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Lexus RX 350 2018 review: snapshot

The RX 350’s six-cylinder petrol engine is good for 221kW/370Nm.
EXPERT RATING
8
The Lexus RX 350 unlocks the a punchy V6 engine (the RX 300 makes do with a turbocharged four-cylinder unit), which goes some way to justifying a bigger price tag.

The Lexus RX 350 unlocks the a punchy V6 engine (the RX 300 makes do with a turbocharged four-cylinder unit), which goes some way to justifying a bigger price tag.

That tag, by the way, is $81,421, which will nab you the Luxury trim. The F Sport-flavoured version is $93,721, while the top-spec Sport Luxury is $99,871.

The Luxury cars arrive with 20-inch alloy wheels, a powered tailgate, LED headlights and fog lights (with daytime running lights), keyless entry, roof rails and rain-sensing wipers. While inside, expect dual-zone climate control, sat nav, push-button start and leather trim.

Step up to the F Sport and you’ll add a bigger, 12.3-inch infotainment screen that adds a CD player and DVD player and pairs with a better Mark Levinson sound system complete with 15 speakers (including a subwoofer). Finally, the Sport Luxury adds soft leather trim elements, heated seats in the second row and a power folding function for the backseat. 

RX 350’s six-cylinder petrol engine is good for 221kW/370Nm, sending that power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, with fuel economy pegged at 9.6L/100km and 223g/km on the claimed/combined cycle. 

Even the cheapest RX (which, admittedly, isn’t all that cheap) arrives with a long list of standard safety features, including a reversing camera, blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, AEB, lane assist and parking sensors (but no park assist). You’ll also find 10 airbags, and twin ISOFIX mountings for your baby car seat, too, as well as cruise control and usual suite of braking and traction control systems.

Pricing Guides

$83,900
Based on 57 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$65,990
Highest Price
$103,870

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
RX350 CRAFTED EDITION 3.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $73,900 – 90,870 2018 LEXUS RX 2018 RX350 CRAFTED EDITION Pricing and Specs
RX450h CRAFTED EDITION HYBRID 3.5L, Hyb/PULP, CVT AUTO $83,900 – 85,990 2018 LEXUS RX 2018 RX450h CRAFTED EDITION HYBRID Pricing and Specs
RX450h F Sport Hybrid 3.5L, Hyb/PULP, CVT AUTO $86,350 – 99,220 2018 LEXUS RX 2018 RX450h F Sport Hybrid Pricing and Specs
RX350 F-Sport 3.5L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $74,933 – 92,500 2018 LEXUS RX 2018 RX350 F-Sport Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

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