Cargo Space: This is how the Lexus RX350 Stacks Up
Turns out that sloping roofline has a downsideby Mark McNabb, on
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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|18.4 cubic feet||cargo area|
|56.3 cubic feet||seats folded|
|30.0 cubic feet||cargo area|
|63.0 cubic feet||seats folded|
|26.8 cubic feet||cargo area|
|60.4 cubic feet||seats folded|
|37.2 cubic feet||cargo area|
|68.8 cubic feet||seats folded|
Third Row Variants
|7.45 cubic feet||behind third row|
|23.0 cubic feet||behind second row|
|58.5 cubic feet||behind first row|
|15.8 cubic feet||behind third row|
|45.1 cubic feet||behind second row|
|90.9 cubic feet||behind first row|
Stacking the Result
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.
Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX.
Read our full review on the 2017 Lexus RX L.
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