Lexus RX 350 Review
The 2013 Lexus RX 350 ranks 3 out of 19 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 2013 Lexus RX 350 is ranked:
The 2013 Lexus RX 350 offers a combination of luxury and comfort that test drivers say is nearly impossible to beat.
The 2013 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter engine that most test drivers say is powerful enough for most drivers, even though it's not particularly potent. A six-speed automatic transmission that reviewers have no complaints about is also standard. Though critics say the handling and steering on the 2013 Lexus RX 350 isn't sporty, they do say it is comfortable, competent, and likely just what luxury midsize SUV buyers are looking for.
The Lexus RX 350 is the 2013 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money because it has the best combination of ownership costs and positive reviews in its class. The Lexus RX 350 is also the 2013 Best Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
The Lexus RX 350 seats up to five people in two rows. Reviewers like the hushed and upscale cabin. Standard features include a power liftgate, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, as well as push button start. Most test drivers say the controls are well-laid-out and that the features operate well, but several say the optional infortainment system can take a while to learn how to use.
- "If you want the feel of a luxury sedan yet desire the cargo capacity and ride height of a mid-size SUV, the Lexus RX is an excellent choice. RX ownership is further enhanced by the Lexus reputation for quality and its lofty resale value.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Despite its nearsightedness, the sportiest of Lexus' light utilities still figures to be the answer to countless prayers. We suspect it will sell very well, especially to the thousands of men who accompany their wives into Lexus showrooms in pursuit of a new crossover.” -- Autoblog
Other SUVs to Consider
If you need three rows of seats, consider the highly-ranked, seven-seat Acura MDX. Test drivers write that it’s one of the best-performing three-row SUVs on the market, and its reliability rating is above-average as well. Plus, the MDX comes standard with a lot of features packed into an attractive, comfortable cabin.
The Infiniti FX has an interior that's smaller than the Lexus RX’s, but reviewers love its handling. It’s one of the few crossovers in its class to offer a V8 engine, and it has a strong reliability score for the class. It also comes with lots of standard interior tech features, and has exterior styling that stands out from the crowd.
Details: 2013 Lexus RX 350
The Lexus RX 350 is available in three trims: front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and the new-for-2013 F Sport trim, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. All trims come with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine. Standard features include push-button start, a power rear liftgate and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, while options include navigation, two different upgraded sound systems and a blind spot monitor. The Lexus RX is also available as a hybrid, which is reviewed separately.