2018 Lexus RX 350L SUV

2018 Lexus RX 350L
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Pros

  • Impeccable cabin finished with top-quality materials and construction
  • Advanced safety features come standard
  • Wide cargo bay makes it easy to load luggage and groceries

Cons

  • Optional tech interface is clever but distracting to use while driving
  • Less overall cargo capacity than competitors
  • Third-row space is tight for anyone other than small children


Which RX 350L does Edmunds recommend?

The amount of standard equipment on the RX 350L is impressive, but we recommend getting the Luxury trim level. On top of standard equipment such as tri-zone climate control, LED lighting and a power-folding third-row seat, the Luxury trim level adds heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, and heated second-row seats. The Luxury trim level is reasonably priced, too, without a lot of superfluous equipment.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

While immensely popular, the Lexus RX has always been a five-passenger crossover SUV. In years past, shoppers needing something with a third row had to look at one of Lexus' traditional SUVs, like the LX 570, or shop a different luxury brand entirely. But that changes with this year's stretched-out 2018 Lexus RX 350L.

The 2018 RX 350L is essentially a carbon copy of its two-row sibling, with almost all of the same standard and optional equipment and with many of the same virtues. That means high-quality materials, a quiet interior and excellent build quality. The main difference is the additional third-row seat.

Lexus was able to fit the third row by making the RX 350L 4.4 inches longer than the regular RX 350. That length is all in the back of the vehicle, however; Lexus chose to keep the wheelbase of the RX 350L (the length between the front and rear wheels) the same as the standard RX's. This choice results in both positives and negatives relative to other three-row crossover SUVs.

On the upside, expect the same easy-to-drive nature with the RX 350L. It's not a lumbering beast like Lexus' LX 570 SUV. But the retained wheelbase means Lexus had only so much interior space to squeeze in a third row. Third-row seating is cramped, and adults will have a very difficult time fitting back there. The addition of the third row has also reduced legroom in both the first and second row, and there's only a minimal amount of increased cargo space.

No doubt the 2018 RX 350L, and its hybrid sibling, the RX 450hL, will be very appealing if you've always wanted an RX with the ability to occasionally take on a couple of extra passengers. But for a more dedicated family hauler in the luxury class, you'll likely be more satisfied with one of the RX L's three-row competitors such as the Acura MDX or Volvo XC90.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is a three-row luxury crossover available in base and Luxury versions. Each comes standard with seven seats, but the second-row bench seat can be switched out for optional captain's chairs, reducing seating capacity to six passengers. Both come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (290 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional.

The base 350L model comes with 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights and high beams, LED foglights and running lights, rear privacy glass, keyless ignition and entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split rear seat and a power-folding third-row seat.

Other standard equipment includes 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, and 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 adds roof rails, a sunroof, auto-dimming side mirrors, automatic wipers, driver-seat memory functions, wood trim and a rear-armrest storage compartment. The Navigation package pads on an integrated 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. The Navigation package is also available with a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.

The Luxury trim level (also referred to as the Luxury package) includes all the base equipment plus the contents of the Premium package, along with 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, rear door sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, four-way lumbar adjustment for the front seats, and heated second-row seats.

Other options include a Cold Weather package, second-row captain's chairs, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automated braking, a panoramic-view backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded LED headlights (with 18 individual LED accent lights), and a color head-up display.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet driven any version of this vehicle but we have experience with the standard-wheelbase model and have had the opportunity to see the new RX 350L up close, getting a feel for layout, materials quality and interior space. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

The RX L is 4.4 inches longer than the standard RX, but we don't expect it to drive much different. Performance will likely suffer a bit, but you can expect smooth acceleration and secure handling.

Comfort

With the same wheelbase as the standard RX, we expect a smooth ride and plush front seats. Third-row legroom, however, is really only suitable for kids; second-row legroom has been decreased by 7.2 inches; and even first-row legroom has dropped by 3 inches. Not a lot of space to move around.

Interior

The RX L's primary virtue is interior quality. The surfaces are soft to the touch with impeccable construction all around. Getting in and out of the first and second row is a breeze, but squeezing into the third row can be difficult because of a small opening and a sleek, low roof.

Utility

The RX 350L is longer, but it doesn't add much utility to the RX formula. It has 58.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third row folded, compared to the standard RX, which has 56.3 cubes behind the first row.

Technology

The base RX 350L comes with quite a bit of tech and safety equipment. It's also available with extras such as a 12.3-inch display and a Mark Levinson sound system. The Remote Touch infotainment interface is distracting to use, however.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Lexus RX 350L.

I wanted so badly to like it!
Dennis,01/28/2018
So I'm a current Lexus owner, love the brand and have been waiting months for the RX-L to come out and replace our family vehicle with a 3 row SUV. I was so excited when the RXL came out and I went to the dealership with checkbook in hand, ready to buy. I literally cannot understand what Lexus was thinking with the 3rd row design. I expect midsize SUV 3rd rows to be child-sized, but this was completely non-functional and worse than any I've ever seen. With the 2nd row seats in the back position, the back of the 2nd row seat touches the bench of the 3rd row with precisely zero leg space. It touches! With the second row seats in the farthest forward position, I (or my teenage kids) STILL could not lock the second row seat in place (in it's farthest forward position) because the knees of the 3rd row passenger were in the way. It was physically impossible. The fact that the car is only 4 inches longer than the 2 row version should have been my first clue. If you need to get any child older than about 5 or a dog (which is exactly what they show in the new RXL commercial), the 3rd row is physically impossible to use. Not just cramped, not just tight, both of which I expected. Literally physically impossible to use and completely worthless. It was such a disappointment. We ended up buying the highest optioned Toyota Highlander (AWD hybrid limited platinum) instead. Not quite a Lexus, but darn, darn close and a bit cheaper too. I was so excited waiting for the RXL, but it's a complete whiff with regard to the 3rd row, which is what we were holding out for. I still love the two row version, the RX is still a great vehicle, but the RXL turned out to be completely pointless.
Great SUV with the 3rd Row
Tony,02/18/2018
We just got the RX 350L and could not be happier with it. The ride and comfort and quality are outstanding. We drove the Audi, Infinity, Accura and BMW over the past week and this was easily our favorite of the group and it came in lower than most when comparing similar packages. I also like the look a bit more than the RX 350 with the less slope backend. The base sound system also was a real pleasant surprise ... with some slight adjustments to the balance and bass it was really surprisingly great and I love good sound. The ride is very smooth and quiet with very comfortable seats and easy to use controls including the great safety technology package. To be fair, as another reviewer wrote, the 3rd row is tight, but we did not feel anywhere near as bad as the reviewer described. My wife 5'4" tried it out on our ride and said it was comfortable with the mid row seats still in a reasonable position. This would work for our needs of 2 hour or less drives with an extra ability to fit 1 or 2 more kids or shorter adults avoiding the need for a second vehicle on the trips. There is still nice storage behind the 3rd row too. For us, this was a great choice and we're really happy with nearly every aspect of the car and would recommend it to friends or family.
The new Lexus RX350L
Doreen Knight,06/05/2018
I really LOVE this RXL
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$49,070
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$47,670
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6300 rpm
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$52,685
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6300 rpm
MSRP
$54,085
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 7
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
290 hp @ 6300 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite RX 350L safety features:

Lexus Safety System+
Bundle includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation/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
    RolloverNot Rated
    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

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More about the 2018 Lexus RX 350L

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is a three-row luxury crossover, based on the two-row family vehicle of the same name, the RX 350. The RX 350L is essentially stretched out without taking up much additional room. From bumper to bumper, the RX 350L is 4.4 inches longer than the standard RX and with some shuffling of the interior dimensions, Lexus was able to fit a third row of seating in that space. The RX L keeps the same wheelbase, meaning driving dynamics are likely to be very similar.

The RX 350L comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (290 horsepower, 263 pound-feet of torque), paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. There are two basic trim levels: base and Luxury. Essentially, Lexus offers options in large packages, but there are a few stand-alone options if you like to pick and choose.

Standard equipment on the base RX 350L largely mirrors that on its two-row brethren and includes items such as LED headlights and taillights, a rearview camera, tri-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a power-folding third-row seat, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning and mitigation, and a nine-speaker sound system. Opt for the more generously equipped Luxury trim level (also known as the Luxury package) and you'll get items such as 20-inch wheels, roof rails, a sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row seats. Additional lavish options, including a 15-speaker stereo or a 12.3-inch center touchscreen, are also available and certainly help class up the interior a bit.

While the standard RX is a bit of a bargain, the 2018 Lexus RX 350L is more expensive and, therefore, closer to being on a par with its luxury crossover rivals. With the RX L's increased price, equipment levels and pricing become a bit more average. The RX 350L isn't without its virtues, though: Build quality is certainly right at the head of the class. Unfortunately for the RX L, regardless of how nice the interior is, the third row is so tight that some shoppers could stray to competitors just to find usable space. First- and second-row legroom have decreased significantly in the RX 350L, and overall cargo space has gone up by only 2 cubic feet. So if you go for a test drive, don't forget to check out the back seat to see if you fit.

Whether you go with the RX 350L, its two-row brother or one of the longer-standing rivals in the field, be sure check out all the expert opinions on Edmunds. We'll help you find the perfect car, whatever your needs.

2018 Lexus RX 350L SUV Overview

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L SUV is offered in the following styles: 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), Luxury 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 8A), and Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Lexus RX 350L SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Lexus RX 350L SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 RX 350L SUV 4 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 350L SUV.

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