America’s favorite luxury vehicle doesn’t have gloriously superlative driving manners. It doesn’t have the richest possible interior finishes. It’s not an enthusiast-favorite sports sedan, a master of cushy panache, or a pioneer of advanced new tech features.
Still, the 2021 Lexus RX 350 is a wildly popular vehicle. This mid-size crossover is essentially a luxury version of the Toyota Highlander, and that means it prioritizes relative affordability and mechanical simplicity over exquisite engineering. It’s comfortable, it doesn’t break, and there’s nothing pedestrian or anonymous in its styling. We just spent a week with the RX 350 to see how this formula performs in the real world, and to get to know this vehicle’s specific pros and cons. Here’s what we found.