Lexus RX 350 Review
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 ranks 2 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lexus RX 350, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 is ranked:
While it doesn’t offer the most engaging performance in the class, auto writers say the 2014 Lexus RX 350 has a luxurious cabin, roomy back seats and ample cargo space. Because it has the best combination of positive reviews, price and long-term ownership costs in its class, we named the 2014 Lexus RX 350 the Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money. It's also our Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for Familes.
The RX 350 is powered by a V6 engine, and some test drivers say that the RX 350 accelerates effortlessly, while others think it isn't particularly swift. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while the sportier RX 350 F Sport comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Lexus RX 350 gets an estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is pretty good for the class. Reviewers don’t consider the RX 350 particularly athletic, though they agree that the base model has a comfortable ride. Some test drivers note that the RX 350 F Sport offers better handling than the base model, though others write that it has an excessively firm ride.
Reviewers are generally pleased with the Lexus RX 350's upscale interior. They say the seats are comfortable and rear passengers have plenty of legroom. Cargo space in the RX 350 is great for the class, and reviewers say it can hold plenty of luggage. Reviewers are pleased with both the standard and optional sound systems, saying the latter is one of the best-sounding audio systems available. Some critics say the optional Lexus Remote Touch system, which controls audio and navigation settings, can be distracting and difficult to use. Standard features on the 2014 Lexus RX 350 include a nine-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a USB port and push-button start. Optional features include navigation, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, HD Radio, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo system, a pre-collision warning system, a pre-braking system, a rear-seat entertainment system and blind spot monitoring.
- "The 2014 Lexus RX 350 is an appealing choice for a luxury crossover SUV, particularly if a smooth ride and luxurious interior are priorities." -- Edmunds
- "… the RX for 2014 continues to impress with its comfortable ride and finely crafted cabin filled with numerous luxury amenities." -- Kelley Blue Book
Other SUVs to Consider
The Porsche Cayenne impresses reviewers with its sporty handling and responsive steering. The Cayenne also comes standard with all-wheel drive, and earns praise for its smooth automatic transmission and powerful engine options.
The Infiniti QX60 can seat up to seven, and it comes with more standard features than the RX 350, including leather upholstery and heated front seats. Reviewers say all three rows offer ample room for adults, and that the third row is easy to access.
Details: 2014 Lexus RX 350
The 2014 Lexus RX 350 seats five and comes with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. A 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission is standard, while an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional. The RX 350 comes in two trims: RX 350 and RX 350 F Sport. The RX 450h Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Lexus RX 350 hasn't changed much since it was redesigned in 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2014 model years.