2019 Lexus RX 350 SUV

2019 Lexus RX 350
Save up to $3,437
2019 Lexus RX 350
Save up to $3,437

What’s new

  • Integration with Lexus Enform Connect smartphone app
  • Part of the fourth RX generation introduced for 2016

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Optional tech interface is distracting to use
  • Less overall cargo capacity than competitors


Which RX 350 does Edmunds recommend?

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is only available in two trim levels: base and F Sport. Both trim levels come with the same engine and are available in front- and all-wheel-drive. The base RX 350 is just fine, but we'd opt for the F Sport. On top of the base's standard equipment, the F Sport adds an adaptive suspension, heated and ventilated front seats, and unique styling touches. For us, it's worth the added cost.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is certainly one of the most appealing options for a well-rounded luxury crossover SUV. The Lexus RX we cover in this review is the simple, two-row non-hybrid model, but there are three other versions of the RX (reviewed separately): the three-row RX 350L, the hybrid RX 450h and the three-row hybrid RX 450hL. The RX's appeal owes partly to that wide variety of configurations but also to its long list of standard features, such as adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather upholstery. There are lots of high-end options to choose from, too, such as a 12.3-inch center display screen, a 15-speaker stereo and a panoramic sunroof.

Comfort also plays a large role in the RX's appeal. The front seats are great for long-distance drives, and highway noise is nearly nonexistent. Combine all of this with a modern, well-built cabin, appealing value and Lexus' reputation for reliability, and you've got a car with a lot of curb appeal.

The RX certainly isn't perfect, though. The optional infotainment interface can be frustrating and difficult to use, which is definitely a distraction on the open road. And while the RX 350 is spacious, you'll have trouble fitting larger items into the cargo area because of the slanted rear roofline. Overall, though, none of these drawbacks would keep us away from the 2019 RX 350. We certainly recommend you take one for a test drive.

2019 Lexus RX 350 configurations

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is a five-passenger luxury crossover available in base and F Sport versions. They both come 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.

The base is 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 Premium package is available on non-F Sport models and adds auto-dimming side mirrors, a sunroof, automatic wipers, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, wood trim and a rear armrest storage compartment. The Luxury package (also only available on base models) includes the Premium package items and adds 20-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, rear door sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, and four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats.

The F Sport is our pick in the RX lineup, and on top of the standard RX equipment it includes the Premium package contents, 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 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 blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automated braking, a panoramic-view backup camera, either a regular or a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, power-folding second-row seats, 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.

Trim tested

The RX 350 comes in just two versions, although it can be optioned in many ways. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Lexus RX 350 base model (3.5L V6 | 8-speed automatic | FWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted in 2016, the current RX 350 has received some revisions to standard and optional equipment packages, but our findings remain applicable to this year's model.

Driving

The 3.5-liter V6 and eight-speed automatic make a great team. The RX 350 chassis also steers, handles and brakes with poise and balance unless you push it quite hard. It's engaging enough for most people but stops short of being a truly sporty SUV.

Acceleration

The strong 3.5-liter V6 doesn't waste any time when you merge onto the highway or pass on a two-lane road, and the eight-speed automatic transmission is a willing partner. It sprinted to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds at our test track.

Braking

The brakes give a reassuring and secure vibe in daily use, with a steady response and consistent feel. We did, however, observe more nosedive and pull than expected in our 60-0 mph panic-stop tests at the track. Braking distances were a little longer than average.

Steering

The RX responds accurately to inputs, with steering effort that's neither too high nor too low. It nicely isolates road vibrations, too. But the steering can also feel vague, lacking some of the feedback that helps you judge how much to turn the wheel.

Handling

You'll feel stable and secure in the RX 350, even when hustled on mountain roads. Body roll is gradual and smooth, and there isn't that much of it until you push it hard. It's not a sports car, but it's certainly no marshmallow either.

Drivability

The eight-speed transmission delivers smooth and predictable shifts, yet it readily downshifts as needed in response to throttle inputs. That's an increasingly rare trait in a world concerned with fuel economy.

Comfort

It's easy to see the RX 350 as a pleasant place to spend a long road trip. It has comfy seats with available intelligent heating and cooling, the cabin is quiet and serene, and the ride is mostly smooth. We say "mostly" because this current-generation RX favors control over pillowy softness.

Seat comfort

We never tired of the sumptuous leather seats, which offer many adjustments and feature excellent heating and cooling with a unique automatic setting. The usual RX seat side bolsters are less prominent than those on the F Sport seats.

Ride comfort

The base RX ride is generally smooth and well-damped unless the surface is uneven, at which point body movement can get busy (possibly because of the optional 20-inch wheels). The F Sport adaptive suspension adds control without a comfort penalty.

Noise & vibration

You won't find much in the way of wind rush or road noise, and the engine sound is refined. It's not that there's no noise at all. It's more a case of fairly low levels that are balanced with one another so no single source of noise stands out.

Interior

This easy-to-master cockpit is a spacious and comfy place to pass the miles. Overall it's excellent, but the huge rear entertainment screens should give you pause, and the cargo area isn't as versatile as those of some rivals.

Ease of use

The seating position is great, and the controls are easy to use. A nice mix of knobs and buttons. The massive 12.3-inch navigation screen is easy to read, and though the tech interface's Remote Touch joystick has been improved, it's still not an ideal interface.

Getting in/getting out

Neither too tall nor too low, the seat height of the RX is about optimal. The wide-opening doors provide easy access, and the doorsills are cut in fairly close to the seats. The power-memory steering wheel swings away to provide more clearance.

Roominess

There's plenty of room up front, even with the panoramic sunroof present. The rear offers copious headroom and elbow room, but knee and toe space can be tight behind a tall driver.

Visibility

The view forward and to the sides is unobstructed, and the rear three-quarter blind spot is moderate. The outside rearview mirrors are a nice size. The excellent (and optional) 360-degree camera system even has a perimeter scan feature.

Quality

Although Lexus isn't immune from quality-control gaffes, the Japanese brand is so incredibly consistent with overall quality, fit and finish, and detail that you'll be impressed by how well the RX holds together, even with extensive miles on the clock.

Utility

Bold styling comes with a cost: reduced cargo capacity. Bulkier items are less likely to fit, and the rear seatback doesn't fold totally flat. But unless you're looking for both maximum cargo and luxury, don't consider this a deal-breaker. The optional hands-free liftgate is a nice touch.

Technology

Befitting a luxury crossover, the RX 350 offers a generous set of standard safety and convenience tech items. A robust list of options also covers a wide range of priorities, including a glorious panoramic sunroof, audiophile sound quality, heated surfaces, and decadent interior trim and upholstery.

Audio & navigation

The nice standard nine-speaker audio system includes a CD player, USB, Bluetooth and an 8-inch display. Twelve- and 15-speaker upgrades and the optional navigation system come with an excellent 12.3-inch display but also the clumsy Remote Touch mouselike controller.

Smartphone integration

The Lexus Enform App suite includes now-common apps and services such as Facebook Places, iHeartRadio, OpenTable, Pandora, Slacker and Yelp. Other services include fuel station and price search, and real-time traffic, sports and stock information.

Driver aids

Includes a nice complement of standard safety tech and driver aids, such as a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, and lane departure and lane keeping assist. Helpful upgrades include a surround-camera view, blind-spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$43,570
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$49,220
MPG
20 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$50,620
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$44,970
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
295 hp @ 6300 rpm
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Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Lexus RX 350 vs. the competition

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Lexus RX 350

2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

Lexus RX 350 vs. Audi Q5

The recently redesigned Audi Q5 is definitely a segment leader among luxury crossovers. It has one of our favorite interiors in the class, along with a comfortable highway ride and abundant standard features. The Audi is a bit smaller than the RX 350, meaning less front and rear legroom, but it tops the Lexus for rear cargo space.

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Lexus RX 350 vs. Acura RDX

The current Acura RDX is a far cry from the previous-generation model. Redesigned for 2019, the RDX is now much more entertaining to drive. While many of the Acura's desirable features are buried in the upper trim levels, it still offers quite a bit of equipment for the money — a fully topped-out RDX is only a few grand more than a base RX 350. And compared to the RX 350, the RDX has much more rear cargo space.

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Lexus RX 350 vs. Porsche Macan

If you're looking for a taught, sporty driving experience in your luxury crossover, the first vehicle on your list should be the Porsche Macan. Excellent steering, handling and on-road feel make the Macan the sports car of the luxury crossover bunch. The RX 350, however, is taller, longer and wider than the Macan. This gives the RX 350 more passenger and cargo space.

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2019 Lexus RX 350 SUV Overview

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 SUV is offered in the following styles: 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), F SPORT 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A).

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