2016 Lexus RX 350

MSRP $41,900 - $43,300

Ranked #3 in Suv

8.7

Overall Rating

2016 Lexus RX 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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To make its presence felt in the luxury segment, Toyota brought the Lexus brand and has been making some truly luxurious cars and SUVs since its inception. Lexus vehicles always stood out from the crowd with their radical design language and excellent value for the price tag they carry. The RX was introduced in 1998 and is based on a unibody chassis, aimed to provide a combination of a luxury sedan and an SUV. 

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Pros

Robust and luxurious cabin

Supple ride quality

Excellent value for money option in the segment

Excellent reliability

Cons

Below-average trunk space

Not-so-exciting handling

Lethargic acceleration

What's New?

Completely redesigned for the 2016 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

192.5 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

67.7 in.

curb weight

4222 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

121.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1444 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

highway range

522.0 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$41,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Lexus RX 350 in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.2

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


For the 2016 model year, the SUV moves into its fourth generation model and comes with a complete design and mechanical overhaul. The SUV is built on the Toyota K Platform and gets a 3.5-liter V6 motor under its hood. In the segment, the SUV goes up against the likes of the Acura MDX and the Lincoln MKX.


8.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.6/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.2/10
Safety


2016 Lexus RX 350 Features

8.0/10

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 price starts from $41,900 and is offered in two trim levels only. The base trim only gets the FWD layout while the F Sport gets the AWD layout as standard. Right from the base form, the SUV comes with a long list of convenience and luxury features some of which include a power liftgate, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power-operated tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel among other features. The F Sport trim is essentially a package that offers some cosmetic changes, adds bigger wheels, additional drive modes, and paddle shifters among other features. There are some optional packages available to further enhance the SUV such as the Premium package, the Luxury package, and a Safety System+ package.

Trims

Base

F Sport

MSRP (FWD)

$41,900

-

MSRP (AWD)

$43,300

$49,125

Key Features

Automatic LED headlamps

Base trim plus:

 

Post-Collision Safety System

Adaptive suspension system

 

Rear privacy glass

Engine noise enhancer

 

Multiple drive modes

Reclining Rear Seats

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Heated and ventilated front sport seats

 

8-way power-adjustable front seats

20-inch wheels

 

40/20/40 split-folding rear seat 

 

We recommend

We would suggest the base trim with the AWD layout for a wholesome experience. You can also opt for the Luxury package and the Premium Package if you wish to equip your SUV further.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 engine is a sizable 3.5-liter naturally aspirated 2GR-FKS V6 unit. The motor can whip out a maximum of 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of maximum torque. Since the motor powers a luxury SUV, it shows off some impressive refinement levels along with a smooth and linear manner of power delivery. To execute that “luxury” feeling properly, the acceleration feels lethargic to those who expect the SUV to get going the moment they floor the gas pedal. 

The SUV takes a leisurely 7.3 seconds to hit 60mph from a standstill and completes the quarter-mile run within 15.4 seconds. The motor is mated to an 8-speed Aisin AWF8F35 automatic transmission and manages all the power from the engine efficiently while handling the gear shifts smoothly.

Model

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Lincoln MKX Premiere

MSRP

$41,900

$43,990

$39,185

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.7L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

295 hp @ 6,300 rpm

290 hp @ 6,200 rpm

303 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

278 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.3

6.5

6.3

Quarter-mile (sec)

15.4

14.9

14.9

Top Speed (mph)

124

122

124

Towing Capacity (lbs)

3,500

3,500

2,000

The Lincoln MKX is the quickest one here but also has over 300 horsepower on tap along with more torque output than the RX 350. It takes 6.3 seconds to complete the 0-60mph run and 14.9 seconds to complete the quarter-mile stretch. The Acura MDX has a marginally lower horsepower rating and similar torque rating to the Lexus RX 350 but is quite quicker than the latter in both the 0-60mph and quarter-mile runs.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 gas mileage ratings stand at 20mpg in the city, 27mpg out on the highways, and 23mpg of combined mileage. The numbers are decent for a big luxury SUV with a not-so-small naturally aspirated V6 lurking under its hood. With a sizable gas tank of 19.2 gallons, the SUV offers some decent driving range figures both on city and highway as well.

Model

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Lincoln MKX Premiere

MPG (City)

20

19

17

MPG (Highway)

27

27

26

MPG (Combined)

23

22

20

Fuel Capacity (gal)

19.2

19.5

18.0

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

384 / 518 / 442

371 / 527 / 429

306 / 468 / 360

The Acura MDX offers a gas mileage of 19mpg in the city, 27mpg out on the highways, and 22mpg of combined mileage, trailing very close to the RX 350 in terms of fuel economy. The Lincoln MKX has the least fuel economy numbers here along with the smallest gas tank as well.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Interior

8.6/10

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 interior is a pleasant place to be in and feels quite at home even for a prolonged duration. The interior dimensions are adequate and decent by a luxury SUV standard and also have a robust build quality usually found in every Toyota vehicle. The headroom and legroom are adequate for both the front and rear seats. The leather upholstery feels premium on the seats and there are ample high-quality materials along with soft-touch surfaces all over the cabin. The dashboard design is driver-centric and the lower seating position gives a car-like feeling but being a crossover, you’ll have a commanding view of your surroundings.

The front seats get a power-adjustment function while the F Sport trim adds ventilation to the same as well. The rear seats can be folded in a 40/20/40 ratio and have a sliding and reclining function too. The cargo capacity is modest at 18.4 cu-ft with all the seats upright and folding the rear seats frees up a total of 56.3 cu-ft of space which is decent for the segment.

Model

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Lincoln MKX Premiere

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

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

39.4 / 57.8 / 44.1

38.1 / 61.1 / 41.5

39.9 / 58.9 / 42.8

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

39.1 / 57.6 / 38.0

38.3 / 59.1 / 36.5

39.2 / 59.0 / 39.6

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

N/A

35.6 / 54.7 / 27.4

N/A

Cargo Capacity with all Seats Upright (cu-ft)

18.4

15.0

37.2

Cargo Capacity with Third Row Folded (cu-ft)

N/A

38.5

N/A

Cargo Capacity with Second Row Folded (cu-ft)

56.3

68.4

68.8

The Acura MDX has a premium cabin like the RX 350 but lacks some of the extra adjustability offered by the latter. The cargo capacity offered by the MDX is impressive even after having a three-row seating configuration. The Lincoln MKX offers one of the best cabins in the segment and has the most well-appointed cabin among the rivals here. The overall interior design of the MKX looks and feels more premium than the RX 350 and the Acura MDX.

Some standout features include:

  • 8-way power front seat 
  • Heated & Ventilated Front Sport Seats(F Sport)
  • Manual Reclining Rear Seat 
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Power-operated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel 
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Memory Settings for Driver Seat

How intuitive is the 2016 Lexus RX 350’s infotainment unit?

As standard, the Lexus RX 350 gets an 8-inch infotainment display with a knob controller. The Lexus Enform App Suite and the Remote Touch Electronics interface are available with the Premium Package which is a bummer. The standard infotainment system isn’t terrible either and offers a handsome list of infotainment and connectivity options.

Some infotainment features include:

  • 8.0-inch Lexus infotainment system
  • 9-speaker audio system with CD-Player
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • HD Radio and Satellite Radio
  • Two USB ports

2016 Lexus RX 350 Exterior

9.0/10

With the complete redesign of the RX 350 SUV, the more than average aggressive styling and the bold touch to it can be quite polarizing in the segment. The front fascia gets Lexus’ new spindle grille design with a chrome lining running alongside. The front grille is flanked by a set of angular yet elegant-looking LED headlamp units while the front bumper houses the LED fog lamps with a chrome accent bordering them which matches with the front grille design. The side profile looks stylish with a sports sedan-like curve on the roofline and sculpted lines running across the vehicle.

Model

Lexus RX 350

Acura MDX

Lincoln MKX Premiere

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,222

3,960

4,168

Length (in)

192.5

193.6

190.0

Width (in)

74.6

77.2

76.1

Height (in)

67.7

67.6

66.2

Ground Clearance (in)

8.2

5.6

7.8

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

111.0

112.2

The Acura MDX has the most forgettable design here with the only attraction lying in its front fascia. It gets a proper crossover design and lacks the stylish bits of the RX 350. The Lincoln MKX has the ugliest front fascia here but feels quite bigger than the MDX and the RX 350. None of the SUVs can match the 8.2-inch ground clearance of the RX 350 however.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Safety

9.2/10

As is the case with almost every Toyota vehicle, the Lexus RX 350 has a pretty solid safety stat to boast about. The SUV gets a 4-star out of 5 ratings from the NHTSA while the IIHS gave the vehicle its prestigious Top Safety Pick+ award which shows the impressive safety and superior build quality of the SUV. Apart from the standard list of safety techs, Lexus also offers an additional Safety System Plus package which further includes some advanced crash avoidance systems.

Some safety features of the SUV are:

  • Frontal collision warning and mitigation system with automatic braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane departure intervention
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Driveline Traction Control
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Dual-Stage Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

2016 Lexus RX 350 Final Verdict

At a competitive price point, the Lexus RX 350 offers an excellent value for money proposition to luxury SUV shoppers who prefer comfort and luxury over performance. The SUV has a strong character in terms of exterior design and a plush cabin with a compliant ride quality to complement it fully. If you’re in the market for a stylish and comfortable luxury SUV that is safe and reliable, the RX 350 is a no-brainer option.

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