#The original Lexus RX was a hugely influential vehicle, arriving in the late 1990s to help pioneer the luxury crossover SUV segment. It's been the template for dozens of competitors since. The latest 2021 #RX 350 does its predecessors proud. It's quiet, comfortable and offers a lot of features for less money than much of the competition. There's also a fuel-efficient RX 450h #hybrid version and longer RX 350L that uses the extra space to fit a third row of seating (both of those are reviewed separately).
The RX 350 does have strong competition, however. The Acura MDX is its closest rival, offering similar features and performance plus a roomy third-row seat. We also like the Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X5, though both of those cost significantly more than the RX 350. On the whole, the 2021 RX 350 is a smart pick if you're looking for a comfortable luxury crossover SUV.
Which RX 350 does Edmunds recommend?
You can't go wrong with either the base RX 350 or the sportier-looking F Sport version. We do suggest adding the navigation package for its larger infotainment screen plus the sweet-sounding Mark Levinson upgraded audio system.
Lexus RX 350 models
The 2021 Lexus RX 350 comes in two trims: base and F Sport. Both are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 (295 horsepower, 267 lb-ft of torque) that's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on both models.
The base RX 350 comes with a decent list of standard features. Those include:
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Power-adjustable front seats
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Keyless entry with push-button start
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa integration
Standard safety features and driver aids include:
Lexus Safety System + 2.0
Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
Lane keeping assist (steers the RX 350 back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
Heated and ventilated front seats
Power-folding rear seats
Hands-free power liftgate
Wireless charging pad
12-speaker audio system
Lexus Enform App Suite (Yelp, iHeartRadio, Movietickets.com and more)
15-speaker Mark Levinson audio system
Towing package (only available on AWD models)
The F Sport package includes all of the base RX 350's features, adding:
F Sport grille, front and rear bumper, and badges
F Sport steering wheel
F Sport front and rear dampers
Aluminum interior trim
Optional F Sport Handling package
Heated and ventilated sport seats
A heated steering wheel