MSRP
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2020 Lexus RX 350 Performance Review

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Performance: 7.4

The 2020 Lexus RX 350 is a capable vehicle for the everyday commute. It doesn’t try to wow you with corner-carving agility or edge-of-your-seat performance, but the RX 350’s strong engine and gentle ride make it enjoyable to drive.

  • "Our drive was a good reminder as to why the RX is a consumer’s favorite." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 3.5-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic make a great team." -- Edmunds
  • "This SUV is quiet, quick, refined, isolated, and perfectly at home on city streets, suburban boulevards, and fast-flowing freeways." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Acceleration and Power

The sole power plant in this Lexus is a 3.5-liter V6 engine rated at 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The V6 delivers plenty of power, and you’ll have little difficulty cruising around town or getting up to speed on the highway.

This luxury midsize SUV gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. RX L models return 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Those figures make the RX 350 thriftier than most rivals.

For something even more efficient, consider the hybrid Lexus RX 450h.

  • There’s not much we can say about the venerable 3.5 liter V-6, carried over with no changes, except that it does its job with perfect competency, if not much enthusiasm." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The eight-speed transmission delivers smooth and predictable shifts, yet it readily downshifts as needed in response to throttle inputs. That's an increasingly rare trait in a world concerned with fuel economy." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The RX's V6 is both powerful and impressively smooth, matched to an 8-speed automatic that should be the standard by which all automatics are judged." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Ride and Handling

The Lexus RX crossover provides a comfortable ride, and its suspension easily soaks up most road flaws. For 2020, the RX has a firmer suspension system, giving it a sportier personality. Models with the F-Sport package have improved handling, but the RX is hardly a corner-carving SUV. There are better choices for athleticism, but the RX 350 does well for comfort. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • Fundamentally, the RX's dynamic character isn't altered. The RX hasn't morphed into an Audi Q5 or even an Acura RDX. And that's OK. Knife-edge handling has never been the RX's bag, and we think it's far more valuable for its smooth and absorbent ride." -- Edmunds
  • … the driving dynamics are subtle enough that I had a hard time noticing any improvement with a back-to-back ride in the 2019 model. Turn-in feels a hair sharper and more responsive, but overall this still feels like the same RX as before. New ‘active corner braking’ stability control should aid at near the limit handling, but there wasn't much of that during my fairly relaxed day of driving." -- CNET
  • For 2020, Lexus offers the F-Sport package with a driver-adjustable suspension and an enhanced sound package and stiffer dampers. It’s not a closet Bimmer-beater by any stretch of the imagination, but for a family car whose primary mission is peace and serenity, it acquits itself well enough." -- Automobile Magazine
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2020 Lexus RX 350

MSRP: $44,150 - $54,700

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