The Lexus RX is a relaxed cruiser and has proven to deliver a near-headache-free ownership experience. It also offers a quiet and plush cabin, with a proven track record of terrific customer service. The standard V6 powertrain offers punchy performance with ample power and an effortless delivery, further adding to the relaxed and luxurious demeanor. The smooth transmission is unobtrusive as well.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2001. Head protection air bags standard from 2004.
Road Test

The Lexus RX is a relaxed cruiser and has proven to deliver a near-headache-free ownership experience. It also offers a quiet and plush cabin, with a proven track record of terrific customer service.

The standard V6 powertrain offers punchy performance with ample power and an effortless delivery, further adding to the relaxed and luxurious demeanor. The smooth transmission is unobtrusive as well. The RX 350 yielded an overall fuel economy of 21 mpg -- not too bad considering its size and performance. There is also a hybrid version which gets 26 mpg overall. The hybrid comes with a good performing CVT (continuously variable transmission). It can also propel itself on electric power alone at low speeds.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (295 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (270 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 Lexus RX owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Wind and road noise caused by un property installed weather striping. This was noticed the first day I own the car"

David C., FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"door seals make noise going over bumps. Numerous interior noises. Outside rear view mirrors and hood shake going over bumps. Too much cheap interior plastic in a $52K vehicle"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Lexus RX F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"seat belt passenger side mechanism sqeaks"

Anonymous, NV (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The front seat and the glove box is rattling. I have taken it in to have the glove box repaired, it worked for a while but is now rattling again. I will return to the dealership to have it repaired again along with the front seat"

Dianne F., CO (2014 Lexus RX 350 Unsure)

"Persistent passenger door rattle over road bumps"

Denise D., MA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"rattles from the back area, most likely behind the back seat"

Jon S., AZ (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"Moonroof rattle"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"2 years of noises from inside that thye could not find until taken to top; management"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6)

"driver side rear door rattles. Dealer cannot isolate or fix problem"

Stephen P., VA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Window don't sit tight. Road issues easily transfer into the interior as loud thumps"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind and road noise more than I thought there should be"

Fred F., NY (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Window wind noise"

Ruben G., TX (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"SUV is generally a lot noisier than my previuos sedan. Wind noise is the most prevalent when on the road"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The windows seems less than tight"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

"Tire pressure sensor unreliable. Always "on" even though tire pressure is not low/high"

Ronald D., CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"No track or album info shown on screen"

John O., MA (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"iPod classic freezes iPhone Bluetooth playback not consistent"

John O., MA (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"This is my 4th Lexus SUV. The GPS is so bad I would never consider buying it again. A simple web search will show you thoUSnds of complaints. Lexus has done nothing! Truly awful"

Robert M., MA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Voice actuated navigation is unreliable. On more that one occasion it gave very bad directions"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Considering the cost of this vehicle I consider their navigation system to be an insult when you consider the cost ( nearly $400.) to up date the software. Many times the system has failed to find the logical route even over road that have been in existence for 10's of years. My iPhone does a better job"

Charles F., TX (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Terrible algorithms chooses routes that are no where near the fastest. I live in a gated community and it refuses to navigate through it, even though it has all the streets, and no way to override this. I use Google Maps and Waze on my smartphone. Even in non-gated driving it selects terrible routes when compared to Google Maps and Waze. Also, updates cost over $200, and that for a poor software system to start with!! I have talked with Lexus numerous times and they appear to be unintereste"

Frank S., FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Bluetooth connects and disconnects constantly"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

"Had to go to a dealership to pair new phones--2 salesmen struggled for a while to do it"

Charles F., TX (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Just not effective"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Voice recognition extremely poor. Voice commands need to be spoken when car is not moving...road noise, however slight, is enough to confuse the voice recognition system"

Ronald D., CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The XMSirius satellite receiver is very weak and drops out continuously if any trees or clouds intervene, very disturbing. The radio display does not show the full name of an artist or song if it is too long for the display (my previous car, Nissan Altima, was far better). Add to that, the display for the heating/cooling is horrible. You can only see temp/fan/vent settings when you change them, which is distracting while driving. I find few good things to say about the electronics in general"

Frank S., FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Intermittent failure of drivers door to unlock. After 3-4 pulls on the handle it may open, otherwise I have to use fob unlock button"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the vehicle is very thin. Just a minor brush by causes imperfections - scratches that cost hundreds to fix"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"I have found that the integrity of the glass used is poor, resulting in a shattered moonroof, and many windsheild cracks and chips"

Leanne C., AB (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Intermittent failure to transition from the retracted position"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - temperature

"seat heating has a mind of its own, does not go be setting"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"My sunroof shattered out of the blue coming home from vacation, no apparant reason. Lexus would not cover the $1600 cost"

Leanne C., AB (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"The rear hatch will, slowly close instead of staying open or come down fast without warning or will remain up until the button to close is activated"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"was stupid enough to buy a Simonize paint sealant from dealer. The application was botched 3x I ended up repairing it myself. The vehicle was returned with swirl/buffer marks all over its dark blue finish. They redid it so many times I feel its b"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)
Rust

"Bottom side molding became discolored. "Rust" best discribed the problem"

Anonymous, IA (2014 Lexus RX F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Have noticed some rust along the edge of the hatch door"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Lexus RX 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"8 speed transmission is unrefined. Doesn't know what gear it should be in. I have resorted to using the paddle shifters. Also throttle tip in is entirely to sensitive. Very disconcerting"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Lexus RX F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Worst 8 speeed transmission ever. Doesn't know what gear it wants to be in. Constantly hunts for gear changes. Only shifts "normally"at full throttle. Pauses and hesitates between shifts. I have resorted to using the paddle shifters on many occasions. Dealer says this is normal operation"

Thomas V., NY (2014 Lexus RX F Sport 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator was replaced due to a sudden leak at a seam"

William R., OR (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Grinding noise"

Anonymous, MD (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"Drivers side sun visor vanity light would not work. Visor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ME (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Does not open drivers side door"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

"Rt rear shock leaking. Replaced under wrnty"

Rick M., PA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

"Replace rear shocks. Leaking fluid"

Michael T., CA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"Very difficult to operate"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Engine harness

"wires brook on engine harness"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Ended up with a transmission replacemenet but as per Dealer it is a rebuilt!"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Went in for new car checkup and they found an oil leak from some little part. Had to replace lots of gaskets. Kept the car over night. No problems since repair"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Lexus RX 350 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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