Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

Comparison: Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

Los Angeles driver, are you looking for a midsized luxury SUV with a focus on performance, comfort, and all-around style? If so, then look no further. We all know how stressful new car shopping can be, so we’ve made the process a bit easier by comparing the Lexus RX 350 against the Toyota Highlander.

After reading our review, come to pay us a visit at Longo Lexus in El Monte and test drive your very own RX 350.

Performance

Lexus RX 350

 

The 2018 Lexus RX 350 includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission which produces 296 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to fuel efficiency, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models differ only slightly, with front-wheel drive getting 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway and all-wheel drive getting 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway.

The RX 350 is also available in the F Sport Package. This package adds a number of enhancements to the vehicle, including sport-tuned Adaptive Variable Suspension with Sport S+ drive mode, sport-tuned Electronic Power Steering, paddle shifters, and a Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System.

Toyota Highlander

The 2018 Highlander LE model, which comes in front-wheel drive only, includes 2.7-liter inline-4 engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission which produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Along with this, you can choose to upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 8-speed automatic transmission which produces 296 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. This style can go between front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The LE trim has a towing capacity of up to 1,500 lbs, with higher trims having a capacity of 5,000 lbs.

Comfort and Convenience

Lexus RX 350

The RX 350 is standardly equipped with a black or stratus gray NuLuxe interior trim or optional leather seating. Leather color options include black, neutral parchment, and bold rioja red. The two-row, five-seat SUV also comes 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.

The RX 350 comes standard with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and rain-sensing windshield wipers that automatically react to the elements around you, allowing you to concentrate more on what is in front of you. Also included in this is Drive Mode Select which allows you to choose a performance mode according to specific weather or terrain. This vehicle also includes the Lexus Display Audio with Scout GPS Link navigation, voice command, Bluetooth tech, Siri Eyes Free, and the Lexus Enform suite of apps.

Toyota Highlander

Certain Highlander models come standard with a second-row bench that helps the Highlander seat up to eight people. All Highlander models include soft-touch dash and surfaces, as well as a 60/40 split-folding and reclining second row and a fold-flat third row.

Buyers can choose from a number of interior features including 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.

Pricing

Lexus RX 350

Starts at $43,270 MSRP

Toyota Highlander

Starts at $31,030 MSRP

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COMPARISON: 2015 LEXUS RX 350 vs 2016 LEXUS RX 350

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The Lexus RX 350 is the perfect midsize crossover for cruising Southern California streets because it’s stylish, versatile eco-conscious.
The all-new 2016 model has an updated exterior and engine, but the 2015 is still a good choice, depending on what you’re looking for. Here’s our side-by-side comparison of the 2015 RX 350 and the 2016 RX 350.

Safety

2015 RX 350
Last year’s model of the RX 350 earned perfect scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It features all the great standard safety features you’ve come to know and love from Lexus, plus options for emergency services, airbag deployment notification, and a stolen vehicle tracking system.

2016 RX 350
This year, the 2016 nailed all tests by the IIHS, earning the title of Top Safety Pick+. Plus, the organization gave it best-possible scores for child seat anchor ease of use, and a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Optional safety features include a pre-collision system, panoramic view monitor, lane-keep assist with rear cross-traffic alert and intuitive parking assist.

Features

2015 RX 350
The older model of RX 350 has a classic sporty look, with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlamps, roof rack cross bars, and the option for wood and leather interior accents. It also has standard 8-way power driver and passenger seats, reverse tilt dual mirrors and cruise control. For entertainment, drivers can enjoy a 12-speaker system, 12 months of satellite radio and a radio data system.

2016 RX 350
Lexus has updated the RX 350 to exceed the expectations of its customers. An angular, contemporary exterior makes it unmistakably Lexus, and a plush, luxe interior makes it feel like home. The 2016 RX 350 has a larger display screen than last year’s model, as well as a modernized center control stack and the options for Gray Sapele wood with aluminum and exclusive Matte Linear Dark Mocha wood trim.

For entertainment, the all-new RX 350 features standard Bluetooth technologies, Siri Eyes Free, SiriusXM satellite radio, and HD radio with iTunes tagging. Additionally, drivers can add the Lexus Enform App Suite and Mark Levinson premium audio system.

Engine and Fuel Economy

2015 RX 350
The 2015 RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 270 horsepower and 6-speed automatic transmission. It gets 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway.

2016 RX 350
This year’s RX 350 also has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, but with an updated powertrain. Its new 8-speed automatic transmission gives it better acceleration than last year’s model, more horsepower, plus an improvement in fuel economy. Drivers can expect to get 20 MPG city and 28 MPG highway, and the midsize SUV has 295 horsepower.

Pricing

2015 RX 350
MSRP: $41,910

2016 RX 350
MSRP: $42,850