With the recent redesign, the RX only confirmed its dominance in the mid-size luxury SUV segment and we have no doubt it will remain the class leader for many more years. If we consider that, as well as the fact that the new model came with some pretty significant changes, it’s pretty much that the 2024 Lexus RX 350 won’t feature bigger changes. Instead, it will offer a familiar design, with the same specs and features. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see minor changes, such as new color options and similar things.
All in all, you may count on a well-rounded crossover that has so many things to offer. We like its excellent build quality and a long list of safety features, as well as pretty impressive sound insulation. Furthermore, the engine is very efficient, and the ride is smooth and comfortable. On the other hand, the main complaint goes to the small cargo area.
2024 Lexus RX 350 Design
The 2024 Lexus RX 350 will represent the second production year of the new generation and, therefore, it’s hard to expect any notable changes. We will see the same design, which is now based on the TNGA platform and brings notable improvements over the previous generation in terms of ride quality. The ride is still mostly about comfort, but there’s less body lean in corners, while the steering feels a little bit more responsive.
Visually, the recent redesign brought a little bit more elegant and more mature design, even though some of the typical RX design solutions are still there. The new generation features a longer wheelbase and looks more elegant, and we are pretty sure that the second production year is about to bring no notable changes. Still, we could see minor updates like new color options.
The same thing is on the inside, where the recent redesign brought significant updates. The new cabin looks more modern and more elegant, while the Japanese luxury carmaker also utilizes nicer materials and more tech features. Once again, the build quality is excellent – everything is assembled extremely well, while attention to detail is impressive.
Thanks to the longer wheelbase, we’ve also seen slight improvements in terms of passenger space, so there’s no doubt that the 2024 Lexus RX 350 will continue in the same way. The new generation comes exclusively as a five-seater and offers a couple of comfortable and spacious rows of seats, which accommodate adults with ease. Traditionally, the RX offers some of the best front seats in the class. They are comfy and supportive, with lots of adjustability options.
On the other hand, the cargo area is probably the weakest point of this SUV. You may count on no more than 30 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 46.2 cubic feet of the total cargo volume, which is way too low for a mid-size SUV.
We presume that the 2024 Lexus RX 350 might get a few updates in this aspect but most things will certainly remain the same. Therefore, base models should already come equipped very well, with things like a 9.8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, keyless entry, push-button start, multi-zone automatic climate control and ambient lighting.
Among available features, expect to find goodies like a 14-inch touch screen, navigation, the Hey Lexus virtual assistant, a 21-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, a moonroof and a digital key app.
When it comes to safety, base models will come with goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, traffic-sign recognition, lane-departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams etc.
2024 Lexus RX 350 Engine
The recent redesign also brought big changes under the hood. The good-old 3.5-liter V6 had to go and the replacement came in the form of a smaller and more efficient turbo-four engine. We are talking about a familiar 2.4-liter turbocharged inline-four, which features a max output of 275 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Driving dynamics are pretty good, while we also like the 8-speed automatic transmission, which shifts quickly and feels very refined.
Base models come with an FWD layout, while all-wheel drive is available. When it comes to fuel economy, models with front-wheel drive return around 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a luxury mid-size SUV. Models with all-wheel drive are slightly thirstier, with 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is still a great rating for the class.
2024 Lexus RX 350 Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Lexus RX 350 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 49.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Volvo XC90 etc.