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2016 Lexus RX 350

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
19--20 MPG City / 26--27 MPG Hwy
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2016 Lexus RX 350

What We Like

Surprisingly improved handling; still very comfortable; same reliable powertrain as always; efficient hybrid model

What We Don't

Somehow, there's still no third-row seating; polarizing styling; Remote Touch interface can still be a challenge


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

3.9/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Lexus RX 350?

The RX has been fully redesigned for the latest model year. In addition to a few new tech features, the latest RX touts totally new interior and exterior styling, along with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. See the 2016 Lexus RX models for sale near you

Which RX 350 is the Best?

We'd go with the base-level RX 450h. We don't need the F SPORT, which is primarily an appearance package, and we think the hybrid-powered RX 450h justifies its price premium over the regular model by offering more standard equipment and economy-car-like gas mileage. Between the luxury, the fuel economy, the cutting-edge technology and the improved handling, the RX 450h feels like one of the best all-around vehicles on the market. Find a Lexus RX for sale


How Much Does a 2016 Lexus RX 350 Cost?

The base-level RX 350 ($42,900) includes a backup camera, Lexus' premium vinyl upholstery, a power tailgate, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual power front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an 8-in center screen with Lexus' Remote Touch controller, a 9-speaker stereo, a USB port for music, a CD player and HD Radio.

Drivers looking for a little extra excitement will want to go with the F SPORT ($50,100), which features 20-in alloy wheels, enhanced exterior styling, an improved suspension with extra drive modes for spirited driving, paddle shifters, unique interior trim and leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.

Hybrid models (the RX 450h, which starts at $53,200, and the RX 450h F SPORT, which starts at $56,500) are equipped similarly -- though the RX 450h comes standard with a few additional items that are part of the RX 350's Luxury package, such as a power sunroof, automatic wipers, leather upholstery and ventilated seats.

As for options, the RX offers an extensive list. In addition to the aforementioned RX 350 Luxury package (which also adds roof rails and seat memory), both models also offer a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a larger center screen, a rear DVD entertainment system, a wide-angle backup camera, a panoramic sunroof and a long list of today's latest safety gadgets, which includes a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and forward-collision warning with automatic braking.

RX 350 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
RX Models AWD 4dr$43,300 / N/A6 Cylinder29519 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
RX Models AWD 4dr F Sport$49,125 / N/A6 Cylinder29519 / 268-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
RX Models FWD 4dr$41,900 / N/A6 Cylinder29520 / 278-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2016 Lexus RX 350 a Safe Car?

At the time of this writing, the 2016 Lexus RX has not yet been crash-tested by the federal government's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, it has earned the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating from the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which indicates strong crashworthiness.

As for safety features, the RX's are plentiful. In addition to a long list of standard safety items that includes anti-lock brakes, side-curtain airbags, a backup camera and knee airbags, the RX also touts a wide range of high-tech safety gadgets: adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert. You'll have to pay extra to get those items -- but they include basically every modern safety features you could ask for.

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Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain6 Years/70,000 Miles
Corrosion6 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Power Liftgate Release
  • Blind-Spot Monitor


2016 Lexus RX 350 vs the competition

2016 Acura MDX -- The MDX is a close competitor to the RX in terms of pricing, but it offers the all-important third-row seat, which you can't get in the Lexus. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer a hybrid variant.

2016 Lincoln MKX -- You might be surprised to find out just how competitive Lincoln's latest offering is. Not only does it tout similar fit and finish and comfort to the RX, but it offers stronger performance -- and less polarizing styling.

2016 Volvo XC90 -- The new Volvo XC90 is more expensive than the RX, but with good reason: It offers amazing technology and a finely crafted interior.

Used BMW X5 -- The X5 offers stronger acceleration than the RX, along with better handling and cornering capabilities. It also touts the all-important BMW name. But prices are a lot higher, so you may want to consider a used model.

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