Lexus RX 350L Driven By Consumer Reports: How Good Is The 7-Seater?

Lexus expanded the RX family late last year with the introduction of the new RXL, a longer version that adds two extra seats in the back.

Customers can order it with second-row captain’s chairs, too, for a six-seat layout, but most will go for the seven-seater, which is also the model chosen by Consumer Reports for their latest review.

And since the biggest novelty is the addition of the extra seats, they jumped right at it, revealing that the second row slides forward enough to provide better access to the third row. But this is where the fun part ends, because it’ll be a squeeze for two adults as there isn’t that much space to start with.

Also Read: Consumer Reports’ 5 Top And 3 Worst Used Mid-Size SUVs

Some might find it the ideal ride to take their family on vacation with, as the third row can sit two children quite comfortably. Others will appreciate the increased boot space with the third-row seats folded down, but most importantly, offering a seven-seat variant of the RX allows Lexus to battle it out with other luxury SUVs in the segment.

The reviewer did appreciate the high quality materials inside, comfortable driver’s seat and soft suspension on long highway journeys, but the infotainment system and body roll in corners take away some points.

Just like the RX350, the ‘L’ uses a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 290hp. It works together with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, but those looking for even more grunt can order the RX 450hL hybrid.

  • Rocket

    All that time, and this is the best Lexus could do? Pretty sad, and that’s before taking styling into consideration.

  • TheBelltower

    Was the goal of this to have 3x the number of cut lines and trim pieces than in the old RX? Such a messy thing.

    • Jim Ragland

      The goal is boast…hey look! We have a three row vehicle also, but not necessarily functional three row SUV.

  • ErnieB

    With so many great 3 row SUVs out that are not only functional but attractive why would you pick this abomination of a design? It was lazy if Lexus to do this..

  • Infinite1

    The RX is Lexus’ ES version of their SUVs, they don’t spend too much effort into it but it’s one of their bread and butter.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    They’re unfortunately going to sell hundreds of thousands to soccer moms.

  • TrevP

    We don’t want an RXL. We want a new GX

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