2021 Lexus RX 350

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2021 Lexus RX 350
2021 Lexus RX 350

Key specs

Base trim shown


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 available third row

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

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert now standard
  • Gas (RX 350) and hybrid (RX 450h) models
  • Three-row L version available
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Touchscreen multimedia system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

2021 Lexus RX 350 review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Most significant changes: Blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors now standard; wireless charging now available; new Glazed Caramel interior color available; F Sport Performance Package renamed F Sport Handling Package

Price change: $920 for two-row; $600 for three-row L versions

On sale: Early fall

Which should you buy, 2020 or 2021? The price increase for L models is modest enough that it seems worth it for the additional content compared to a 2020. Two-row models may require more careful consideration of price and features. 

After significant updates for the 2020 model year, Lexus announced mild updates to its popular RX line of SUVs for 2021, including additional standard safety technology and convenience features.

Related: 2020 Lexus RX Review: Just What the Doctor Ordered


Pricing for the entry-level models is below. Two-row models increase by $920 while the three-row L versions are $600 more expensive.

  • 2021 RX 350 (FWD): $46,095 (up $920 over 2020)
  • 2021 RX 450h (AWD): $48,745 (up $920)
  • 2021 RX 350L (FWD): $48,925 (up $600)
  • 2021 RX 450hL (AWD): $52,135 (up $600) 


Buyers can add an F Sport appearance package to the two-row 350 and 450h for an additional $3,480, giving the SUV a more aggressive look and adding things like F Sport-specific front seats. 

On top of that, there’s an F Sport Handling (nee Performance) Package that adds an adaptive suspension, sport steering, sound enhancement and, in the 350, Lexus’ Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system (already standard on the hybrid 450h). That will cost an additional $2,400 on the 350 and $2,320 on the 450h, on top of the $3,480 for the appearance package. (Technically, the Handling package is only $1,050 or $970, respectively, but it seems to require the addition of a power moonroof and aluminum roof rails for an extra $1,350.) 

The Black Line appearance package is available on the RX 350 and 450h F Sport. Building on the F Sport, for an additional $685 it adds trendy darkened exterior accents.

Three-row models don’t offer F Sport anything, but can be upgraded with a $6,000 Luxury Package that adds higher-quality interior materials, different wheels and additional comfort and convenience features.

Release Date

Lexus says 2021 models should start arriving at dealerships early this fall, so expect to see them available soon.

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Consumer reviews

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

Most recent consumer reviews


2021 Lexus RX350 is terrible

I purchased a 2021 RX and it has been love-hate relationship. Technology, ride, and safely features are great; but the ride noise is terrible. Loud exhaust noise and road noise. Looking for a replacement vehicle as I write this review. Dealer states all 2020 to 2022 are this loud. No help what so ever from Lexus or dealership.


Love my New Lexus RX 350!

I love my new RX350! I love the Atomic silver and the styling. The technology is not real user friendly, but it can do a lot! It’s nice to drive, since it is so quiet and smooth riding. I paid cash but still hand to pay full retail price for the Certified 2021 with low miles. The dealership in Tulsa was great, though.


RX350L - Very disappointed

My complaint is with the 2018 RX 350L vehicle I purchased new in 2018. I have owned three Lexus automobiles over that past few years - two LS models and now an RX 350L. The LSs were the highest quality, lowest maintenance-cost cars I've ever owned. I have recommended Lexus to friends and family (in Atlanta, Louisville and here in Hilton Head) for years and several have made purchases based upon my experience and recommendations. Having said that, I have been very disappointed with the RX. I realize that it is not on the same level as the LS, but I did expect more from the Lexus brand and, to be clear, I get this car serviced as required every 5,000 miles. I just returned from the dealership having spent over $5,000 to have the radio and an "SD card" (for the information display panel) replaced. Not what I would have expected for a car that is less than four years old. Last year, there was a problem with the automatic rear door. It would take multiple attempts to get it to close successfully. We finally got it repaired, but it took multiple trips to the dealership to finally get the problem resolved. Again, not what I expected from a Lexus vehicle. After my experience with my two LS models, I thought I would be a Lexus customer for life. I had planned to buy another Lexus this fall (trading my 2005 LS 430 with 255,000 miles) in for a new one. Now, I'm rethinking that plan.

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