Looking for a well-rounded luxury crossover? The 2017 Lexus RX 350 might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
BRYN MACKINNON: Bryn MacKinnon, and this is an Edmunds' expert rundown of the 2017 Lexus RX 350. For years, the RX350 has been a go-to in the luxury SUV segment, and it's pretty easy to see why. Basically, the RX 350 puts a bunch of luxury equipment in a really well-rounded SUV. It has a quiet, smooth highway ride and excellent seats. Add some pretty bold styling to that equation, and you've got a good combo. Not everything is perfect though. The RX 350 isn't exactly slow, but it's a bit behind the competition when it comes to sheer acceleration. It's also a bit less sporting than the styling or the F sport badges suggest. Suspiciously missing from the RX is a third row seat. That's an item you will find in several rivals. Passengers in the second row will have plenty of space to stretch out, but you'll need to look elsewhere for a six or seven passenger option. Up front, the Lexus is roomy, with great visibility, lots of available tech, and all sorts of optional safety equipment. There's also a sophisticated remote touch mouselike controller. Basically, it's a center console mouse pad that controls the infotainment system. And it sounds like a good idea at first, but in practice, it's not very easy to master. Bottom line, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 has been popular for a long time, and with good reason. It's a comfortable, quiet, and generally impressive luxury SUV. There are a few excellent rivals worth checking out, though. We recommend looking at the Mercedes-Benz GLE, the Acura MDX, and the BMW X3. For more Edmunds expert rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 is a direct descendent of a sneaky revolutionary, the 1999 RX 300 that pioneered the now-crowded luxury crossover segment. Thanks to a redesign for 2016, the RX 350 is more athletic looking and well-tailored than ever before. And with that bold grille right up front, it's undeniably distinctive.
Under the new skin is a more comfortable, versatile interior that's spectacularly illuminated with ambient lighting. The RX's leather-trimmed cockpit elegantly blends the best of a sedan's comfort with the usability of a utility wagon. There's plenty of legroom and headroom, plus enough onboard entertainment options to keep the kids amused until they have kids of their own.
While it's hardly optimized for off-road work, Lexus lifted the RX's all-independent suspension slightly last year, allowing it to clear more obstacles than you might think. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 295 horsepower and matched to an unobtrusive eight-speed automatic transmission. Both front- and all-wheel drive are offered. The RX 350's brother, the RX 450h (reviewed separately), uses the same body shell and features a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain.
The EPA rates the front-wheel drive RX 350 at 23 mpg combined (20 mpg city/27 mpg highway), and the all-wheel-drive model at 19 city/26 highway).
Compared to previous Lexus RXs, this one handles significantly better. The standard RX 350 wheels are 18 inches in diameter, with the sportier F-Sport model equipped with 20-inch wheels and more aggressive tires. The F-Sport also gets an adaptive suspension, quicker and more responsive steering and F-Sport badges.
Sporty, however, is a relative term, as any RX 350 is more comfortable cruising on road than trying to set a track record. Ultimately, the RX is only modestly powerful, and the suspension is softly sprung. Moreover, if you need a third-row seat, you can't get one in the RX 350. But if you only need two rows, rest assured that the RX 350's sliding and reclining backseat is satisfyingly spacious, even for larger adults.
When the first Lexus RX went on sale way back when, it was the obvious choice in luxury crossovers. After all, it was the only luxury crossover. Now the market is overrun with the breed, so choosing the right one for you means doing some solid research. That's what we give you here at Edmunds.com. Use all of our tools and enjoy knowing you made an informed and confident choice.
2017 Lexus RX 350 Overview
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A). RX 350 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 295 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 RX 350 comes with all wheel drive or front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 RX 350 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 Lexus RX 350?
2017 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60207. The average price paid for a new 2017 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $2506.9 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2506.9 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $57700.1.
The average savings for the 2017 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 4.2% below the MSRP.
We are showing 55 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) 2017 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
2017 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2017 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50978. The average price paid for a new 2017 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $1880.9 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $1880.9 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $49097.1.
The average savings for the 2017 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is 3.7% below the MSRP.
We are showing 284 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) 2017 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
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Vehicle F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
Review I had two Toyota Highlanders before this Lexus RX350 FSPORT. The latest Highlander was an 08 Sport model. I got an FSPORT for the tighter suspension because the regular RX350 is supposed to be a little squishy for handling. I also test drove an Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Macan, Acura MDX and RDX, BMW X5 and X3 and a Highlander hybrid. Every one is a good SUV, but as a total package including reliability, I liked the Lexus. I have 5,500 miles on it right now. I have pushed it hard on a very curvy road to the neighborhood and it handles very well. There is just a hint of wanting to break loose when pushed to the limit, but body lean and steering are as good as it gets for an SUV. A Porsche might beat it, but not by much. The seating is comfortable, but my right knee wants to bump the underside of the dash or the center console when driving (I'm 6'1"). The seat and wheel move out of the way to enter and exit - nice touch. Mark Levinson sound system is very good and road and wind noise are hushed. Tons of safety features on my vehicle...radar cruise control is nice but ...more later, blind spot monitoring works very well, lane keeping assist is nice but can be annoying because it makes many small corrections, triple beam lights are very good, auto hi beams pretty good at detecting other cars but just a bit slow to respond at times, Acceleration is great but "Eco" mode constantly shifts back and forth at lower rpm's in lower gears. Visibility is good except out the rear sides where the C pillar blocks the view badly (backup camera makes up for that to some degree). Some of the safety features are tricky and at times annoying - they are not as refined as I would like. Examples: Radar cruise control resets based on the last set speed, not your current speed, unless you brake or cancel the setting and nothing tells you this; so if you set it at 35 and then accelerate to 55 and reset it, it will go to 34, not 55...not good for the cars behind you! Radar cruise will also bring the car to a near stop behind someone turning off to the right - so much so that a vehicle behind you may not expect it. Radar cruise will automatically trail and stop behind a car in front, but when you approach a car stopped at a red light, it is like a game of chicken - the car will stop, but it is too quick for comfort. When you reset radar cruise to a lower speed , it sometimes slows the car down by braking and other times it downshifts - unpredictability is not what I paid for. With a bike rack in a trailer hitch mount behind the car, you have to disable multiple safety features in order to be able to back up. You can override it temporarily by keeping your foot on the gas, but it is a tricky maneuver. The manual doesn't tell you this happens, so you get to call Lexus to ask how to make the car back up. The navigation display quit working as did the left side dash info screen for no apparent reason...restarted the car and it was okay. Nav system will take you on little back roads to save you 30 seconds rather than weighing time/distance with better roads - you will get there, but in a suboptimal way ... always check a map too. The A.C. system is anemic in cooling the car when it has been sitting in the sun - needs the fan to rev up more temporarily. Styling is a love it or hate it proposition and I am still undecided about that. You cannot get roof cross bars from Lexus if you have the panoramic roof - you must go to the aftermarket. Lexus says you have to modify the rear suspension on the FSport if you add their trailer hitch - but not if you buy a Curt hitch from etrailer! So, read all the footnotes for every option which is where this info is hidden. Given the price, reliability, handling, comfort, safety features, and interior space, this is a good bang for the buck, but disappointing in several annoying ways. I bought mine through Costco's auto buying program from a dealer 225 miles away and his price was $1,700 below invoice (not MSRP) with a few BS add ons to get $600 of profit back. I thought it was a good deal since it gave up all the regular margin and his 2% hold back. MSRP with options and delivery was $61,000.
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