2017 Lexus RX 350

Pros: Impressive all-around refinement; exceptionally quiet cabin; F Sport model offers good balance of ride and handling; generous selection of available comfort and safety features

Cons: Middling acceleration for the class; so-so cargo capacity; finicky Remote Touch infotainment interface; polarizing styling

CG Says: After its redesign last year, the 2017 Lexus RX gains more standard safety features. Newly standard is Lexus Safety System + which includes pre-collision braking, pedestrian detection, and lane-departure mitigation. The RX 450h is now available solely with all-wheel-drive; front-wheel is no longer offered. RX is a premium midsize SUV with seating for five. RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid models are available; the 350’s 3.5-liter V6 develops 295 horsepower and the 450h’s gas/electric powertrain puts out 308 hp. The RX 350 has an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the RX 450h uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard on RX 350. All-wheel drive is available on RX 350 and is standard on RX 450h. Among the available features are a head-up display, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a hands-free power liftgate, power-folding second-row seat, and an extra-large 12.3-inch infotainment-system screen. Available safety features include 360-degree surround-view cameras, lane-departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert. The radically styled bodywork of the Lexus RX certainly isn’t for everyone, but it cloaks an impressive vehicle. The RX boasts a cabin that is impeccably finished in high-quality materials, and its driving personality—especially in F Sport models—is a bit more engaging than the previous-gen model. The RX remains supremely comfortable in any of its forms. If you like its in-your-face styling and don’t need a third-row seat, the RX should be on your premium midsize SUV shopping list.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Lexus
Nation of Manufacture Canada
Base Prices RX 350: $43,020
AWD RX 350: $44,420
RX 350 F Sport: $48,920
AWD RX 350 F Sport: $50,320
AWD RX 450h: $53,035
AWD RX 450h F Sport: $56,495

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
295
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19-20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26-28

Optional Engine
3.5-liter V6/Electric
Horsepower
308
Std. Transmission
continuously variable transmission
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28