Lexus’ five-seat luxury crossover comes in two versions: the gas-powered RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h. When it comes to interior space, the two crossovers are nearly identical except for backseat legroom. Our test car, the 2015 RX 350, has 36.8 inches of rear legroom, but the hybrid version has slightly more at 37.1 inches. In our tests, we had to move the RX 350’s front passenger seat forward to fit one of our rear-facing infant-safety seats behind it.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The RX 350’s two sets of lower Latch anchors are in the outboard seats and easy to use, as are the three tether anchors on the rear seatbacks.
- Making car-seat installation a little easier, the RX’s rear seatbacks recline and the backseat slides forward and back.
- Unlike the infant-safety seat, we didn’t have to move the front passenger seat forward to fit the rear-facing convertible behind it. The convertible installed easily.
What We Don’t
- We had to move the front passenger seat forward to fit the infant-safety seat behind it. Our 5-foot-8 tester was able to sit comfortably in the front seat, but taller passengers could feel squeezed.
- Although the RX’s seat belt buckle is on a stable base (something we appreciate since it makes it easier for kids to buckle up independently), it was positioned too close to our booster seat’s base, making it difficult for younger kids to grasp the buckle stalk. Otherwise, the booster seat fit well in the RX 350.