The 2015 Lexus RX 350's deep, wide cargo area makes use of numerous cargo-friendly features to complement the huge 40 cubic feet of space behind the backseat. Floor tie downs, cargo-area seat release levers, a sliding second row and a 40/20/40-split backseat all make the RX's cargo space extremely versatile.
Related: 2015 Lexus RX 350 Expert Review
Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson was also impressed by the second row's function of hiding the cargo floor gap commonly left by a sliding second row. Jackson calls it a "thoughtful detail." See how well everyday items fit in the Lexus RX 350, below.
"For 2015, the Lexus RX 350 is a soft, almost numb, car that impresses with its responsive engine and general comfort, but comes up short at offering both a rewarding driving experience and exceptional interior luxury," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. Check out Jackson’s review for more.
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
Most significant changes: Display audio system, 7-inch screen, backup camera now standard
Price change: RX 350 and 450h $1,035 higher, and the RX 350 F Sport $1,085 higher; effective with September 2014 production those prices will increase $175
On sale: Since April
Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015
The RX crossover SUV is the best-selling Lexus model, so there was little need to make major changes for 2015. Besides the standard backup camera and 7-inch display screen, other changes are minor. LED fog lamps are included with optional high-intensity-discharge headlights, the turn signals add a three-flash lane-change feature and the Enform app suite adds Slacker radio.
The lineup includes front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the RX 350 with a gas V-6 and the RX 450h V-6 hybrid, plus the front-drive F Sport model that adds a firmer suspension, more aggressive exterior trim and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The F Sport is a decent attempt at adding some zest to the RX line, but most buyers are more interested in the comfort and convenience features of the other models.
Lexus' five-seat luxury crossover comes in two versions: the gas-powered RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h. When it comes to interior space, the two crossovers are nearly identical except for backseat legroom. Our test car, the 2015 RX 350, has 36.8 inches of rear legroom, but the hybrid version has slightly more at 37.1 inches. In our tests, we had to move the RX 350's front passenger seat forward to fit one of our rear-facing infant-safety seats behind it.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.
To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.
We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.
Lexus' midsize crossover is one of the best-selling luxury vehicles on the market. The popular 2014 RX is available in regular RX 350 and hybrid RX 450h trims. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the five-passenger RX 450h. Although the second row slides and reclines for passenger comfort, difficult-to-access Latch anchors mean installing child-safety seats isn't easy.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 260,000 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, 2012-2013 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and 2012-2013 Lexus RX 350 SUVs.
The Problem: An electronic circuit condition can cause vehicle stability control, antilock brakes and traction control to turn off intermittently. Basic braking would still function but not the added safety systems in these conditions. There are no reports of accidents or injuries due to the malfunction.
The Fix: The cars will receive a software update at the dealer.
What Should Owners Do: A time frame for the recall has not been released yet, but Toyota will contact all owners by mail. Concerned owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, Lexus at 800-255-3987, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
Additional reporting by Kelsey Mays.
Looks like: A Lexus RX as interpreted by a Cylon from "Battlestar Galactica"
Defining characteristics: Muscular, space-agey exterior styling; Lexus' first turbocharged gas engine
Ridiculous features: A massive grille from which you half-expect to hear mechanical breathing ... "Luke, I am your father."
Chance of being mass produced: Seems more likely to be a vessel for introducing a new powertrain and general styling direction than an actual production vehicle
The Lexus LF-NX Turbo Advanced Crossover concept (rolls of the tongue, doesn't it?) makes its world debut this week at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, and with it, the automaker's first turbocharged gas engine. The "smaller, more urban-centric" luxury compact crossover's objective is to provide "spirited performance with optimum fuel efficiency," Lexus says.
Nearly identical in looks to the LF-NX hybrid Lexus showed last summer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new LF-NX distinguishes itself with a gas-only turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. "The LF-NX Turbo's new powerplant targets a fast throttle and exhilarating performance while demonstrating outstanding fuel efficiency," the automaker said in a statement.
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