The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is one of the best-selling models in the market for luxury crossover SUV. Among the RX 350 qualities that appeal is its overall quality. With premium material cabins, comfortable seats and solid construction, the RX 350 is really paying attention to details. A smooth and easy drive to a long list of standard features at a relatively affordable price complements the 2018 Lexus RX 350 appeal.
Even so 2018 Lexus RX 350 does not mean without flaws. The infotainment interface is often confusing to use and is a huge disappointment when compared to an easy-to-use rival system. It also lacked cargo space for large families. Overall, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 will be the right choice if you’re shopping for a five-passenger luxury crossover.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a five-passenger midsize luxury crossover available in base and F Sport versions.
Standard equipment for the base RX 350 includes 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, automatic LED headlights with automatic high beams, a power liftgate, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a 40/20/40-split rear seat and a rear cargo cover.
Standard tech features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, a smartphone-integrated navigation system, an 8-inch display screen, Bluetooth, a nine-speaker sound system, Safety Connect emergency communications, safety aids such as forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning and intervention.
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 F Sport gets sporty exterior styling, adaptive suspension dampers, 20-inch wheels, enhanced engine sound, unique gauges, transmission paddle shifters, unique interior trim, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated sport seats.
Options are mostly separated into packages, but there also stand-alone items too, and availability are depending on the trim level and region in which you live.
The Premium package only available on for the base models and adds automatic wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, roof rails, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory functions, a rear armrest storage compartment and wood trim. The Luxury package also for the base only adds the Premium package items, 20-inch wheels, rear door sunshades, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment, upgraded leather upholstery, heated rear seats, reclining and power-folding rear seatbacks.
The Navigation package adds Remote Touch tech interface, a larger 12.3-inch display, a navigation system, Lexus Enform App Suite, voice controls, and a 12-speaker sound system.
Other options include a towing package with an upgraded cooling system, upgraded LED headlights, a regular or a panoramic sunroof, a panoramic-view backup camera, a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automated braking, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, a color head-up display, and a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound system.
Every 2018 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is optional on the base but standard with F Sport. In performance testing, the RX 350 equipped with all-wheel drive accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, which is a slightly below-average for a luxury crossover.
EPA estimated fuel economy rating at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) with front-wheel drive, and 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) with all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a maximum towing capacity up to 3,500 pounds.
With a driver-focused dashboard design and a lower seating position, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 is more carlike than before. Even so, you still get a high view around which makes crossover so popular. The interior design is also visually appealing especially with the available two-color scheme, while the construction and quality of materials are the same as those found in class leaders.
Although the more radical roofline is raked in, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 still offers plenty of headroom. The front seats are very supportive, although larger drivers may find seats in the F Sport model too restrictive. At the rear, the sliding and reclining backrest is comfortable and wide, with plenty of leg room even for tall passengers, while the optional power adjustment further adds more comfort.
Unfortunately cargo capacity is falling. With a sloping roofline, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 does not have much cargo space, which means large items tend not to fit. Furthermore, the 40/20/40-split backrest is not flat enough. The cargo capacity is only 18.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 56.3 cubic feet with the back seat folded.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is on sale and arriving now at dealers. Official pricing will start at $43,270 for front-wheel drive and $48,920 for all-wheel drive models. Key competitors include the BMW X3, Porsche Macan and Volvo XC60.