Lexus RX

Lexus RX

About Lexus RX

Still dominating the segment it created, the 2017 Lexus RX 350 luxury SUV continues to give customers the exact blend of performance and comfort they’ve come to expect, while giving competitors fits as they try to keep up. While not as driver-oriented as a BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE, the 2017 RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid provide more than acceptable levels of acceleration and handling, and still outshine almost every other luxury SUV in the areas of reliability and resale. The RX 350 isn’t as roomy as a Lincoln MKX or Audi Q5, but it’s loaded with advanced safety features optional on most other luxury brands. Those who don’t mind sacrificing ride comfort for performance will find the F Sport trim quite alluring.

2017 Lexus RX
What's new for 2017?
2017 Lexus RX

Lexus’ 2017 RX 350 receives Lexus’ Safety System + with automatic emergency braking as standard equipment, while the RX 450h gains standard blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. The F Sport can now be ordered with front-wheel drive (FWD), while the hybrid gains standard all-wheel drive (AWD).

2016 Lexus RX
What's new for 2016?
2016 Lexus RX

The Lexus RX is all-new for 2016. Now in its 4th generation, this midsize luxury SUV features a new exterior design, revamped interior, and a bump in power over its predecessor. The vehicle has grown slightly and offers more amenities such as touch-free liftgate operation.

2015 Lexus RX
What's new for 2015?
2015 Lexus RX

All 2015 Lexus RX models include a backup camera as standard. Also, the standard audio system gains a 7-inch touch screen and ups the speaker count from 9 to 12 while replacing the in-dash 6-disc CD changer with a single-disc unit.

2014 Lexus RX
What's new for 2014?
2014 Lexus RX

Changes for the 2014 Lexus RX are limited to some package upgrades and the availability of Siri Eyes Free technology. Available with iPhone 4S and above, this technology enables Siri to voice-control your music selection, text messages and navigation all through the car’s audio system.

2013 Lexus RX
What's new for 2013?
2013 Lexus RX

Like other Lexus vehicles, the RX's front end is now graced with the sportier "spindle grille," and LED running lights and a power rear liftgate are standard. The RX F Sport is a new trim level with stiffer suspension and 8-speed transmission.

2012 Lexus RX
What's new for 2012?
2012 Lexus RX

Buyers who found something to love in the 2011 RX 350 won't be disappointed by the vehicle's successor. The 2012 model carries on much the same, though the vehicle's 3.5-liter V6 engine now operates using 87-octane fuel for the first time.

2011 Lexus RX
What's new for 2011?
2011 Lexus RX

After a mild refresh last year, the only change of note for the 2011 Lexus RX 350 is the addition of Lexus' Smart Stop technology. Smart Stop is an override system that cuts engine power if the throttle and brake are being depressed at the same time.

2010 Lexus RX
What's new for 2010?
2010 Lexus RX

While the exterior of the RX has had some work done for 2010, it's the interior that sees the greatest number of changes. Those sitting inside will see an entirely new space, from the seats to the displays to the navigation-controlling remote haptic touch.

2009 Lexus RX
What's new for 2009?
2009 Lexus RX

Other than addition of some new colors, there are no major changes for the Lexus RX 350 for 2009.

2008 Lexus RX
What's new for 2008?
2008 Lexus RX

The RX 350 receives only detail changes for 2008, including two new exterior colors, chrome door handles and a revised grille design. Inside, black bird's-eye maple wood trim is now available with the light grey interior and a positive shutoff switch has been added to the standard Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system.

2007 Lexus RX
What's new for 2007?
2007 Lexus RX

For 2007, the RX 350 gets a larger V6 engine and a new name. The previous 3.3-liter engine is replaced by a 270-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine to give the RX 350 an increase of 47 horsepower over its predecessor. Luxury upgrades include a quieter interior, upgraded audio and an improved voice-recognition navigation system.

Consumer Reviews

Lexus, please FIX drone noise and vibration issue!

By on Saturday, January 27, 2018

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
5/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great look, luxury and roomy interior"

Cons: "Drone noise and vibration, confused tranny"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"GOOD: Sharp design and nice looking inside and out. Quality interior materials. No squeaking noises. Roomy interior, luxury feel. Good base stereo. BAD: Second year in production, and common issue with annoying drone noise + vibration still not fixed! Hard to believe!!! Transition is set for maximum mpg and hardly forcing higher gears / lower rpms causing drone noise and vibration coming from inadequately designed exhaust system while slow incline on higher gear/lower rpms. Dealer said: it is normal characteristic of the new RXs. 2016 and 2017 are affected, no fix until now (end of January 2018). Illogical entertainment system, very confusing to navigate, not intuitive at all. No manual on/off controls for AC. Slow throttle respond. Slow acceleration. Slow rear gate. Heavy doors. Voice recognition does not understand me most of the time. Too soft power-steering, feels like a driver has no 100% control. Too soft suspension (my is 2WD not F-Sport model) feels unstable in curves. Transition shifting is strange, sometimes is not sure what gear should choose. Definitely not what I expected form Lexus and 50,000.00. Our other cars: 2011 Outback 2.5 is quiet and smooth like years ago while dealer delivery, and absolutely outstanding 2017 F-Pace diesel - pleasure and fun to drive with no single issue. If you just need a machine to move you from point A to B, than RX is for you, but if you are car person and having enjoyment while driving....look elsewhere!"

10 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Expected way MORE from Lexus!

By on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Roomy and modern designed interior. Well equipped"

Cons: "Drone noise on take off, vibration while idle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"Me and my wife bought this RX350 (base 2WD) almost a year ago, and she drives it 75% of the time. We are in our early 40s, our first luxury vehicle, previously owned: Isuzu, 2 Hondas, Toyota, Mazda, and 2 Subarus. Recently we took a road trip Chicago Miami (3,000 mile R/T). Vehicle currently has 15,000 miles and after I read all the mixed reviews I decided to help the undecided. Except for 2 free scheduled maintenances (5,000 and 10,000) car was never in service for any issues. Exterior design: you will either love it or hate it, no comments here, it is a matter of individual taste. The good: 1. Luxury interior design with quality and soft materials. 2. Very roomy and quiet cabin, with absolutely no plastic squeaking. 3. Comfortable ride, not too soft, not too firm. 4. Very quiet up/down window operation. 5. Lots of room in the back seat. 6. Adjustable rear seats. 7. Great basic speakers. 8. Very efficient front heating seats. 9. Under the trunk floor actual spare tire, not like European competition just repair kit. 10. Nicely equipped base model. The bad: 1. Grinding (drone) noise while slow take off around 1,500-2,000 rpm. Reported to Dealer during scheduled maintenance and the answer was: vehicle is operating normally. 2. Transmission forcing higher gears / lower rpms to save gas, this makes Eco and Normal modes very lazy, Sport mode okay, keeping higher rpms and lower gears makes the drive a pleasure. 3. While idle, lots of vibrations of steering wheel, gear shifter and center console. 4. Throttle response is very, very slow (measured 0.6s). 5. When I start the car during cold months, it makes constant, a loud knocking diesel like sound in the engine, disappearing as vehicle warms up. Complained during 10,000 maintenance, and technician takes me to another brand new RX350. We started it and it sound like mine. He explained that high pressure fuel pump in the engine when its cold makes this type of sound and this is normal...? 6. Using the infotainment is very difficult, and screen menus are not intuitive at all. 7. Never know if AC is on or off, no indicator light or old fashion basic on/off switch. To check if AC is on or off you must go thru complicated 4 menu screens...unbelievable! AC compressor defaults to on, even when its 10F outside. 8. Trip odometers switches are hidden on the left side behind steering wheel. Even when stopped it is hard to locate and re-set trip odometer. 9. The front passenger door needs heavy force to close. I oiled it and closing is a bit smoother. 10. On the passenger side the chrome window trim has about 6 dents which we discovered the next day after we purchased (brand new vehicle!) Where is Lexus quality control? It looks like someone who installed the trim in the factory did this damage. 11. Transmission is confused many times and not sure what to do, hesitates when you give gas. When you add gas the throttle slowly responds and you ends up with one of two: rabbit jump, or turtle motion! 12. Automatic rear hatch closing or opening very, very slow.13. No loud beep signal when vehicle is locked from the key fob, you are never sure from the distance if vehicle is secured. 14. Tiny holes (perforation) on the seats makes it easy for crumbs to get stuck in 15. Not even an option to order heated rear seats. 16. Easy scratching high gloss interior surfaces. 17. 2018 Highlander getting the same engine. Think twice, and make your own decision before heading to store with your 50,000."

137 people out of 151 found this review helpful

Terrible transmission; overly complicated

By on Sunday, December 24, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Comfortable on the highway"

Cons: "Terrible around town"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I replaced a 2014 RX 350 with the 2017 model, and upgraded with the GPS system and the Mark Levinson sound system. My wife liked the older car but I wanted the new one since it was bigger and had a better ride on the highway. I wished I had kept the older car. While the overall ride of the 2017 is much more comfortable the 8 speed electronic transmission is terrible at low end speeds. First gear is a like a tractor pull and then it cant decide which gear to stay in when driving in stop and go traffic.. I mentioned this to the service rep when i went in for the 10M oil change, and I he did acknowledge that other owners had the same concerns. But no correction was offered probably because there is nothing they can do. I think the car is so heavy that Lexus had to figure out a way to keep the mileage figures reasonably honest hence this transmission. I have an old 2015 Cad SRX that is smooth as silk from a drive train standpoint and it makes the Lexus drive like a Yaris. I notice no difference in the sound system. The 2014 was barely audible on the highway at low volume levels and this car is no different. Complete waste of money. FInally, the car has too many hoops to jump through just to change basic settings (like the clock) and having to use the mouse is terribly distracting. The car is overly designed with frustrating options and controls; it makes you think Lexus engineers were in a contest to see how complicated they could make a car to drive. This is not Toyota bashing; I have had other models thru the years and trust the brand. The cars are reliable and hold their value but this car is poorly designed from an owner/operator standpoint."

29 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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