Los Angeles drivers who are looking for midsize luxury SUV with an emphasis on style, performance, safety, and comfort are sure to check out the 2018 Lexus RX 350. Shopping for a new car can be difficult so we’ve tried making it a little easier by comparing the Lexus RX 350 and the Toyota Highlander.
After reading our review, be sure to come visit us at Longo Lexus and test drive the RX 350 to test drive the Lexus experience.
Lexus RX 350
The 2018 Lexus RX 350 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, making 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive models get 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.
The RX 350 is available with the F Sport Package, which adds sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System, and a range of high-end exterior and interior styling features.
The 2018 Highlander has two gas engine options and a hybrid, which we’ll save for another review. The base powertrain is a 2.7-liter inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, making 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. It’s front-wheel drive only.
You can also upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission, which produces 296 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with front-wheel drive and optional with all-wheel drive. The LE trim can tow up to 1,500 pounds while upper trims have a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Comfort and Convenience
Lexus RX 350
The RX 350 comes standard with black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional with leather seating, ranging in colors from Black to neutral Parchment to bold Rioja Red. The two-row, five-seat SUV is also standard equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter, a power tilting/telescoping steering wheel, leather-trimmed wheel and shift knob, power rear door, power-adjustable front seats, and 40/20/40 split-folding and reclining rear seats.
An auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers – both standard on all RX models – automatically react to external events so you can concentrate on the road ahead, while Drive Mode Select lets you choose an optimal performance mode according to the weather or terrain. Your RX will also come equipped with Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.
Models with a second-row bench can seat up to eight passengers, while the addition of second-row captain’s chairs reduces seating capacity to seven. All models feature soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row.
Available interior features include SofTex or leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control with second-row control panel, a Smart Key System, Driver Easy Speak microphone, and ambient lighting.
Lexus RX 350
Starting at $43,270 MSRP
Starting at $31,030 MSRP