As with the last-generation RX, Lexus sells both conventional and hybrid models (the RX 450h, listed separately). But unlike the all-wheel-drive only RX 450h, the RX 350 offers a greater variety for consumers, with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive as a $1,400 option.
Prices for the base RX 350 start at $44,015, including a mandatory $995 destination charge. Moving up to the RX 350 F Sport jumps up to $49,915. But since the F Sport is, broadly speaking, nothing more than interior and exterior style adjustments, we expect most consumers to spend their $5,900 in savings on optional extras (or a nice family vacation). Standard equipment on all RX 350s includes:
- Ten-way leatherette seats
- Nine-speaker audio
- An eight-inch infotainment system
- Lexus Safety System+ (forward collision warning with auto emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering intervention, and lane keeping assist that operates with adaptive cruise control)
- LED headlights and taillights
- Dual-zone climate control
- A leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
- Two USB outlets hidden in the center console
Option packages include a Luxury Package for $4,485 (20-inch wheels, leather upholstery with heated and ventilated seats, a wood-leather steering wheel, and ambient lighting) and a Navigation Package for $3,200 (navigation in a 12.3-inch center display, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo, and the Lexus Enform telematics suite). To make things more complicated, the Navigation and Mark Levinson Package is available without the huge center display for $2,770 while the 12.3-inch nav setup is available without the upgraded stereo for $2,120. And oh yeah, the smaller nav system is also its own option group, available for $1,620. Families might be interested in the $2,095 Rear Seat Entertainment System, while a $960 Premium Package adds leather without forcing owners into the pricey Luxury Package.
Standalone options include upgraded LED headlights ($1,615), 20-inch wheels ($1,170), an auto-parking function ($535), heated seats ($440), heated and vented seats ($640), wood trim ($400), an around-view camera with rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring ($1,865), blind-spot monitoring ($1,065), a panoramic sunroof ($1,600), a normal-sized sunroof ($1,100), a head-up display ($600), and a heated steering wheel ($150). Naturally, selecting from the packaged options can throw the availability of these optional extras into complete disarray.
The biggest option is the F Sport package, which adds unique exterior body bits and 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, an enhanced engine sound system, and plenty of interior upholstery and trim choices.
All RX 350s use a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 295 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic is available regardless of whether the RX is front- or all-wheel drive. The front-drive RX 350 will return 20 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway for a 23-mpg combined rating. All-wheel drive drops those figures to 19 city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. The sprint to 60 takes a relaxed 7.7 seconds for the lighter front-drive model and 7.9 seconds with all-wheel drive.