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2018 Lexus RX 350 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has an upscale and elegant cabin design, and it's made with premium materials. Seating accommodations are roomy and comfortable, but you'll find more cargo space in rival SUVs. Some optional infotainment features can be frustrating to use.

  • "Inside, the RX is very quiet and well-finished." -- Consumer Reports
  • Inside, you'll find a fairly minimalistic cabin, at least compared to previous iterations of the RX. Lexus used to be all about the overtly lavish 'Dynasty'-style interior, with glossy burled woods and ruched leather. Now, the RX has lost some of its grandeur. Don't get me wrong, everything is still top-notch. All the materials are high-end and assembled with care. But it doesn't have the old-school sparkle anymore.” -- New York Daily News
  • "The overall design is also visually appealing, especially in the available two-tone color schemes, and the quality of materials and the fit-and-finish are on par with its more expensive competitors." -- Edmunds (2017)

Seating

The Lexus RX seats five on standard leatherette upholstery. It comes standard with 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and sliding and reclining rear seats. Optional features include leather upholstery, sport seats, a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated, power-folding rear seats.

Passenger space and comfort is mostly good in every seating position, with ample head- and legroom. Some drivers may not have enough room in the available extra-bolstered sport seats. For connecting child safety seats, the RX has two sets of lower anchors and three upper tether anchors. The middle seat can borrow lower anchors from either side. It's easy to reach the lower anchors, and you probably won't confuse the upper anchors for other hardware. 

  • Rear comfort is adequate. Space is not an issue; rather, I thought the bottom cushion was too low and lacking in terms of leg support, while the backrest was reclined at too great an angle. As a result, I slouched, and found it harder to exit the RX. … I thought the front seats were supremely comfortable, with just the right amount of bolstering, and a front passenger's seat height adjuster is always appreciated. Also, the low dashboard and thin windshield pillars help with visibility, and make for a nice, airy cabin." -- New York Daily News
  • "Rear passengers get lots of leg and knee room." -- Consumer Reports
  • There's plenty of headroom in the cabin despite the dramatically raked roof line, although it feels a tad tighter than the airy Volvo XC90. The sliding and reclining backseat is wide and comfortable, with abundant legroom even for taller passengers. Optional power adjustment is a bonus. The front seats were supportive during our test drives, but larger drivers could find the F Sport's sport seats a bit too confining." -- Edmunds (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 RX include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, two USB ports, voice recognition, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, an 8-inch infotainment display monitor, a rearview camera, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Optional features include a panoramic glass moonroof, a 12-speaker stereo system, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson surround-sound system, navigation, a 12.3-inch display screen, the Enform app suite, the Remote Touch infotainment controller, a 120-volt outlet, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, parking sensors, a surround-view camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and automatic braking.

The RX's display screen features sharp, crisp graphics, but the optional Remote Touch controller is hard to use while driving and requires some time to learn.

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  • "The mouselike controller and distracting interface require a steep learning curve." -- Consumer Reports
  • Wow, that is a huge, 12.3-inch screen on top of the dash, and it displays navigation and radio information at the same time. I wish that our car had a screen like this, rather than its clumsy dual-screen setup that bugs me every time I get into it. Plus, the RX's display supplies crisp, high-resolution graphics. Just the way l like it. Too bad the rest of the controls are so clunky. The Remote Touch center controller loosely rolls around in its socket, and the buttons are not clearly marked to show what's going on where." -- New York Daily News
  • "Another downside is the optional Remote Touch tech interface, which uses a small joystick to control a cursor on a large central screen. Although it operates like a computer mouse, the ultra-sensitive controller is clumsy and distracting to use while driving. If tech features are important to you, we recommend playing around with Remote Touch before you check it on the options box. If there's a silver lining, it's that Lexus bundles Remote Touch with the upgraded and high-def 12.3-inch display, which is easy to read." -- Edmunds (2017)

Cargo

The Lexus RX offers 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seat and 56.3 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. Though the RX doesn't have as much overall space as competitors do, it still provides good utility for daily use.

  • This is one of the least generous midsize crossovers in terms of available space aft of the back seat. … However, we picked this test vehicle up at the airport following an extended family vacation, and it had no trouble accommodating all of our belongings." -- New York Daily News
  • "Cargo space is impressive, with over 18 cubic feet behind the rear seats. That number expands to over 56 cubic feet with rear seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "One of the RX 350's few deficits is its cargo capacity. That radically raked roof line doesn't leave much space above the cargo cover, meaning bulkier items are less likely to fit. Furthermore, the 40/20/40-split rear seatback doesn't quite fold flat. Listed cargo capacity is 18.4 cubic feet behind the second row, which is several cubic feet less than most of its competitors." -- Edmunds (2017)

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