2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV

MSRP $49,235 - $52,350

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2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The Lexus RX 350 was an instant hit like most of the Lexus cars were. RX 350 was one of the pioneers to open doors for the luxury crossover SUV segment. Just like the RX 350, Luxus introduced the RX 350 F Sport which has sharper looks and sporty interiors. Being a part of the RX lineup, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport trim adds styling cues and sporty characteristics. Mechanically, they are identical and the difference only shows in the aesthetics and handling.

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Pros

Smooth ride quality

Advanced standard safety features

Attractive cabin with premium materials

Large cargo area

Cons

Below-average fuel economy

Unintuitive touchpad controller

What's New?

Standard Blindspot monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert 

Standard power-folding auto-dim mirrors 

Ultra White or Gracian watercolor options

The Performance Package has now been renamed as the Handling Package


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$50635

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

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

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

192.5 in.

width

74.6 in.

height

67.7 in.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

99.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

56.3 cu ft.

payload capacity

1444 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Black Line Special Edition$49,235 onwards

Base$49,950 onwards

  • Bucket seats
  • Dual Zone Air Conditioning
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Smart Device Integration

Appearance$49,950 onwards

  • Driver lumbar
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Seat Memory

Handling$50,950 onwards

  • Cooled Driver Seat
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The RX 350 F sport is powered by the same 3.5-L naturally aspirated V6 gas engine and with the help of an 8-speed automatic transmission, it puts the total of 295 hp of power down to the wheels, while giving the 267 lb-ft of mid-range torque. Some of the main competitors of the Lexus RX 350 F Sport are the Acura MDX A-Spec, Audi Q7, and Cadillac XT6 Sport.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV front angle view
2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV rear angle view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Features

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes in two trims, the F Sport and the F Sport Black Line Special Edition. The Standard trim-level includes F Sport grille, front and rear bumper, and badges, 20-inch wheels, F Sport steering wheel, F Sport front and rear dampers, Aluminum interior trim. This just gives the interior and exterior a makeover along with F-Sport suspension. 

To realize what significant improvements it brings to the table, you need to opt for the optional F Sport Handling package which includes Adaptive suspension, Heated and ventilated sport seats, and a heated steering wheel. Apart from that, there is a Black Line Special Edition that gets black exterior and interior accents along with new interior color options available for better customization.

Trim

F Sport

F Sport Black Line Special Edition

MSRP (FWD)

$48,700

$49,235

MSRP (AWD)

$50,100

$50,635

Key Features

20-inch alloy wheels

Adds to the F Sport 

 

LED headlights

Black exterior accents

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Ulta Green or Grecian Water leather upholstery with blue stitching

 

Power-adjustable front seats

Rear cross-traffic alert

 

Rain-sensing wipers

Black 20-inch alloy wheels

 

Keyless entry with push start button

Zero Halliburton luggage

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 
 

Amazon Alexa integration with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

 
 

Lexus safety system + 2.0

 
 

F Sport grille

 
 

F Sport front & rear bumpers

 
 

Aluminum interior styling

 

Package

Optional Features

F Sport Handling Package

Adaptive suspension

 

Heated & ventilated sport seats

 

Heated steering wheel

Which Trim should you buy?

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F sport is available in FWD and AWD drivetrain choices. Lexus has come up with a new F sport Black Line Special Edition that further includes some more luxury and sporty touches such as Black exterior accents, Better leather upholstery, and the black 20-inch alloy wheels. The price range of both the trims costs almost the same, so it’s better to go with the Black Line Special Edition with AWD system and the optional Handling Package. 

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with only one engine option to choose from. The vehicle comes equipped with a 3.5-Liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that is good for 295 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed shiftable automatic transmission and is offered with paddle shifters. The vehicle is available in FWD drivetrain configuration as standard and with the optional AWD system that costs an extra $1,300.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV engine bay

2021 RX 350 F Sport can accelerate from 0-60mph within 6.8 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile sprint in 15.1 seconds. The V6 can handle heavy loads and sure feels peppy, the top speed is capped at 124 mph. These power figures are not the best but also not the worst either but one doesn’t need to worry about the turbo lag and the reliability of the engine as it got some minor tweaks in 2018.

Models

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Audi Q7

MSRP

$50,100

$55,000

$57,445

$55,800

Engine 

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic 

9-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic 

Power 

295 hp @ 6300 rpm

290 hp @ 6,200 rpm

310 hp @ 6600 rpm

248 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque

267 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 

271 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.8

6.5

7.5

6

Quarter mile (sec)

15.1

14.6

15.2

NA

Top Speed (MPH)

124

130

130

130

All rivals in the competition come with standard AWD drivetrain config. Lexus features the second-best powertrain figures after Cadillac and the third-best performance figures. While others come with Naturally Aspirated V6 engines, Q7 sports has a 2.0-L Turbo Inline-4 in its base 45 TFSI configuration and It is the quickest of the lot from 0-60MPH as it achieves peak torque of 273 lb-ft at lower revs than the rest. However, rivals offer better-towing capacity. Despite sporting a larger engine, Cadillac XT6 Sport is the slowest of the lot covering 0-60MPH in 7.5 seconds.

How well does the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport handle?

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with F- Sport-tuned suspension with F Sport front and rear dampers which ensure to make your ride as smooth as possible. If you opt for the F-Sport handling packages, you get Adaptive suspension which helps in absorbing all the minor road bumps. The car can adapt to a variety of road conditions with up to 650 levels of damping. The front and rear seats are comfortable enough for both short and long-term usage.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV handling

The 3.5-L V6 powerhouse feels powerful enough to handle the fun-to-ride attitude of the RX 350 F Sport, while the cabin offers a plush and touch experience everywhere. With no such cabin noise, the car provides a peaceful driving experience and the advanced safety features ensure the safety of both occupants and pedestrians. The feedback from the roads is decent and while riding through the cliche corners the car stays planted on the ground at all times.

Braking Performance of 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with better features that improve its braking performance than the previous year. The 12.9-inch ventilated disc brakes at the front and 13.3-inch ventilated disc brakes at the rear slow down this heavy 4222-pound car within 127 feet. Moreover, the vehicle gets ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), and Brake assist. Also, the ventilated brakes help it to cool down much faster and increase its life as well. 

Models

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Audi Q7

Front Rotors (in)

12.9

12.6

12.6

14.8

Rear Rotors (in)

13.3

13.0

12.4

13.8

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,222

4,032

4,411

4,795

60-0 MPH (ft)

127

131

130

117

The Lexus RX 350 F Sport with a curb weight of 4,222 pounds delivers a stable and decent braking power. Its braking system tries to stop the vehicle within 127 ft from 60 mph to a standstill. Whereas Audi Q7 represents the amazing braking system that it gets, being the heaviest in the lot, it still decelerates under 117 ft. Acura is the lightest amongst the rivals and Cadillac with 4,411 lbs of weight both disappoints us in the braking department.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport does a decent job in the fuel economy department. The 3.5-L V6 engine provides roughly around 20 mpg in city driving, 27 mpg on the straight highways, and 23 mpg under combined conditions. It has not the best in the segment but a decently sized 19.2 gallons of the fuel tank which would be enough to ride 441 miles between each fillup. 

Models

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Audi Q7

MPG (City)

20

20

21

19

MPG (Highway)

27

27

27

23

MPG (Combined)

23

23

24

21

Fuel Capacity (gal)

19.2

19.5

19.0

22.5

Range (City/Hwy/Combined (Miles)

384/518/441

390/527/448

399.0/513.0/456.0

427.5/517.5/472.5

Lexus and Acura both claim the corresponding fuel figure of 23 mpg under the combined conditions, which is a decent number concerning the performance punch they offer. Cadillac might feel a bit slow in 0 to 60 timings but it surely saves a little more fuel. Audi has the best in class performance but as a result, it delivers a poor fuel economy of 21 mpg. Although it claims low economy but Q7 big 22.5 gallons of fuel tank increases the tank to tank range of the vehicle. On the other hand, Lexus, Acura, and Cadillac get a decent size fuel tank.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Interior

7.9/10

The interior of the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport looks amazing. Lexus has chosen a wide range of upscale materials like soft-touch leather, textured metallic or wood trims, and soft-touch plastic which can be seen throughout the interior. Moreover, the AC vents complement the dashboard design and are finished in textured metallic or optional wooden trim. In the F-Sport trim, you get unique aluminum trim. Also, you get the F-Sport Steering wheel as standard.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV cockpit area

The steering wheel is very light and smooth with a large Lexus logo finished in chrome. The steering wheel is wrapped in soft-touch leather and feels premium to hold. If you opt for the F-Sport handling package, you also get Heated and ventilated sport seats and a heated steering wheel. The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport seats 5 people in two rows. The space towards the rear is also sufficient.

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV front seats

Models

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Audi Q7

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

7

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

39.4/57.8/44.1

38.1/61.1/41.4 

39.8/58.3/41.2

39.9/59.5/41.7

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

39.1/57.6/38.0

38.8/59.1/36.6

39.1/57.4/39.1

38.8/58.5/38.8

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

N/A

35.6/54.7/28.1

37.2/53.5/29.5

39.4/49.4/29.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.4

15.8

12.6

14.2

All of the above competitors hit the same ballpark when it comes to the interior passenger space but the Lexus RX 350 F Sport can only seat 5 people which is a drawback. The Lexus RX 350 F Sport has the best standard cargo space in its class. The Cadillac XT6 has the least cargo space as compared to its rivals. But folding down the third row will open up more space in its rivals. Standout interior features in the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport are:

  • F Sport steering wheel
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Heated and ventilated seats
  • Adjustable steering column and the seats
  • SmartAccess with push-button Start/Stop

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport comes with an 8-inch Lexus Multimedia infotainment system with an optional 12.3-inch infotainment display. The touchscreen is very responsive and is straightforward to use. It has smartphone integration and a Lexus app that helps you to stay connected with the car. It has Bluetooth connectivity and you can listen to your favorite radio station with the help of SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio. 

Other features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in its tech suite along with Amazon Alexa compatibility. Moreover, a Dynamic Voice recognition system will directly take you to your desired menu. It has a 9-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System that will take the party on the roads. Standout infotainment features in the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport include:

  • 8-inch Lexus Multimedia infotainment system with an optional 12.3-inch infotainment display
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Lexus Enform Remote
  • SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio
  • Lexus Enform WiFi 
  • Dynamic Voice Recognition system
  • Apple Carplay and Android Auto
  • 9-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System
  • Satellite navigation

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 RX 350 F Sport retains the same exterior design. The exterior styling in the F-Sport variant is very elegant, sharp, and aggressive at the same time. The exterior was always one of the main selling points of F-Sport. It is even cooler and has a distinctive character than the regular RX 350. You get a massive F Sport grille, front and rear bumper, and badges. As standard, you also get 20-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, LED headlights with LED DRLs, and LED fog lamps. 

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV 

The two extra dummy vents enhance the front look, while the side profile looks crisp with the floating roof design and the rear side has sharp LED taillights with actual working rear diffusers. The Black Line Special Edition has an even more striking appeal with the blacked-out 20-inch alloys and black accents on the exterior. The RX 350 F Sport carries the same iconic Lexus grille that is fully blacked out with the Lexus logo finished in chrome. 

Models

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Audi Q7

Curb weight (lbs)

4,222

4,032

4,411

4,795

Length (in)

192.5

196.2

198.5

199.3

Width (in)

74.6

77.7

77.3

77.6

Height (In)

67.7

67.4

69.9

68.5

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

7.3

6.6

NA

Wheelbase (in)

109.8

111.0

112.7

117.9

Lexus is a decent-sized and light vehicle with a weight of 4222. It has the least exterior dimensions but the cabin is quite spacious. Whereas Audi and Acura are the widest in the segment with the total width of 77.6 and 77.7 inches respectively, that certainly tells us the relatively better stability and less body roll than the others. Although when looked at the wheelbase of the Lexus then its width and length make sense. Lexus also has the highest 8.2-inch ground clearance. Standout exterior features in the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport are:

  • Fog Lamps
  • Power Liftgate
  • Heated Mirrors
  • F Sport grille, front and rear bumper, and badges
  • Adaptive suspension
  • 20-inch black alloy wheels

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Safety

9.0/10

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport performed very well in its crash tests. It received an overall safety rating of 4 stars and 4-stars for a rollover crash test from NHTSA. The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport received a ‘Top Safety Pick’ award from IIHS. Some of the safety features of the 2021 RX 350 F Sport includes anti-lock brakes, stability, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, front knee airbags, front second and third-row airbags along full-length side curtain airbags. Standout safety features in the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport include:

  • Pre-collision system
  • Lexus safety system Plus 2.0
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Road sign assist
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Steering assist
  • All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Blind-spot monitoring system
  • Triple beam LED headlights
  • Intuitive parking assist

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Competition

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport vs 2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

The Acura MDX and the Lexus RX 350 F Sport both offer a naturally aspirated V6 engine and have similar performance. The Acura MDX offers three-row seating for the passengers. Apart from that, the Lexus RX 350 F Sport has a better build quality which is unmatched by the Acura MDX. So, if you prefer safety along with luxury then, you can opt for the Lexus RX 350 F Sport.

2021 Acura MDX A-Spec

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport vs 2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

The Cadillac XT6 and the Lexus RX 350 F Sport both have very luxurious interiors, but the Cadillac has a bit more passenger space and also seating for 7 people which the F Sport misses on. The F Sport on the other hand has better cargo capacity than the Cadillac XT6. Lexus has a peppy and fun-to-ride attitude while Cadillac claims marginally better fuel economy. So, both cars can be a suitable option for you. 

2021 Cadillac XT6 Sport

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport vs 2021 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 comes with a smaller 2-L Turbo unit in its base trim; There is also a 55TFSI variant which is even more powerful. Lexus offers only seating for five while the Q7 can seat 7 as standard but if someone is getting a luxury SUV then a 7 seater car doesn’t make any sense. RX 350 F Sport comes with bulletproof Japanese reliability which makes it a better pick between the two if you ask us.

2021 Audi Q7

 

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV Final Verdict

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport is loaded with the latest techs and features. The exterior styling of the car is truly amazing and is one of the best in the segment. While the standard seating took a hit, it has good cargo space that makes it practical. The fuel economy of the car is decent all while sporting a V6. Q7’s 2.0T should have been frugal but it drops by 2mpg. So, if you are planning to buy the 2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport then you have made the right choice.