Lexus RX – RANKINGS, COMPARISONS AND INFORMATION SHEETS

Updated March 15, 2022

WHY IS THIS INFORMATION IMPORTANT?

This page will tell you everything that you need to know about this SUV.  Buying a vehicle is a huge accomplishment and a large financial outlay.  We want you to have as much information as possible, so that you can make the best decision for you.

The Lexus RX (Japanese: レクサス・RX, Rekusasu RX) is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV sold since 1998 by Lexus, a luxury division of Toyota. Originally released in its home market of Japan in late 1997 as the Toyota Harrier, export sales began in March 1998 as the Lexus RX. Four generations of the Lexus RX have been produced to date, the first being compact in size, and the latter three classified as mid-size. Both front- and four-wheel drive configurations have been used on the RX series, and several gasoline powertrain options, including V6 engines and hybrid systems, have been offered. In the Lexus model lineup, the RX sits below the larger GX and LX (Known as the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and the Toyota Land Cruiser body-on-frame SUVs outside North America), and above the smaller NX crossover with a lesser displacement inline-four engine. The name “RX” stands for “Radiant Crossover”. It has also been labelled as “Recreational Cross Country” in some markets. The RX’s current Toyota counterparts are the Highlander/Kluger; past counterparts were the Harrier and Venza.

The first-generation RX 300, fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 engine, began sales in 1998. The Japanese market Toyota Harrier released in 1997 also offered a 2.2-liter inline-four, later uprated to 2.4-liters. The second-generation RX 300 (3.0-liter V6) and RX 330 (3.3-liter V6) models went on sale in 2003, with both variants supplanted by the more powerful RX 350 (3.5-liter V6) in 2006. Like the previous series, a 2.4-liter inline-four engine was sold alongside the 3.0-liter V6 in the Japanese market Toyota Harrier. In 2005, a hybridized gasoline-electric version of the 3.3-liter second-generation model was made available as the RX 400h in export markets and as the Harrier Hybrid in Japan. For the third iteration released in 2009, both RX 350 (3.5-liter V6) and RX 450h (3.5-liter V6 hybrid) models were initially offered, with an entry-level RX 270 (2.7-liter inline-four) offered by Lexus in some Asian markets, including in Japan, since 2010. Since the release of the third generation, Japanese sales have occurred under the Lexus RX name as opposed to Toyota Harrier as had been the case previously.

The success of the Lexus RX has been particularly strong in the United States, where it has been the best-selling luxury SUV since its introduction. As one of the earliest luxury crossovers on the market, the RX has inspired similar competitors from rival marques. The Lexus RX is the top selling Lexus hybrid, with global sales of 335,000 units through March 2016, out of one million Lexus hybrids delivered since 2005.[6]

The RX has been assembled at Toyota Motor Kyushu since launch. The RX and RX Hybrid were the first Lexus models to be built outside Japan, with North American market versions produced at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada plant in Cambridge, Ontario beginning 2003 (RX) and expanded in 2014 (RX Hybrid). Hybrid transaxles are built at the Kokura plant in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka since 2009.

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  • Official Page – Lexus RX
  • Price: Starts at $60,250 CAD
  • Comparable to:  Audi Q7, BMW X5, Mercedes GLE
  • Maintenance costs:  Approximately $7,400 over 10 years. OUR SCORE

SCORES BY PUBLICATION:

Car and Driver: No Score

Driving.ca: No Score

CarExpert: 8 / 10

Kelley Blue Book: 4.4 / 5

Car and Driver: 6.5 / 10

USNews: 8.1 / 10

Edmunds: 7.7 / 10

J.D. Power: 83 / 100

Motortrend: 7.6 / 10

What the critics have to say…

Don’t be misled by the RX’s sharp styling. This crossover is about as soft as they come. Comfort seems to be its top priority, and at that it’s quite successful. Ride quality is smooth and quiet. Plush surfaces extend beyond the seats and around the cabin. In our experience the RX450h hybrid’s engine is smoother than the RX350’s V-6, and it feels peppier while improving fuel economy.
Motortrend

The Lexus RX isn’t the flashiest or most fun-to-drive vehicle in the class, but it is a good SUV.
USNews

HOW DOES IT DRIVE?

If you are looking for performance, this isn’t the vehicle for you. Accelerating to 60 mph takes 7.9 seconds, which isn’t as quick as most competitors but is adequate.

The F Sport reduces body roll, but handling doesn’t improve.  That said, the Lexus can still confidently handle a winding road. The braking is great.

IS IT RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY?

The 2021 Lexus RX 350 has a predicted reliability score of 84 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Lexus RX 350 Warranty

Lexus covers the RX 350 with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?

What the RX gives up in performance it makes up in comfort.  It is quiet and comfortable to drive.

If you purchase the F Sport (and we do not recommend it) then you get slightly better performance at the expense of the comfort.   Not worth it at all.

WHAT IS THE INTERIOR LIKE?

The interior looks and feels well put together, albeit a bit out of date.

Navigating the infotainment system is intuitive.

WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY LIKE?

The infotainment screen is clear and the UI is well laid out. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration operates fine for the most part, though some Android users have experienced miscellaneous issues.  Charging options are available for the first two rows, with a generous six USBs total.

WHAT IS THE CARGO SPACE LIKE?

There is 18.4 cubic feet of storage in the trunk of the RX 350. That’s not as big as some other midsize SUVs, but it’s decent.

IS THIS VEHICLE A GOOD VALUE?

The fit and finish are on par with any SUV in the segment.  That said, the performance is not.

The RX is a good value, but not a great one.

IS THE Lexus RX A GOOD SUV?

The Lexus RX isn’t the most fun-to-drive vehicle in the class, but it is a good SUV.  It’s a Lexus that means quality.

However, the RX sits at the lower end of the luxury midsize SUV class when it comes to overall cargo space, and its optional third-row seats are very cramped.

SHOULD I BUY THE lexus rx?

The Lexus RX comes at a lower price point than most of it competitors yet, keeps plenty  of standard equipment.It has a comfortable ride and a good interior.

THE FINAL WORD

The Lexus RX’s is the value-oriented SUV and will make many drivers happy.

REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS

We have put together as many reviews and impressions as we could find.   Each finds a way to touch upon something that the others missed.  If you are serious about this vehicle then these videos are worth watching.