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2019 Lexus RX 350 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2019 Lexus RX 350 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.2

The 2019 RX 350 has a handsome cabin full of high-end materials, even in the base trim. The seats are comfortable and spacious. That said, cargo space is subpar, and the upgraded infotainment system and its Remote Touch controller are hard to use while driving.

  • "Although Lexus isn't immune from quality-control gaffes, the Japanese brand is so incredibly consistent with overall quality, fit and finish, and detail that you'll be impressed by how well the RX holds together, even with extensive miles on the clock." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the RX is very quiet and well-finished." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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….But it doesn't have the old-school sparkle anymore.” -- New York Daily News (2018)

Seating

The base RX seats five people on leatherette upholstery. The RX L model bumps that capacity up to seven. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs, second-row reclining and power-folding seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional. There’s a good amount of space in the first two rows. The F-Sport's front seats have additional side support, which can hamper comfort for some occupants.

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors, and the middle seat can borrow an anchor from either side. Models with a third row of seats gain a single tether anchor in the middle.

  • "There's plenty of room up front, even with the panoramic sunroof present. The rear offers copious headroom and elbow room, but knee and toe space can be tight behind a tall driver." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Rear passengers get lots of leg and knee room." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the base RX 350 trim include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Siri Eyes Free, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker stereo, satellite and HD Radio, and an 8-inch display. You’ll also get a suite of standard safety features, including a rearview camera, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

Upgrades include a panoramic moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 12- or 15-speaker premium sound system, navigation, a 12.3-inch split-screen display, Lexus Remote touch, and the Enform App suite with Amazon Alexa smartphone connectivity. Safety options include a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert

The base infotainment system is user-friendly, and the display has crisp graphics. The upgraded Remote Touch controller can be tricky to use while driving.

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  • "The massive 12.3-inch navigation screen is easy to read, and though the tech interface's Remote Touch joystick has been improved, it's still not an ideal interface." -- Edmunds
  • "The mouselike controller and distracting interface require a steep learning curve." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
  • "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. … 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 (2018)

Cargo

The 2019 RX 350 has 18.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 56.3 cubic feet with them folded down. The RX L has 16.3 cubic feet with all the seats in use, 23 cubic feet with the third row down, and a maximum 58.5 cubic feet with both back rows folded down. Most rivals, such as the BMW X5, have more room for stowing your belongings. A hands-free liftgate is available. The rear seats don’t fold completely flat, which can make it tough to load bulky items. 

  • "Bold styling comes with a cost: reduced cargo capacity. Bulkier items are less likely to fit, and the rear seatback doesn't fold totally flat. But unless you're looking for both maximum cargo and luxury, don't consider this a deal-breaker. The optional hands-free liftgate is a nice touch." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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)

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