When you check out the charts of the best-selling mid-size SUVs, the Lexus RX is among the leaders in the class. It wouldn’t be strange if this is not the premium vehicle with advanced equipment and a higher price. The Japanese brand sold two times more units in 2019 than the first follower, BMW X5. It tells you a lot about expectations from the 2021 Lexus RX 350.
The RX lineup is versatile, and that is the secret of its success. The SUV will keep its all versions, and the base one is the 2021 Lexus RX 350 with the petrol unit and two rows of seats. The SUV can become a seven-seater if you opt for the RX350L model. Plus, there are hybrid configurations for both body styles. This is good enough for the competition that struggles to keep pace. The RX is not offering the performance edition, but there is the F Sport package. Specs are not getting a boost, but the exterior and interior styling.
2021 Lexus RX 350 Specs and Options
The 2021 Lexus RX 350 will take the most of the market share this lineup manages to achieve next season. All other options are making it more attractive and alluring, but the base model is the best-seller in the lineup. The entry-level edition comes with two rows of seats and a cargo capacity of 16 cubic feet. The mid-cycle update could bring a larger wheelbase and more room behind the seats. Also, total cargo space could get an increase from 56 cu.ft.
The luxury SUV is going to offer an eight-inch display as the center of the infotainment system. Lexus plans the new Enform for 2021 season and we could see more than six USB ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as a leading platforms for smartphone integration, are available, as well as Amazon Alexa. On the safety end, you will find a lane-keep aid, forward collision warning, and lane departure alert. Optionally, the RX is getting a 12-inch display, premium sound from 12-speaker system of 15-speaker Mark Levinson audio, and tri-zone climate control. Top-notch features are HUD, parking sensors, and 360-degree camera.
RX 350 vs RX 350 L
The main difference between the two models is in the overall length. This leads to other possibilities – the most notable is a space for a third row. But, let’s start from overall dimensions. The 2021 Lexus RX 350L will be 197 inches long, 4.5 inches more than the base SUV. The wheelbase is the same – 110 in. As said, extra length provides more space inside the SUV, and the third row is installed. The RX 350L can take up to seven passengers and it has 16.3 cu.ft. behind the third row. The maximum cargo space is 89 cubic feet, nearly 3 more than the standard edition.
Both editions of the luxury SUV are equipped with a reliable V6 engine. A 3.5-liter unit is under the hood of the most important larger vehicles by the Japanese carmaker Toyota and its premium brand. It can produce 295 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, while the maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds. The fuel economy is at the average for this class. The RX 350L model is slightly larger and heavier and consumes more fuel. The SUV returns 22/23 mpg with front-wheel drive or 21/22 with AWD. An eight-speed transmission is a power router in every configuration.
2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport and Hybrid (Also Available for RX 350L)
If you need better mileage, then you should opt for the hybrid model. You will find it as RX460h. We still don’t have the official info, but Lexus could follow Toyota which replaced a V6 with a four-pot unit in Highlander hybrid variant. But, we believe that engineers will stick to the more powerful setup for the premium version. In this case, you can count on 310 hp and the gas mileage of nearly 30 mpg combined. The L model drops this rate again to 29/28 mpg with FWD and AWD.
The F Sport is the special package of parts and features that will boost an overall look of the SUV. The F Sport bundle is not available for the 2021 Lexus RX 350L. These upgrades will make the SUV more aggressive thanks to the lower bumper and the special grille. Also, the drive system is getting the AWD only with a unique suspension setup. This will increase the fuel consumption, but the F Sport is not much thirstier than its siblings.
2021 Lexus RX 350 Prices
The base price for the 2021 Lexus RX 350 will remain around $45,000. You can add $1,500 if you want all-wheel drive and nearly $4k for the F Sport. The RX 350L starts at $48,000 and goes over $50,000 with AWD and a few other upgrades. The extended version with a hybrid drivetrain costs $51,000 before any additional feature.