the RX's city mileage lags behind the 2016 XC90, which earns 22 mpg in the city from its four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Towing Capacity

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

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2016 RX 350 Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 RX 350 Seat?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 seats five in two rows. The RX 350 has generous legroom compared with rivals like the 2016 Acura MDX and 2016 Lincoln MKX. You'll find more second-row legroom in the Lexus than in the Acura but less than in the Lincoln.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lexus RX 350?

The RX 350 has two full sets of LATCH connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX 350's LATCH system a Good+ rating, the highest possible, for ease of use. IIHS reserves that designation for vehicles that earn a good rating and provide additional LATCH-equipped seating positions for maximum flexibility.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Features

The 2016 Lexus RX 350’s standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, two USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, a nine-speaker stereo, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch display screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. Available features include the Lexus Enform app suite and smartphone integration, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, a larger (12.3-inch) infotainment display screen, a 12-speaker Pioneer audio system, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, and navigation with Lexus’ Remote Touch system. You might want to avoid models with the upgraded remote touch system. It is an acquired taste because it can be difficult to use while driving.

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2016 Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

Lexus RX 350 Cargo Space

The RX 350 provides 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 56.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These numbers are among the smallest in the class. It is easy to load cargo into the RX, but the cargo space is somewhat limited because of the liftgate’s steep slope.

2016 RX 350 Length and Weight

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 is just a hair over 16 feet long. The front-wheel-drive model has a curb weight of 4,222 pounds, while the all-wheel-drive RX 350 tips the scales at 4,387 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lexus RX 350 Built?

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 was built at the Toyota Motor manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada, as were the 2016 RX 450h, 2016 Toyota Corolla, and 2016 Toyota RAV4.

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