2014 Lexus RX 350 vs. Its Competition

2014 Lexus RX
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

With credit for essentially starting the mid-size luxury crossover segment in the late 1990s, the Lexus RX has been a huge success for the brand.

Its current competition includes the Lincoln MKX, which offers good interior room, a strong V-6 engine and MyLincoln Touch, a high-tech (albeit occasionally buggy) infotainment system.

The Cadillac SRX looks great inside and out, and its 3.6-liter V-6 makes it a very similar package to the RX.

We like the Volvo XC60's Scandinavian design, offerings elegant style in a slightly more compact package.

On the more affordable side, the Nissan Murano is a solid choice; its V-6 offers good performance, though it's a little smaller inside than the RX, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) will win some shoppers, but lose others.

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Quick Specs
7.8
While the 2014 Lexus RX may not be over-the-top luxurious, it's a plush, lavish crossover that delivers the right premium impression.
8.2
The 2014 Cadillac SRX is the uniquely American pick among luxury crossovers; and its interior appointments and class-leading technology don't disappoint.
8.2
The 2014 Lincoln MKX outdoes the Lexus RX in most respects; although MyLincoln Touch is at times a difficult companion.
7.8
The 2014 Nissan Murano is stylish and refined, but lacks some of the space and efficiency found in competitors.
8.4
The 2014 Volvo XC60 keeps in sync with Volvo's reputation for safe, luxurious wagons–just in a taller crossover package.
MSRP From    
$39,760$37,605$38,575$28,530$34,850
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-6
EPA Class    
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDN/ASmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name    
FWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-DoorFWD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door 3.2L
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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