2018 Lexus RX Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.8

The 2018 Lexus RX Hybrid looks and feels great inside. The cabin is quiet and stylish, and it’s built with premium materials. The seats are spacious and comfortable, though there is less cargo room than in many competitors. The RX Hybrid has plenty of standard tech features, but the infotainment system can be frustrating because of the Remote Touch controller.

  • "We expect a lot from a Lexus interior, and the 2018 RX delivers with upscale materials, exacting fit and finish and attractive modern design. The analog clock is an elegant touch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It is also exquisitely made, with high-quality materials everywhere you look and touch." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The interior has been modernized with a slim horizontal dash, which extends the vehicle's ambition of lithe athleticism into the cabin. Contrast stitching emphasizes the sporty look of this lighter and trimmer bulkhead. The center stack has been toned down, and a satellite- controlled analog clock adds a bit of ornament and refinement in addition to functionality. It's as if the RX spent a week cleansing at a European spa. Overall, this redesign creates a sense of calm and spaciousness." -- Forbes (2016)


The RX Hybrid seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and reclining and folding rear seats. Available features include power-folding heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front sport seats with added side bolstering. A long-wheelbase version of the RX Hybrid is due later in the year and will seat seven.

The seats feel great when you sit in them, though the driver has limited rearward visibility because of the roofline. The rear seats stand out for providing plenty of head- and legroom for adult passengers, and available features can further improve comfort.

The RX Hybrid has room for two child seats in the second row. There are two sets of lower anchors in the outer rear seats and three top tether anchors. The outboard seat-belt buckles are on stable bases and easy to connect. The top tether anchors are easy to access and use.

  • "The seats are plush, and there is plenty of head- and legroom in back. Beware of rear blind spots from the narrow roof design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Although backseat leg- and headroom are similar to the smaller, but surprisingly spacious Lexus NX , the RX's added width makes it feel much bigger. We also appreciated the ample amount of rear-seat recline (especially with optional power adjustment) as well as the larger, optional rear entertainment screens that tilt to assure a perfect viewing angle." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "It's roomier in back, compared to the typical compact crossover, and generally more spacious feeling than its predecessor." -- Autoweek (2016)

Interior Features

The RX Hybrid comes standard with HD Radio, two USB ports, Siri Eyes Free, an 8-inch display, smartphone integration, a rearview camera, satellite radio, voice recognition, park assist, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker sound system, and navigation.

The Lexus Safety System+ is also standard and includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning.

Available features include a 12.3-inch display, a panoramic moonroof, a 15-speaker sound system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic braking, and a 360-degree camera. Lexus Enform Destinations, which offers 24-hour access to a live response center agent to help you locate restaurants, points of interest, and businesses, is also available.

The infotainment system’s large display screen is easy to see thanks to its prominent location on the dash. Controlling the system presents another challenge: You’ll have to use the Remote Touch controller, which is a mouselike device that frustrates many users, particularly when trying to adjust settings while on the move.

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  • "All models offer a large multimedia screen which is operated by a console-mounted mouse-like controller some may find frustrating to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We also like the RX's new infotainment system, which offers a huge screen that allows for a dual-screen setup. One benefit of the new model is that the system is placed a little higher on the dashboard so you don't have to take your eyes as far off the road in order to read it. But we'll echo virtually everyone else's complaint that the Remote Touch system is hard to use, even after all its refinements and iterations. Simply put, we'd rather have a touchscreen." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "The new RX makes a nice place to hang out with family or a couple of friends. The dashboard seems a hint busy at first blush, but that might be the price of lots of hard switches that work directly on the things you want to adjust, no menus required. We'll take the switches. Beyond that, it's mostly serene. The layout is effective and the graphics are crisp and legible throughout." -- Autoweek (2016)


The RX Hybrid has less cargo space than many competitors. With the rear seats in use, it has 18 cubic feet of space. Fold the rear seats down, and that expands to 55.9 cubic feet. The hold’s usability is limited by more than its size; the sloping roofline and the fact that the seats don’t fold completely flat can cause problems, especially with large cargo. On the bright side, the cargo hold is wide and fairly deep, so loading cargo is relatively easy. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "The 2017 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h's power-operated rear hatch can be activated simply by placing one's hand near the Lexus badge. You'll love it for the convenience and your kids will love it when you tell them you're using the Force for good and not evil." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "In terms of cargo space, the steeply raked liftgate has reduced versatility. There really isn't much space above the cargo cover line, meaning that taller items either won't fit or will have to be placed atop the 40/20/40-split rear seat that doesn't quite fold flat. Therefore, the cargo area is far more trunklike than those of its competitors, but it is very deep and wide, which makes it easy to load cargo. Accessing it is also enhanced for 2016 with an available touch-free opening mechanism activated by holding one's hand (or elbow, forehead, whatever) over the Lexus emblem." -- Edmunds (2016)

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