2019 Lexus RX 350 copy

2019 Lexus RX 350

2019 Toyota Highlander copy

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander

The gulf of quality differences between the 2019 Lexus RX and Toyota Highlander should make it easy to choose between these two midsize SUVs. From performance to technology and interior luxury, the Lexus RX 350 base trim will please the pickiest Lakewood Ranch drivers. The below Lexus RX 350 vs. Toyota Highlander comparison from Wilde Lexus Sarasota will highlight the vehicles’ differences.

Lexus RX 350 FWD


Toyota LE FWD

20 city / 27 highway mpg*

EPA-Estimated MPG

20 city / 24 highway mpg
3.5-liter V6


2.7-liter 4-Cylinder
295 hp


185 hp

Adaptive Cruise Control



12.3-inch navigation screen


6.1-in. touch-screen display

Performance Winner: Lexus RX 350

When comparing the Lexus RX engine specs to the engine specs of the Toyota Highlander, the Lexus zooms ahead—figuratively and literally—thanks to the V6 engine designed for performance, fuel economy, and low emissions. As you’ll see below, the 4-cylinder Highlander engine can’t quite keep up.

  • Lexus RX 350 FWD Performance Specs
      • 3.5L V6 engine 9-speed automatic with direct and port fuel injection
      • Front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive optional
      • 295 hp
      • 268 lb-ft of torque
      • EPA-estimated 20 city / 27 highway mpg*
  • Toyota Highlander FWD Performance Specs
    • 2.7L 4-cylinder 6-speed automatic transmission
    • Front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive optional
    • 185 hp
    • 184 lb-ft of torque
    • EPA-estimated 20 city / 24 highway mpg

Interior Comfort: Lexus RX 350

The Lexus version of a Highlander has an interior that’s essentially a cocoon of luxury. Where the Highlander has cloth seats, the Lexus 350 base trim sports NuLuxe synthetic leather that weighs half as much as the real-deal, while looking and feeling just as good. With available trim options like perforated leather, handcrafted wood, and brushed aluminum, Venice passengers will be as impressed with the inside of your Lexus as they were with the sleek and stylish exterior.

Technology: Lexus RX 350

The Lexus keeps you in touch with all of your smart devices through the Lexus Enform App Suite as you cruise along the ocean near Bradenton. Connect to the 12.3-inch screen in the cockpit to stream music, listen to live radio nationwide, check fuel prices, and keep tabs on the score of ongoing Miami Heat games. Also standard on the RX 350 base trim, is the Lexus Enform Remote which allows you to start your car, lock and unlock doors, and check the fuel level, all from your smartphone. The base trim of the Highlander offers hands-free phone capability and streaming music via Bluetooth®, but then again, so does the Lexus RX 350.

Lexus RX 350 Lease Deals at Wilde Lexus Sarasota

From here, you’ll probably want to check out the Lexus RX exterior color options to see how you can customize your future luxury SUV to fit your own personal style. Then, once you’ve had a peek at our affordable RX lease deals, schedule a test drive with Wilde Lexus Sarasota.

*Preliminary mileage estimates determined by Lexus. EPA mileage estimates not available at time of publishing. Actual mileage will vary.

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