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2015 Lexus RX 350: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo October 2016

Buying a 2015 Lexus RX 350 is a great way to get a modern, sophisticated luxury SUV that will look and feel like a brand-new model, but for thousands less. The RX 350's reputation for excellence extends beyond its plush interior to a stellar repair and reliability record as well as strong resale. With room for five, the midsize Lexus RX provides its passengers a spacious cabin adorned with the trappings of luxury without going overboard. 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, and there's even a hybrid model, the RX 450h, for those who want even better fuel economy. With the exception of the F Sport model, the RX is not a sporty crossover. If you're looking for a dynamic driving experience, a BMW X3 or an Infiniti QX50 might be a better choice.

For 2015, Lexus gave the RX an upgraded 12-speaker audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen and a single CD player, new wheels, a rear backup camera and optional LED headlights and fog lights.

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, making it hard to see at night

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a silky-smooth 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces a respectable 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 EPA estimates up to 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy. The RX 450h adds an electric motor to the 3.5-liter V6 for a total of 295 hp. The RX 450h earns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city/28 mpg hwy (30 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive).

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 start, 10-way power adjustable driver's and passenger seats with power lumbar support, heated outside mirrors, reclining and sliding second-row seats, a 12-speaker Display Audio system with a 7-in display and a single CD player, a rear backup camera, a power tilt-telescopic steering column, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control and 18-in wheels. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, brake assist and 10 airbags including rear outboard-side airbags and a front-knee airbag.

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 cooled 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, LED headlights and fog lights, a power rear lift gate, a power sunroof, headlamp washers, all-wheel drive, heated and ventilated front seats, power front-seat cushion extenders, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, 15-speaker 330-watt Mark Levinson audio, voice-activated hard-drive navigation, 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. The Sport package adds a sport-tuned suspension, 19-in chrome wheels and a cut-off switch for the electronic traction and stability control.

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 using 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) has issued the following recall for the 2015 Lexus RX 350:

A recall was issued for regarding a fuel line in the engine compartment that may develop a leak, which in the presence of an ignition source could result in fire.

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, they'll fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h scored 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 of Good in the frontal-offset crash test, the side-impact crash test and the roof-strength test.

The 2015 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. Lexus 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're away from home.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Infiniti QX70 -- The QX70 is sportier and more powerful than the RX, but its interior is smaller, its ride is rougher, and its cargo hold is smaller.

2015 BMW X3 -- The X3 isn't as comfortable or roomy as the RX, and its resale and reliability ratings aren't as impressive, but the X3 is a more of a driver's car.

2015 Acura RDX -- The RDX has equally good reliability and resale values, offers a turbocharged engine and is more fun to drive, but 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 (which includes 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. Those looking for a sportier drive should seek out the RX with the optional Sport package or the more expensive F Sport.

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