2021 Lexus RX 350

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$45,220

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2021 Lexus RX 350
2021 Lexus RX 350

Key specs

Base trim shown

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.

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 4.8
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most Comfortable car I have owned

The car met all my needs. It has a good exterior style. It has very smooth running. The electronics are top class. It is user friendly without making it too complicated to operate.

3.0

No power, outdated technology and over priced

Lexus RX 350 isn’t a luxury car it is an over priced Toyota Highlander with nothing extra . If you order the luxury package cost $62000.00 mor than BMW X5 There is absolutely no comparison between a Toyota to a BMW X5 . BMW has so much class and is a great car with a lot of power, German engineering and they treat customers with full respect. At BMW, they know that they are selling luxury car , so the luxury comes as standard feature . By the way, they are up to date with technology. They are a head of time. I would never buy another Lexus and never recommend anyone to buy Lexus .

5.0

I won’t buy anything but a Lexus!

This is my fourth RX 350! Amazing reliable and so comfortable! Great power and smooth ride! I feel very safe. The car is beautiful! Thank you all at Hendrick Lexus North!

See all 53 consumer reviews

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