REVIEW: 2016 Lexus RX 350 – Edgy Styling, Luxurious Comfort

Posted by

2016 Lexus RX 350 Front Quarter

The Lexus RX 350 combines style and luxury with the utility of an SUV. It also has some performance chops making it an SUV you’ll want to drive.

What is it? 

This luxury crossover was one of the first and this year it enters its fourth generation. That means updated, edgier styling, a more open cabin layout, and an improved infotainment package are all a part of this year’s RX 350.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Profile

Pricing and trims

The RX 350 is the base model in the lineup with a starting price of $41,900 and a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The next step up is the RX 350 F-Sport at $49,125. It adds sport-tuned suspension and styling for performance enthusiasts.

Those looking for hybrid options also have two choices. Total system horsepower is 308 in the hybrids, which beats the 295 found in their gas counterparts. Choose from the base RX 450h at $52,235 or the sportier RX 450h F-Sport at $55,645.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Nameplate

Our test model was the base Lexus RX 350 with a price of $51,630, including options and destination charge.

Looking for a new or used car? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.


Lexus RX 350 safety features include 10 airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, and LED daytime running lamps.

A one-year subscription to Lexus Enform Safety Connect is also standard. This includes automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, and emergency button.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Safety

Optional safety features include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert ($500) and the Lexus Safety System + ($635), which adds pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control, intelligent high beam, and lane departure warning with steering assist.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2016 Lexus RX 350 very highly. It received their highest ratings of Good in all crash tests and Superior for crash avoidance technology. This combination earned the Lexus RX 350 a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating overall.

2016 Lexus RX 350 IIHS Safety Ratings


The RX 350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 with 295 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque and is responsive and powerful. It easily moves this SUV without every sounding strained or taxed.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Engine

Pressing on the gas yields an instantaneous response with a burst of speed that will press you back into your seat. It moves quickly from a dead stop making it easy to navigate heavy traffic and city streets.

Though powerful, what you feel in the cabin is nothing but civility. The engine noise never intrudes, even under hard acceleration. This is, after all, a luxury SUV and it has the manners to match.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Shifter

The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts seamlessly. You won’t hear or feel the shifts, again keeping that luxury car aesthetic firmly in place at all times. Shifts happen at just the right place to maximize performance.

Ride and handling

2016 Lexus RX 350 Wheel

SUVs are not known for being easy to handle or fun to drive, but the Lexus RX 350 is both. Steering is tight and controlled and won’t make you work. Handling is crisp and responsive even in high winds, which can be problematic in some cars this size.

Looking for a new or used car? Check out BestRide’s listing search here.


2016 Lexus RX 350 Front Seats

Front seats are comfortable and luxurious with leather surfaces that are beautiful to look at and lovely to touch. Bolstering is generous, which may prove difficult for those with larger frames. Seats are 10-way power adjustable for both driver and passenger making it easy to find a comfortable seating position.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Rear Seats

Rear seating is spacious with 38 inches of legroom and 39.1 inches of headroom. That’s more headroom and legroom than you’ll find in the Acura MDX. Three adults can comfortable ride in back with enough space even for longer drives.


The RX 350 has 56.3 cubic feet of cargo space with rear seats that fold 40/20/40. A power tailgate is standard to make loading less difficult and the wide opening makes it easy to manage bulky objects.

If there’s an area where the RX 350 falls short of competitors, then this is the one. There are 68.4 cubic feet available in the Acura MDX and 67.0 cubic feet in the Nissan Murano making them better choices for those with serious cargo needs.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Cargo

Infotainment and controls

The optional 12.3-inch infotainment screen features a split-screen display that shows three sections at once. Display choices include navigation, audio, and phone.

The system includes a 9-speaker premium audio system, backup monitor, voice recognition, and Bluetooth hands-free capability. Cache radio is also standard with the ability to pause AM/FM/HD radio broadcasts. There are also two USB ports in the center console.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Infotainment


The 2016 Lexus RX 350 is a five-person crossover with luxury amenities and performance features.

It offers the versatility of an SUV with room for cargo and passengers with a comfortable ride and plenty of power.

2016 Lexus RX 350 Rear Quarter

Although a luxurious and attractive vehicle, the RX 350 falls short when it comes to cargo capacity where competitors offer much more room.

2016 Lexus RX 350

Base price: $43,300 

Price as tested, including $940 destination charge: $51,630  


Blind Spot Monitor w/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: $500

Matte Linear Dark Mocha Interior Trim: $400

Lexus Safety System+: $635
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Intelligent High Beam
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist

Touch Free Power Rear Door: $200

Heated and Ventilated Front Seats: $640

Navigation System : $2,180
12.3-inch Multimedia Display
Lexus Enform Destinations (with 1-year trial subscription)
Lexus Enform App Suite

Intuitive Parking Assist: $500

Premium Package: $1,085
Leather Trim Seats
Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
Driver’s Seat/Steering Wheel/Mirror Memory
Rain-Sensing Wipers
Aluminum Roof Rails

Moonroof: $1,100

Heated Leather Steering Wheel: $150


  • Edgy Exterior Styling
  • Luxurious Interior
  • Smooth Ride


  • Low Cargo Capacity
  • Expensive Packages
  • Remote Touch Infotainment Controller
Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin