2022 Lexus RX 350

MSRP $45,220 Est.

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2022 Lexus RX 350 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer

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It is hard to see a car that has stayed in the market so long unchanged as the Lexus RX 350 and still be such a strong option, relevant and so relevant in the midsize luxury SUV segment which is fairly competitive. A prominent example would be the V6 engine, which is not what you would call efficient concerning today’s standards. People still like the RX 350 for its smooth acceleration and the way it delivers it. Then there's the unflappable ride quality to complement it.

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Pros

Attractive cabin with equally gorgeous and top quality materials and build quality

Smooth and comfortable ride quality

A wide cargo bay is a boon

Loads of tech as standard as well as great safety ratings

Cons

The touchpad controller needs to go

A lifeless driving experience complemented by tepid acceleration

Real-world fuel economy not at all competitive

What's New?

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 remains unchanged


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$45220

bodystyle

4dr SUV

engine type

displacement

211 cu.in.

horsepower

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

268 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.9/13.3 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

518.4 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $45,220 Est. onwards

295 hp @ 6300 rpm | 3.5L | V-6 | regular unleaded

Colors and Styles

2022 Lexus RX 350 in Caviar color 2022 Lexus RX 350 in Moonbeam Beige Metallic color 2022 Lexus RX 350 in Obsidian color
Caviar

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Lexus refreshed the RX 350 SUV for 2020, which is why you are going to see no changes for 2022. As much as people love the iconic look of the SUV and do not seem to be tired of it to want an upgrade, they would rather love to see Lexus tweak the interior and get rid of the basic infotainment touchpad controller for good. There are rumors all around that Lexus is going to bring an all-new upgraded RX 350 for 2023. Until then, Lexus has to compete with upgraded rivals like BMW X5, Audi Q5, and Volvo XC60.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Features

The Lexus RX 350 comes in two trims- Base and F Sport. Both trim levels are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that propels 285 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. of torque. The engines come paired with 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on both trims, and all-wheel drive is optional on both.

Model

Base

MSRP (FWD)

$45,170

MSRP (AWD)

$46,470

Key Features

Lexus Enform Connectivity

 

Captain's Chairs In Second-row Seats

 

Rain-sensing Wipers

 

Head-up Display

 

LED Cornering Foglamps

 

Panoramic View Monitor

 

Stability Control

 

Direct Tire Pressure Monitor System

Lexus offers two packages along with the base model named Premium package and Luxury package. The Premium package is available at an extra cost of $480 and adds features such as Matte Bamboo interior trim, Power-adjustable front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power rear door, Lexus memory system, and Rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Meanwhile, the Luxury package costs an additional $3890 and includes features such as 20-inch wheels, power-adjustable thigh support for front seats, leather upholstery, HHeater leather-trimmed steering wheel, LED ambient illumination, and SiriusXM satellite radio. 

We Recommend

You would be surprised with either of the two models i.e, Base and F Sport. However, we suggest adding the navigation package to your selected trim featuring a larger infotainment system and an upgraded Mark Levinson audio system.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Price

The starting price for the 2022 Lexus RX 350 should be somewhere around $50,000. The base trim of RX 350 is accompanied by the RX350L which is a longer wheelbase version of the SUV. The last trim to wear the nameplate is the RX350 F Sport.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Release Date

News is yet to be provided by Lexus about the details of when exactly we can expect the 2022 Lexus RX 350 in showrooms. However, you can expect the 2022 Lexus RX 350 to release by fall 2021.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Engine and Performance

The engine which comes under the hood of the car when buyers get the RX350 is a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. The RX is a hefty vehicle and the V6 struggles to be even a little bit sporty in its classification. Power and torque figures are at 295 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, respectively. Considering the competition has moved on to turbocharged motors, the slow sprint times should not come as a surprise. What’s surprising is the AWD versions are even heavier and take more time to complete the sprint. That being said, as standard, you get the SUV in a front-wheel drivetrain driven by an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

The powertrain itself is more than capable, however, the engine is much less eager to transmit throttle inputs. On quieter streets, the powertrain will never truly disappoint as that is where the SUV feels at home. Move on to the freeways, that is when you will begin to have complaints about the slow acceleration. Talking about how the SUV rides and handles, this is probably the best aspect in the performance side of things; the RX 350 rides comfortably and easily irons out rough patches of pavement.

The ride is complacent and much less noisy too. You stay completely isolated from the road which makes it great for cruising long distances; one of the bigger reasons why this SUV is still popular. The steering has almost negligible feedback and is on the heavier side. It is uncharacteristically nimble around town. There is quite a bit of body roll on offer too when you tackle a corner at high speeds. You can solve that problem with the stiffer suspension and larger wheels on the F Sport trim which definitely add much-needed control and composure at expense of comfort, but it is still far from a sports SUV.

Models

2022 Lexus RX 350 (expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$50,000 (est.)

$43,995

$44,395

$45,095

Engine

3.5L V6

2.0L I-4 Twin Power Turbo

2.0L turbocharged I4

2.0L turbocharged I4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automated manual

8-Speed Automatic

Power

295hp @ 6300rpm

248hp @ 5200rpm

261hp @ 5000rpm

250hp @ 5500rpm

Torque

267lb-ft @ 4700rpm

258lb-ft @ 1450rpm

273lb-ft @ 1600rpm

258lb-ft @ 1500rpm

Despite the RX 350 having more horsepower in this comparison, it is disappointing that does not translate to real-world performance. Yes, performance is not a huge priority for these luxury SUVs, but in comparison to what the German competition has to offer, the RX 350 is disappointing. Forget hitting 60 mph under 7 seconds, even as a towing worker, the SUV underperforms. The only plus side you can take out of that is that easy access to AWD means you can weather-proof your car and also dabble into some mild off-roading if you will. 

2022 Lexus RX 350 Fuel Economy

Fuel efficiency is the forte of the 2022 Lexus RX 350, which is not what we usually associate with heavy luxury SUVs; however, it is a mixed bag. The gasoline engine does not look efficient on paper, but it will easily outperform the EPA estimates. That being said, the real-world economy figures in return are not that competitive. With the heavier L-trims, the mpg figures drop further by an mpg.

Models

2022 Lexus RX 350 (expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

20

24

23

22

MPG (Highway)

27

29

28

29

MPG (Combined)

23

26

25

24

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.2

17.2

18.5 gallons

18.8 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

384/518.4/441.6

396/516/447.2

423/518/463 miles

414/545/451.2 miles

The Q5 has a pretty impressive driving range, however, it is the RX 350 that has the larger gasoline tank. The low fuel economy of RX 350 seems to be compensated by the fuel tank capacity to be precise. 

2022 Lexus RX 350 Interior

Lexus has made some very good decisions with the RX 350 interior, not just the way they designed it but also the materials they chose to use. The touch surfaces are strewn with some fine textures metallic or wood trims, soft leather, and soft-touch plastics. Even the door panels are padded with soft-touch surfaces. Even as standard the upholstery you get is NuLuxe leatherette, and semi-aniline leather. In comparison to the higher trims, even the base trims feel a little basic. Speaking of the other trims, the F Sport variant gets Circuit Red NuLuxe, however choosing Black still remains as an option. Options for the steering wheel include wood and leather-trimmed ones.

The driving position is quite a comfortable one to settle into, there are still some ergonomic missteps, however. That would be with the controls, the tuning knob for the radio takes some awkward effort to reach. The controller is the most complained part of this SUV for quite some time; it is very inaccurate in its function. You are better off using the touchscreen to navigate through the infotainment. You can seat five people in a great deal of comfort in this SUV. There is plenty of head- and legroom in both the rows. Note this, choosing the three-row version also cuts down on the legroom in the second row, so keep that in mind while making the choice between trims. Power adjustability is standard for the driver’s seat, you get heating and ventilation as options for the front row and heating for the second row.

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 (expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

Seating

Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front

(Head/Shoulder/

Leg) (in.)

39.4/57.8/44.1

41.1/57.6/40.3

39.6/57.7/40.9

38/58.2/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/

Leg) (in.)

39.1/57.6/38

39.1/56/36.4

39.3/56.5/38

38/56.3/38

Trunk Volume (cu ft)

16.0

28.7

25.9

17.8

If you have longer legs, it is the RX 350 you want to be inside. If you opt for the RX 350L however, you get the third row, but it is not very usable. The headroom is still decent, but the legroom is only suited for children. If you opt for the F Sport trim, you get enhanced bolsters for the front seats and options of cushion extenders. The notable interior features of the 2022 Lexus LX 350 include:

  • Standard 8-inch touchscreen with Amazon Alexa
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • 9-speaker sound system
  • Satellite radio
  • Six USB ports
  • Bluetooth 
  • 15-speaker Mark Levinson stereo on top trim
  • Lexus Enform App Suite

2022 Lexus RX 350 Exterior

Some would call the RX 350’s design bold, some would say it is polarizing; it may not be to the tastes of everyone who sees the car. Starting with the front fascia, you can see the updated Lexus spindle grille and it takes up the majority of the front. The rest of it is occupied by the headlights which slot into the middle of the hourglass frame. The headlights have a couple of options, you can go with the auto-leveling headlights and the triple-beam LED headlights.

The notable exterior options for RX 350 include triple-beam tail lights, a panoramic glass roof, a power moonroof, powered rear door with a kick sensor. Standard wheel options are 18-inch alloys that fit rather comfortably into the large wheel arches which also house the optional 20-inch variants.

Model

2022 Lexus RX 350 (expected)

2021 BMW X3

2021 Audi Q5

2022 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

4222

4317

4079

4148

Length (in.)

192.5

186.1

184.3

184.6

Width (in.)

74.6

74.7

74.5

74.9

Height (in.)

67.7

66.0

65.5

65.3

Ground

Clearance (in.)

N/A

7.2

8.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in.)

109.8

112.8

111.0

112.8

The F Sport line-ups come with a few changes, they have a mesh grille and front fascia unique to the trim. The mirrors are black-capped and you will find badging on various places around the body; the wheel options are 20-inch F Sport variants. The RX 350 is longer than the rest of the competition. But surprisingly the rest of the three SUVs have longer wheelbases hence more space inside the cabin. The notable exterior features of the 2022 Lexus LX 350 include:

  • 20" Dark Silver Alloy Wheels W/Machined Finish
  • Door Edge Guards
  • Triple Beam LED Auto-Leveling Headlamps W/Adaptive Front Lighting System
  • Premium Paint
  • Roof Rack Cross Bars
  • Power Tilt/Slide Moonroof W/Aluminum Roof Rails
  • Touch-Free Power Rear Door W/Kick Sensor
  • Triple Beam LED Auto-Leveling Headlamps
  • Body-Side Moldings
  • Panoramic Moonroof W/Aluminum Roof Rails
  • Running Boards

2022 Lexus RX 350 Safety

The 2022 Lexus RX 350 has some solid crash test results; the NHTSA gave the SUV five stars for AWD models, but the FWD version strangely got four stars. Moving on, the IIHS named it as their Top Safety Pick. Consumers who prioritize safety should probably give this car more attention. Lexus gives the car a lot of driver assistance features as standard too; there is no shortage in the supply of the features.

Apart from the entry-level trim, every available feature is thrown in. A bunch of airbags is included in the package too which are placed in all strategic positions. The safety features fall under the umbrella of Lexus Safety System+ 2.0, which includes a host of pretty handy driver assistance features. All that is well and good, however, one should note that the other cars in the segment have a more comprehensive offering of standard driver aids. Some of the safety features in the new Lexus RX 350 are:

  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Automated emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Pre-collision mitigation
  • Road sign assist
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Parking assist with panoramic view monitor and auto-braking (optional)

2022 Lexus RX 350 Competition

2022 Lexus RX 350 Vs 2021 BMW X3

The X3 is easily one of the most well-rounded SUVs in the segment, that is one of the primary reasons why it is among the best-sellers in the segment. Does not matter what your priorities are, safety, practicality, technology, comfort, or performance, there is something for everyone here. It has been a mainstay of BMW's lineup for eternity, it is placed right in the middle of smaller sized X1 and the higher-priced X5.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Vs 2021 Audi Q5

Yet another car that sits in the sweet spot of the line-up between the compact Q3 and the larger three-row Q7. The SUV received a mid-life refresh in 2021 which bought it a new infotainment system, a larger touchscreen display, revised exterior styling, and perhaps most importantly a more powerful four-cylinder engine.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Vs 2022 Volvo XC60

The Lexus RX 350 has a bit more rear space than the Volvo XC60. Taller drivers and passengers might have no problem with accommodation inside the Volvo XC60. The Lexus RX 350 offers a somewhat similar width as the Volvo XC60, but again for buyers, bigger is more beneficial. You'll be satisfied with the Lexus RX 350, which is slightly longer than the Volvo XC60.

With a bit higher torque, the Lexus RX 350 offers effective power compared to the Volvo XC60. Also, the Lexus RX 350 has a significantly larger turning radius, making it hard to maneuver in limited space. The Lexus RX 350 returns more horsepower than the Volvo XC60.

2022 Lexus RX 350 Final Verdict

Has the 2022 Lexus RX 350 anything more to offer than a sporty and aggressive face before it rides off into the sunset, it sure does. The driving character and relaxed and comfortable, contrary to what the exterior looks would have you believe. If you are into long-distance cruising, preferably with a few people aboard, you would love this SUV. The silky-smooth ride quality and a host of driver assistance features make your life easy on the freeway, the car is a big softie, and you are bound to love it for that.

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