2020 Lexus RX350 Review
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2020 Lexus RX350 Review

By Autolist Editorial | November 16, 2020

Quick Facts:


  • Aggressive, handsome styling.
  • Good standard safety features.
  • Decent driving dynamics and excellent comfort.


  • Improved, but somewhat clunky tech.
  • A sportier turbo should be an option.
  • Limited Cargo space and tiny third-row seat.

Would we buy one? Absolutely.

Vehicle Type: Four-door, 5-seat midsize luxury SUV.

Price Range: MSRP for the Lexus RX350 begins at $45,775. The 3 row RX350 L pricing starts at $48,325. Prices include destination but no optional equipment.

Powertrain: The Lexus RX features a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 295 horsepower backed up by an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

Competitors: BMW X5, Volvo V60, Acura MDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT6, and Mercedes Benz GLE.

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Overall Score: 7.3/10

Safety Features: 8/10


The RX350 includes Lexus Safety System+, which consists of several safety features. Lane departure warning, automatic high-beams, automatic emergency braking, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, and new for the model year, bicycle detection and road sign assist. Conspicuously absent is the availability of blind-spot monitoring.

IIHS awarded the Lexus RX350 as a Top Safety Pick, and the NHTSA also gave the RX350 a 5-star overall crash test rating.

Value: 7/10


The Lexus brand was built on providing value and reliability in the luxury segment, and the RX350 continues that tradition. All models come standard with Toyota's renowned build quality and reputation for reliability combined with Lexus's signature refinement. For those reasons, the Lexus RX350 feels of higher quality than German competition.

Also standard are the previously mentioned safety features and a decent suite of tech. With upcoming competition from Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand, all luxury manufacturers may have to find ways to add value to their products.

The Lexus RX350 includes a four year / 50,000-mile limited warranty, a six-year / 70,000-mile powertrain warranty, and one year of complimentary maintenance.

Tech Features: 7/10


Two touchscreen sizes are available in the Lexus RX350 -- a standard 8.0-inch screen and a larger 12.3-inch unit. The addition of a touchscreen vastly improves the Lexus' infotainment system and climate controls, though some functions still require the use of a separate touchpad. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, and there is Amazon Alexa compatibility. Other standard features include six USB ports, a WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

Optional tech includes navigation, wireless phone charger, and a premium Mark Levinson audio system.

Practicality: 7/10


The original luxury crossover, the Lexus RX350, still brings the combination of luxury-car feel and SUV practicality. Available third-row seating in the extended-wheelbase Lexus RX350L means owners can get up to seven people. Opting for the second-row captain's chairs reduces seating to six but allows the middle-row passengers to ride in even greater luxury. As is the case with many midsize crossovers, the third-row seat is a bit of a joke. Children or possibly professional contortionists may find comfort back there, but it is not a space meant for an average-sized adult.

Cargo space is substandard for the class at 18 cubic feet behind the seats and 56 with the seats folded down. The Lexus RX350L has only 7.5 cubic feet behind the third row and 58.5 cubic feet with all seats folded away.

Styling & Design: 8/10


The gaping maw of the RX350 has aged well, as grilles across the industry have continued to grow. The floating roof design, also an industry trend, gives an attractive two-tone appearance, especially in lighter colored finishes.

Inside, the design is functional, attractive, and refined. The Lexus RX350 interior feels well built, as you would expect from Toyota's luxury brand. The F Sport trim level adds carbon fiber to the interior for a racier feel, while various woods trims are available for more a traditional luxury feel.

Driving Experience: 7/10


The Lexus RX350 has always delivered a sharp driving experience and the 2020 model year is no different. Tweaks to the chassis and suspension improve handling and overall driving character. Shifting the 8-speed auto via paddle shifters delivers a satisfying degree of driver involvement.

Some reviewers found the ride too plush and uncommunicative, but this is a luxury crossover, not a sports car. The Lexus RX350 delivers a comfortable ride without being overly soft. The optional F Sport Performance Package adds adaptive suspension and trim-specific seats for even sportier driving.

Fuel Efficiency: 7/10


The front-wheel-drive Lexus RX350 receives an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27/20/23 mpg highway/city/combined. The L trim, equipped with FWD, gets 26/29/22 mpg. With AWD, the RX350 matches those numbers. The RX350L with AWD drops again, to 25/18/21 mpg.

Buyers looking for better fuel economy may consider the hybrid Lexus RX450h and RX450hL, which offer similar feature sets to the RX350.

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