2018 Lexus RX 350

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2018 Lexus RX 350
2018 Lexus RX 350

Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

192.5” x 67.7”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Overall refinement
  • Cabin materials
  • Seat comfort (base and luxury models)
  • Lack of touch-sensitive buttons
  • Smooth, quiet operation (base model)
  • Easy entry to the available third-row seat

The bad:

  • Leather seats not standard
  • Feels heavy in corners
  • Uninspiring brake feel
  • Maddening multimedia controller
  • Small, stiffly bolstered seats (F Sport)
  • Available third-row seat can't fit adults

2 trims

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Notable features

  • Three-row L version now available
  • Gas (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) models
  • Lexus Safety System Plus standard
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Performance-oriented F Sport model available
  • Head-up display available
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2018 Lexus RX 350 review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Lexus RX mid-size luxury SUV is available in gas RX 350 or hybrid RX 450h form. There's also a performance-oriented RX 350 F Sport model and long-wheelbase three-row L versions. All use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and the RX 450h adds electric motors. The RX 350 is available with front- or all-wheel drive, and the RX 450h is all-wheel-drive-only with an electric motor driving the rear wheels. Competitors include the Cadillac XT5 and Acura MDX.

New gas-only RX 350L and hybrid RX 450hL versions are 4.3 inches longer than the regular RX and have three rows of seats. In addition, Lexus' Enform safety and service telematics features are now complimentary for 10 years instead of one.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews


Over promises/ Under delivers. Uncomfortable.

You buy toyotas for exactly 1 reason: reliability. But you give up styling & comfort to get that. The ride is waaay too rough & bouncy for a $55k++ SUV. Headroom is tight for American Males. Seats are adequate--but not in the league of an X5, Mercedes E or Jeep Grand Cherokee. And lightyears away from the smooth ride if a Lincoln Aviator. But the RX pretends to be at that level but at a better price--and it is NOT at that level of luxury or comfort. The RX's shortcomings in ride &comfort become annoyingly obvious on 1-2 hour drives. Enough so to have me shopping Grand Cherokee, Mercedes, Cadillac, BMW & Lincoln after just 1 year with the RX. ( I drive about 35k miles/ year).


RX 350 is best Lexus I've owned!

Many cars, many years later...bought my first RX 350. They drive like a dream. Quick response, good gas mileage, interior is super comfy in leather and the storage in back is great for my sports and music obsessions. I will buy another, as this is the first car where the only time I needed to put it in the shop was oil changes, breaks and new tires. It is the most dependable car I've ever owned. Volvo xc90 before this car was a nightmare, BMW & Mercedes fickle costly repairs, Turbo cars etc...bye, bye!


My 2013 Avalon best all around car for commuting.

The Rx 350 is not measuring up to expectations in terms of gas mileage, cargo space, rear door opener, power, friendly tech. The grill is an acquired taste, as is the 8 speed trans. Drive it 2 days before you buy. It's a Lexus. Looks good in any parking lot. The quiet ride is great as is entry and exit.

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New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
72 months/unlimited distance
72 months/70,000 miles
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance

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