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2013 Lexus RX 350: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo November 2014

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 is an excellent choice for a used luxury SUV, offering excellent accolades in the areas of luxury, fuel economy and value. The RX 350's outstanding reliability record also means less costly repairs down the road.

The midsize RX 350 has room for five passengers in a cabin that is elegant without being overly ornate. Unlike some luxury models, the RX's instruments are relatively straightforward and easy to operate, so you won't have to dig through the owner's manual to figure out the simplest tasks. The RX is easy to drive, park and maneuver. There is even a hybrid model, the RX 450h, for those who want better fuel economy.

For 2013, the RX 350 received a minor exterior facelift and some new standard features such as a power rear lift gate and LED running lights. A new trim, the F Sport, features an 8-speed automatic transmission and a stiffer suspension.

What We Like

Smooth ride; excellent reliability and resale value; quiet interior; good power and fuel economy; lots of luxury features; hybrid model offered; highly regarded dealer network

What We Don't

No third-row seat option; no V8 or turbocharged engine option; stalk-mounted cruise control switch isn't backlit and is hard to see at night

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic with direct downshift control sends power to the front wheels, but all-wheel drive is available, as well. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the RX 350 at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, with the all-wheel-drive model earning a slightly lower 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy. The F Sport trim uses the same engine but adds an 8-speed automatic, bringing the EPA estimates up to 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy. The RX 450h adds an electric motor to the 3.5-liter V6, upping hp to 295. The RX 450h earns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city/28 mpg hwy (30 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive). The city number is actually better than the highway figure due to the electric motor's ability to run solely on electric power at speeds under 25 miles per hour.

Standard Features & Options

The RX 350 comes in one well-equipped trim but offers a number of upgrade packages. Standard equipment includes SmartAccess keyless entry and push-button starting, 10-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support, heated outside mirrors, reclining and sliding second-row seats, a 7-inch LCD display for HVAC and audio controls, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, premium audio with a USB port and a 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control and 18-in wheels.

The F Sport adds all-wheel drive, an 8-speed automatic transmission, sport suspension, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM), paddle shifters, 19-in alloy wheels, perforated leather seating, heated and cooling front seats, HID headlights and rain-sensing wipers.

The RX 450h features the same standard equipment as the RX 350 but adds integrated front fog lights, the VDIM system, hybrid badging and additional hybrid monitoring instrumentation inside the instrument cluster.

Options for the RX include a choice of soft leather or semi-aniline leather seating, HID adaptive headlights, a power rear lift gate, a power sunroof, headlamp washers, all-wheel drive, heated and ventilated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, 15-speaker 330-watt Mark Levinson audio, voice-activated hard-drive navigation, a rear backup camera, Lexus Enform telematics with Safety Connect (requires subscription), a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Intuitive Parking Assist (which parallel parks the car) and 19-in wheels.

Pricing

The RX holds its value well, so you can expect to pay more than you would for a comparably equipped BMW, Cadillac or Mercedes-Benz SUV. To get a good idea of the RX's price range, we suggest checking out the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search the AutoTrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) currently does not have any recalls for the RX 350.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

As for safety, the 2013 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h score high in NHTSA's crash tests, with a 5-star rating for the driver and passenger in the frontal crash test, five stars for the driver and four stars for the front passenger in the side-impact crash test, and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the RX its highest ranking -- Good -- in the frontal offset crash test, the side-impact crash test and the roof-strength test.

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 left the factory with a 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile drivetrain warranty. The hybrid model includes an additional 8-year/100,000-mile warranty for the hybrid components. If you purchase your RX through an authorized certified pre-owned program, Lexus extends the warranty to 3 years/100,000 miles from the time you purchase the vehicle. It also includes complimentary roadside assistance, loaner car coverage and trip interruption insurance, which will reimburse you for food and lodging for up to three nights should your RX break down while you are away from home.

Other Cars to Consider

Infiniti FX -- The FX is sportier and more powerful than the RX, but it rides rougher and has a smaller interior and cargo hold.

BMW X3 -- The X3 isn't as comfortable or roomy as the RX, and its resale and reliability ratings are not as impressive. That being said, the X3 is a better driver's car.

Acura RDX -- The RDX has equally good reliability and resale values, offers a turbocharged engine and is more fun to drive. However, the RX has a bigger interior, a softer ride and gets better fuel economy.

AutoTrader's Advice

Unless you need the added traction of all-wheel drive, we think that a nice front-wheel-drive RX 350 with the Premium package (leather seats, a sunroof, a power rear lift gate and an iPod interface) and the Navigation package is a very nicely equipped RX at a reasonable price.

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