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2018 RX 350 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $43,470
2018 RX 350 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,870
2018 RX 450h Base 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,895
2018 RX 350L Premium 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $47,670
2018 RX 350L Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,070
2018 RX 350 F Sport 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $49,120
2018 RX 350 F Sport 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,520
2018 RX 450hL Premium 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $50,620
2018 RX 450h F Sport 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $51,255
2018 RX 350L Luxury 4dr Front-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $52,685
2018 RX 350L Luxury 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,085
2018 RX 450hL Luxury 4dr All-wheel Drive Price:   -  From $54,555


The Lexus RX series has become the definitive example of the kind since its introduction spawned the luxury crossover market twenty years ago. Throughout that time, the RX has been seen as a benchmark for many other automakers due to its reliability, comfort, and upscale interiors. While it's not exactly the most exciting choice for a luxury crossover, it is predictable and dependable, two qualities that bring back Lexus RX buyers year after year.

What's New for 2018

The biggest change to the 2018 Lexus RX line was the inclusion of new longer "L" models to the RX 350 and RX 450h. The L models extend the length of the RX by 4.3 inches, which is enough to add a third row of seating comfortably in the back. Additionally, the Lexus RX now comes with a 10 year complimentary subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Enform Service Connect services, which offer niceties like roadside assistance and vehicle health monitoring reports.

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Choosing Your Lexus RX

Lexus offers two flavors for the RX: the conventionally powered RX 350 and the hybrid RX 450h. The RX 350 receives a 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 295 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque alongside an eight-speed automatic transmission, and is available in both front wheel-drive or all wheel-drive for an extra $1,400. The RX 450h pairs the same 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor, boosting the power to 308 horsepower and the fuel economy to 31 mpg city/28 mpg highway/30 mpg combined. The hybrid RX also gets a CVT transmission, and all wheel-drive comes standard.

Both the RX 350 and the RX 450h have the same three different trim packages available, including the well equipped Base trim level, the aforementioned longer L model, and the the sporty looking F-Sport. Base and L trims of both variants come similarly equipped at the basic level and have access the Premium Package and the Luxury Package, which cost $1,100 and $4,180 respectively in the base model and $810 and $5,015 in the L trim levels. The Premium Package adds the choice of several leather interior trim configurations, memory functions for the driver's seat and folding door mirrors. The Luxury Package ups the ante with 20-inch wheels, exquisite semi-aniline leather, rear-door sunshades, ambient lighting a unique wood and leather heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats. Additonally, the Base and L trims of both RX models have access to the $315 Cold Weather Package which adds wiper de-icers and a fast response heater, and the self-descriptive $2,120 Navigation Package and $3,200 Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Sound Package. If you need to tow something with your RX, be sure to equip the $210 Towing Package that adds additional engine cooling.

The F-Sport trim is a unique design package offered on both the RX 350 and RX 450h standard wheelbase models. This package is heavy on the style, and light on the actual performance upgrades; the only changes in the latter category are an active suspension and an additional Sport S+ Drive mode, while the engine remains the same, albeit with an artificial sound enhancer. Instead, your money goes into more aggressive-looking design choices inside and out, with unique interior options. The F-Sport trim gets the goodies from the Premium Package as standard, but doesn't have access to the Luxury Package. However, it does receive access to the Navigation, Navigation/Mark Levinson Premium Sound, and Cold Weather packages, and all options from the base vehicle save for the panoramic moonroof.

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RX 350

Starting at $44,265 (including a $995 destination fee), the base RX 350 comes pretty well equipped. Even the most basic models include grey or black 10-way adjustable leatherette seats, dual-zone climate control, an eight inch infotainment screen, a nine-speaker audio system, and a variety of standard driver assistance features like lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, and automatic high beams. As previously mentioned, the base RX 350 has access to the Premium and Luxury Packages, as well as upgrades for the Navigation and Sound system. Options available for the base trim include heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power panoramic moonroof, blind spot monitoring, parking assistance, and advanced headlights.

If you'd like to add a third row to your RX 350, the L trim costs an extra $4,400, bringing the price up to $48,665. As mentioned earlier, the L receives access to the same option packages as the base RX 350, but the prices are slightly different for the Premium and Luxury packages.

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RX 350 F-Sport

The F-Sport trim starts at $49,915 for the RX 350 but you're required to pay for the $1,350 moonroof, so in reality you'll be out the door at $51,265. All of the features from the Premium Package are included with the F-Sport, and you can get almost every standalone option that you can get in the Base trim.

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RX 450h

If you're looking for a more efficient engine, the RX 450h has you covered, starting at $46,690. The electric motor adds efficiency and power, making it a compelling choice for many buyers. The RX 450h comes with standard all-wheel drive, and chooses a CVT over a more standard automatic like in the RX 350. Standard features reflect those of the base RX 350, and the access to options and packages remain the same.

The upgrade to the L trim of the hybrid is slightly more expensive than the RX 350 at $4,925, bringing the price up to $51,615. Like the RX 350, the Premium and Luxury Packages differ slightly in price, but all of the options and packages remain the same.

The aggressive F-Sport trim has a price tag of $52,050, and the features, options and packages mirror the ones found in the RX 350. In some ways, the aggressive trimmings of the F-Sport seem to work better for the RX 450h due to the additional power you get from the hybrid engine, but it still doesn't make the crossover into a sports car though, and your money can probably be spent in better places.

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Believe it or not, the RX 450h is the best selling hybrid that Lexus sells, and for good reason. People love crossovers, but the extra power and greatly increased fuel economy is a great selling point for a fairly minor premium. We'd forgo the F-Sport trim, as the design looks and active suspension of the F-Sport aren't enough to make it worth the premium. However, we would go with the Luxury Package as it can make the interior look very classy. Whether or not you want the longer wheelbase of the L model is an entirely personal decision, so examine your needs to figure out if that third row is worth it for you.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Three years into its current generation, the 2018 Lexus RX offers strong acceleration, an edgy design, and a wide range of standard advanced safety features. But fuel economy is only average, options can quickly boost its price, while the eye-catching exterior isn't for everyone.

Best Value

With two models offered in either front- or all-wheel drive, pricing for the Lexus RX starts at $44,265 for a front-wheel-drive model in base trim and can top out at over $61,000 for an optioned-up all-wheel-drive F Sport model.

Standard are LED headlights, fog lights, and brake lights, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, an eight-inch infotainment system, Siri Eyes Free voice control, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column. A wide range of active safety features including a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with steering assist, and lane keeping assist are also standard.

Since all gasoline-powered RX models have the same engine and transmission, we believe the base model is a better value than the firmer-riding and slightly noisier F Sport. We'd ratchet things up with the Premium Package which adds real leather and either walnut or bamboo trim. The Cold Weather Package is a cheap option for driver's in wintry climates, while heated and ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel – oddly, packaged separately – are also musts (and affordable ones, at that).

Here’s how we’d build it:

  • Model: 2018 Lexus RX 350
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 295 hp / 267 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 19 City / 26 Hwy
  • Options: All-wheel drive ($1,400), Premium Package ($1,110, leather interior trim, matte bamboo trim, rear armrest storage, auto-dimming power folding outside mirrors, memory for driver's seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors, driver's easy exit auto away/return seat), Power tilt and slide moonroof and aluminum roof rails ($1,350, required with the Premium Package), Cold Weather Package ($315, windshield wiper de-icer, fast-response interior heater, headlight washers, rain-sensing wipers, auto-leveling headlights), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert ($1,065), Heated and Ventilated Front Seats ($640), Heated Leather Steering Wheel ($150)
  • Base Price:$44,495 (including a $1,025 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$50,525


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The RX steps off the line nicely with smooth, composed handling up to and including freeway speeds. Three driving modes – Normal, Eco, and Sport – vary powertrain performance, while opting for the F Sport trim adds adaptive dampers that stiffen up the ride on smooth roads, but automatically relax on rougher pavement to maintain a supple ride quality.

Although the current version handles more sharply than past models, even the RX 350 F Sport is more of a highway cruiser than back roads corner carver. More pointedly, our RX 350L tester with a few hundred extra pounds of mass – carried in the rear third of the vehicle – felt sloppier in corners than the standard model with more pronounced body lean in corners. Those extra pounds also affect acceleration as well as passing at highway speeds.

In addition, while not a gas guzzler, the RX 350's EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 combined on rear-wheel-drive models is only average for the class. A RX 450h hybrid variant is available for improved fuel economy, which comes out to 31/28/30 mpg (city/highway/combined).


The fourth-generation Lexus RX finally booted the previous model's jellybean-on wheels design to the curb with a jet-inspired roofline that's both adventurous and, at times, unquiet to the eye.

The love/hate conundrum begins up front with a massive spindle grille, continues along its flanks with deeply sculpted body panels, and terminates with a floating canopy C-pillar that sits above a sculpted and flared rear quarter. The rear window on models like our 350L tester is more upright, while wide chrome strips between the taillights and across the lower valance accentuate the spindle theme of the rear fascia.

That bold sheetmetal is wrapped around a luxurious interior – a place of calm and order, nearly bereft of exterior noise – that features soft, supportive front seats that offer a comfortable perch even after hours of freeway driving. F Sport models feature bigger and firmer seat bolsters, while Luxury models get 10-way adjustment, cooling, heating, and extendable thigh cushions. Three adults can sit in back where the seats are just as comfortable and also split, fold, and recline.

350L models that are 4.3 inches longer are equipped with a third row replete with heating, air conditioning, the requisite cup holders, and the choice of six-passenger (via second-row captain's chairs) or seven-passenger (courtesy of a second-row bench) seating configurations.

Cabin instrumentation is straightforward and easily understood. The various buttons and knobs are silky smooth to operate, and the controls, aside from the infotainment interface, are intuitive and within easy reach of the driver.

But like many vehicles this size, the 350L's third row is little more than a jump seat, and cargo space behind the third row is a parsimonious 16.3 cubic feet. In addition, despite the added personality, the RX's new design may or may not age well, the various options and packages can add up quickly, the haptic-feedback infotainment joystick is irritating and often too distracting to be used when driving, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay aren't even offered.

The Best and Worst Things

Overall, the RX is a slick package; we're just not sure how well that polarizing sheetmetal will age.

Right For? Wrong For?

Lexus RX

In a break from the past, the RX's edgy design should finally attract style-conscious crossover buyers to Lexus showrooms.

The RX 350's middling fuel economy, however, will have eco-friendly shoppers looking elsewhere – perhaps at the pricier RX 450h.

The Bottom Line

Despite average fuel economy and a love-it-or-hate-it design, the 2018 Lexus RX is a top choice in the mid-size luxury crossover class thanks to its serene ride, strong performance, and breadth of advanced safety features.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Standard: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 295 HP / 267 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
20 / 27 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Double Wishbone
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
56.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
121 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.5 "
Exterior Width
74.6 "
Exterior Height
67.7 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
44.1 "
Rear Legroom
38.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.8 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,222 Lbs.
Wheel Base
110 "
Turning Radius
22.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Grille Moldings
Colored W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Nuluxe Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
9 / 15 Mark Levinson
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear / Intuitive Park Assist Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 10,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles

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