2018 Lexus RX 350
- The 2018 RX 350 is unchanged
- Represents the second year of the fourth-generation RX
- Attractive cabin with top-quality materials and construction
- Ride quality makes almost any road feel smooth
- Advanced safety features come standard
- Wide cargo bay makes it easy to load luggage and groceries
- Less overall cargo capacity than competitors
- Optional tech interface is distracting to use while driving
2018 Lexus RX 350 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which RX 350 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is one of our top recommendations for a luxury crossover SUV. Chief among the RX's appealing qualities is its overall quality. From the premium materials in the cabin to the comfortable seats to the solid construction, the RX gives you the impression the Lexus paid attention to the details. A smooth ride, an easy-to-drive nature and a long list of standard features for a relatively affordable price round out the RX 350's appeal.
The RX 350 isn't without a few flaws. The infotainment interface is often distracting to use and is a big letdown when compared to user-friendly rival systems from Audi and BMW. The RX 350 is a little short on cargo space for larger families, too. (Interestingly, Lexus has introduced the roomier three-row 350 L this year to help out.) Overall, though, the 2018 RX 350 will be a great choice if you're shopping for a five-passenger luxury crossover.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Lexus RX 350 as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury SUVs for this year.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a five-passenger luxury crossover available in base and F Sport versions.
The base RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (295 horsepower, 267 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. It's equipped with 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights (with automatic high beams), rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split rear seat and a rear cargo cover.
Also standard is a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, Safety Connect emergency communications, a suite of drive safety aids (the Safety System+ package, including lane departure warning and intervention as well as forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking), Bluetooth, an 8-inch display screen, a smartphone-integrated navigation system and a nine-speaker sound system.
The F Sport is our pick in the RX lineup, and it includes sportier exterior styling, 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, enhanced engine sound, transmission paddle shifters, unique gauges, heated and ventilated sport seats, leather upholstery and unique interior trim. The F Sport is also available with all-wheel drive.
Options are generally grouped into packages with the RX, but there are a few stand-alone items, too, and availability can depend on the trim level and region in which you live.
The Premium package is available on non-F Sport models and adds roof rails, auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, wood trim and a rear armrest storage compartment. The Luxury package (also only available on base RX models) includes the Premium package items and adds heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rear door sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats, heated rear seats, power-folding and -reclining rear seatbacks, and 20-inch wheels with your choice of color inserts.
The Navigation package adds a navigation system, the Remote Touch tech interface, a larger 12.3-inch display, voice controls, the Lexus Enform App Suite and a 12-speaker sound system.
Other options include a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automated braking, a panoramic-view backup camera, either a regular or a panoramic sunroof, a towing package (with an upgraded cooling system), front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded LED headlights (with 18 individual LED accent lights), a color head-up display, a heated steering wheel and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
Noise & vibration5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4.5
Audio & navigation
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RX 350 safety features:
- Lexus Safety System+
- Bundle includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and automatic braking, and lane departure warning/lane keeping assist.
- Lexus Enform Safety Connect
- This system can automatically alert emergency services in the event of a crash or distress. Also includes a stolen-vehicle locator.
- Panoramic Rearview Camera
- Maximizing the 12.3-inch widescreen display, the panoramic rearview camera gives a broad look at what's behind you before you back up.
Lexus RX 350 vs. the competition
2018 Lexus RX 350
2018 Acura MDX
Lexus RX 350 vs. Acura MDX
The MDX is a little sportier than the RX 350. We're also big fans of the optional all-wheel-drive system that Acura offers. There's also standard seating for seven; in comparison, the regular 350 only seats five. But we've found the Acura's interior looks and feels less luxurious than the Lexus'. There's a commendable amount of standard safety equipment and technology on both models.
Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5
The Q5 looks more understated when parked next to the Lexus RX. And while all-wheel drive is optional on the Lexus, it comes standard on the Q5. Although the Q5 lacks the option for a V6 engine, it doesn't lack for performance. The Q5 offers similar interior space but gives you more cargo room thanks to its more traditional styling.
Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander
The Highlander might not be as luxurious as the RX 350, but it is bigger and more versatile thanks to its standard seven-passenger seating. As with the Lexus, all-wheel drive is optional, and the two SUVs share a common powertrain if you pick the optional V6 engine on the Highlander. The Highlander also offers lower-price trim levels. The Lexus has a more comfortable ride quality and a nicer interior, befitting its Lexus badge.
2018 Lexus RX 350 for Sale
The 2018 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 up front, it's undeniably distinctive.
Under the skin of the current-gen RX is a more comfortable, versatile interior that's spectacularly illuminated with ambient lighting. The 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.
Though 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 sibling, the RX 450h (reviewed separately), uses the same body shell and features a gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. There's also a new 350L version this year that's longer and has a third-row seat.
The EPA rates the front-wheel-drive RX 350 at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway), and the all-wheel-drive model at 22 combined (19 city/26 highway). Those aren't ultracompelling numbers, but they're respectable considering the RX's capability and the class overall.
Compared to previous generations of the RX, 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 since 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. If you're looking for a smooth ride on the highway with your luxury crossover, you'll be happy to hear that the RX still has that in spades.
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. Use all of our tools to know you made an informed and confident choice.
2018 Lexus RX 350 Overview
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and F SPORT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Lexus RX 350?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus RX 350 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 RX 350 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 RX 350.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Lexus RX 350?
2018 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 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 $58,565. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,971 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2018 Lexus RX 350 F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is8.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 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 $46,645. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $4,556 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,556 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$42,089.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is9.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A)
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $45,335. The average price paid for a new 2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is trending $3,116 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3,116 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$42,219.
The average savings for the 2018 Lexus RX 350 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A) is6.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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