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2013 Lexus RX350

Base MSRP: $39,310 to $40,710
Reviewed
May 2012
by ConsumerSearch
2013 Lexus RX350

Pros
  • Interior fit and finish
  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Reliability, resale value
Cons
  • Mundane driving dynamics
  • Rear visibility isn't great
  • No third-row seating

Though restyled, the 2013 RX 350 is otherwise largely unchanged from 2012. In addition to minor updates to its interior and exterior styling -- as well as the addition of the new F-Sport trim level -- the F-Sport trim level adds an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, newly designed 19-inch wheels, a more aggressively tuned suspension and sporty exterior enhancements. At $47,000, the RX 350 F-Sport is substantially more expensive than the base RX 350 model.

Few midsize SUVs have a ride as comfortable and quiet as the 2013 Lexus RX 350, and reviewers love it for that very reason. Experts consider the RX 350 to be one of the best choices in its segment, with a high-quality interior, great crash-test ratings and the renowned Lexus reliability. Its most often cited drawbacks are the more prosaic driving dynamics and styling, as well as the lack of a third-row seat. If those aren't priorities, the RX 350 makes for an excellent luxury midsizer.

Generally, critics consider the best-reviewed 2012 Acura MDX (Base MSRP: $43,030 to $52,655) to be more exciting to drive, just as luxurious and more practical, with seating for more passengers. Reviewers also consider the 2013 Volvo XC60 (Base MSRP: $39,500 to $47,400) to be an alternative, with more engaging driving dynamics.

As before, there is also a hybrid version of the RX available, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h.

EPA Fuel Economy Estimates

18 mpg city

25 mpg highway

21 mpg combined

NHTSA Safety Ratings:

Front Impact: Not tested

Side Impact: Not tested

Rollover Resistance: Not tested

Overall: Not tested

IIHS Safety Ratings:

Front Offset Impact: Good

Side Impact: Good

Roof Strength: Good

Top Safety Pick 2012

Our Sources

1. Edmunds.com

While the overview of the 2013 Lexus RX 350 isn't yet available at Edmunds.com, the RX 350 is fundamentally unchanged from the 2012 model year. The editors of Edmunds.com cover every new car with detailed but succinct overviews.

Review: 2013 Lexus RX 350, Editors of Edmunds.com

2. ConsumerSearch.com

The 2013 RX 350 has only minor cosmetic updates and the addition of a sportier trim level, but otherwise is the same as the 2010 model year. Our full report on the 2010 Lexus RX 350 has plenty of details based on experts' opinions.

Review: 2010 Lexus RX 350, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, July 2010

3. FuelEconomy.gov

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 gets an estimated 21 mpg combined when equipped with front-wheel drive. Optional all-wheel drive slightly lowers expected mileage.

Review: 2013 Lexus RX 350, U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency

4. IIHS.org

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety doesn't have results for any 2013 models, but the basically identical 2012 Lexus RX 350 was named a Top Safety Pick.

Review: Lexus RX, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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