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2017 Lexus RX 350 Review

The 2017 Lexus RX 350 ranks near the top of its class. It has a rich, spacious interior and a generous list of standard features. The RX also boasts a stellar predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous list of standard features
  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Comfortable, spacious interior
  • Low cargo capacity for the class
  • Difficult-to-use upgraded infotainment system

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Lexus RX 350's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Lexus RX 350 has a score of 8.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.2
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Lexus RX 350 Overview

Is the 2017 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Lexus RX is a very good luxury midsize SUV. It has an elegant interior, a smooth ride, and an excellent predicted reliability rating. Add to that its below-average projected ownership costs, and it’s not hard to understand the RX’s appeal. For its combination of quality and value, we named it our 2017 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money.

Why You Can Trust Us

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 25 professional evaluations for this 2017 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 2017 Lexus RX 350?

Based on more than 550 listings on our site, you can expect to pay between $40,500 and $52,200 for a used 2017 RX. The average price is $46,000. The price you pay depends on features, mileage, location, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lexus RX 350 Cost to Own?

Expenses for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Lexus RX are projected to be about $30,900 over five years. Those costs are lower than that of many other luxury midsize SUVs. For example, projected five-year costs for the 2017 Audi Q7 are around $31,000, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE’s costs exceed $38,500.  

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

Lexus added a 3-row RX L model to their lineup for the 2018 model year, giving the SUV two extra seats. Blind spot monitoring and a moonroof became available for the base model. Unless you really need an SUV with 3 rows, you’re probably better off staying with a used model. While the base price for a new RX ($43,470) is lower than the average price for a used 2017 model, it may not come with as many features.

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Among new luxury midsize SUVs, few can compete with the average price of a used 2017 Lexus RX. The 2018 Acura MDX ($44,200) is one that can. This 3-row SUV has more passenger and cargo space, and it offers features not found in the RX, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Lincoln MKX ($39,035) is another option. It has a luxurious cabin and solid safety scores, along with a decent amount of cargo space.

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Which Model Year of the Lexus RX 350 Is Best?

Lexus redesigned the RX for the 2016 model year. While older models still score well in our rankings, they have weaker and less fuel-efficient engines as well as smaller cabins. The Lexus Safety System became standard with the 2017 RX. This suite of safety features includes lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a pre-collision system. Automatic emergency braking became standard as well. Earlier models may have these features, but you’ll have to hunt for one with all of them.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lexus RX 350?

The 2017 RX 350 has a predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That’s one of the highest ratings in the luxury midsize SUV class.

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2017 Lexus RX 350 Recalls

At the time of this writing, one recall has been issued for the 2017 RX 350. The brake assist vacuum pump may suddenly fail, increasing the risk of a crash. Make sure Lexus has addressed this recall before you buy.

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Which Used Lexus RX 350 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 RX 350 comes in two trim levels. The base RX comes well-equipped with numerous standard features. These include alloy wheels, a power liftgate, keyless entry, push-button start, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, Siri Eyes Free, a nine-speaker premium sound system, a rearview camera, and a suite of advanced safety features. You might find a model with heated and ventilated front seats, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, rain-sensing wipers, and interior wood accents.

The performance-oriented RX F-Sport has all of the above features, minus the navigation and rear-seat entertainment system. It adds a restyled exterior, larger alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and power-folding mirrors.

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What Does Lexus' Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lexus offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 70,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lexus extends its original new-car warranty to six years or unlimited mileage. From the day you purchase or lease your Lexus CPO vehicle, you receive complimentary maintenance covering the next four factory-recommended services for two years or 20,000 miles. Every CPO Lexus must pass a 161-point inspection. Additional benefits like loaner cars, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lexus warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Lexus has the best CPO program in the industry.

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How Safe Is the RX 350?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 RX five out of five stars overall. It also earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in front and rollover tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ because it received the highest rating of Good in all five crash tests, a Superior rating for front crash prevention, and an Acceptable rating for headlights.

The RX 350 offers an impressive array of standard driver assistance features. A rearview camera, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking are standard.

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2017 Lexus RX 350 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus RX 350 or 2017 Acura MDX?

With seating for up to seven people, the Acura MDX is a good 3-row SUV. It offers more passenger and cargo space than the Lexus. The MDX also has slightly higher safety scores and a lower average price by more than $2,500. However, unless you need the extra passenger and cargo capacity, the RX is the better choice. It has a significantly higher predicted reliability rating and a more opulent cabin with higher-quality materials.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lexus RX 350 or 2017 Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90 is another luxury midsize SUV capable of seating up to seven people. It offers much more cargo space, a rich interior (one of the best in its class), and features the RX doesn’t, such as Apple CarPlay. Though the XC90 doesn’t offer a V6 engine, you can get much more horsepower (up to 400) in the Volvo. However, these additions come at a price. The RX has a higher predicted reliability rating and a lower average price by about $4,000. Overall, the Lexus is a better value.

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2017 RX 350 Performance

How Does the 2017 Lexus RX 350 Drive?

The RX 350 comes standard with a V6 engine that puts out 295 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The RX hybrid offers a version of this V6 engine paired with electric motors for improved fuel economy.

The RX 350 favors comfort over performance, but it can get you around cities or up to speed on highways just fine. It has a quiet engine and corners with minimal body lean. That said, it’s not a dull driver. An available adaptive variable suspension offers a range of driving modes to enhance the ride. F-Sport models offer superior handling and sharper, more responsive steering.

Does the 2017 Lexus RX 350 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive RX 350 gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. That’s above average for the luxury midsize SUV class. For all-wheel-drive models, subtract one mpg from each estimate. For even better fuel economy, check out the 2017 Lexus RX hybrid, which we review separately. It gets 31 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

2017 Lexus RX 350 Towing Capacity

The 2017 RX can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 RX 350 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 RX 350 Seat?

The 2017 RX 350 seats five on leatherette upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats, a telescoping steering wheel, and sliding and reclining rear seats come standard. Leather upholstery, sport seats, and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

There’s plenty of room in this SUV. Even the rear seats are friendly to tall adults, especially since they recline.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lexus RX 350?

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. There is also a middle-seat tether anchor that can borrow a lower anchor from its neighboring seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX’s LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ rating for ease of use.

2017 Lexus RX 350 Features

Lexus outfitted the 2017 RX 350 with a generous list of standard features. The base model comes with dual-zone climate control, push-button start, two USB ports, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite radio, an 8-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a suite of advanced safety features.

Available features include a panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, a surround-view camera, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, a larger (12.3-inch) infotainment display, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system. F-Sport models add distinctive styling, a sport-tuned suspension, paddle shifters, and aluminum pedals. A number of wood accent options are also available, including Espresso Walnut trim, Matte Bamboo trim, and Matte Linear Dark Mocha trim.

The RX’s upgraded infotainment system is actually more complicated to use than the base one. That’s because it employs Lexus’ Remote Touch controller, which is a joystick-touchpad combo that functions similarly to a computer mouse, making it distracting to use while driving.

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2017 Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

Lexus RX Cargo Space

The 2017 RX offers 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the rear seats, and that expands to 56.3 cubic feet. Many classmates offer more room.

2017 RX Length and Weight

The 2017 LX is approximately 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,222 pounds with front-wheel drive to 4,387 pounds for all-wheel-drive models. It has a gross vehicle weight between 5,666 and 5,864 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lexus RX Built?

Lexus manufactured the 2017 RX in Canada and Japan.

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