Turns out that sloping roofline has a downside

This week we’re evaluating the Lexus RX 350 luxury crossover. We’ve covered it Enform infotainment system, talked about its price verses it competition, and looked at how it drives. Now its time to compare the Lexus’ cargo-carrying abilities.

Four of the Lexus’ main competitors are the Cadillac XT5, Audi Q5, and Lincoln MKX. These two-row crossovers represent some of the hottest-selling in the luxury crossover segment, which itself is one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments in the entire automotive industry. We’re also including the three-row Acura MDX as a comparison against Lexus’ new three-row version of the RX, the RX L.

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2018 Lexus RX350

Cargo Space: This is how the Lexus RX350 Stacks Up Interior
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18.4 cubic feet cargo area
56.3 cubic feet seats folded

2018 Cadillac XT5

2017 Cadillac XT5 High Resolution Exterior
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30.0 cubic feet cargo area
63.0 cubic feet seats folded

2018 Audi Q5

2017 Audi Q5
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26.8 cubic feet cargo area
60.4 cubic feet seats folded

2018 Lincoln MKX

2016 Lincoln MKX
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37.2 cubic feet cargo area
68.8 cubic feet seats folded

Third Row Variants

2018 Lexus RX L

2018 Lexus RXL Interior
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7.45 cubic feet behind third row
23.0 cubic feet behind second row
58.5 cubic feet behind first row

2018 Acura MDX

2017 - 2018 Acura MDX
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15.8 cubic feet behind third row
45.1 cubic feet behind second row
90.9 cubic feet behind first row

Stacking the Result

Cargo Space: This is how the Lexus RX350 Stacks Up Interior
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Turns out the Lexus RX 350’s sloping roofline and short rear overhang play a detrimental role in decreasing the crossover’s ability to haul stuff

Turns out the Lexus RX 350’s sloping roofline and short rear overhang play a detrimental role in decreasing the crossover’s ability to haul stuff. Admittedly, we think the outward design is striking and appealing, making the RX one of the more dynamic and eye-catching choices in the luxury crossover segment. At this price point, there is a lot to be said for that.

The 2018 Lincoln MKX is the big winner in the two-row category, offering 7.2 and 5.8 more cubic feet of room behind its second and first rows, respectively, than its nearest competitor, the Cadillac XT5.

When it comes to the three-row variants, the Acura MDX sweeps the floor with the Lexus RX L. The Acura boasts vastly more cubic feet in each area with a grand total of 32.4 cubic feet more of total cargo volume. As for legroom, the MDX offers 38.5 inches in the second row and 28.1 inches in the third row. Lexus hasn’t released legroom figures for the RX L, but should the second-row seats remain the same as the standard RX, it will offer 38.0 inches of legroom.

References

Lexus RX

2016 Lexus RX
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.

2018 Lexus RXL Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX L.

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