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2021 Lexus RX 350

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$45,220

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

23

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

192.5” x 67.7”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Lexus RX 350 trim comparison will help you decide.

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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

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) 

Options

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 4.7
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

RX is the Best !

This 2021 RX is a great vehicle, everything about the RX is high quality, quiet, quick, smooth, well built. Only complaint is cabin is built so tight that I farted in car at airport parking lot. Came back two weeks later from a trip overseas and it still stunk inside.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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3.0

This is my 12th RX!!

A review from one who's had A DOZEN RX, not that Lexus will pay attention (they clearly need to have women join the design phase). Yes, I've had every color and had the first RX300 when there was a cup holder under the Left vent (left of steering wheel) which was convenient. EVERYTHING WE LOVED GOT TAKEN AWAY!! The drawer in the middle console was convenient and organized -- that's gone too. WORST PARTS OF THE NEW 2023 design: Less horsepower but more money. The seats are getting smaller, which is less comfortable, even if you call them bucket/racing. I don't need to be hugged by my seats, I need to be able to move! The middle console is getting bigger each year, making less room for my stuff -- Inconvenient!! The side pocket on the doors are now non-adjustable, again inconvenient and difficult to find things! CARS WITHOUT RADIO KNOBS SUCKS because if you have to look at the screen to change stations you will get into an accident eventually! Plus I want to be able to use the knob to adjust volumes quickly when I'm using my phone (or boss calls), which is not possible with finger control on the wheel. So many more inconveniences that I know Clearly it's time to look elsewhere

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 3.0
  • Performance 3.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Exterior 1.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a New car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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3.0

Canadian RX are garbage

Have a 2021 RX F SPORT 3. Lots of wind noise leaking into the cabin. No help from any dealership in Alberta. Already replaced backup camera and a quarter window. Won’t buy again.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 3.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does not recommend this car
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Safety

Based on the 2021 Lexus RX 350 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
4
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.9%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Lexus
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Maintenance
12 months/10,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase.
Basic warranty terms
2 years/unlimited miles from your certified vehicle date of purchase. Coverage begins after completion of the 4-year/50,000 new vehicle Basic Warranty.
Dealer certification required
161-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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