Flash Drive

2018 Lexus RX 350L

Model Tested: 2018 Lexus RX 350L

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is aggressively styled with lots of sharp lines and high-tech lighting.

Engine:3.5-liter V-6, 290 horsepower, 267 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 18-mpg city, 25-mpg highway, 21-mpg combined

Base Price: $49,070

As Tested: $58,190


Impressive highway fuel economy—our best was 31.1-mpg

Excellent safety features

Locking 4×4 differential

The rear 3/4 view shows the unique roofline. The power tailgate opens high to access a large cargo area.

Drive modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport

Very good power

Smooth highway ride


Power lumbar both front seats

Stretch-out front legroom

Power tilt/telescopic column, contoured leather wheel

Heated and ventilated front seats

Second row seats slide for better third row room/access

Great second row legroom when seats

The RX 350L has third row seating for two preferably small passengers.

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Flat floor for second row

Adults can fit easily in middle position although cushion is hard

Heated (3-temps) outboard seats second row

Third rod seating tight on legroom—best for kids

HVAC controls for third row

Good ceiling height throughout

Quality interior materials


Deep console storage bin with soft armrest

The dynamically styled rear roofline hampers outward vision for third row occupants.

Power liftgate with ample clearance

Power folding (up/down) third row seats

Third row folds flat

Flat cargo area behind third row

Small storage area under cargo deck

Folding second row seats have slight slope

Small second row door bins

Cupholders in fold-down armrest and small storage bin

Very bright second row LED reading lamps

RX 350L front seat space and comfort are first class.

Big, hinged front door bins

Large locking glovebox, but manuals hog space

WOW Factors:

Smooth, powerful drivetrain

Oversized infotainment screen

Efficient navigation system

Excellent sound system

High quality and luxury


Hard to reach front heated seat controls

Awkward, two-lever process to fold second row seats

The third row seats are power operated for both up and down movement. The flat cargo deck is spacious.

Owner’s manuals dominate glovebox

We still can’t warm up to the unique grille

Bottom Line:

The 2018 Lexus RX 350L is the seven-passenger version of the RX 350. The third row is best for occasional occupants or very short ones. Space, comfort, quality, safety, and performance characteristics are all excellent.