Flash Drive

2019 Lexus RX 350

Model Tested: 2019 Lexus RX 350 F Sport AWD SUV

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is outwardly similar to the 2018 model, The rear 3/4 view flying down the highway is one of its best angles.

Engine:3.5-liter V-6, 295-horsepower 268 lb-ft torque

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

EPA Rating: 19-mpg city, 26-mpg highway, 22-mpg combined

Base Price: $50,620

As Tested: $61,315


Peppy V-6 engine

Very smooth highway ride

Ideal long distance touring vehicle

20-inch F Sport alloy wheels

Strong fuel economy—our best was 27.6-mpg highway

The side profile illustrates the handsome roofline, but that stylish feature does hamper cargo space.

Dial for drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus

Adaptive suspension


Stretch-out driver and front passenger legroom

Power lumbar support both front seats

Heated and ventilated leather front seats (3 temps)

Medium thick, contoured, heated leather steering wheel

Power tilt/telescopic steering column

Lots of auxiliary controls on wheel

Very good second row leg and knee room even with front seats all back

There is reasonable luggage space and a flat deck, but the roof slope limits big boxy cargo.

Second row under seat shoe room a little snug

Second row seats recline

Flat floor allows adult in middle position; no hump interference

Handsome interior styling and materials


Power liftgate opens a little low for tall people

Extra storage bin under deck next to full size spare

Folding seat releases by rear hatch

Split folding seats have noticeable slope

Front seat comfort and space are part of why the RX 350 is such a great touring vehicle.

Two seatback pouches

Rear armrest has covered shallow storage and two cupholders

Small rear door bins

Large locking glovebox, but huge manual dominates space

Big, very deep console bin

Huge, perforated metal dead pedal

Large, bottom-hinged front door bins

WOW Factors:

Excellent long distance touring vehicle

Great head up display with lots of info

Rear seat space (including the middle position) is excellent. The floor is flat.

Power lumbar for front passenger


Cargo capacity is compromised by roof slant

Lexus grille still polarizes

Bottom Line:

The 2019 Lexus RX 350 is a midsize luxury crossover that shines on long trips. The miles melt away with comfortable, supportive seats, an impressive sound system, smooth ride, responsive handling, and a refined, powerful drivetrain.