The Lexus RX 350 continues to set a benchmark for mainstream five-passenger luxury crossovers. The new 2016 Lexus RX 350 gets a full redesign embodying the same top-notch quality attributes that the brand signifies with the addition of bold new styling and a long list of forward-thinking luxury and safety features.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 is available in a variety of trims: the RX 350 base starting at $41,900, $49,125 for the RX 350 F Sport, $52,235 for the RX 450h hybrid model and $55,645 for the RX 450h Hybrid F Sport.

An all-wheel drive system with active torque control is standard in the RX 350 F Sport and optional in the base RX 350 and RX 450h Hybrid.

Our favorite RX 350 F Sport comes bundled with several upscale features that exude an extra level of sport, luxury and performance featuring the following add-ons:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Additional drive mode settings: Eco, Standard, Sport S, Sport S+
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Leather upholstery with special interior trim
  • Heated and ventilated front sport seats
  • Steering wheel-mounted transmission shift paddles
  • Special instrument cluster gauges

The redesigned 2016 Lexus RX 350 gets many new available features, such as a panoramic-view backup camera system and a large 12.3-inch infotainment display screen. A full array of active safety and assist features are now available bundled in option packages for all trim levels of the RX 350.

Performance Pros

Lexus RX 350

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has one engine choice, a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport trim improves upon the RX 350’s sporty driving traits with adaptive variable suspension that can be dialed up through the drive mode setting, and allows manually shifting of the eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

  • The Adaptive Variable Suspension system in the RX 350 F Sport delivers a controlled and smooth ride.
  • The RX is rated for 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, and runs on now-recommended regular unleaded fuel.
  • There's added stability thanks to the all-wheel drive system's active torque control.

Performance Cons

  • The additional 25 horsepower over its predecessor doesn't yield improved straight-line acceleration
  • The base RX 350 lacks manual shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Interior Pros

  • Expect impeccable fit and finish with several soft-touch surfaces and and array of available accenting color choices.
  • Seats in all RX trims are supportive and exceptionally comfortable, with additional bolstering support in the F Sport trim, which also boasts its heated and ventilated sport front seats.
  • Sliding and reclining back seats provide ample legroom for virtually any sized occupants.

Interior Cons

  • There's less cargo space than competitors
  • Remote touch interface can be cumbersome and requires too much attention, potentially distracting the drive from the road.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Lexus RX 350

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 has a bold style that is in your face -- a welcome departure from the mediocrity of its predecessor. Moreover, the attention to details within the sharp design lines, all-LED exterior lighting and aggressive F Sport trim accents set the RX 350 apart from the mundane.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Acceleration leaves us wanting more, especially in the F Sport trim, which does not offer any additional oomph.

The Bottom Line

Lexus RX 350

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 with its bold redesign tries something new for the brand’s top-seller. It shows that Lexus is listening to consumers and offering something far away from ordinary. The expected Lexus quality will carry the new RX 350 into a new mold that garners attention and value to justify its consistent pricing.