Satisfying gasoline and hybrid powertrains; excellent hybrid fuel economy; relaxed ride; quiet cabin; big cargo area
Low-mounted rear bench seat; no third-row seat
A 115-volt outlet is included with Luxury Package and F Sport models, while the optional Pre-Collision System now features emergency braking preparation and forward-collision warning. Also, if your iPhone is the 4S or newer, it can sync up with the 2014 RX's infotainment system for enhanced Internet and email/text functionality based on voice controls.
The Lexus RX may not be front-page news, but those who buy them tend to love them. We'd stick with just the base RX 350, as it's both well-equipped and reasonably priced.
The 2014 Lexus RX comes in regular RX 350 or hybrid RX 450h trim.
The RX 350 ($40,670) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, a power rear lift gate and keyless entry with push-button ignition. Inside, the RX 350 has fabric upholstery, 10-way power front seats, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and a 9-speaker audio system with a 6-CD changer, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and iPod/USB connectivity.
The RX 450h ($47,320) adds a unique grille and front bumper, as well as hybrid-specific status gauges, but otherwise it mostly shares the RX 350's equipment roster.
Notable options (many of which come bundled in packages) include 19-in alloy wheels, a sunroof, adaptive xenon or LED headlights, two kinds of leather upholstery, driver memory functions, adaptive cruise control, a rear-seat entertainment system with twin 7-in screens, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with the Remote Touch interface, an 8-in display screen, voice-command functionality and the Lexus Enform with Safety Connect telematics suite. Remote Touch is also available via the Display Audio package with a lesser 7-in screen.
The F Sport Package (RX 350 AWD only, includes Premium and Comfort Packages) adds an 8-speed automatic transmission, a sport suspension, 19-in wheels with more aggressive tires, a 115-volt outlet and unique styling details inside and out.
The RX's back seat is, unexpectedly, not a strong suit. We figured this 2-row crossover would lavish attention on its rear passengers, but the bottom cushion is mounted surprisingly low to the floor, resulting in a knees-up riding position for those with long legs. Still, there's plenty of room for adults.
Cargo space measures a generous 40 cu ft behind the rear seat backs and 80.3 cu ft with those seat backs folded down. Note that the RX 450h has the same cargo capacity as the regular RX 350, because its battery pack is concealed beneath the rear seat.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
Acura MDX -- Equipped with 7-passenger seating and more engaging driving dynamics, the appealing MDX is a safe and reliable alternative to the Lexus RX.
Cadillac SRX -- Outfitted with a powerful V6, the SRX is ready to rumble with the Lexus. People and cargo space, however, disappoint.
Volkswagen Touareg -- A dedicated 2-row crossover like the RX, the frequently overlooked Touareg is available with an excellent TDI turbodiesel V6, and it has a nicer interior and a more comfortable back seat than the RX.