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Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

In comparing the Lexus RX 350 to the Toyota Highlander, the Lexus RX 350 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and overall quality score. The Lexus RX 350 and Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Lexus RX 350 versus the Toyota Highlander, the Toyota Highlander is a better car than the Lexus RX 350.

Lexus RX 350 versus Toyota Highlander Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Lexus RX 350 ranges from $35,951 to $48,989 while a used Toyota Highlander from the same model year range is priced between $28,612 to $41,579. For a new model, the Lexus RX 350's price is between $50,002 and $63,114, with the Toyota Highlander priced between $39,983 and $52,437.

Lexus RX 350 versus Toyota Highlander Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Lexus RX 350 is 8.7 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 8.9 out of 10. This results in the Lexus RX 350 being ranked 3 out of 67 Best Luxury Crossover SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Lexus RX 350’s base engine makes 275 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander base engine makes 265 horsepower. The RX 350 is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 516 miles. The Highlander is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 519 miles. The RX 350 uses premium unleaded, and the Highlander uses regular unleaded.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Lexus RX 350 has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Toyota Highlander has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Toyota Highlander has higher safety ratings than the Lexus RX 350, with an average rating of 5 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.35 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Toyota Highlander has the better rating with a Top Safety Pick+ award compared to the Lexus RX 350’s Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Lexus RX 350

2023 Toyota Highlander

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$50,002 - $63,114

Used Asking Price:

$35,951 - $48,989

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

34.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,983 - $52,437

Used Asking Price:

$28,612 - $41,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

38.1%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.9 / 10

Retained Value:

9.0 / 10

Safety:

8.4 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.9 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.2 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 67
2 / 21
3 / 67
3 / 21

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
1 / 61
1 / 31
1 / 28
1 / 25
1 / 25
1 / 15
2 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 21
3 / 25
5 / 25
7 / 31
9 / 31
41 / 61

Summary Review

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Summary Review

The Toyota Highlander is among the best-selling, top-rated SUVs in the 3-row segment.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • No disappointing base engine
  • Legendary reliability

  • Poorly-rated headlights on L, LE, and XLE trims

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Premium, Premium+, Luxury, F SPORT Handling

Trim Levels

LE, XLE, Limited, Platinum, L, XSE

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

4 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.35 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

275 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

317 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

265 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 1700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.064 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 29 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 516 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Premium Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.4 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

22 / 29 / 25

Range (city/hwy):

394 / 519 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.5 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

29.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

46.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.2 inches

Front Leg Room:

42 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

59 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

58.7 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

84.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

157.8 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4155 lbs

Width:

75.6 inches

Height:

67.3 inches

Length:

192.5 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.2 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4155 lbs

Width:

76 inches

Height:

68.1 inches

Length:

194.9 inches

Wheelbase:

112.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

235/60R19

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

P235/65R18