2018 Lexus RX 350

MSRP $44,870

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2018 Lexus RX 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 26, 2021

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The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a carryover model so there is a couple of hundred dollars increment to the base MSRP which now starts at $43,470. The bold and flashy Lexus RX 350 comes with a single 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The setup isn't tuned for performance thus RX 350 took slightly less than seven seconds to hit 60 mph. Instead, the powertrain is tuned for smooth power delivery and a comfortable ride experience which happens to be the top priority of customers in this segment. 

2018 Lexus RX 350

Being a luxury SUV there is no doubt the interior of the RX 350 is luxurious and comfortable both at the same time although the not so intuitive infotainment system and the smaller cargo space take away a few brownie points from the interior section. Lexus as a brand has been known for luxury and reliability which the RX 350 ticks and goes a notch above by offering class-leading safety and grabbing the 'Top Safety Pick' award from IIHS. That said, the uninspiring handling and lack of power could deter a few prospective buyers but overall as a product, the RX 350 is a cracker of a deal.

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Pros

Comfortable and smooth ride quality

Opulent cabin

Standard advanced safety features

Attractive and futuristic design

Cons

Low cargo capacity

Uninspiring performance

Meddling infotainment

What's New?

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a carryover model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44870

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

143 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

110 in.

length

193 in.

width

75 in.

height

68 in.

curb weight

4387 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

121.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1477 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

165 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

highway range

499.2 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$44,870 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Lexus RX 350 in Caviar color
Caviar

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

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.3

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

8.5

Safety

8.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.4

Overall Rating


The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a midsize luxury SUV with seating for five as standard. The RX 350 starts at $43,470 and comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The power delivery is smooth while the performance from this engine is acceptable. Thus the RX 350 isn't quick and took a shade lower than seven seconds to touch 60 mph. While it does offer a supple ride quality and a higher gas mileage with a high-reliability rating and safety score.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Front Three-Quarter View

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a carryover model while there are some changes to the RX 450h hybrid and an all-new RX 350 L (three-row version of the RX 350) both of which we have covered separately. That said, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 rivals the likes of Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.


8.5/10
Features

8.3/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2018 Lexus RX 350 Features

8.5/10

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is a midsize luxury SUV offered in two trims namely base and F Sport. Both the trims are powered by a V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a choice of either FWD or AWD. The base trim starts at $43,470 and comes with almost all the advanced safety features as standard, it offers most of the features barring a couple of high-end creature comfort features.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Side View

The F Sport trim might give you an impression of something sporty and more powerful but you will be in for a disappointment when you know that except for adaptive suspension dampers, enhanced engine sound, and sports seats there isn't anything sporty about this trim. The F Sport trim starts at $49,120 and adds the high-end creature comfort features that the base trim otherwise misses. Apart from this, Lexus offers a couple of most sought-after packages: Premium, Luxury, and Navigation.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Rear Three-Quarter View

The Premium package, only for the base trim, adds leather upholstery, wood interior trims, driver-seat memory function, auto-dimming side mirrors, etc. The Luxury package adds 20-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and rear seats, power-folding and reclining rear seats, etc plus features from the premium package. The navigation package adds a 12.3-inch display, a 12-speaker sound system, and Lexus Enform App Suite.

Trims Base F Sport
MSRP (FWD) $43,470 $49,120
MSRP (AWD) $44,870 $50,520
Key features 295 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine Adds or upgrades to 'Base'
  18-inch alloy wheels 20-inch alloy wheels
  Power liftgate Paddle shifters
  Simulated leather upholstery Leather upholstery
  Automatic LED headlights w/ automatic high beam Adaptive suspension dampers
  Power-adjustable front seats and steering wheels Heated and ventilated sports seats
  Dual-zone automatic climate control Enhanced engine sound
  Safety System+  
  8-inch touchscreen w/ nine-speaker sound system  

We Recommend:

We suggest going for the base trim and adding the optional package to get the missing features as per your requirement. In this way, your Lexus RX 350 will carry a sticker price of well below fifty grand compared to the F Sport trim that just starts at that price. Another reason to suggest this is that all the safety features are available as standard on the base trim. So except for some creature-comfort features you hardly miss anything when picking the base over the F Sport trim.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Engine and Performance

8.3/10

"The mechanical substance of the RX350L hardly differs from that of the regular RX350. That means it’s powered by the same 3.5-liter V-6 found in many Toyota and Lexus models. Somewhere, potentially in the slightly longer exhaust system, five horsepower was lost—what is a 295-hp V-6 in the RX350 becomes a 290-hp V-6 in the RX350L." – Car and Driver

2018 Lexus RX 350 Engine and transmission

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that puts out 295 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and sends power to either front wheels or all wheels.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Engine

The V6 engine on the Lexus RX 350 is mediocre by all means and doesn't justify the premium tag that the RX 350 commands. Although the refinement and smooth power delivery are some likable traits of this engine.

Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
MSRP $43,470 $44,200 $57,200 $52,200
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.0-liter turbo Inline-4 3.5-liter V6
Transmission 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic
Power 295 hp @ 6300 rpm 290 hp @ 6200 rpm 300 hp @ 5800 rpm 302 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque 268 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm 267 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm 300 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm 273 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

Among the rivals, the BMW X5 powered by a turbo-six engine puts out the highest torque figure while the V6-powered Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 puts out the highest power figures among all. Although both the SUVs are expensive than the Lexus and cost north of fifty grand.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Acceleration

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 goes from 0-60 mph in 9.6 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.3 seconds. The eight-speed gearbox shifts quickly through gears to keep you in the powerband and picking up highway speeds isn't a task for the RX 350.

Models 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
0-60 MPH (sec) 6.9 sec 6.6 sec 6.2 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter-mile (sec) 15.3 sec 15.1 sec 14.8 sec 15.3 sec
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.0-liter turbo Inline-4 3.5-liter V6

Among the rivals, the turbo-six-powered BMW X5 outruns everyone with a 0-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 14.8 seconds compared to the Lexus it was 0.7 seconds faster in the 0-60 mph run and 0.5 seconds in the quarter-mile run.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the Lexus RX 350 remains plush and it easily tackles the worst of roads without letting you even know about it. The suspension setup on the base trim feels adequate while the available adaptive suspensions dampers on the F Sport trim take the ride comfort to another level.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Driving

The Lexus RX 350 isn't a sporty SUV and doesn't handle like one either but on the other hand, it isn't a lousy handling SUV either. The handling remains consistent with the steering feel and feedback being reassuring for the most part. The body roll is well-controlled but thrashing hard around corners will definitely unsettle the RX 350.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Braking

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 under panic braking stops from 60-0 mph taking 123 feet of distance. It gets a 12.9-inch front disc and 13.3-inch rear disc and the setup works well to ensure optimal braking performance and a reassuring stop sans drama.

Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Brake Front (in) 12.9 12.6 13.7 13.8
Brake Rear (in) 13.3 13.0 12.6 13.0
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,222 4,001 4,625 4,650
60-0 MPH (ft.) 123 128 113 126

In this comparison, the BMW X5 again took the least 113 feet which compared to the Lexus RX 350 is 10 feet less to stop from 60-0 mph.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

“The Lexus RX hybrid posts impressive gas mileage ratings, while the RX 350 is competitive in its class." – Carconnection

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 20 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined. Going for the AWD configuration sees a drop of one mpg across all three parameters.

 Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
MPG (city) 20 19 18 18
MPG (highway) 27 27 25 23
MPG (combined) 23 22 21 20
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 19.2 19.5 22.4 24.6

In this comparison, the Lexus RX 350 is the most fuel-efficient SUV among all especially in the city and mixed driving while on the highway the heavier Acura MDX is able to match its gas mileage.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Interior

9.9/10

"This easy-to-master cockpit is a spacious and comfy place to pass the miles. Overall it’s excellent, but the huge rear entertainment screens should give you pause, and the cargo area isn’t as versatile as those of some rivals." – Edmunds

2018 Lexus RX 350 Seating and Comfort

Step inside the 2018 Lexus RX 350 and you will see an opulent and well-put-together cabin. The dashboard has a criss-cross of design elements but somehow everything is well amalgamated and nothing sticks out as odd. The material quality used is excellent and at par with the Germans and that's us talking about the base trim. If money isn't a problem and you can splurge fifty grand then go for higher trim which offers an even more luxurious interior. The overall visibility is great with minimal blindspot from the front pillars.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Dashboard

The ride height of the RX 350 is spot on thus getting in and out of it won't be an issue. The seats are comfortable and well-contoured with the F Sport trim getting power lumbar adjustment and heating and ventilation for the front sports seats for an even more comfortable experience. The space at the rear is decent while the seat comfort is at par with the front ones. If you go for the optional package then you can add heated rear seats with power recline and folding.

Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Passenger capacity 5 7 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.4/ 57.8/ 44.1 38.1/ 61.1/ 41.4 39.8/ 60.5/ 40.4 38.9/ 58.5/ 40.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.1/ 57.6/ 38.0 38.3/ 59.1/ 38.5 38.3/ 58.3/ 36.6 38.5/ 58.4/ 38.4
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 35.6/ 54.7/ 28.1 N/A N/A

Except for the Acura MDX, all the other SUVs here are offered as a five-seater in their base form. The overall cabin space with respect to headroom and legroom in both rows remains the best in the Lexus RX 350 followed by Acura MDX. 

2018 Lexus RX 350 Cabin

Interior Features:

  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated rear seats and steering wheel

2018 Lexus RX 350 Infotainment System

As standard, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a nine-speaker audio setup. The placement of the infotainment system is spot on and you won't need to take your eyes off the road to look at the screen. But the oddly placed controller makes it an uphill task to use it while driving. 

2018 Lexus RX 350 Infotainment

That said, optional for the RX 350 is a bigger 12.3-inch touchscreen that comes with a twelve-speaker sound system, voice command, navigation, etc. Except for the increased screen size, the overall functionality of this unit remains the same as the 8-inch unit.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 offers 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up while the rear seats offer 40/20/40 split-folding for increased cargo space. 

2018 Lexus RX 350 Cargo

Also, you can completely fold flat the rear seats to liberate as much as 56.3 cubic feet of cargo space.

Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Cargo Capacity (ft³) 18.4 14.9 35.8 38.2

In this comparison, without doubt, the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 offers the highest 38.2 cubic feet of cargo space which is more than double what the Lexus RX 350 offers.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Exterior

8.5/10

Lexus doesn’t do boring anymore. The brand has moved away from its attractive but stoic styling and now creates some of the most daring and dynamic shapes on the road. – Kelley Blue Book

2018 Lexus RX 350 Dimension and Weight

Two years back when the Lexus RX 350 was redesigned then it was the boldest design in the entire automotive world. The front Lexus spindle grille dominated the front fascia with sharp headlights flanking from the sides and fangs like foglight unit lower down. 

2018 Lexus RX 350 Front Three-Quarter View

The side profile has a fair share of cuts and creases that continues the design theme. In between the wheels, you get 109.8-inches while the overall length of the RX 350 stands at 192.5-inches. Move to the rear and you would see how beautifully the roof reclines at the back to give it a hunkered-down look. 

Model 2018 Lexus RX 350 2018 Acura MDX 2018 BMW X5 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,222 4,001 4,625 4,650
Length (in) 192.5 196.5 193.2 189.1
Width (in) 74.6 77.8 76.3 78.9
Height (in) 67.7 67.4 69.4 70.7
Ground clearance (in) 8.2 7.3 8.2 7.9
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 111.0 115.5 114.8

Dimension wise Lexus RX 350 isn't near any of the rival SUVs except for the ground clearance which is highest for the Lexus at 8.2-inches. The three-row Acura MDX is the longest while the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 is the widest and the tallest SUV. That said, the BMW X5 has the longest wheelbase among all yet it is the Lexus that offers the best cabin space even though it has the smallest wheelbase.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Rear Three-Quarter View

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic LED healdights
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels

2018 Lexus RX 350 Safety

8.5/10

Since last year the Lexus RX 350 comes standard with the Safety System+ package which bundles forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic emergency braking and lane departure alert with intervention. Other standard safety features include adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera. That said, the 2018 Lexus RX 350 performed really well in the crash test bagging the 'Top Safety Pick' award from IIHS with the highest rating of 'Good' in all its five parameters. As for NHTSA, it gave the Lexus RX 350 an overall safety rating of four out of five stars.  

2018 Lexus RX 350 IIHS Crash-Test

Safety Features:

  • Available adaptive headlights
  • Available surround-view parking camera
  • Available blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert

2018 Lexus RX 350 Competition

2018 Lexus RX 350 vs 2018 Acura MDX

The 2018 Acura MDX is a tough rival of the Lexus RX 350 it is spacious and more practical than the Lexus. It also offers more standard and sought-after features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which aren't available on the Lexus. While both of them share a similar ride and handling and also safety ratings.

2018 Acura MDX

But the Lexus RX 350 is more engaging and fun-to-drive between the two, has better gas mileage in the city, more cargo space, and higher reliability compared to the Acura MDX. So unless you want that extra third-row seats for a price of two-row Lexus the RX 350 is a better pick over the MDX.

2018 Lexus RX 350 vs 2018 BMW X5

The 2018 BMW X5 is expensive than the Lexus RX 350 but it does get a turbocharged engine over Lexus' naturally aspirated one. The luxury and opulence in both the SUVs are second to none. The more powerful BMW X5 is also quicker in acceleration and offers an engaging driving experience compared to the RX 350.

2018 BMW X5

But it offers lesser gas mileage and smaller cabin space than the Lexus even though dimensionwise the X5 is bigger. That said, the bigger X5 does have better cargo capacity than the RX 350. Thus if you can't extend your budget then go for the Lexus eyes closed otherwise if money isn't the problem then no harm in picking the X5 over the RX 350.

2018 Lexus RX 350 Final Verdict

The Lexus RX 350 comes with high aspirations and a lot to prove in the German-dominated luxury SUV segment. The RX 350 has got the luxury and comfort feature right but missed on the fun-to-drive and performance part which remains the main USP of its main competition the BMW X5. But to counter that the Lexus offers better reliability and a lower entry price which is sufficient to lure a considerable amount of shoppers in this segment. Thus if you are looking for a refined and smooth ride that is high on luxury without burning a hole in your pocket then the Lexus RX 350 is the perfect car for you.


FAQs on the 2018 Lexus RX 350:

Is the 2018 Lexus RX 350 reliable?

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 from J.D.Powers which makes it an above-par SUV in terms of reliability.

Does the 2018 Lexus RX 350 require premium gas?

No, Lexus RX 350 doesn't require premium gasoline instead you need to put unleaded gasoline with an octane rating of 87 or higher.

How much should I pay for the 2018 Lexus RX 350?

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has an MSRP of $43,470 for the base trim and $49,120 for the F Sport trim.

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