2015 Lexus RX 350

MSRP $40,970 - $50,220

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2015 Lexus RX 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2015 Lexus RX 350 falls in a class of luxury midsize SUVs that command a place in the buyers’ hearts with their upscale aura, a large number of standard features, and the status symbol that usually gets attached with them. At a base price of $40,970, the current iteration of the RX350 gets several upgrades to make it a viable competitor in a cramped segment.

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Pros

Opulent cabin design

Available AWD variants

Pleasurable ride

Cons

Lackluster infotainment system

Old-school styling

What's New?

New 7-inch display screen

Rearview Camera is now standard

New Crafted line trim introduced


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$40970

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

248 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions

wheelbase

107.9 in.

length

187.8 in.

width

74.2 in.

height

66.7 in.

curb weight

4178 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

80.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1382 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

480 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$40,970 onwards

Crafted Line$50,220 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Lexus RX 350 in Nebula Gray Pearl color
Nebula Gray Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The Lexus SUV continues to be an agile rider and comes with two engine options to meet the performance needs of buyers. It still reeks of plushness and bestows unmatched comfort when on the go. However, it's frustrating infotainment system and old-school design, do create barriers in its likability. In its segment, it competes with the likes of the BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class.


9.9/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2015 Lexus RX 350 Features

9.9/10

Starting at a base price of $40,970, the 2015 Lexus RX 350 is available in three different trims. While the base and mid-level trims are a constant feature in the lineup, the new Crafted line variant aims at introducing better and improved specifications and packages. It comes standard with a plethora of features and also sports two drivetrain options.

Trim

Base

F-Sport

Crafted Line

MSRP (FWD)

$40,970

N/A

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$42,370

$248,710

$50,220

Key Features

Rear Spoiler

Adds to or replaces features of the base

Adds to or replaces features of the F-Sport

 

Rearview Camera

HID Headlights

Navigation System

 

Power Liftgate

Rain Sensing Wipers

Voice Control and recognition

 

Remote Trunk Release

Mirror Memory

Lexus Enform Suite App

 

Cloth Upholstery

Auto-leveling headlights

Accident Mitigation functions

 

HD and Satellite Radio

Leather Upholstery

Distinct exterior paint

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Amongst the available trims, the 2015 Lexus RX 350 base variant does justice to its price tag. It comes equipped with a standard list of advanced specifications that include driver and passenger lumbar, cruise control, and power door locks. Moreover, it bears a lower price tag and provides two drivetrain options to satiate the needs of an individual buyer.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 comes with a standard 3.5L V6 engine that belts out 270hp of power and 248lb.-ft of torque. It comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is efficient and smooth in its performance. The torque delivery is impressive and while the base variant transfers power to the front wheels as standard, and AWD is available as optional. However, the all-wheel-drivetrain is standard on the F-Sport and Crafted Line trims.

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile run in 15.1 seconds. Its top speed of 124 MPH feels sufficient for an SUV of its dimensions and while some might find the driving experience mundane, we feel it is engaging and has substance to it.

Model

Lexus RX 350

BMW X5

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

MSRP

$42,370

$56,200

$50,800

Engine

3.5L V6

3.0L I-6

3.5L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

270hp

300hp

302 hp

Torque

248 lb.-ft

300 lb.-ft

273 lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.8 seconds

6.6 seconds

6.7 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

15.1 seconds

15.1 seconds

15 seconds

Top speed (mph)

124MPH

144 MPH

144 MPH

In the segment, it is difficult to declare a certain winner in the aspect as each SUV differs in performance by the barest of margins. While the inline-6 engine-equipped 2015 BMW X5 that produces 300hp of power and 300lb.-ft of torque takes 6.6 seconds to the 60mph mark, the V6 engine of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz propels to glory in the quarter-mile run clocking 15 seconds.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is conservative and efficient. It averages 18 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway. Combined, it is rated at 20 MPG, which makes it one of the more frugal vehicles on offer. However, its fuel tank is the least voluminous in the segment and can hold only 19.2-gallons of fuel. It manages to cover a total range of 346 miles in the city and 461 miles on the highway. Consequently, the SUV requires a visit to the gas station more often than its competitors.

Model

Lexus RX 350

BMW X5

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

MPG (city)

18

18

17

MPG (Highway)

24

27

22

MPG (Combined)

20

21

19

Fuel Capacity

19.2 gallons

22.4 gallons

24.6 gallons

Range (City/highway)

346/461 miles

403/605 miles

418/541 miles

When compared to the BMW or Mercedes-Benz, the larger fuel tanks of both SUVs that can hold 22.4 and 24.6-gallons, respectively, help in averaging a higher range both in the city and on the highway. The 2015 X5 is the most efficient in the segment averaging 21 MPG, while the 2015 ML-Class ranks last and is rated at 19 MPG.

2015 Lexus RX 350 Interior

6.0/10

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 interiors have unsaid familiarity with other vehicles of the brand. The clutter-free dash setup resonates with an ergonomic aura, an aspect that exponentially boosts driver’s confidence by catering to their dynamics. Each usable element is in arm’s length and the quality of materials reflects the top-notch craftsmanship that has gone into making the cabin upmarket and luxurious.

The 2015 RX 350 can seat five passengers, but the absence of the third row of seats even as optional might irk some buyers. However, there is ample space on offer for both front and rear-seat passengers. Like interior storage, the cargo capacity is abundant having a total trunk volume of 40 cubic feet. Flip the rear seats down and the Lexus can accommodate 80 cubic feet of space that can store imaginably any object you would like to store.

Model

Lexus RX 350

BMW X5

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39/58/43.1

40.5/60.5/40.4

38.9/58.5/40.3

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.7/57.6/36.8

38.8/58.3/36.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

Cargo Capacity to 2nd seat (cu.-ft)

40

N/A

38.2

Cargo Capacity to 1st seat (cu.-ft)

80.3

N/A

80.3

When compared to the direct competitors, the 2015 BMW X5 has lower space than its contemporaries. On the other hand, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class has higher space for rear seat occupants and manages a similar cargo capacity as the Lexus. While space differs, the only point of commonality amongst all three SUVs is the luxurious build of the cabin.

Some salient interior features of the 2015 Lexus RX 350 include:

  • Electric Power Steering
  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror
  • Dual-zone Climate Control
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Interior Air Filtration

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2015 Lexus RX 350?

With the current MY, the biggest update to the Lexus RX 350 comes in the form of an improved infotainment system that now houses a standard 7-inch touchscreen. This unit though responsive isn’t the best to use and with the 2015 Lexus RX 350 Crafted Line trim, the remote controller needs time getting used to and also lacks intuitiveness. However, we do not have any complaints about the standard list of features. It comes equipped with a Bluetooth connection, USB ports, and a 12-speaker sound system. Other basic and optional infotainment specifications include:

  • iPod Connectivity
  • Satellite Radio
  • Navigation System (Available with navigation package)
  • HD Radio
  • Mark Levinson Audio System Package
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

2015 Lexus RX 350 Exterior

7.0/10

The 2015 Lexus RX 350, though impressive, has lost its charm in a rather contemporarily designed segment. While the SUV could use an overhaul in design, there is a lot to like about the present styling. The traditional Lexus grille that sits in the center reminds you of the vehicle’s roots and the front and rear lights look rather submissive. The roof rails and the 18/19-inch wheels that the SUV comes equipped with look particularly impressive and help highlight the true proportions of the vehicle.

In its stance, however, the 2015 Lexus RX 350 looks like a proper crossover: Neither boxy, nor a complete coupe-style SUV. Statistically, the dimensions of the RX 350 are the smallest in the segment. It is 187.8 inches long with a wheelbase of 107.9 and a total width of 74.2 inches. While its height and ground clearance of 66.9 and 7.3 inches are adequate for an SUV, they are lower than segment standards.

Model

Lexus RX 350

BMW X5

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,343

4,790

4,751

Length (in.)

187.8

193.2

189.1

Width (in.)

74.2

86

84.3

Height (in.)

66.9

69.4

70.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.3

8.2

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

107.9

115.5

114.8

When compared to the competitors, the 2015 BMW X5 is the heaviest SUV on the block weighing 4,790 lbs; It is also the longest and widest vehicle measuring 193.2 and 86 inches, respectively, and also gains ascendancy by sporting the largest wheelbase. While the ground clearance of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class is not known, it is the tallest SUV at 70.7 inches.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • 18/19-inch wheels
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Roof Rails
  • Running Boards
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Paint Protection Film

2015 Lexus RX 350 Safety

6.0/10

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 receives 4 out of 5 stars in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. The IIHS rewards it with ratings of “Good” and also recognizes the SUV as its “Top Safety Pick”. It comes equipped with many standard specifications including a rearview camera and a 10-airbag system. With the optional packages, the Lexus also gets equipped with the Remote Connect Services for added protection. Some of its other safety specifications include:

  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Control

2015 Lexus RX 350 Final Verdict

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is practical and has a number of usable functions at the buyers’ disposal even from the base variant. With the current iteration, it undergoes vital changes to improve its value for money manifold, making it an alluring proposition in the segment. While its acceleration and efficiency are at the same level as its competitors, its exterior styling could be a deal-breaker for some buyers due to its old-fangled aura. However, the safety features and interior build quality stay true to the SUV’s luxury car segment, and given that it is less expensive than most of its rivals, we recommend opting for the Lexus RX 350. 

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