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Lexus RX

2018
Lexus RX 2018 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2018 350 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The RX has avant-garde exterior styling and lots of advanced safety features. Its 3.5-liter V6 is linked to an eight-speed automatic, delivering ample power and a commendable 22 mpg overall. The fuel-thrifty 450h hybrid gets an excellent 29 mpg overall. Inside, the RX is very quiet and well-finished. Ride comfort is plush, whether you get the base car on 18-inch tires or more uplevel versions with 20-inch tires. Handling, however, is ponderous and devoid of any sporty feel but ultimately secure. The mouselike controller and distracting interface require a steep learning curve. Rear passengers get lots of leg and knee room. The Lexus Safety System+, which includes automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning, is standard. A three-row, seven passenger RX L model is added for 2018.
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2016-2017
2016 Redesign Year
Lexus RX 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 RX 350 F Sport
While it may not be as sporty to drive as more athletic competitors from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the RX offers a cabin that's just as quiet and plush but with Lexus's proven track record of peerless reliability. The V6 is refined and responsive, and returned 19 mpg overall in our tests. The hybrid model debuted for 2006 and delivered 23 mpg overall, but that mileage improvement comes at a big price increase over the non-hybrid. The 2010 redesign brought even better fuel economy for both versions but handling became more lackluster, with steering that gives little feedback. Emergency handling is ultimately secure, however. Inside is a well-finished, quiet and comfortable interior with room for five. The infotainment system uses a convoluted mouselike controller.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 N/A N/A
2016 $38,550 - $46,000 $35,080 - $41,780
2010-2015
2010 Redesign Year
Lexus RX 2015 Trim Shown: 2015 F Sport
The 2010 redesign brought improved fuel economy for both the conventional and hybrid versions, while retaining the plush and soothing demeanor. However handling became more lackluster, with overly light and vague steering. Still though, the car remains secure when pushed to its limits. Ride comfort is a strong point and the cabin is quiet. Inside is a well-finished interior with comfortable seats and room for five. Cargo room is on the modest side and rear visibility is not ideal. The infotainment system, while gaining in terms of connectivity and capability adapted a convoluted mouse-like controller that interfaces with a center screen for audio, phone and navigation functions. We found this system distracting, less than precise and unintuitive.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2015 $28,500 - $34,075 $25,330 - $30,860
2014 $24,225 - $29,325 $21,075 - $26,025
2013 $21,975 - $24,900 $18,770 - $21,620
2012 $19,075 - $21,200 $15,865 - $17,955
2011 $16,400 - $19,400 $13,200 - $16,120
2010 $15,025 - $17,750 $11,860 - $14,470
2004-2009
2004 Redesign Year
Lexus RX 2009 Trim Shown: 2009 Sport Utility
While it may not be sporty to drive, the RX offers a cabin that's just as quiet and plush with the best of the best. The refined and responsive V6 returned 19 mpg overall in our tests. A hybrid model debuted for 2006 and delivered 23 mpg overall, but hybrid versions are fewer and far between on the used market. Regardless, the RX delivers a plush ride that makes it a very comfortable urban vehicle or long distance cruiser. The seats are comfortable; the rear is roomy despite a low cushion. Cargo capacity is rather modest and the coupe-like styling hampers rear three-quarter outward visibility. Overall though, the RX packs a lot of comfort and luxury for the price.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2009 $11,725 - $12,800 $8,715 - $9,715
2008 $10,650 - $11,775 $7,675 - $8,725
2007 $9,125 - $10,725 $6,260 - $7,725
2006 $8,150 - $9,725 $5,350 - $6,825
2005 $8,550 - $9,150 $5,710 - $6,260
2004 $8,125 - $8,775 $5,310 - $5,910
1999-2003
Lexus RX 2003
The Camry-based RX300 was launched in 1999 as the first car-based luxury SUV. We found it pleasant to drive, with sound handling and a 3.0-liter, 220-hp V6 that performed well. The AWD RX300 lacks a low range, making it appropriate just for adverse weather conditions and moderate off-pavement use, not serious off-roading. The front seats are firm and supportive. The rear seat is too low. Cargo volume is modest. Stability control was made standard for 2001.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2003 $6,675 - $7,175 $3,960 - $4,410
2002 $5,725 - $6,250 $3,210 - $3,710
2001 N/A N/A
2000 N/A N/A