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2019 Lexus RX 350 Review

The 2019 Lexus RX secures a top spot in the luxury midsize SUV class, in large part because of its perfect predicted reliability rating, brisk acceleration, comfortable ride, and pleasing cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb predicted reliability rating
  • Powerful standard V6 engine
  • Good fuel economy
  • Refined cabin
  • Dull handling
  • Frustrating available Remote Touch infotainment controller
  • Small cargo hold

Rankings & Awards

The 2019 Lexus RX 350's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2019 Luxury Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2019 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2019 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 33 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Lexus RX 350 a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Lexus RX is a good used luxury midsize SUV. It boasts the highest possible predicted reliability rating, a potent V6 engine, and good fuel economy. Occupants are treated to a high-class cabin, comfortable seats, and a plush ride. This Lexus isn't without faults, however. It has one of the smallest cargo holds in the segment, its handling is dull, and its optional infotainment controls can be annoying.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 33 Lexus RX reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 RX 350 is the right used car for you.

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How Much is the 2019 Lexus RX 350?

Based on listings for the 2019 Lexus RX 350, the average list price is $41,099. Prices range from $41,099 to $49,332 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Lexus RX 350 Cost to Own?

The 2019 RX 350’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $31,900, or $6,380 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Lexus RX 350: What's the Difference?

For 2019, the Lexus Enform Remote system gained compatibility with smartwatch and Amazon Alexa home devices. Otherwise, the 2018 and 2019 models are nearly identical.

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Here are the key changes for the Lexus RX 350 since 2016:

  • 2016: fully redesigned with a stronger V6 engine, a standard 8-inch infotainment screen, an available 12.3-inch screen, and several new active safety features
  • 2017: added standard Lexus Safety System+; F-Sport front-wheel-drive model debuted
  • 2018: three-row Lexus RX-L introduced
  • 2019: gained available Amazon Alexa compatibility

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 RX 350, 2017 RX 350, and 2018 RX 350 full reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Lexus RX 350?

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 has an excellent predicted reliability rating of five out of five.

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2019 Lexus RX 350 Recalls

There have been 2 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 11/03/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2018-2019 4Runner, 2019-2020 Avalon, 2019 Corolla Hatchback, 2017-2019 Highlander, 2018-2020 Camry, 2020 Corolla, 2018-2019 Land Cruiser, 2017-2020 Tacoma, 2019-2020 RAV4, 2019-2020 Sequoia, 2017-2020 Sienna, 2019-2020 Tundra, 2018-2020 Lexus ES350, 2017 Lexus GS200t, 2017-2019 Lexus GS350, 2019 Lexus GS300, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500h, 2019-2020 Lexus LS500, 2018-2019 Lexus GX460, 2017 Lexus IS200t, 2019 Lexus IS300, 2019 Lexus IS350, 2018-2020 Lexus LC500, 2018 Lexus LS500, 2019 Lexus LS500h, 2018-2019 Lexus LX570, 2017 Lexus RC200t, 2019 Lexus RC300, RC350, 2017 and 2019-2020 Lexus RX350, 2018-2020 RX350L, 2019 Lexus UX200, 2018-2019 Lexus NX300 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1517721
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly with an improved one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 23, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 20V-012. Toyota's number for this recall is 20TA02. Lexus' number for this recall is 20LA01.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TA02, 20LA01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V682000
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP Recall Date: 01/12/2020
  • Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may ...
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
  • Consequence: If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
  • Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began May 4, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20TB02/20TA02/20LB01
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V012000

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Which Used Lexus RX 350 Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 comes in three trims: base, F-Sport, and the three-row RX L. All models feature a V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-rear drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. We review the hybrid Lexus RX 450h separately.

The base model comes with a good number of infotainment and active safety features. When the RX was sold as a new model, most available amenities – including navigation, blind spot monitoring, and a larger infotainment screen – were found in various add-on packages.

  • Lexus RX 350: The base RX 350 comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, and a universal garage door opener. The infotainment system features an 8-inch display screen, two USB ports, a nine-speaker premium stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.
  • Lexus RX 350L: The seven-seat Lexus RX L adds genuine leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, and power-folding third-row seats.
  • Lexus RX F Sport: The RX F Sport gains an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, heated and ventilated front sport seats, a heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, and unique interior and exterior design elements.

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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 standard front-wheel-drive 2019 RX an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The RX L, both front- and all-wheel-drive variants, earned the same rating, while the regular RX with all-wheel drive earned an overall five-star rating. All 2019 RX configurations received four out of five stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests and five stars in the side crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 RX 350 the highest rating of Good in five crash tests. The IIHS also evaluated the RX on how well its headlights illuminate the road ahead. Base RX models and those equipped with the Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamp package earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal. Models with the Bi-LED Headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System package received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The IIHS uses a different scale for grading collision avoidance features. The 2019 RX earned the highest rating of Superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Head-up display
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights

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2019 Lexus RX 350 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus RX 350 or 2019 Acura MDX?

In stark contrast to the Lexus RX's perfect predicted reliability rating, the 2019 Acura MDX suffers from a subpar rating, which contributes to its midpack finish in our luxury midsize SUV rankings. The Lexus also has a nicer interior and a softer ride than the Acura. However, the MDX does offer a few advantages over the RX. It has a higher safety score and more maximum cargo space than the RX. It also comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which you won't find in the Lexus. All MDX models have three rows of seats, while the RX is available with two or three rows. Go with the Lexus if you prioritize a great reliability rating and an upscale interior. Pick the Acura if you want more smartphone features, better crash test results, and more cargo room.

Which Is Better: 2019 Lexus RX 350 or 2019 Lexus NX?

The 2019 Lexus NX is a luxury compact SUV. A used NX will likely cost less than a used RX, but that's about the only advantage that the smaller Lexus offers. The RX accelerates quicker thanks to its V6 engine, while the NX and its turbocharged four-cylinder feels somewhat lethargic by comparison. Some critics think the NX's cabin is over-designed and busy, in contrast to the RX's pleasing aesthetic. These Lexus models both boast excellent predicted reliability ratings, and they have a similar list of infotainment and active safety features. They also share downsides, however, including lazy handling and a confounding infotainment controller. Additionally, even though it sits in a larger class, the RX only offers an extra foot or two of cargo space compared to the NX. If cost is your priority, the NX will suit you just fine. If you can spend more, it's worth buying the RX.

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2019 RX 350 Performance

How Does the 2019 Lexus RX 350 Drive?

The Lexus RX provides a comfortable and composed ride. Few outside nuisances, such as harsh pavement or road and wind noise, permeate the cabin. Handling is pretty dull, however, and there's little steering feedback. RX F Sport models upgrade you to a slightly more engaging experience, thanks to a retuned adaptive suspension and an additional Sport+ driving mode to supplement the standard roster of Normal, Sport, and Eco.

Powered by a potent V6 engine, the RX accelerates swiftly and has no problem getting up to higher speeds. The eight-speed automatic transmission pairs well with the engine, providing smooth and timely shifts.

  • Engine: 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 (290 horsepower in Lexus RX L)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Lexus RX 350 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2019 RX returns excellent fuel economy for a luxury midsize SUV. If you want an extra-efficient version of this crossover, check out our review of the 2019 Lexus RX Hybrid.

  • RX, FWD: 20/27 mpg city/highway
  • RX, AWD: 19/26 mpg
  • RX L, FWD: 19/26 mpg
  • RX L, AWD: 18/25 mpg
2019 Lexus RX 350 Towing Capacity

The RX 350 can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2019 RX 350 Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 RX 350 Seat?

The 2019 RX 350 comes standard as a five-seater. The Lexus RX L adds a two-seat third row, but it's very cramped. The first and second rows are roomy and comfortable, and you can slide and recline the second-row seats for more space. The F Sport model has front sport seats with side bolstering that may feel a bit narrow for some body types.

Though it's not as elegant as some luxury rivals, the RX impresses with a dignified, minimalist cabin. All materials are high quality, and construction is solid.

Standard seating features:

  • Synthetic leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • Genuine leather upholstery
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Memory settings for the driver's seat and steering wheel
  • Second-row center armrest
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear window sunshades
  • Front sport seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs (RX L only)
  • Heated second-row seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Lexus RX 350?

The 2019 RX 350 has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for the second-row outboard seats. The middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow lower anchors from each side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the highest rating of Good+ for its ease of use. The "+" indicates that the system is among the easiest to use.

2019 Lexus RX 350 Features

The RX's standard infotainment system is pretty straightforward, and you control it using a rotary knob on the center console. The upgraded system is more of a mixed bag. The 12.3-inch screen is high-tech and features sharp graphics. However, the Lexus Remote Touch controller, which you use to operate the system, works like a computer mouse, and it can be hard to accurately control. Also, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration are notably absent from the RX's list of features.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch display, two USB ports, a nine-speaker premium stereo, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and satellite radio
  • Available infotainment features: a 12.3-inch infotainment screen, the Lexus Remote Touch controller, the Lexus Enform app suite, Amazon Alexa integration, a 12-speaker premium stereo, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system, and navigation
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a universal garage door opener
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and a panoramic moonroof

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2019 Lexus RX 350 Dimensions

Lexus RX 350 Cargo Space

The 2019 Lexus RX has 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and a maximum of 56.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Those are among the lowest values in the luxury midsize SUV class.

The RX L offers a mere 7.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats. You get 23 cubic feet with the third row folded and 58.5 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded down.

2019 Lexus RX 350 Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 0.5 inches to 16 feet, 5 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,222 to 4,619 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,666 to 5,986 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Lexus RX 350 Built?

Lexus built the 2019 RX 350 in Japan and Canada.

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